Chantelle is ukulele player and vocalist based in Melbourne, Australia. She often performs at ukulele and other music festivals both locally and interstate.
She has been a regular performer on the Australian ukulele scene for the past few years, having performed at Newkulele Festival (NSW), Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival (QLD), Melbourne Ukulele Festival (VIC), Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival (NSW), Spruke Festival (QLD), Hills Ukulele Festival (VIC), Briagolong Uke Fest (VIC) and Coleman’s Music Winter Uke Fest (VIC). She also performed in Craig & Sarah’s Minifest #2, which was held online during the pandemic of 2020 and featured professional ukulele artists from around the world.
In 2018, she won the Best Solo Act at the Hills Ukulele Festival, and in the same year was also a Grand Finalist in the Star Search for a Cause vocal contest.
In 2022, she was one of the featured performers in the main gala evening concert for Hills Ukulele Festival. She also performed an original song in the Women’s Super Ukulele Group at Newkulele Festival in 2022, which featured talented women from across the festival.
She has also performed at several other music festivals and community events including the Basin Music Festival, Berwick Show, Doveton Show, Australia Day and many other local community events.
Chantelle also sometimes performs as a vocalist with other ensembles such as the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band and the Westernport Regional Band, and enjoys singing with jazz ensembles as well.
In 2019, she sang as a solo vocalist with the backing bands in several community carols by candlelight events, including Lynbrook, Narre Warren North and Cranbourne.
As one of the leaders of the “Balla Balla Ukes” (based in Cranbourne, Victoria), she loves to share her knowledge and love for all things uke. As the lead instructor of this community based ukulele group, she encourages layered ensemble playing and introduces more advanced techniques to continuously build on the skill of each player.
Chantelle has a strong background in percussion, having played with the Cranbourne Lions Concert Band since 2008. She also played with the City of Greater Dandenong Band from 2010-2019, performing in several B Grade national contests.
She has filled in for concert bands, brass bands, orchestras and musical theatre pit bands, and her favourite thing is mentoring new players and teaching them to read music.
As a professional trainer in her day job, Chantelle loves to teach and is often asked to help run workshops at various events and festivals. For more information on the ukulele workshops she is able to run, click here.
She performs a mixture of jazz standards and engaging originals with her rich vocals, often involving the audience in singalong.
Video – Craig & Sarah’s Minifest #2
My performance in this amazing festival is at the 6 hour 5 minute mark.