Barossa musician fulfills dream

Cara Boehm will direct a choir of community singers during a live performance which visits the region next month. To read more of her story head to Barossa Herald online.

Cara Boehm will direct a choir of community singers during a live performance which visits the region next month. To read more of her story head to Barossa Herald online.

Barossa's melting pot of accomplished musicians expands to Cara Boehm who next month directs a choir of community singers to complement an acclaimed cabaret performance which heads to Angaston.

Infused with music through instruments and songs, dating back to a child of Light Pass, the Tanunda woman says her latest role is fulfilling a dream.

"Choir directing is new for me and secretly what I have wanted to do," she said.

Her path to music she understands began one Christmas as a child when her brother was given a toy trumpet.

While Ms Boehm doesn't recall the memory, her father told her how she had picked up the instrument and intuitively smashed out a recognisable tune.

She's almost certain this outcome was the catalyst for her taking up keyboard lessons.

However, having moved from the region and attending Northfield High School, Ms Boehm now fondly recalls as an adult she was actually inspired by her year 11 teacher to pursue music professionally.

"While I was good academically, including maths, I did not want to be an accountant...I decided to study jazz and saxophone at Adelaide Uni," she explained.

Her newly found skills led her through a variety of roles including teaching instruments to the 'Playford Late Starters Band' which saw her tutor the saxophone.

She later joined a funk band as saxophonist and back up vocals and further taking on the management side with bookings.

Ms Boehm also appeared on the Barossa scene during gourmet weekends and appearing in shows at Jacob's Creek.

Yet as Ms Boehm explains, her musical career hasn't always been smooth sailing; highlighting her struggles with mental health concerns.

Following a relationship break up she moved to be with her father in Brisbane for seven years but said it was probably the worst time of her life.

She had purchased a "beautiful new keyboard" to write songs to make sense of her world.

"I ended up becoming afraid to play to someone," she openly shared.

A move back to Adelaide in 2010 followed, which she describes as "the best" decision and enabled her to reconnect with her passion.

Funnily enough, the Barossa in the girl meant a move back to her original roots, settling in Tanunda just over two years ago.

As fate would have it, she positioned herself in the same street as Tanunda musician Megan Isaacson, who she first became friends while studying at The Adelaide Conservatorium of Music.

As Ms Boehm's music bio highlights, 'Both girls together have recently embarked on their singing-songwriting careers, and have found rich ground to share as they pursue their musical journeys'.

Ms Boehm's renewed zest for music and arts led her to enter a piece of work in the Songwriters Composers and Lyricists Association (SCALA) with her song 'Pot of Gold'.

The golden tune led her to become a finalist and receive positive judge's comments such as 'Mesmerizing atmosphere throughout, lovely melodies; lovely imagery in lyrics'.

Joining the Barossa scene also opened up her art network, especially with the Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, and learn to appreciate the wealth of knowledge she has to share.

Fast forward to today and Ms Boehm oozes with both energy and praise of directing a choir for Michaela Burger's cabaret show 'A Migrant's Son' to feature in Angaston on Saturday, September 14.

Her skills have led her to co-ordinate nine singers from towns, including Kapunda and Williamstown, who will provide back up vocals to six of the 11 songs featured.

"We have been practicing each week and will only have the afternoon before the show to practice with the pianist before the concert," she added.

For more details, phone the Barossa Regional Gallery on 8563 8340.