Geoffrey Ashenden holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours Degree in Pianoforte from the University of Adelaide where he was also awarded the 3 year Elder Scholarship for Voice. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the South Australian College of Advanced Education and has taught Secondary School music in both Adelaide and Brisbane.
Geoffrey pursued a career as a singer over 20 years. He was a member of Opera Qld’s Young Artist Development Programme as a baritone in 1989, and then as a tenor in 1999. He was a member of The Australian Opera’s full time chorus, has performed and understudied principal roles with State Opera of South Australia and Opera Qld, been a guest soloist with The Qld Philharmonic & Qld Symphony Orchestras, and has toured the US with Columbia Artists International & the Qld Ballet. He has also performed in the corporate entertainment area for Opera Qld and The Qld Pops Orchestra, and in Asia. He has spent time in Italy studying both the Italian language and classical singing.
Geoffrey was a voice teacher at QUT Kelvin Grove from 2002 to 2008, Assistant Musical Director of the Stage & Screen Summer Schools at QUT Gardens Point from 2004 to 2007, a teacher of classical singing in the Qld Conservatorium’s Young Con Programme in 2010, and from 2011 to 2018 was a member of staff teaching singing in the Qld Conservatorium’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre degree, a position that saw him identified for an Academic Provost Commendation for his teaching. He has worked as a sessional repetiteur in the Music Faculty of the University of Qld, conducted classes for NIDA Open on the singer/actor, Pre-Tertiary audition masterclass in Classical Singing for the Qld Conservatorium and the Qld Music Teachers’ Association, and has compered concerts and presented pre-performance talks for Opera Qld.
A teacher for 35 years, Geoffrey operates a busy private practice, and is an experienced adjudicator of singing and piano competitions throughout Qld. Past students from the studio and graduates from institutions have gone on to success in Australia and abroad, ranging from principal work with Opera Qld and State Opera of South Australia, chorus work with Opera Qld and Opera Australia, both child and adult principal and ensemble work in major touring productions of Musical Theatre in Australia, undergraduate and post-graduate study in the UK in both Opera and Musical Theatre, the writing of new Musical Theatre works in Australia, International cruise ship shows and Universal Studios Theme Park character roles, and Australian and New York Cabaret shows.
Geoffrey is a Past President of the Qld Chapter Committee and a former Executive member of the National Council of The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS), and was a member of the organizing committee for the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) for 2013. Geoffrey has presented workshops to teachers for ANATS Qld and ANATS NSW in Brisbane, Sunshine and Gold Coasts and in Sydney. He continues to seek further professional development opportunities believing that there’s always more to learn.
Geoffrey prepares students for examination in AMEB, Trinity and ANZCA syllabi, and has taken students successfully through to Diploma level in singing and piano. He is an AMEB examiner of both singing and piano.
Geoffrey is committed to encouraging and mentoring young musicians and teachers and considers it a vocational calling to share the joys of music making with people of all ages and abilities.