Irene Bartlett is a multi-faceted singer, performer and educator who has dedicated her career to performance and teaching. Spanning more than four decades, Irene’s performance career has encompassed all contemporary styles (Jazz combo to Pop/Rock band, Big Band swing to Corporate Duo). Across this lifetime of singing she has been privileged to work alongside top professional musicians everywhere from clubs to jazz festivals, from civic halls to concert stages and on TV. In addition to her performance career, Irene’s love of singing has taken her on a fascinating journey through academia where her research into contemporary singing voice culminated in the conferral of her Doctorate degree (2011). She is currently the Coordinator of Jazz/Contemporary Voice and Voice Pedagogy at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, where she has mentored and developed the singing talent of some of the best-known names in the modern Australian music industry.
Many of these gifted musicians have been recipients of major industry awards including multiple Arias, Bell Awards (Best Jazz Albums), Generation in Jazz scholarships (James Morrison awards), Apra Awards, X-Factor and most recently Australia’s representative to Eurovision 2016. As an accomplished performer, teacher and scholar Irene has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters while presenting workshops, masterclasses and conference papers both nationally and internationally. In her heart she remains as passionate about music, singing and performance as she was back at the beginning of what she describes as “an amazing journey”.