Murray Conservatorium Choir - Previous Directors

Feb-May 2018:  American conductor Jeff Mosher is renowned for his charismatic stage
    presence, dynamic programming and compelling musical integrity, he continues to attract
    international attention.  Mr. Mosher holds a BM in Voice Performance from the University of
    Southern
    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
    masterclassesworldwide.
    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.



2016-17 Hugh Fullarton: A diversely accomplished musician, Hugh Fullarton specialises as organist,
    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
    Chatfield medal.

    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