ABC Classic 2022 Composer Commissioning Fund
Mosses and Mountains - to be premiered and recorded in 2023
Juliana Kay, in collaboration with percussionist Bridget Bourne, poet Kristen Lang, and chamber ensemble Alta Collective, will write a song cycle for treble voices and percussion that will challenge our human-centered worldview and remind us of the vast timescale of our planet. The texts for Mosses and Mountains will come from existing and new works by acclaimed poet Kristen Lang, whose work is anchored in the natural world. Emerging choral composer Juliana Kay studied geography and conservation before becoming a musician. The voices will represent the anthropocentric gaze through which we understand the planet, while the percussion will create an earthy and vibrant accompaniment to evoke the natural world. "In an era where the majority of Australians live in cities, disconnected from the realities of a heating planet and massed extinction, works of art that connect us to the natural world are vital reminders of our duty to care for the earth."
- From ABC Classic. Read more about the commission here
On This Earth We Dance
Sunday 20 November 2022, 4pm, St Ambrose Hall Brunswick
Presented by the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra
Premiere: "Henhouse" by Juliana Kay
Pairing the music of dance from across cultures and time with new compositions that embody the spirit and climate of our time, in this program we trace the music of dance from the polka, to Czech and Irish folk music, to ballet and Broadway.
Celebrate the rich expression of our human experience, with a showcase of four new works by Melbourne composers, commissioned by VYSO and made possible with the City of Melbourne Triennial Arts grant.
Saturday 5 November 2022, 8pm, Tempo Rubato
Presented by Alta Collective and Tempo Rubato
Premiere: "Bush Chant I" by Juliana Kay
PART 4 of the MINIMAL concert series. Celebrating 50 years of Minimalism in music.
Curated by Renee Heron and Alta Collective
Music of Phillip Glass, Elena Kats-Chernin, Nico Muhly, Meredith Monk and more…
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2022 : Private Parts
A choral / comedy collaboration with Choral Edge and Pink Flappy Bits
October 15 - 23
Created by: Juliana Kay, Tara Dowler and Lou Mapleston
Pink Flappy Bits and Choral Edge invite you to witness an hour of musical comedy unlike anything you’ll see this Fringe. PRIVATE PARTS is a new collaboration featuring a bold and satisfying blend of traditional choral music and raucous feminist cabaret (with a dash of choralography thrown in for good measure).
...Dowler provided acoustic guitar backing, and her voice combined well with Mapleston’s. Having the choir in the mix gave more colours to play with, and these were blended expertly by Musical Director Juliana Kay... Choral Edge certainly threw themselves into their role in this “raucous feminist cabaret” (an apt description), vigorously participating in the promised “choralography” for good comedic effect. - Jason Whyte, Australian Arts Review
Premiere: Mass for Tiny Voices
Sunday June 5, 2022, Collingwood Town Hall
Music and concept by Juliana Kay, piano accompaniment by Tim Mallis
Presented The Yarra Voices and Choral Edge
Mass for Tiny Voices elevates the words, voices and wisdom of children in a playful take on the traditional Latin mass. Quotes from anonymous children, sourced from the popular "Live from Snacktime" Twitter feed, are paired in contrasting and complementary ways with the five movements of the traditional mass text. From the repentance of the Kyrie (Lord have mercy/”I have ten friends but I hate one of them”) to the message of peace in the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God/”Hold my hand. Much better”), Mass for Tiny Voices highlights the elements of human emotional experience that transcend time, age and creed.
The Human Voice
4 - 13 March 2021, Meat Market Stables
Presented Periscope Productions and Choral Edge
Director: Benjamin Sheen
Musical director: Juliana Kay
Original compositions by Juliana Kay and David Keeffe
A sextuple bill of new works from six of Australia's most exciting young playwrights and a choir! A showcase of humanity’s strangest phone-based quirks: connection to strangers when a wrong number is dialed, the awkwardness of phone-sex, and the imperfect possibilities of true connection via the phone. From the ritual of the family phone call to the uncertain menace of surveillance and privacy, THE HUMAN VOICE is a unique theatrical collaboration that will change the way you think about your phone.
I(solace)ion - 360° Virtual Choir Video
Released 4 May 2020
Music and words by Juliana Kay and the members of Exaudi youth choir
Mix and video production: Kade Neale
Presented by Exaudi
When Exaudi was forced to move rehearsals online, we responded by writing and recording a piece about our experiences in isolation. Choir members contributed text and musical ideas via the Zoom chat box and break out rooms, and assistant conductor Juliana Kay compiled their ideas into this piece.
