Presenting our amazing vocal team for 2023!
Lisa Duffield is one of Adelaide’s premiere singers.
She has had a varied and vibrant career in the pop music industry with her band, and has toured nationally and internationally.
She is an accomplished compere for many large events, and she can also be found performing with the Mt Barker Big Band, Mt Barker District Concert Band, and other Adelaide musicians.
Lisa is an experienced voice teacher, known for her encouraging teaching style and the success of her students. Many past students now have flourishing musical careers, and many move on to further vocal studies.
She has recently been coaching several young up and coming singers in Los Angeles online!
Lisa is the vocal teacher at Cornerstone College and St Francis de Sales College.
We are thrilled that Lisa has been able to join the Carols team again.
Akeera Chapman is a 19-year-old local singer with a big passion for performing and sharing her voice. Akeera has accumulated invaluable singing experience over the past few years performing at numerous local events and at events such as Generations in Jazz.
More recently, Akeera had the incredible opportunity to perform in the backing choir for the GOSPO Collective in their ‘Whitney- The Greatest Love of All’ show at the Fringe Festival.
Currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University, Akeera is excited to be part of the Mount Barker Carols and Fireworks again.
Ashleigh Jocks is a vocalist from the Adelaide Hills. In 2018, she graduated from the Elder Conservatorium with a degree in Jazz Performance and received an award for Outstanding Soloist in the international DownBeat Music Awards. She was named Top Voice Undergraduate at the Helpmann Academy Jazz Awards and performed alongside New York City jazz band “The Hot Sardines”.
Ashleigh has been involved in vocal workshops with many esteemed performers including Kate Ceberano and was a backing vocalist for Australian singer and TV personality Mark Holden.
Ashleigh now performs as a soloist and has been involved in various musical productions with The Murray Bridge Players and Singers. Her most recent project was vocal directing and performing in their show “10 Years in the Spotlight”.
Ashleigh is delighted to be a part of the Mount Barker Carols again this year.
Isabella (Bella) Jenke is a 20-year-old vocalist from Strathalbyn who has been singing since she was ten, is passionate about music, and especially loves performing for an audience.
She was a part of the 2021 Class of Cabaret, which involved creating and performing her own set as a part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Bella has been a part of the Mount Barker Carols family for six years now and is so excited to be back to sing for you again this year!
Charli Schulz is a singer and songwriter based in the Adelaide Hills.
She loves exploring musical theatre and alternative pop styles in her own writing and in her general musical adventures.
Charli’s love and fascination for the voice has led her to her current studies in Speech Pathology at the University of Adelaide, and she’s delighted to be returning to the Carols vocal team in 2023.
Eliza Lovelock is in her third year at Tabor Institute of Music (TIM) studying a Bachelor of Music.
A keen vocalist and performer, Eliza is in various ensembles at TIM, including the award-winning A’ Capella group directed by Charmaine Jones (GOSPO), as well as playing trumpet and singing in the Funk Band. She is also the Student Advisory Committee’s Vice-President at the Music Campus.
Eliza was a part of TIM’s fringe show “GLOW! Funk in the Dark” where she sang, played trumpet and was choreographer and was also short-listed for the “Adelaide Festival Centre’s Tertiary Students Got Talent”, where she won first place!
Eliza is absolutely thrilled to be back on the Business Mt Barker stage for her sixth year at Carols.
Jasmine Howis has been singing her whole life and entered Adelaide's music scene a few years ago with her acoustic duo 'bliss'. ‘bliss’ often performs live music at wineries across SA and even performed at the Royal Show in 2022.
Recently, Jas made her debut in the musical theatre world with a role in Frozen Junior. She is currently rehearsing for An Evening on Broadway, which will perform during the Fringe 2024 season in February.
Jas is eager to continue her journey in musical theatre and excited to be part of the Mount Barker Carols vocal team this year!
Lucas Pantano is a second year Bachelor of Music Student at the Tabor Institute of Music (TIM), where he is Lead Guitarist for their Funk Band, ‘T-Funk’.
While he majors in guitar, Lucas also performs with TIM ensembles such as Drumline and the award-winning A Capella choir, ‘Tabor Tones’. He has also recently explored the realm of musical theatre, starring in TIM’s production of Aida in 2022.
Lucas is a member of the Mt Barker Big Band, playing guitar, and is excited to be performing in the Mt Barker Carols this year as both a guitarist in the Carols Big Band and as part of the Vocal Team.
Max Maher has had a long and complicated relationship with music. In 2011 Max started learning piano after being surrounded by music growing up. He also began to sing but was too afraid to share his voice causing it to take a back seat to piano.
During a trying period in his adolescence, Max took a break from music but eventually, with the help of his closest friends, - some of whom will be sharing the stage with him tonight, Max rediscovered his love for music through jazz and used it as an outlet.
Today, Max has completed Stage 2 Music Explorations, with a focus on musical theatre, and will be attending university next year to study a Bachelor of Music.
While he has had a confusing relationship with music in the past Max now uses music to bond, heal, and connect with others in ways that can only be described as euphoric. It's safe to say, Max has found his mojo again.
Max is pleased to be part of the Carols Team this year.
Nathan Sachse is 18 and in his first year of a Physiotherapy degree at UniSA. He thoroughly enjoys listening to and making music and bringing joy to people through it!
He was heavily involved in music at St Francis de Sales College during high school and now can be found playing guitar and singing with his church worship team on a Sunday morning as well as other Catholic events around Adelaide.
Nathan is excited to be part of the Carols Vocal Team again this year.
Tayla Arbon loves to sing and has just finished Year 10 at Cornerstone College, learning voice with Lisa Duffield.
She particularly likes musical theatre songs and enjoys singing in the Senior Vocal Ensemble and ‘Somethin’ Else’.
Tayla has been singing for as long as she can remember and is excited to be part of the Mount Barker Carols and Fireworks performance tonight.
Matilda Lovelock is a first-year Bachelor of Music Student, studying at the Tabor Institute of Music. Tilly loves performing and is involved in the Elder Conservatorium’s ‘Chorale’, and Tabor’s award-winning A ‘Capella ensemble led by Charmaine Jones. She is also in Tabor’s percussion ensemble and pop choir.
In 2022 Tilly was selected to perform as a soloist in Catholic Schools Music Festival at the Festival Theatre and was pleased to be involved in the Mount Barker District Concert Band’s ‘Black and Gold Cabaret’ for the second year, this year helping to raise much needed funds for Dementia Australia.
Tilly has been part of the Carols Vocal Team for six years and is excited to be performing for you again!
Willow Rist is a passionate musician and artist who is in her third year of studying Jazz Performance at the University of Adelaide.
Her favourite singers are Hozier and Dodie, and when she’s not singing you will find her reading her favourite book “Women Don’t Owe You Pretty” by Florence Given.
Willow is delighted to be part of the Carols Vocal Team once more.