International Downbeat award winner, Erin McKellar, holds bachelor of music, specializing in jazz performance from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, alongside an Associate diploma in Musical Theatre. Most recently Erin, has returned from New York having been selected for American Theatre Wing’s, SpringboardNYC program. During this intensive, Erin was mentored by renowned Broadway actors, director and casting agents, including Jack O’brien, David Henry Hwany, Lucy Liu, Corey Hawkins and David Caparelliotis. During her time in New York, Erin also performed as a guest vocalist at the Lincoln Centre’s, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Jazz Club. Recently Erin was selected as finalist for the prestigious James Morrison Vocal Scholarship.
As an educator and researcher Erin has presented her work at the Beacon Conference for Undergraduate research and soon to be presenting at the International Jazz Voice Conference held in Helsinki. In 2015 Erin undertook a Jazz singers intensive summer workshop in London at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During the previous year Erin was selected as a mentor for the 2014 New York Jazz Symposium in Melbourne, working along side some of New Yorks finest Jazz musicians.
Other achievements include receiving the Edith and Ern memorial award first place in Music Theatre vocals, State Theatre Company Award for Excellence in Drama, receiving a scholarship to attend the New York Julliard Jazz Winter School, SACE Merits in both Music and Drama as well as professional work such as Westfield productions, live children shows and the Fringe.
Erin has a great passion for educating, inspiring and encouraging students to explore their creativity in the area of vocal, music and performing. She values every opportunity she has to instill confidence and teach music to a new generation. Erin currently teaches private vocal as well as the Music Theatre Group at ACPA.