We are very lucky to have the expertise and dedication of our talented Music Staff. Led by Brett Weymark, our music staff are musicians in their own right and show their commitment to choral music by devoting countless hours to auditions, rehearsals and performances. This commitment allows us to perform to the very best standards possible.

Photograph by Keith Saunders

Brett Weymark – Artistic & Music Director

Brett Weymark is one of the foremost choral conductors in Australia. Since becoming Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in 2003, he has conducted the Choirs in performances around Australia and the world. He has led all of the state orchestra’s as well as the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Sydney Youth Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Brett studied conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Mats Nilsson, John Hopkins, Henryk Pisarek and Patrick Thomas. He furthered his conducting studies in England, Europe and America with Simon Halsey, Vance George, Daniel Barenboim and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, amongst others. During his time as Music Director, Brett has conducted the choirs in many and varied genres, including works from the classical repertoire such as JS Bach’s Passions and Christmas Oratorio, the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, Durué and Fauré, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has premiered and championed works by Elena Kats Chernin, Matthew Hindson, John Peterson, Daniel Walker, Rosalind Page, Peter Sculthorpe, Andrew Schultz and Ross Edwards amongst others. He has also led contemporary programs, such as And the days featuring new works from Australia and abroad. In 2011 he premiered his own work Brighton to Bondi as part of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs season.

He has prepared choruses for such noted international conductors as Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit and Sir Simon Rattle.

In 2001 Brett was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal, for service to Australian society and the advancement of music. Under his direction, the choir was awarded an 2010 Helpmann Award for its part in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms directed by Peter Sellars and was nominated for a 2010 Limelight Award for his production of Purcell’s King Arthur. Most recently he was Chorus Master for the Adelaide Festival 2017 production of Saul and the 2018 production of Hamlet. He has recorded widely for the ABC with artists such as Cantillation, Sara Macliver and Teddy Tahu Rodes. He has also conducted a wide range of film scores from Happy Feet to Australia and Mad Max Fury Road.

 

Photograph by Keith Saunders

Elizabeth Scott – Music Director VOX

The current Music Director of VOX, Elizabeth Scott is a skillful conductor who has led VOX to great success since 2008. Previously the Assistant Chorus Master and Acting Music Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, she truly shines as the leader of the next generation of choral singers. In 2017, Elizabeth became the first Australian woman to conduct Messiah at the Sydney Opera House, leading a choir of over 600 in front of three sold out houses.

Passionate about young performers, Elizabeth is currently the Music Performance Projects Officer (Secondary Choral Music/Instrumental Music) for the Arts Unit, a specialist branch of the NSW Department of Education. She was also the Director of Vocal and Choral Studies at the Conservatorium High School from 2012-2013 and has been the Choral Conductor for the Schools Spectacular, since 2009 and is the conductor of the NSW Public Schools Singers.

Elizabeth regularly appears as part of the Gondwana Choirs artistic team and works regularly as chorus master and session conductor for Cantillation.

Photograph by Kurt Sneddon

Claire Howard Race – Assistant Chorus Master (Maternity leave)

Claire completed her Master of Music in Performance and Research at the Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Malcolm Martineau and Iain Ledingham. She has been awarded the Broadwood Junior Piano Accompanist Fellowship from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and in addition to winning Lieder and Accompaniment prizes at the RSAMD and the RAM, Claire has been recognised with sponsorship from the Geoffrey Parsons Trust, Tait Memorial Trust, Hope Scott Trust and the Alex Menzies Memorial Fund, the latter being awarded “to an outstanding accompanist” at the RSAMD.

Claire has performed in recitals in Mexico, Spain, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Ruhr Klassische Musik Festival in Marl, Germany, the Paisley Festival, Glasgow, the Henley Festival, London and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Lynne Murray – Vocal Coach

Lynne has sung as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concert and recital in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Germany. She trained at the Opera School at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she later undertook the degree of Master of Music (Performance). She was a finalist in all major Australian singing competitions, and won  Opera Foundation’s German Operatic Award, which resulted in her performing as a trainee principal singer with the Cologne State Opera in Germany. On returning to Australia she sang with Opera Australia and opera companies throughout Australia and New Zealand, in principal roles including Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, and Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann.

Lynne has built a practice as a singing teacher for over twenty years, with a particular interest in teaching choral singers. She wrote an article on teaching mature amateur singers for the 2016 edition of Australian Voice, and co–authored a chapter on voice management and the older singer, to be published this year in the prestigious Oxford Handbook of Singing.

As vocal coach for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Lynne sits in on chorister auditions, advises choristers on issues to do with their voice, and runs workshops on vocal technique. Lynne sees her role as encouraging singers across all choirs to fulfil their vocal potential and to get the utmost enjoyment from their participation in the choir.