Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith
Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith is an experienced vocal coach and choral conductor. She has been Music Director of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir since 2005, Director of Music at St Andrew’s College since 2011, and Principal Conductor with the Macquarie University Singers since 2013. Sarah has chorusmastered for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Willoughby Symphony Choir, and in 2010 she directed the 61st Intervarsity Choral Festival in Canberra. Her opera credits include Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (the first opera ever staged by a queer choir - SGLC 2009), Korie & Wallace’s Harvey Milk (Left Baurer/SGLC 2015), Phillip Glass’s Akhnaten (Ondine Productions, 2013), Campra’s Tancrede (2010), Cummins’ Anacreontea (2011) and Timor (2015), Krasa’s Brundibar (2014), Leon’s Monsoon (2015) and Menotti’s The Medium (2015), all with Opera Prometheus. Sarah is an alumna of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program (2012-2015) and has guest conducted ensembles including the University of Sydney Intercol Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sydney Chamber Orchestra. She has served on the Musica Viva Artistic Review Committee, and was a juror for three years for the Vocal/Choral section of the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards. In addition to her musical credits, Sarah holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, where she continues to lecture on a guest basis.