tamborine mountain arts collective

Sarah-Jane Vagg

Performance Artist
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Sarah-Jane is a classically trained flautist. She was completely enchanted being emerged in musical tones of every colour and shape, a 'sea of sound'.

Sarah-Jane’s journey began at 7 years old, with Classical Flute lessons. Joining the Primary School Orchestra – she was completely enchanted being emerged in musical tones of every colour and shape, a ‘sea of sound’.

After 8 years of classical training, she studied Jazz Music Performance in Melbourne. At 19 years old, she was asked to write a therapeutic music program for a Hospital setting, using research outcomes. These therapeutic outcomes were then utilised many years later as a Nurse.

She spent 2 years in the U.K, performing at the Edinburgh Festival, and co-creating music events at the Cafe where Harry Potter was written. She honed Celtic music skills in the stone alleyways and pubs of Ireland, and even participated in a Film Clip about a Scottish Pub brawl.

She became interested in the cultural heritage and the history and stories behind the ancient music and instruments. She was lucky enough to have a lesson from Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson during that time, and the late Jazz Legend Don Burrows.

After studying Dip. Diversional Therapy, she utilised Music in palliative care, oncology, dementia and for children with autism at a Primary School; in an NDIS pilot program.

Since Moving from Melbourne to a Tree House on the Mountain in 20 yrs ago, SJ could be found performing with Folk Duo “SheeTree” on Mandolin and Flute, with Lilah Jane’s funky folky originals, Gypsy-Jazz ensembles, at Clancy’s Irish Pub or jamming at Belvedere’s

She has participated in the Mountain’s Judith Wright Festival, and composed for the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane with Hayley Van Ravenswaay. SheeTree has composed for a local Theatre Production of Shakespeare, and played at the Adelaide Fringe, and Arts in the Olives for many years. In 2020 she was awarded a Council Grant for implementation of a Health and Music program.

More recently, she has created a movie composition, and written flute part for an Arts Grant submission for Home of The Arts. Her students have had experience performing Christmas carols at nursing homes; and the commonwealth games “The People’s Orchestra.”

Tmac acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands we operate on, the Wanggerriburras people and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.