Sue has sung all her life in various church, school and community choirs and has a passion for harmony and unaccompanied singing. She arranges much of the music for her choirs to suit the abilities and strengths of her singers.
She enjoys a wide range of music genres and has been mentored, inspired and encouraged by a number of community singing leaders including Fay White and Jane Coker (Community Music Victoira), gospel singer and choir leader Tony Backhouse, Melanie Shanahan (Arramaieda & Akasa) Rachel Hore OAM, Stephen Taberner (Spooky Mens Chorale) Valanga and Andrea Khoza (Sth African music) Morris Stuart (Asante Sana indigenous choir) and Therese Virtue and Roger King (The Boite).
Early musical influences include Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Christy Moore, Mary Black, The Eurythmics, Talking Heads and Paul Simon, and more recently many of the great Swing performers and all the wonderful a cappella choirs and performers such as Sweet Honey in the Rock, Soweto Gospel Choir, Sweet Monas, Salvation Jane – the list goes on and on.
Choir Director, Teacher, Workshop Artist
Sue Kirkpatrick began her career in community music in 1996, running monthly community a cappella singing workshops in a variety of genres including African, World Music and Gospel. At the insistence of regular workshop attendees, she formed her first choir – Simply Irresistible – in 1999. Currently director of two choirs, Simply Irrresistible in Frankston and Making Waves (formed in 2002) in Mornington, she also formed and directed No Suzannahs in Balnarring/ Somers – now directed by Sylvie Strode – and Indigo Singers, now combined with Making Waves. She also directs Two Bays Choir – an occasional combined choir of up to 60 singers.
The choirs regularly perform at nursing homes, community and fund-raising events and festivals.
In 2005 Sue began working as a Music Specialist in primary schools, firstly with The Song Room and then independently at various schools in the Westernport area. She teaches music appreciation, choir and band as well as another of her passions – world percussion.
Sue has run Singing and Percussion Workshops at festivals, schools and professional development and well-being days for organisations including Mornington and Frankston Shire Councils, Peninsula Health, Community Music Victoria and Brotherhood of St Laurence.