Who Are We
Bonnie Smith is a singer, composer, piano player and guitarist.
She is a deeply creative artist and a passionate teacher. Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Music and she has studied music in Canada, the United States, Australia and Spain. She also holds a Postgraduate Degree from Spain. She is a world music extraordinaire, singing in many languages such as Spanish, French, Portuguese, Turkish and not to forget, English.
Her strengths are also in Jazz and improvisation where she has studied at the VCA and under the likes of her teacher Rhiannon (12 years!) and Bobby McFerrin (United States) where Circle Singing was born.
She is currently the lead singer and composer of her world music ensemble and is one of the lead singers in an all famale mariachi group – performing at many festivals in Australia and around the world.
Bonnie has also studied the art of Flamenco in Spain, where she has found new ways to express her voice and technique. She has travelled extensively throughout Eastern and Western Europe where she has taken her music on the road.
She is one of the primary voice teachers at Melbourne Polytechnic in the Certificate and Advanced Diploma programs. She has been leading “Circle Singing” sessions for over 7 years which explores the art of improvising in the moment – that is also based on Rhiannon’s vocal river work.
Carlie Mills is a highly trained vocal coach, teacher, ensemble director, conductor & facilitator. Her professional background spanning the last 15 years ranges from Theatre and Movement to Music. In 2012/13 she spent 16 months living, working & training in the USA & Canada. Here she trained with Vocal Virtuoso Bobby McFerrin, amongst other specialist teachers and performers. Carlie has spent many years actively exploring the cross over of the arts and the healing arts. With an open heart and cheeky spirit, she delivers programs in song creation, improvisation, somatic voice, authentic communication, presence, PLAY, leadership & community building.
Kirsty Morphett is an experienced voice and piano teacher, composer, arranger, songwriter and community facilitator. Her facilitation and teaching work has been engaged for various community choirs in Melbourne, and she also developed the creative and personal development program “Temple of Music” for the Northcote Uniting Church. In 2015 she embarked on a training journey to the USA, including the Circlesongs form with Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, as well as Developmental Community Music with music therapist and educator Kalani Das. She brings a passionate and inspired perspective on the role of creativity and music practice in daily life, as a rich and deep way to connect with our all levels of ourselves, and each other in community.