"1 + 1 = 3" Choral Edge with Tim Mallis
15 March 2020, Tempo Rubato
Presented by Choral Edge, directed by Juliana Kay
“1+1=3” is a concert experience that is more than the sum of its parts. Combining the talents of pianist Tim Mallis and innovative chamber choir Choral Edge, “1+1=3” brings piano and choir together as equals in a dynamic mix of the old and the new. Hear Debussy and Rachmaninoff alongside Whitwell and Shank, and find out what happens when worlds collide and music becomes more than just music.
Festival de Flautas de Peñalolén
(Flute Festival of Peñalolén, Santiago, Chile)
Produced by Centro Cultural Chimkowe and The Global Leaders Program
13 - 17 January, 2020
The Peñalolén Flute Festival offers some 50 flute students from the Santiago metropolitan region the opportunity to extend their skills with a group of international artists from The Global Leaders Program, experts in working for social change through music and artistic excellence. The event takes a collaborative and innovative approach to topics in flute study including solo and orchestral repertoire, technique for beginners to advanced students, flute ensemble and fun musical activities. The festival also welcomes special guest Juliana Kay, singer and choral director from The Global Leaders Program, who will run pedagogical, technical and artistic workshops for flute students through choral music.
26 October 2019, Skydeck @ The Space, South Yarra
Presented by by Choral Edge, directed by Juliana Kay
Premiere: "We Will Go No More" by Juliana Kay
You’ve seen the headlines: Millennials Don’t Want Jobs! Millennials Can’t Read Clocks! Millennials Are Killing Disney! Millennials Are Ruining Golf!
You won’t believe what they’re doing to choral music!
#Millennials is a feast of choral music by millennial composers (born between 1980 and 2000), local and global, served over brunch at the deluxe Skydeck on Chapel Street. Discover what our young artists are up to and decide for yourself: is this indeed the “lost generation”?
"Picture Book" Tour: Ireland and Scotland
Presented by Malcolm Dalglish and Exaudi
Conducted by Mark O'Leary and Juliana Kay
1 - 12 July, 2019
Synopsis: Picture Book is a collection of vocal music that reimagines traditional Scots-Irish roots through works of contemporary American composer Malcolm Dalglish in collaboration with celebrated Australian choir director Mark O’Leary. Picture Book pulls us into the awe of the natural world with mythical creatures, birds, trees, and wild things. Expect settings of old time American fiddle tunes, Kentucky writer Wendell Berry’s nature poetry, and instructional hip-hopperettas on the making of pie or an over-the-top peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Picture Book is a boldly optimistic feast of song with soaring melodies, transcendent harmonies, imaginative vocalese and plenty of fun.
Destinations: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Broadford, Portnalong, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Belfast, Galway, Kill
Play Me A Poem // Fun Yener Zayt Lid
3 March, 2019, National Theatre St Kilda
Produced by Kadimah
Includes two original pieces by Juliana Kay, performed by Choral Edge
World-renowned Australian musicians including Deborah Conway, Paul Grabowsky and Lior will spearhead the world premiere of Kadimah’s latest sizzling show. Yiddish poetry will be brought to life in new original songs penned by a stunning line-up of songwriters, including Willy Zygier, Josh Abrahams, Simon Starr, Adam Starr, Tomi Kalinski, Jess Cornish and Juliana Kay. For one night only, these incredible stars will come together for an absolutely unmissable show, with traditional and modern Yiddish verse transformed by contemporary music genres such as rock, funk, pop, reggae, electronic, folk and more. Co-directed by Galit Klas and Evelyn Krape, the show will be in Yiddish and English with English surtitles.
Stories from the Choir: Melbourne Fringe Festival
15-29 September, 2018, Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne
Creative Director: Juliana Kay. Performed by Choral Edge
Presented at the Melbourne Fringe Festival
What does it mean to be in choir? Why is it so hard to find a good tenor? What really goes on in the back row?
What happens when you let a choir loose in a theatre?
Part theatre, part journalism, part concert, Stories from the Choir presents the human narratives behind one of the world’s oldest forms of music-making. Interviews collected from choristers around Australia are staged and set to a live choral soundtrack in a touching production that speaks larger truths about community and connection in the modern world.
Nominated for Melbourne Fringe Festival Best in Category: Music
5 stars: "Led by the ethereal conducting of Juliana Kay, the choir weaves their way through a range of choral styles, nearly all of which is a cappella and without a starting note. The singing is, in one word, perfection." - You Should See It - Melbourne, 2018