Born 2 January, 1939
1955 - 2 years- Roland Foster Sydney Conservatorium of Music
12 years Marjorie Walker LTCL, Sydney
1980 - 6 years Joseph J. Klein, Los Angeles, United States
1983 - A.T.C.L. written examinations
1953 - 8 years Ballet and Movement Training
LANGUAGES STUDIED - French, German, Italian, Russian (extensively)
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES and DEVELOPMENT
1957 - one year contract at the Theatre Royal as lead singer.
1966-1981 - joined The Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera Company (The Australian Opera.)
1967- opera course studying languages, scenes from opera.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
THE AUSTRALIAN OPERA
Roles Performed -
Madama Butterfly, Madama Butterfly - Puccini
Suzuki - Madama Butterfly, Puccini
Oscar - Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi
Cherubino - The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
Barbarina - The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
Zerlina - Don Giovanni, Mozart
Papagena - The Magic Flute, Mozart
1st & 2nd Genii - The Magic Flute, Mozart
Karolka - Jenufa, Janacek
Casilda - The Gondoliers, G & S
Rose Maybud - Ruddigore, G & S (Rockdale Musical Society)
Celia - Iolanthe, G & S
and many more roles and covers of leading operatic roles
COUNTRY TOURS - Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria for The Australian opera
Resigned The Australian Opera in 1981
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
1980 - together with husband Alan Light (pictured, right) received Australia Council International Study Grant and for six months studied United States, Britain, Europe, U.S.S.R.
1980-1993 Various annual study trips to United States included
15th, 18th, 20th, 23rd Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice-The Voice Foundation. Also The Science of the Singing Voice
Technological Resources for the Voice Teacher at Westminster Choir College, Princeton N.J.
1986 - Awarded 2nd Australia Council International Study Grant
For three months studied - United States, France, Britain
1991 - attended The Second International Congress of Voice Teachers, Philadelphia, PA. Janice was guest speaker on the Science Panel together with Dr Robert Sataloff, Ronald Scherer Ph.D.
1993 - attended NATS, New York Chapter Workshops also
lectured at Westminster Choir College, Summer Sessions, Voice Dept. In July, Janice was the recipient of the First Voice Fellowship
(6 months) to study at The Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, Voice Department, Nashville Tennessee USA. She spent many hours observing the clinical care of patients and the diagnosis of problems of opera, popular and country singers, studied the library of video case histories, discussed voice care with leading surgeons, speech pathologists and the singing teacher Dr Thomas Cleveland. She worked extensively on a research project on Vibrato- its origins, amplitude, rate of fluctuations, and extent of Fo modulations. She worked with state of the art voice analysis equipment in a first class laboratory. Janice presented a lecture at the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre on her findings regarding Vocal Vibrato, which included- Scientific Data, Physiological Aspects, Acoustical Properties, Artistic Relevance
1994-5 - at St Vincents Hospital assisted singers with severe voice problems.
VOICE and STAGECRAFT COURSES
1981 together with husband Alan Light
Founded the Australian Academy of Music Theatre
Developed courses Stagecraft for Singers, Sydney Opera House, 3 terms per year for 5 years. Assisted the development of many well known performers of today's Opera Australia.
Productions - produced many scenes from opera, Gilbert & Sullivan, musicals. She co-produced full length operas including Verdi's
A Masked Ball, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Puccini's La Boheme
1981 for 8 years developed several courses and tutored at
Stagecraft for Singers Workshops- University of New England, Armidale, and University of Sydney.
1988 together with Maggie Niven and Ronald Dowd, Janice
founded The National Summer School for Singers - Bathurst
1988 founded Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing
1989 President of the Association and over a period of six years together with National Executive, developed the Association into an international organisation with Chapters in all capital cities and some regional centres. During her time with that association she produced and edited the official newsletter of the association THE VOICE of ANATS. During the six years Janice organised several important events including The First Inservice Teacher Training Seminar with over 180 delegates and many international guests.
1981-1993 tutored New Zealand Singing School, Hawkes Bay, Napier, New Zealand, ten days of intensive workshops and production of scenes. She organised and produced the final concerts each year.
1994, 1996, 1998 - Janice organised, produced and directed over a period of 4 days The First, The Second and The Third Music Theatre and Cabaret Performer Training Seminar
1994 November- Janice organised, produced and directed over a period of 4 days TOP NOTE' 94, Singer/Songwriter Seminar and since has organised several other seminars with international guests including JO ESTILL.
1995 May - together with Dr. Pamela Davis, Voice Research Scientist, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Janice co-hosted the international Ninth Vocal Fold Physiology Symposium
held at the Opera House, Sydney (pictured, right). 20 of the worlds top voice scientists and 10 Australians presented papers. Janice presented the paper
Clinical relevance of control, complexity and chaos - Implications for the performer and teacher. Published in the book Ninth Vocal Fold Physiology Symposium.
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Janice organised, directed and produced Vocal Performance and Pedagogy Courses with world renowned Professor Richard Miller (pictured, right)
1981 to the present - Janice has maintained a busy private studio. Her singers perform professionally in London, Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and professional music theatre companies in Australia. She presents workshops for many musical organisations including Barbershop and Christian Life Centres. Janice was also part of the initial steering Committee that developed the The National Voice Centre.
2011 Janice completed Block 1, Principles of Voice Production, Summer Vocology Institute Program
National Center for Voice and Speech, University of Utah, SLC USA