Paul Holley OAM

Paul  Holley 2015

Paul Holley OAM is a choral conductor, educator and motivator. His personal warmth and passion for choral music have inspired many singers to discover and develop their skills as choral musicians.

Presently, Paul is the Associate Director of Voices of Birralee and conducts two ensembles within this organisation, the Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee. Both of these ensembles have toured nationally and internationally, performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, made numerous recordings and supported community events. 

Paul is also the principal conductor of the national youth choir, Gondwana Chorale. In addition to these roles, Paul is a choral director and teacher at Brisbane Girls Grammar School and in early 2016 was awarded an Order of Australia Media for his dedication to choral music. 


Grant Mason

Grant  Mason

Grant Mason was born in Adelaide, South Australia and began his musical career as a soprano cornet player at the age of 8.

In 1976, at the age of 15, Grant joined the Australian Army as an Apprentice Musician. This was the beginning of a 22-year career in military bands throughout Australia. Whilst in the Army, Grant had postings as the principal trumpeter in Wagga Wagga, Adelaide and Sydney and was eventually appointed as the Bandmaster of the Royal Australian Artillery Band in Brisbane. During his time in the Army, Grant did casual work with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera Orchestra as well as playing in numerous professional jazz, blues and big bands. Highlights of 22 years’ service were many and included numerous National and International tours. 

Retiring from the Army in 1998, Grant gained a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Queensland. He commenced his teaching career with Education Queensland and was subsequently offered the position of Head of Bands at St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly, which he held for 14 years. During this time, Grant planned and executed a number of International Tours and worked with some of Australia’s finest musicians. He also developed a reputation as an excellent performer, teacher, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Grant is currently working as a consultant music specialist and shares his experience with students and teachers in Australia and overseas.


Andrea Messenger

Andrea  Messenger

Andrea Messenger holds a Graduate Diploma in Performance from the University of Tasmania and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland. 

Andrea has been the Director of the Western Suburbs String Orchestras since 1989. She has auditioned violins for the Queensland Youth orchestra for the past 28 years and has adjudicated many eisteddfodau and music competitions. Andrea has extensive experience teaching Violin and Viola from beginners to Tertiary level. 

She has taught in a number of private schools in Brisbane. Many of her students have played in the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and professionally in the Queensland Symphony and other Australian orchestras. 

Andrea has been the State president of the Australian String Association and she takes a keen interest in mentoring many young teachers at the start of their careers. She is passionate about music education leading to a lifelong love of music both as a performer and as a listener. 


Patrick Murphy

Patrick  Murphy

Patrick Murphy holds the position of Cello Performance Fellow at the School of Music, University of Queensland. He is also a member of the Southern Cross Soloists, resident at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the White Halo Ensemble, Ensemble in Residence at the School of Music at UQ. 

Patrick is a regular player with the Australian World Orchestra and has commissioned and premiered new works for solo cello by Australian composers including Paul Dean and James Ledger. Upcoming performances for 2016 include the Brahms Double Concerto with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Bartok’s 5th String Quartet for the QSO’s Chamber Players series, and Sculthorpe’s Requiem for Solo Cello at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane. Patrick also curates the Music in the RedBox Series at the State Library of Qld for the Queensland Music Festival.


Patrick was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet, first prize-winners in the Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition (2000) and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan (2001). Prize-winners in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003), they went on to perform throughout Europe and continued studies with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne. The Tankstream Quartet were broadcast by the BBC at Wigmore Hall, and appeared on radio and television in Japan, Austria and France.  In 2004 they were invited to play at the reception of the wedding of Danish Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary Donaldson in Fredenborg Castle, Copenhagen.


Patrick has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has been a staff member of the Sydney and Hobart Conservatoriums, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Music. Patrick was also a guest cellist with the Australian String Quartet, and the founding cellist of the Grainger Quartet, Whitely Trio and Nexus Piano Quartet. 


Robert Stewart

Robert  Stewart

Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching – University of Melbourne

Master of Music (Opera)- Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Advanced Certificate in Performance- University of Toronto

Bachelor of Music Performance- University of Toronto


Canadian-born tenor Robert Stewart is Dean of Music at Ormiston College. A chorister from a very early age, he has been a member of professional choirs, opera choruses, community choir section leader and church musician with a wide knowledge of choral repertoire. Robert was a voice student at Mount Allison University where he studied choral conducting with Carlton Elliot and choral literature with Dr. Willis Noble. He received a Master of Music (Opera) from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is also a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music in Performance; Advanced Certificate in Performance) majoring in voice performance. As an undergraduate he also studied orchestral conducting with Dwight Bennett and served as section leader and assistant to Dr. Doreen Rao. He has also worked and mentored with some of the world’s foremost conductors including: Sir David Willcocks, Sir Philip Ledger, Dr. Elmer Iseler, and Dr. Lydia Adams.


Robert was co-founder and conductor of the award winning Exaudi Youth Choir- under his baton Exaudi was quickly recognised as one of the foremost collegiate-level ensembles in Australia. They have recorded two CDs, toured nationally and frequently commissioned new works. In 2009 the choir made a “clean sweep” at the Australian National Eisteddfod winning the Open Choral Championships as well as the Open Sacred, Open Contemporary and Australian-British sections. Through their many concerts and workshops they championed choral singing and the music of Australian composers. Robert has been a guest conductor for the Festival of Voices and the Pemulwuy National Male Voice Festival.


