Jodie O’Regan BIO

In a career spanning over twenty years, Jodie has written numerous choral pieces, drawing on her work as a director, arranger and composer for a wide range of choirs, from children’s and youth choruses, to adult community groups and professional ensembles.

Jodie has produced a number of larger works in Australia, including The Tailor of Gloucester, an immersive light opera of Polly (who famously put the kettle on) and the oratorio Letters To A Queen, following one wise king’s journey to and from Bethlehem. She has held several composer residencies. In 2018, funded by a scholarship from the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia, Jodie published Singing The Dots - a suite of pedagogical SATB songs composed for community choirs.

In addition to her choral works, Jodie has composed a range of solo vocal pieces. In 2017 she produced and recorded And In The Centre We Dance, a concert of sacred music performed by the singers who inspired each work. Recently, working with Australian Soprano Bethany Hill, Jodie composed the song cycle Fire Songs, exploring the mythic stories of the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Bethany premiered this work at the 2018 Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

Jodie’s understanding of choral and vocal music draws on her wide singing experience in jazz, opera, oratorio, choral music, and children’s theatre. At the heart of her compositional voice is an enduring love of folk music. After growing up learning celtic folk songs from her mother, Jodie became a folksinger/songwriter in the 90s, before forming an acapella duo with her husband Emlyn. Together they have crafted, performed and taught their unique arrangements of celtic and roots folksongs at concerts, festivals and workshops around Australia.

Jodie has a BA in Women’s Studies and Anthropology, graduate qualifications in Professional Communication and a Masters in Music. She has studied composition with Olla Palmqvist, Tony Lillywhite and Carl Crossin. In 2018 Jodie moved to Nashville Tennessee with her husband where she has taken up a Composer Residency at Downtown Presbyterian Church.