Featured Composer: Dermot Tutty
Dermot Tutty teaches voice at Melbourne Grammar School and at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and is Director of Choral Studies and a voice teacher at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Students from Dermot's private voice studio have won national and international competitions, including the Herald Sun Aria Competition and the Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Austria. Dermot was Choral Director for the Tutti World Youth Music Festival 2013 in Beijing and returned to teach there in 2015.
Dermot has composed music for television, short films by Paul Watters and for the work of astronomical photographer, Alex Cherney. He has hip hop beats released on Nuffsaid Records and Obese Records. Dermot's songs have been performed and recorded by Siobhan Stagg, Brenton Spiteri and the Melbourne Art Song Collective. Dermot has composed a secular oratorio for VCASS, a setting of selections from "The Taming of the Shrew" for Southern Cross Soloists and a solo work for double bassist, Phoebe Russell.
Dermot is a member of the Opera in the Roses Event Committee, the Green Room Awards Opera Panel, The Mietta Song Competition Artistic Committee, and ABCs Australia, which raises funds for ABCs and Rice, a school set up to help break the cycle of poverty in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2016, Dermot took a team of volunteers to Cambodia to rehearse and perform a musical he composed for the students at ABCs and Rice.