100 WOMEN. 100 STORIES.
a choral performance
“One day you will meet
the person you were meant to be”
I could barely hold a needle
when she said this to me.
She was a bloody rock my mum, solid.
Grounding as she guided me through life.
I loved watching my mum pulling things apart
to make something new for us.
lyrics by Audrey Ormella
100 WOMEN is a symphony of women’s voices from around the country. This epic performance will bring together 100 singers from across the city to sing in one voice. Anyone who identifies with femininity and is comfortable telling women's stories is welcome to sing with us.
During the 2020 lockdowns, The House That Dan Built recruited 100 women from around Australia to participate in a multi-faceted community engagement project. They shared stories of resilience, connection to community, and reflections on their lives through one on one interviews and group interactions - and simultaneously stitched together a garment (a red cape) that would be passed onto 100 girls.
Six award-winning Australian female composers knitted those stories into a one-hour moving and poignant choral experience that is today known as 100 Women
Composed by Jessica O’Donoghue, Yunyu Ong, Pru Montin, Audrey Ormella, Leahannah Crimmins, Aija Draguns
In 2021 Jessica received the top performance award in the APRA/AMCOS AMC Art Music Awards and in 2018 she was the recipient of an Australian Institute of Music Fellowship for her “outstanding contributions” to the nation’s music industry. She harnessed a prestigious classical training that included Sydney University, Victorian College of the Arts and London’s Covent Garden into an extensive and eclectic musical career that spans opera, medieval music, pop, jazz and cabaret. A long-term advocate for the democratisation of music, she is committed to engaging with audiences by creating bold, sonic experiences like no other.
Pru Montin is a Melbourne/LA-based composer and sound designer fast creating a name for herself as a dynamic and inventive composer of film and media scores. With a gift at sampling, she sculpts evolving sonic worlds from any sound source, into meticulously orchestrated emotional journeys. Her unique approach has led to features by ASCAP as Composer to Watch, APRA AMCOS's World IP Day Innovator and the coveted biannual APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award for Film and Television in 2019. Her most recent film credits include the AACTA-nominated Australian family feature Moon Rock for Monday whilst her proudest installation is an immersive sonic-collaged multimedia retrospective on Madonna presented in New York.
Yunyu is an award winning film, games and installation composer. She
won the best score for short film in the international Film Sound and
Music Festival for the short film Drover's Boy (2015). As a singer-songwriter, Yunyu won Triple J's unearthed and was feature
artist in the Australian Independent Records. Yunyu has also co-written the musical Jungle Hideaway, which has been workshopped/presented internationally in theatres including NIDA, La Salle Singapore. Currently, Yunyu is undertaking research into Spatial music formats, her research is supported by Dolby Australia, in University of Technology Sydney.
Leahannah (she/her) is a composer, vocalist, flautist and performer from Naarm/ Melbourne, Australia. Leahnnah brings with her 20 years of experience as a vocalist and flautist, having performed in numerous bands over the years ranging from jazz, contemporary, to progressive/experimental and folk. Leahannah is passionate about creating unique, emotive music that blends vocals, and acoustic instruments with electronic soundscapes. Leahannah’s sound can be best described as ethereal, emotional, and immersive.
Aija Draguns is a Sydney-based emerging composer. She has a passion for choral music and is heavily influenced by her Latvian heritage. Growing up Aija studied piano and saxophone, and sung in various ensembles in the Latvian community. Aija attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, completing a Bachelor of Music (Composition), and a Bachelor of Music Studies (Composition Honours). Aija has since worked with Sydney Youth Orchestra and Ensemble Apex. Aija’s compositions have been programmed by Sydney Philharmonia choir Vox, Sydney Conservatorium choirs, Konzertprojekt, Trinitiy Grammar School choir, the Australian Latvian Cultural Festival, The House that Dan Built, and Melbourne Latvian choir Daina. Aija's work has recently been presented in Sydney Town Hall and at the Sydney Opera House.
Audrey Ormella is an emerging Sydney-based composer, living and working on Wangal land. She is interested in experimenting with both live and pre-recorded musical ideas, and has previously worked with ensembles such as the AYO, the Australian Voices, Gondwana Choirs, and TheHouseThatDanBuilt Performers. She is currently in her second year studying Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.