Brisbane Concert Choir is an auditioned SATB choir of around 70 singers performing mostly classical music ranging from short and light works to choral masterpieces such as J. S. Bach's Mass in B Minor. Our choral season from the beginning of February into December, includes three terms that mirror Queensland's school calendar, each term built around one scheduled concert performance. Our accompaniment includes chamber-sized ensembles of varying size but one concert is a cappella. Our schedule typically includes a fortnight-long overseas tour every third year. The choir also performs contract work ranging from singing at weddings to performing live at major events including National Geographic's Symphony For Our World in 2018?? The choir is open to adult singers of all ages and an ability to read music, while an advantage is not essential for those wishing to audition. Singers interested in joining are welcome to attend rehearsals, meet the conductor Debra, and join the singing before deciding whether to audition. The choir's goal is one of excellence, but firmly within the context of personal reward and enjoyment. Read more about the choir and its history ...
Originally from Perth, Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié maintains an active career as a choral conductor, music educator, clinician and scholar. She holds a Master of Music Education degree and Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University. During her time there she directed the Indiana University Children’s and Youth Choir, was assistant director to maestro Paul Hillier with the Pro Arte Singers, and Director of the International Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University for two years. From 2000 to 2001, she conducted the Northwest Girlchoir in Seattle, a 400-voice organization of young women who perform frequently with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Debra has received numerous invitations to present at national conferences both abroad and in Australia, including the National Conference of the American Choral Director’s Association in New York in 2003, and has been invited to present at each Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) Choralfest since she has returned to Australia in 2003.
JOHN WOODS was born in Stirling, Scotland. After studying piano and bassoon at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama he was awarded scholarships from The Scottish Arts Council and The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust to specialise in piano accompaniment at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has since worked as a guest repetiteur at the R.N.C.M. and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 1992 he joined the staff of The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University as an accompanist and vocal coach, preparing many of its operas, including the Australian premiere of Britten's "Billy Budd", as part of the 1993 Brisbane Biennial Festival.