Paddy Broberg – Choral Director (1998 – 2013)
Paddy’s career as teacher, university lecturer and arts practitioner spans more than thirty years. Her main areas of expertise are music, dance, literature and interdisciplinary arts, particularly music theatre, ranging from revues to opera. Special musical interests include composing and arranging, accompanying and choral direction.
Paddy joined FAMDA in 1995 as joint musical director of The Music Man. She was a performer in Chinamen in Cabaret, and musical director of the award winning productions of Annie and Oliver!, and of the 2004 Music Hall. In 2006 she was a cast member of Oedipus Rex and arranger and musical director of Ebenezer’s Dream.
She composed the musical score for the multi-arts project Fire Up!, original songs for Edwin Coad’s one-act musical, Open Call, and Paul Hendry’s pantomime, Twisted Tales from the Woods, staged in January 2008.
Paddy was the musical director of the Prom Coast Singers from its inception in 1998 until 2013. She introduced the choir to many and varied works from the choral repertoire, ranging from simple rounds to major works such as Fauré’s Requiem, and covering songs and musical styles from many different countries, both past and present.
Claudene-Marie Adams – Choral Director (2014 – 2016)
Claudene-Marie is a phenomenal violinist and voice teacher who was accepted into the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music at just 15 years of age.
She studied violin and voice and earned the Most Outstanding Performance Award in her Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music courses. Later she specialised in Renaissance and Baroque singing under the direction of Richard Gill.
In 2009 Claudene-Marie was living in South Gippsland when FAMDA staged the musical Into the Woods. She played the Baker’s Wife, winning the Gippsland Associated Theatre award for the most outstanding lead female in the process.
She also sang with the Prom Coast Singers and ran stimulating rehearsals for some of the voice groups.
On 22 July 2014, after a fairly long break, the Prom Coast Singers resumed singing on Tuesday evenings at the Anglican Church Hall in Foster with Claudene-Marie as their musical director.
The immediate project was preparation for a wonderful major work composed by Larry Hills to commemorate the Anzac Centenary to be performed in public in April 2015 in Wonthaggi, Leongatha and Foster.