About Belinda McArdle

I professionally experienced a singer, choir leader, songwriter, singing teacher, performer, arts mentor, music activist and radio presenter. I take pride in providing a warm and friendly space and engaging all participants in singing in a clear, fun and organised manner. Sourcing and writing new repertoire and arranging the pieces so vlcsnap-2018-01-24-13h56m26s957everyone feels like they have a ‘good sing’ is part of the enjoyment of this role.

As a singer and singing teacher I strive to uncover an authentic, natural sound. In private lessons the purpose is to find and develop your own unique voice– not to sound like someone else. I bring years of performing experience to my work having sung professionally in bands, duos, trios, solo, cabaret theatre and with vocal groups for well over 20 years. I am proud to run acabellas with my colleagues as an ethical, community minded company that has prospered over ten years and brought happiness to many.

Over recent years songwriting has become a strong part of my working life. I have worked consistently at writing songs for about 20 years. Songwriting commissions have become more regular in my life and this will continue to be an area in which I invest energy. I enjoy writing for communities. I work hard to tap into what a group might want to sing and produce songs that are robust, singable and touching.

I am interested in almost everything to do with singing. As a natural teacher I have mentored several singing leaders over the last decade. An active member of Community Music Victoria, I have produced a state wide leader’s newsletter for several years, I contribute songs to the leader’s network, I provide support and training for new leaders and have provided much one-on-one long term support for new leaders. I have been contracted by City of Greater Geelong to provide leadership mentoring for artists. For several years I have volunteered on local community radio and focused on interviewing musicians and artists about their work and process which is a great regular learning experience.

My professional affiliations are with ANZCA (examination body I prefer to study with), APRA (writer member) and Community Music Victoria for whom I have worked for 15 years including a stint as Vice President of the Board.

Each year I aim to write and record a dozen songs and a huge part of my singing group repertoire is comprised of my own writing which is consistently well received. Much of my songwriting occurs in saltwater so when I am not working I like to swim in the Geelong Bay.

Presently I am undertaking a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. My research focus is singinf as an agent of expression and healing.