Camp Coordinator / Producer
Emmanuel and his wife Liesl have a love for music, youth and serving God. Emmanuel caught the vision of Music Camp in 2014 after running the first pilot camp. Under his leadership, Music Camp has grown to involving young musicians from all over Australia and New Zealand.
His tireless work at camp is only the beginning of the many hours of painstaking editing to produce high quality music videos that have been broadcast on Christian TV stations around the world.
Liesl Higgins AMusA, LMusA (violin & piano), BMus (Hons), MMus (Performance)
Orchestra Leader / Composer / Youth Leader
“All things come of Thee, and of Thine Own have we given Thee.”
Liesl and her husband Emmanuel have a love for music, youth and serving God. Liesl graduated from Sydney University with a Masters of Music (Performance) under Associate Professor Alice Waten. She has taught violin at Sydney Conservatorium, and prior to that was on the staff team at Newcastle Conservatorium. She was selected as one of 10 young pianists from around the country for Piano’11 at the Australian National Academy of Music, has received many music prizes and awards, and was recipient of the University Medal for music (2013). In addition to loving music and other ministry projects, she has worked as a cook at Cedarvale Health and Lifestyle Retreat.
Orchestra Leader / Composer / Bible Teacher
Henry and his wife Chanel are passionate about music and youth ministry. Henry is an extraordinary musician who performs on piano, cello, pan flute, guitar, trumpet and piano accordion. He has produced two albums "Near to the Heart" and "Day by Day," which have been well received throughout Australia, America and abroad. As well as music productions, Henry has also performed with the Christchurch Camerata, a professional string orchestra based in Newcastle. Henry's passion and enthusiasm in music is contagious. Henry's greatest passion though is God's word and sharing it with others. He has worked as a Bible worker in both Australia and America. The one word that describes his work with encouraging other young people in their walk with God is 'enthusiasm'.
Chanel Higgins AMusA (violin & piano), BMus (Hons)
Orchestra Leader / Youth Leader
Chanel and her husband Henry are passionate about music and youth ministry. Chanel is a music teacher with many years experience teaching both privately and in schools. She has a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours with a double major in violin and piano performance from the University of Newcastle. She has also achieved her AMusA in both violin and piano. Orchestral playing is one of her loves and she has performed in a number of orchestras including the ChristChurch Camerata, the Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Newcastle Orchestra and the Avondale Orchestra. She has also conducted a string orchestra at a private school. Above all, Chanel loves regularly using her music to contribute to church services and is passionate about devoting her musical talents for God's honour and glory. Chanel is also actively involved in youth work and evangelism at her local SDA Church.
Camp Organiser / Youth Leader
Julie has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Certificate IV in Disability. She has a love for young people and leading youth to Christ. She also has a great love for singing, outreach and literature evangelism and enjoys working with the Eastward canvassing team.
Youth Leader / Canvassing Leader
Tim and his identical twin brother Andy are passionate literature evangelists. Tim regularly leads magabook canvassing road trips and programs in various parts of Australia. He loves listening to choir music and singing. He enjoys singing acapella as a trio or quartet with Andy, Emmanuel and Henry.
He is also an experienced aborist working in tree removal and maintenance with Beehive Tree Services.
Youth Leader / Canvassing Leader
Andy and his identical twin brother Tim are passionate literature evangelists. They regularly lead magabook canvassing programs in various parts of Australia. Andy loves listening to choir music and singing. He enjoys singing acapella as a trio or quartet with Tim, Emmanuel and Henry.
He is also an experienced aborist working in tree removal and maintenance with Beehive Tree Services and is passionate about growing trees.
Melody has a love and passion for children and youth choirs. She has many years experience conducting and directing choirs in churches, schools and the community. Her community choirs have toured, recorded CD's, performed at Arts Festivals, community events and concerts.
Melody is also a registered nurse with more than 30 years experience in acute nursing. She has a love for healthy eating and presenting community health programs.