Michelle Byrne is a professional musician and sound therapist- along with being a performer, songwriter, singer and chantress, a music teacher and choir director. Shanti Sound was created in 2011 with a vision of sharing the uplifting and healing power of sound and song.
Currently in 2014, Michelle is completing her practitioner level Diploma in Sound Therapy with the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) and has completed her Diploma of Therapeutic Sound in the Community with BAST in 2013, to complement her qualifications in Music received in 2007.
Michelle is the creative director of Shanti Sound, offering regular Therapeutic Soundbaths for many organisations and activities- including Yoga Centres and Retreats, Disability Services, Staff Wellbeing days and her monthly soundbaths at Port Noarlunga- open to general public.
Since the conception of Shanti Sound, Michelle has held successful events including her 'Sounding the Chakras' and 'Sound for Wellbeing' courses and workshops, children's 'Shanti Kids' workshops, Contemporary Kirtan evenings with the Shanti Sound Collective, and one to one personal Shanti Sound consultations and soundbaths. Michelle can tailor a session for groups or individuals to help them connect with their voice, clear their past, gain confidence in using the voice, or simply indulge in much needed relaxation.
Michelle also performs regularly with her husband in ‘The Wandering Minstrels’ both in Adelaide and interstate. Some highlights for the duo have been a touring NSW in 2012 and 2013, and also performing on the iconic railway journeys aboard 'The Ghan' in 2012 and the 'Indian Pacific' in 2011. They have an EP ‘Intimate Universal Encounter’ and are working on creating a new album. www.wanderingminstrels.com.au
As a backing vocalist Michelle has also enjoyed the opportunity to perform at high profile events- including Womadelaide (2013).
Michelle has a background in music teaching and has been working as a professional music teacher since 2007. She currently tutors in voice, music theory, guitar and mandolin. Michelle is also a choir teacher for the South Australian Public Primary Schools Festival of Music and is a former Musical Director of The Southern Singers/Onkaparinga City Choral Society, a choir based in South Australia.
Michelle holds a Diploma of Music and has studied Music (majoring in Voice) at Adelaide University Conservatorium of Music and at TAFE SA. She has performed in working bands since 1998 and toured both in Australia and the UK with various musical projects.