Full Bio   

Miranda Rains

M.Mus, B.Mus.(Hon), B.Mus.Ed, Dip.Music (USA),

Dip.Teaching(E.C), A.Mus.A.,L.Mus.A.

,M.I.M.T.,M.T.A.Q.,M.A.G.T.R.

     At the age of 8, Miranda was cast in TV productions with Crawfords and Grundy’s including “Good morning Mr Doubleday”, plus reading the “Peters Junior News” on GTV 9, in between the news Miranda and her young male counterpart would present Ice cream commercials during the program.
    
    Miranda was chosen for several ongoing TV commercials for Qantas and the Milk Board at this very young age all contributing to her love of the media and the Arts in general.
    
    Shortly after this time Miranda was cast in JC Williamson’s production of "Sound of Music", then “A Mid-Summer Nights Dream” and also singing the music composed by Purcell to be performed in the Shakespeare play.


    By the age of 15 Miranda had won several Vocal awards in Eisteddfods in Victoria. She had completed the A. Mus A. Diploma.  At 17 she completed the Licentiate Diploma the highest award of the Music Board.
    
    Chosen by Athol Guy of "The Seekers” fame, Miranda was the main female singer in "The Going Thing" a young popular Australian group sponsored by Ford. At the young age of 16 Miranda appeared on and won a TV talent show "Search for a Star”, compared by Bert Newton and judged by Bert and Nancy Hayes , star of stage shows in Australia and Television productions. It was the precursor to “the Voice” and “Australian Idol”

    

    


     Miranda then taught singing to the original Young Talent Team including Kylie and Dannii Minogue and all the team. Although only just 17 this was by invitation and was an opportunity to accept, having just completed year 12 at a private girls College in Kew. Miranda was also teaching both piano and voice to many celebrities’ children in Melbourne at this stage.   

 
    With a natural flair for stage and television “ the voice of and angel and looking like Jerry Hall”, as Bert Newton had described her, yet the ability to change her  trained voice into all modern styles of singing, Miranda was the ideal person for this new role .


    Acceptance then followed after year 12 Honours results into the prestigious Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University. Miranda commenced a Bachelor of Music (Hons.)
    During this period Miranda became the Soprano solo in productions at the Faculty which included:

  • Dido and Aeneas by Purcell

  • The Marriage of Figaro

  • The Magic Flute

  • The Creation and the Messiah

  • The Medium

  • Merry Wives Of Windsor

  •  Brahms Requiem

    to name a few, plus numerous Concerts in the Performing theatre and lunch time concerts ranging from French Spanish and Italian song festivals to items from Operetta Music  theatre and Opera.

 

    Miranda had won the prestigious Walter Kirby Singing scholarship from the Faculty of Music. The Mona Mc Caughey, Muriel Cheek Vocal awards plus the Austral Salon scholarship from the Conservatorium of Music. Miranda was also awarded two Academic Exhibition awards from Melbourne University for academic excellence.


    Tours in vacations with members of the Victorian Opera, concerts and  productions with Margaret Schofield accompanying the ensemble which often included David Hobson and many established, aspiring and gifted  young performers in the profession.

    Following Graduation Miranda  was accepted into the Cantica Workshop and trained with Andrew Field and Audrey Langford in London, plus Jacques Portier in Paris, finally to Julliard in the USA where she trained again in Voice, singing many styles from Opera, Music Theatre to Jazz. At this time she studied special single classes at American Drama Academy various styles of acting which have been of great value in her varied career. At Julliard there were masterclasses with Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Kirri Te Kanawa amongst others. Concerts were arranged at the Lincoln Centre and many wonderful opportunities to perform.


    With an American agent, Miranda was engaged over 4 Christmas seasons at the Hilton Hawaii as a guest artist with the Band/Orchestra singing in an internationally chosen cast entertaining 3,000 people in the Hilton Dome. Miranda sang modern popular, jazz standards and well known Classical opera items to appeal to all ages present.
    Miranda has performed in

  •  ”Phantom of the Opera” as Christine .

  •  “Les Miserables” as both Fantine and Eponine.

  •  “Into the Woods”

  •   "Bach to Broadway”, French Bastille Cabaret-Solo Soirees

  •   “Songs of the Stars”

  •    Evenings to remember at the Arts centre and National Gallery.

  •    Guest with David Foster return season.

  •    Many more ongoing contracted seasons both at home and when possible overseas.

  •    Weddings Functions and special occasions including Opera excerpt’s combined with other celebrities, contemporary repertoire and Music Theatre selections are a major part of Miranda's performing talent and experience.         

                         

    Back in Australia, Miranda enrolled again at Melbourne University where she completed a further Degrees in Education then an Early Childhood Teaching Graduate Degrees which combined, gave her wide and varied advantages in all areas of the educational curriculum to be a Music Specialist as well as a Primary, Secondary and Early Childhood teacher, with an in depth knowledge and understanding of children’s learning requirements at all levels of the educational spectrum.
    
    With Music and Education Degrees, Performing Diplomas, plus A.Mus.A. and L.Mus.A. Diplomas in voice and piano, private teaching has been an ongoing skill and passion that Miranda has undertaken for a long time both in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast of recent times as well as teaching both in private and public education as a registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers.
    
     Miranda has been Director of several Music  departments Primary ,Secondary and Tertiary  where the students have all excelled in their love of learning music  the Performing arts, Drama, stage craft , voice production all central components of a rounded curriculum.
    
    Currently Miranda is a Music Specialist and majors in Singing, piano, theory, voice production, stage craft and drama skills from the early years to adults. As an early childhood, primary, secondary as well as tertiary teacher Miranda has also embarked upon a PHD with her passion for teaching and seeing her students achieve high academic results through her rounded knowledge of education.