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Penelope Cashman


Penelope is an Adelaide-based vocal coach, repetiteur and collaborative pianist. After solo piano studies at the ANU and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, she graduated with distinction from a Masters in Lied Accompaniment at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (Vienna). She has performed in recital in Europe and the Antipodes, worked as a vocal accompanist and repetiteur for companies throughout Australia, and played for numerous masterclasses with leading singers and vocal accompanists, including twice attending the Franz Schubert Institut (Baden bei Wien).

In her vocal coaching work, Penelope has a particular interest in helping recent voice graduates further their studies and continue their vocal and musical development. She teaches lyric diction at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and has been a regular visiting lecturer teaching German lyric diction and Lied interpretation at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, NZ, where she is a Research Associate in the Music Program. In 2019 Penelope completed her PhD, “International best practice in the teaching of lyric diction to conservatorium-level singers”, at the University of Adelaide, for which she received the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Excellence. In 2020 she was a presenter at the Conference of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing and received a Lisa Gasteen National Opera Program grant. She is a current recipient of an Arts South Australia Professional Development Grant.