Our Vision  - Enrichment through Choral Music
    The Murray Conservatorium Choir plans to be nationally recognised as a strong regional choir with a focus
    on both the performance and development of singers, based on a broad and challenging repertoire, which
    includes original Australian compositions, consistent high performance standards, and regular
    engagement with other choirs and musicians.

    See our  objectives and strategies

Our Mission
    The Choir will provide a regular series of concerts in Albury, Wodonga and other centres through which
    participants may develop excellence in choral skills, and through which residents in the region may extend
    their appreciation of the choral repertoire of a range of cultures and languages.

History of the Choir:
    The Murray Conservatorium Choir was founded in 1982 by John Ross , then Director of the Murray  
    Conservatorium. David Carolane was appointed as Director of Music in 1984, retiring in 1998. Following a
    period of eighteen months under the leadership of Michael Leighton-Jones , John Rivers was appointed in
    late 1999.  In January 2004 Michael Halsey was appointed Director of Music and he was followed by Patti
    Graetz from 2006 until December 2010, then Beth Ylvisaker for three years from 2011-2013.  Mike Halsy
    picked up the baton again for 2 years of 2014 and 2015.  Our director over 2016 and 2017 was Hugh
    Fullerton.

    The position of Repetiteur is now in the capable hands of Robyn Krowicky who was appointed at the
    beginning of 2011 when previous repetiteur, Beth Ylvisaker was appointed Director of Music. In the early
    days of the Choir, Greg Lewis held the position of Repetiteur and he was followed by Ben Wilson.

Our Choristers:
    The Choir consists of approximately 60 voices and performs three to four different programs each year. It
    has performed as an occasional choir with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Royal
    Philharmonic Choir. It has also performed in special events such as the presentation of Handel 's
    Messiah and Christmas celebrations at Albury City 's Carols by Candlelight.

Our Awards
    The Bill Kell Scholarship is awarded to a talented young singer.

    2017-18 James and Emma Strachan
    2015       Mica Tores - soprano  

    The Bill Kell Service Award :
                 2020 - Jill Moodie
                 2019 - Dan Carberry
    2017 - Penny Vine
    2016 - Clare Russell
    2015 - Lynne Williams
    2014 - Professor David Mitchell
    2013- Chris Morrow
    2011 - Lorraine Curnow

    The 'trophy' consists of  a miniature trumpet that belonged to Bill Kell mounted on a timber stand made
    and donated by Kelvin Barton of Barton Timbers. The base is made from a 9,000 year old timber (CSIRO
    carbon dated) called Ancient Red Gum which is mined in the  Albury-Wodonga Gravel pits. The wood is
    black in appearance however the grain can still be seen. This timber was chosed to represent the
    perpetuity of the award. The top section  of the award is made from highly figured red gum from the local
    area. The complexity and character in the local timber was chosen to reflect the same attributes of our
    former chorister Bill Kell who was an Albury lad!.   

    Life Membership:    2011: Life membership was awarded to both Penny Vine and Marilyn Comitti,
    who have been in the choir since its inception and have served the choir in various capacities ever since.

    Patti Graetz was awarded Life Membership in 2012
    Beth Ylvisaker in 2014
    Mike Halsey in 2016
    Chris Morrow in 2016
    Peter Vine in 2018
    Marie Hook - 2020
                          
              
Helen Barton Chorister award, which was instituted in 2018 to honour the memory of Helen.
                      Recipients are;
    2018 - James Strachan
    2019 - Jeremy Kerr
    2020 - Sebastian Joss

Our Repertoire:
    The Choir prides itself not only on its richly varied repertoire, but also on its role as both a performing and a
    training choir. We work closely with other ensembles and encourage local soloists.

Our Governance:
    The Murray  Conservatorium Choir is an incorporated body under the Associations Incorporation Act, 1984.
    This means that all choristers must be a member of the Association. A one off Association Membership
    fee of $20 is therefore payable to the Membership Secretary.

    The Choir has an elected Management Committee, which manages the Choir's affairs . The effective
    functioning of the choir is also reliant on the voluntary efforts of choristers in taking on a wide range of
    operational roles.


    Musical Director July 2019 and current - Malcolm Halford.


    Previous Musical Directors full information

    June 2018 to June 2019: Pippa Andrews

    Feb-May 2018:  Jeff Mosher

    2016 and 2017:  Hugh Fullarton

    2014 and 2015:  Mike Halsey returned for a year.

    Beth Ylvisaker -  directed the choir for 3 years from 2011.Previously Beth from 2008-10 Beth was the
    repetiter/accompanist for the choir.