Trish believes passionately that “Every life can SING!” She was pelted into life by the singing of the village church choir and instilled with a dream that singing was a way of life and a medicine for all.
A registered Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) Practitioner, Trish studied with the Norma Canner Foundation Training in the USA.
Her love of travel and different cultures led her to facilitate VMT workshops and courses in India, Cambodia and New Zealand. She offered vocal programs with Afghani ... and Iranian women as a volunteer for STARTTS - Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors in Sydney.
Trish cofounded Willow (Music) Publishing and is a published songwriter and recording artist with more than 10 CD collections of original work.
Directing a cappella choirs is part of her lifeblood. Her choirs include Colla Voce - a vocal multi-cultural ensemble; the Sydney and Cambodian Threshold Choirs (singers who sing beside bedsides in palliative care and recovery); and the Music Arts School Community Choir of Phnom Penh. She also sang with the woman’s Crocus Quartet and Café of the Gate of Salvation Gospel Choir.
For the past 40 years, Trish has worked as a freelance artist, workshop and retreat facilitator, affording her the freedom of a creative path. She has a strong grounding in sacred, spirited communal song.
Her winding career has taken her around Australia and many destinations around the world, including Phnom Penh, where Trish lived from 2015 to 2017 and co-founded Cambodia Sings, a not-for-profit organisation to rekindle the love of singing for all Cambodians.
She is a trained InterPlay ® facilitator - an improvisation-based community arts practice in USA - and co-founded InterPlay Australia more than 25 years ago. Her work is anchored in the bedrock of ‘play’. Read more
Membership of professional associations
- International Association for Voice Movement Therapy
- InterPlay(R) Australia
Education and training
• Diploma of Music Education - NSW Conservatorium of Music
• Australia Private Singing & Piano Teacher- NSW Conservatorium of Music
• Australia Registered Voice Movement Therapy Practitioner- Norma Canner Foundation, USA
• InterPlay(R) Australia Leader & Trainer- InterPlay USA
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Trish Watts’s studio location
West Ryde, NSW 2114 Australia