Murray Conservatorium Choir - Previous Directors
Musical Director June 2018 - June 2019 British choral conductor Pippa Andrew
is internationally acclaimed for her ability to make choral music accessible and musical
interpretation that connects singers and audience members with the heart of choral music.
Pippa conducts for the Australian Children's Choir, Beyond The Bathroom Choir, Melbourne
Inner North Performing Arts Academy Choir and is newly appointed to the Murray
Conservatorium vocal faculty, as Conductor of the Murray Conservatorium Consort and Artistic
Director of the Murray Conservatorium Choir.
Pippa started her choral career as a Statutory Chorister at Manchester Cathedral, attending
Chetham's School of Music. She continued studies as a junior at the Royal Northern College
of Music, later graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music from The University of Salford and an MA
in Composition from Leeds College of Music.
Also a passionate and accomplished choral singer and soloist, Pippa's previous long term
performance commitments include St Endellion Festival Chorus, Manchester Chamber
Choir, The Manchester Consort, The Voice Collective and the Australian Chamber Choir.
Pippa resides in Melbourne and also works as a violist, composer and musical artist. More
information about her work can be found at www.pippaandrew.com
Feb-May 2018: American conductor Jeff Mosher is renowned for his charismatic stage
presence, dynamic programming and compelling musical integrity, he continues to attract 2016-17 Hugh Fullarton: A diversely accomplished musician, Hugh Fullarton specialises as organist,
international attention. Mr. Mosher holds a BM in Voice Performance from the University of
Maine where he was classically trained as a baritone. At the University, he sang regularly as
both chorister and soloist. Highlights included singing the role of Liberto in Monteverdi’s L’
incoronazione di Poppea, appearing as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, and
completing a concert
tour of Croatia with the USM Chamber Singers.
Mr. Mosher has been fortunate to study with numerous conductors, most notably Dr. Robert
Russell, Dr. Robert Lehmann, Dr. Peter Martin, Mr. Norman Huynh and Dr. Nicolás Dosman.
Inaddition to engaging in private study, he continues to participate in conducting
Beyond his conducting duties, Mr. Mosher maintains a rigorous schedule of solo recitals and
private teaching. He currently serves on the voice faculty at the Murray Conservatorium, and
resides in Albury.
choral conductor, pianist, composer and music educator. As organist and conductor he has
performed with many local, national and international classical ensembles and solo artists,
including King’s College Choir, Winchester Cathedral Choir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,
The Consort of Melbourne, The Sydney Chamber Choir, Trinity College Choir at the
University of Melbourne, The Australian Boys Choir, and the Australian Choral Symposium,
amongst many others.
As keyboard accompanist Hugh has performed prolifically, including recitals with cellist Linda
Lin (London), tenor Xie Kun (China) soprano Giselle Baulch (Italy) soprano Bria Lauren
(England) and counter-tenor Max Riebl (Australia), as well as performers outside of the art
music sphere, including the comedy duo The Scared Little Weird Guys, jazz vocalist Raleigh
Williams and legendary Germany electronic music group, Tangerine Dream. He studied pipe
organ with internationally renowned John O’Donnell at the University of Melbourne, receiving
the highest marks in performance in his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and
winning a number of prizes including the Herbert Davis Award and the Harold Charles
Hugh is a Fellow of the Royal Collge of Organists, one of only a handful of Australians to have
been awarded this prestigious degree. He also holds an Associate Diploma in Performance
from the Royal College of Music, London and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the
University of Melbourne. As organist he has an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries,
with a special interest in the Italian, French and German organ schools of the Baroque and the
Franco Germanic Romantic period. In the latter he has performed the complete major organ
works of Franck, Liszt and Saint-Saëns. He has performed as an organ soloist locally and
internationally and had solo recitals broadcast on ABC FM and 3MBS FM. In addition, he has
appeared as organ and piano accompanist on a variety of recordings, including ABC FM
Classics and Move Records labels.
As conductor Hugh has perfored widely. His work has encompassed a large range of groups,
from school, community and church choirs through to professional level ensembles. He has a
special interest in 18th Century accompanied liturgical music, most especially the works of
Vivaldi, Handel, Franz Richter and Joseph Haydn.
A distinguished school and tertiary educator, Hugh has taught and mentored leagues of
students with his highly knowledgeable, instinctive and encouraging approach. He has also
run numerous music education sessions for community-based musicians, and has written a
range of articles promoting organ and choral performance for various national journals. In
September 2015, Hugh left his position as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Music at the
Australian National Universityto take up the position of Organist and Master of the Choristers
at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta. He also currently directs the Murray Valley
Conservatorium Choir and the Murray Valley Conservatorium Vocal Consort.
2014-15 Mike Halsey
took up the baton again for a second time in 2014 and 2015. Mike is an accomplished singer
himself and has performed a number of solo roles in local productions such as Handel's
Messiah, sung in local choirs and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra chorus. Mike had an
early introduction to choral music as a cathedral choirboy in England. His early voice tuition
was with the counter-tenor Ashley Stafford and Baritone Hervey Allan. Mike has directed the
Murray Chamber Choir's concerts from 2001 to 2010 and in 2015 is directing the Murray
Conservatorium's Vocal Consort