Bernadette has both musically directed for and performed in a number of amateur theatre productions. She has also been a church cantor at, performed in many charity concerts and solo recitals and provided the music for weddings and funerals.
Bernadette Mether is a talented and versatile musician with a passion for both classical and jazz styles. She has an impressive background in music education and performance, having graduated from the University of Melbourne and gaining further qualifications from Deakin University and the Australian Music Examinations Board. She has taught music to both primary and secondary students, as well as in her own private studio, and has adjudicated at the Pheonix Eisteddfod. Bernadette's performance experience includes roles in amateur theatre productions, solo recitals and appearances at charity concerts. In addition, she has musically directed several local theatre productions and founded and directed several vocal ensembles. In recent years, she has performed with pianist Pamela Christie, Jonathan Harvey, classical guitarist Tania Ravbar, and the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra and the Citi Opera Chorus. She teaches singing, guitar, and theory at her studio in Mornington.
Bim Bom Set is a jazz bossa nova band with a unique approach to their music, incorporating elements of classical and Brazilian styles. The band was formed when members Bernadette Mether, Tonino Berghella, John Morton, and Peter Robb began to experiment with different musical ideas and found a shared passion for improvisation and invention. The band's name, Bim Bom Set, was suggested by John Morton (an engineer by day) and is a nod to the origins of bossa nova in the song "Bim-Bom" by Bebel Gilberto, as well as to the mathematical concept of chaotic systems and strange attractors. This mathematical influence is fitting given the backgrounds of some of the band members, including Peter Robb, a retired maths lecturer, and Bernadette Mether, a qualified high school maths teacher. Bim Bom Set is available for performances at parties, weddings, and other events. Contact them to discuss your needs and to experience their unique blend of musical styles and improvisational spirit.
Canto Vida is a Catholic liturgical band that was formed in 2013 by Graham Michel, a ukulele and percussion player. The band features the talents of Bernadette Mether, a singer and guitarist, and Mark O'Donnell, a pianist extraordinaire. Canto Vida's regular vocalists are Angela Wall, Denise Cooney, Barbara Rogers, and Silvana D'Ambrosio. The band specializes in uplifting harmonies, many of which have been written by Bernadette. The band's music is inspired by the folk mass tradition and is designed to enhance worship and promote spiritual upliftment. Canto Vida has provided weekly music for masses at St. Macartan's Parish in Mornington and Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Rosebud, as well as major feast days such as Christmas and Easter. The band has also had guest artists of high caliber such as Paul Jenkins on woodwind, Tonino Berghella on flute, Anthony Fernando on clarinet, Stephanie Bryant on flute, Peter Robb on percussion, and John Blades on guitar. Whether performing traditional hymns or contemporary praise songs, Canto Vida's music aims to bring people closer to God through the power of music.