Menila began her musical journey on the harp at the age of five in her hometown of Adelaide. Three years later, the viola followed. Menila studied the viola in the Elder Conservatorium’s single studies program whilst in high school, and has performed with the Adelaide Youth Orchestras, the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, and, for five years, as associate principal at SA State Music Camp. She has also performed with many chamber ensembles, as well as commercially for television, musical theatre, and concert tours. For the past six years, Menila has taught violin, viola, and string ensembles, in various Sydney schools, at youth music camps, and through her private studio.
Menila studied voice and musicology on scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Studies (Honours Class I) in 2017. Whilst at the Conservatorium, Menila’s performance highlights included Bernstein’s MASS (Small Chorus) at the Sydney Opera House, Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice (chorus) under the baton of Richard Bonynge, and repertoire ranging from Bach Cantatas to the Britten and Sculthorpe Requiems with the Conservatorium Chamber Choir, Choir, and Opera Chorus. Alongside her studies, Menila also performed in the ensemble of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Art Gallery of NSW with the Spectrum Now Festival, as Ida in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Opera Lirica, and travelled to Germany through a grant to attend the Bel Canto Voice Program in Munich. Most recently, Menila toured China for two months with the Australian International Opera Company in Verdi’s Aida (ensemble), and will sing Annina in La Traviata (Verdi) for Opera Lirica.