Sarahlouise Owens graduated from ANU with a B.Mus (Hons) and completed post-graduate studies at RNCM UK. From there she spent several years in Germany working in many European theatres including the Bayreuth Wagner Summer Festival. On returning to Australia, she established a successful teaching studio and is a well known concert performer. Most recently she has taken up conducting a number of community choirs, and also instigated Seasoned Voices for Music for Canberra, which won the COTA Positive Ageing Award in 2019; and the Greenway Views Choir. She also prepared the Canberra Choral Society for their production of Not the Messiah. Sarahlouise’s vision is to support singing for everyone; from children to seniors, and beginners to advanced, and to promote vocal technique, development, and confidence in the singing voice to enrich their musical and performance journey.
Mike Dooley hails from Canberra, and his early interests included playing jazz and classical piano. He studied classical composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before spending several decades overseas doing humanitarian and musical activities in a number of countries including Thailand, Jordan and Lebanon. In Jordan he was musical director of a singing and dance troupe that specialised in Arabic folk and contemporary music, and was very active performing at local festivals, and recorded an entire album of original Middle Eastern style songs. He also worked as a music therapist for recovering drug addicts in Lebanon. Mike has composed a number of children's songs for successful US network TV shows, several albums of ambient piano music, and is currently active composing film scores for a US based company. Recently he was commissioned to compose an album of incidental piano music by a two-time Emmy award composer. Since returning to Canberra in 2010 he has been active as a jazz and blues pianist in several bands performing at numerous local events and festivals. He is currently completing an advanced diploma of music performance at Canberra Institute of Technology.