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Loretta Palmeiro

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Loretta completed her Bmus at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music while studying with Mark Walton. As an undergraduate student she performed the Ibert Saxophone Concerto with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra during a tour throughout regional NSW, and she has also featured as a soloist with SYO at the Sydney Opera House. Recently she returned to the Con to study with Craig Scott, Kevin Hunt, Judy Bailey and Dale Barlow while undertaking a diploma in jazz. 

Loretta spent a year living and teaching in Portugal where she recorded, performed and toured with the traditional/world music group “Marenostrum.” More recently she resided Japan for 18 months where she played at a number of Tokyo’s Live Houses. She composed and recorded music for the internationally released documentary “Being Dad” and has also written music for short film, including for "The Death of an Official" which won the Director's Choice award at the Newtown Film Festival.  

Loretta is currently a member of  “Quadraphonic” Saxophone Quartet, the soul/funk/jazz fusion group “Pom Pom Shizaam” who have a residency at Bar Tokyo in Darling Harbour, and the Latin big band “Salsa Rica” who recently had a sell out show at the Basement in Sydney. In 2009 she formed an ensemble for Converge specialising in Brazilian Bossa Nova, Pagode and Samba and featuring Sydney's exceptional drummer/percussionist Fabian Hevia. 

Loretta holds teaching positions at Moriah College, SCEGG's in Darlinghurst and Monte Saint Angelo College as a saxophone specialist and ensemble tutor. She has undertaken teaching roles within the Conservatorium’s Outreach program and the Conservatorium High School, and is an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.