As a performer Robert has twice been a finalist in the Mietta Song Recital Award and has appeared in the New Zealand Opera’s production of Carmen. He was also a regular soloist at St John’s Southgate as part of their Bach cantata series including performances with Bach’s successor, Thomaskantor Christoph Biller. A former Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center he participated in masterclasses with Pierre Valet, Phyllis Curtin and Ernst Haefliger. While at Tanglewood, he performed Bach’s Selig ist der Mann with American Bach scholar Craig Smith and members of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Recent concerts have included appearances on ABC Classic FM, the Ruskin Hall Recital Series, the Camberwell Chorale, the Heidelberg Chorale and the Melbourne Chorale.


Robert has been choral conductor, voice teacher and French diction tutor at Monash University, the Melba Conservatorium and the Victorian College of the Arts. A passionate advocate and researcher in boys’ music education, Robert was Head of Music at The Hutchins School and Director of Music at Melbourne High School, Victoria’s largest State School music programme. Under his leadership the school continued to grow its whole school singing programme, increase instruments offered, expanded the choirs and, under his baton, the orchestra twice won the Royal South Street Eisteddfod. This past October he was guest conductor at the Queensland Conservatorium’s State Honours Ensemble Programme.


Claire Preston

Claire  Preston

Educator, accompanist, conductor and co-founder of the award winning Exaudi Youth Choir, Claire was Head of Choral Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School: a specialist program for the training of young musicians where she passionately commissioned and recorded Australian music and hosted community outreach.

Specialising in developing young singers, she has worked extensively in Australia and North America. Claire has been Assistant Conductor with the internationally renowned Toronto Children’s Chorus and Assistant Conductor/Chief Accompanist for the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus. She also served as accompanist for the Elmer Iseler Singers, Canada’s foremost professional choir. While accompanist at the University of Toronto, she worked with Dr. Doreen Rao, Sir David Wilcocks and Helmuth Rilling.

Performance highlights include appearances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis, Joy of Singing International Choral Festival, and recording the world premiere of Harry Somers’ children’s opera A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream for CBC Records (recently nominated for a Juno Award).

Claire has been a finalist at the Mietta Song Recital Award and broadcast on ABC’s “Rising Stars” and Artistic Advisor/Conductor and Accompanist with Festival of Voices since 2008.  Claire has been a regular guest conductor at Gondwana National Choral School and various festivals, conferences and music competitions throughout Australia and The Big Sing in New Zealand.


Katrina Peddell

Katrina  Peddell 2016

Dr. Katrina Peddell is an experienced music educator/choral conductor who has taught all levels of education from Kindergarten to University. 

As Curriculum Coordinator of Music and Coordinator of Choral Activities at Canterbury College in Waterford, Dr. Peddell teaches Years 7 to 12 elective Music and conducts three choirs. Prior to teaching at Canterbury College, Dr. Peddell was Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Music Education degree program at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, USA where she prepared pre-service teachers and conducted the Women’s Choir. 

A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, she began her teaching career in state and independent primary and secondary schools in Brisbane before moving to the United States in 1999 where she obtained an MA in Music Education and PhD in Music from the University of Minnesota. 

After nearly nine years in the USA, Dr. Peddell returned home to Brisbane to take up her current position at Canterbury College.


Tim Sherlock

Tim  Sherlock

Timothy Sherlock is an Australian music educator, choral conductor and composer. He has taught and contributed to the development of aural-based music and choral programs in a number of Brisbane schools. For a number of years, Timothy has conducted the Griffith University State Honours Ensemble Program Choir in both Brisbane and in regional Queensland.

Timothy is also the co-director of the official choir convened by the Australian Government for the Dawn and Lone Pine services in Gallipoli, Turkey. He also directs the Griffith University Young Conservatorium Vocal Ensemble, the All Hallows Handbell Ensemble and the QPAC Choir.


Emily Cox


One of Australia’s most experienced and inspirational choral directors, Emily Cox is Music Director of two of Brisbane’s acclaimed choirs, the Brisbane Chorale and Canticum Chamber Choir.

She is also a Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and Choir Director at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point.

Her expertise and versatility have made her Chorus Master of choice for major arts companies and has resulted in numerous collaborations between her ensembles and organisations such as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the QLD Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Ballet, and the like.  American born and educated, Emily has made Australia her home for many years.


Kate Albury


Kate Albury holds a Bachelor of Arts Music, Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting.

For eight years she was Head of Music at Trinity Lutheran College on the Gold Coast. She currently works at Brisbane Grammar School as both Choral Director and Middle School Music Co-ordinator.  In 2010 she toured Europe with the School’s Premier Choir “The Grammarphones”, achieving first place in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna. 

Kate also conducts the Conservatorium Chorus at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and in 2011 was co-conductor of the “Juniors” at the National Gondwana Choral School in Sydney. She is Vice-President of the Queensland and Northern Territory Committee of the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) and is committed to encouraging young people to become involved in choral music.


Peter Ingram


Peter Ingram is a noted conductor of school, university and community choirs throughout Australia. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Florida State University (U.S.A.) where he gained his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting under the guidance of Rodney Eichenberger.

Peter is Head of Music at Brisbane Grammar School where he directs the various choirs including the Grammar Singers. He is a former President of the Queensland chapter of the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) and continues to serve on the state committee. He is also Music Coordinator at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Coorparoo. Peter is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician and workshop leader at various choral events throughout the country.


Warwick Potter


Warwick Potter is one of Australia's leading conductors. He has conducted Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions.

He is currently Coordinator of Winds at University of Queensland. His other UQ duties include conducting UQ Symphony Orchestra and UQ Wind Ensemble as well as lecturing in instrumental conducting. He also conducts for Queensland Youth Orchestras on a regular basis.