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Andante. I have made many good friends within the choir and of course I have achieved my aim of liaising with other lovers of ABBA
music face-to-face.

I love performing with the choir too. We have performed at numerous community events and private functions over the last nine years
and I am pleased to say we have assisted many charities to fundraise by being a draw card (encouraging people to these events)
and motivating them once there. We have also had the great honour of being invited to perform for Their Majesties King Carl XVI
Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

I would love for you to join in the fun and invite you to drop in for a look at what we do.

2011) and the soprano solos in Vivaldi’s Gloria (UC Chorale/Oriana Chorale 2009) and Handel’s Messiah (Oriana Chorale/UC
Chorale 2008).

My engagements in 2013 included Donna Anna in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni (CAMRA) and performing as part of the chorus in
Sandra France’s new opera From A Black Sky about the Canberra bush fires of 2003 performed at The Street Theatre. In April, I also
presented a solo show Una Voce (a collection of popular and operatic songs) in the foyer of the National Library of Australia (The
Musical Offering) and at the Yarralumla Woolshed Arts Fair.

In addition to English I speak Italian, French and German. My knowledge of German led me to the role of musical director of the
German Harmonie Choir. I have directed them for three years now and enjoy helping to keep the tradition of German folksongs alive.

I recently began working as the musical director of the Andante Andante Choir and – as an ABBA fan from way back - am delighted to
be working with ABBA’s uplifting music.

the Southern Highlands Theatre School of Dance's productions of Les Sylphides (2010), Dance of the Hours (2011), Swan Lake - Act
III) (2012) and Sleeping Beauty (2013) under the direction of Margaret Bakker and choreographer Mr. Stan Henderson.

In 2010, upon moving to Canberra and residing at ANU's Fenner Hall, I had the opportunity to be involved in my first amateur musical
production playing guitar in the band. Since that production of Grease in 2010, I have been involved in the chorus of Fenner Hall's
Cabaret (2011) and Guys and Dolls (2012), and the ANU Interhall Production of CATS (2013). I was also choreographer for Guys and
Dolls and Reefer Madness (2013).

I currently work as a piano teacher throughout Canberra, Jerrabomberra and Goulburn, as well as an accompanist for instrumental
exams/eisteddfods/concerts, and now the Andante Andante Choir.
Allison Pyke
Founder and President

I founded the Andante Andante Choir Inc. (AAC) in 2004. A life time of love for ABBA's music and
the lack of opportunity to share this love outside the internet environment were the driving forces
behind my decision to start the choir.

Since starting the choir I have been a "Jack(Jill)-of-all-trades" doing everything from finding and
hiring musical directors and accompanists to designing a website. I am also heavily involved
with providing music to the choir. I do not have a background in music and initially I knew
nothing more than the four spaces of the Treble Clef, i.e. F A C E. It has been a massive
learning curve but I am now competent enough to use musical notation software to produce
learning CD’s for choir members and assist with arranging songs.

Along the way I have found that I love learning about music – and I really enjoy singing with the
choir. I had not previously sung with a choir and would not have considered it without Andante
Katie Cole
Musical Director

I am a singer, musician (piano, guitar, violin and viola), songwriter, arranger and choral

I obtained a first class honours degree in music from the Sydney University in 1992. I
recently completed a one-year course in singing at the Australian National University
(ANU) School of Music and currently study singing with Patricia Whitbread from the
Canberra Academy of Music and Related Arts (CAMRA).

Over the last few years I have had the pleasure of entertaining Canberra audiences at a
variety of performances. These include performing, performing the Witch of Endor in
Handel’s Saul (Canberra Choral Society), singing Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (CAMRA
Katrina Rivera

I was introduced to the piano at the age of 12 when my family received my Poppy's 97 year
old piano. Originally self-taught, with guidance from the high school music teacher in
Crookwell (NSW), I began formal piano lessons at the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium
in 2008 before accepting a place to study a Bachelor of Music at the Australian National
University (ANU) in 2010.

I graduated with BMus (Hons) from the ANU School of Music in 2013, majoring in Piano
performance and completing my written projects on the student-teacher relationship in
instrumental lessons and orchestral arranging. Since starting at the School of Music I have
gained experience performing as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician; working
as part of a choir and an arranger; and also taking courses in conducting and music

I also love and have been taking Ballet lessons since I was 5 years old, and have added
Jazz, Tap and Contemporary throughout the years. More recently I have been involved in