We have a true passion for music.


Since 2007, NYCA has been overseen by a Board of Directors including several past NYCA conductors, all of whom have matched rhetoric with action through the provision of substantial financial and personal support.

In late 2014 the overall structure of NYCA was changed to consist of a new Board of Directors and a Management Committee. The Board operates under a strategic business plan to expand NYCA’s impact, presence and value in the Australian choral community.  From a high-level perspective, the Board is focused on the following strategic goals:

  1. Examine and develop NYCA’s structure, policies and procedures so that the organisation is best placed to achieve its goals.

  2. Increase NYCA’s capacity as an artistically vibrant organisation to achieve its vision and mission in as many ways as possible.

  3. Promote the name, reputation and standards of NYCA on an ongoing basis to an ever-growing broader audience.

  4. Ensure NYCA’s continued viability and sustainability.

The Management Committee is responsible for the day to day operations of the NYCA annual season and fundraising events.

We are currently seeking expression of interest from NYCA alumni to join the management committee as NYCA representatives at State level.  For further details, please contact us.


Stuart Hamilton AO


Stuart advises on public policy and management, including higher education policy. He was Chief Executive Officer of Open Universities Australia, which provides online access to courses from 20 partner universities and colleges, from 2003 to 2012. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Innovation Economy Advisory Board and Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education & Training. He is currently a member of the Council of Deakin University, and Chair of DeakinDigital. He was Executive Director of what is now Universities Australia, the national representative organisation for Australia’s universities, and before that Secretary to the federal departments of Health and Environment and a senior officer in the Prime Minister’s Department. He is Vice President of the Australian Chamber Choir, Secretary of his local residents’ association, and a member of the MCG’s Yarra Park Advisory Committee. He studied at the Universities of Tasmania and Oxford (on a Rhodes Scholarship) and the Australian National University and has degrees in English Language & Literature and Economics.

Photo by James Lauritz

Photo by James Lauritz

Noel Ancell OAM

Artistic Director

Noel is well known throughout Australia as a conductor, composer and teacher. Highly regarded as clinician and adjudicator, he has over forty years’ experience in helping musicians to achieve excellence, conducting and teaching conducting at undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to three seasons as Guest Conductor of NYCA (National Youth Choir of Australia) he has twice conducted the Victorian Secondary Student Honour Choir, and guest-conducted the combined choirs of the World Alliance Festival of Singing for men and boys in the US and the Czech Republic. As Artistic Director of the Australian Boys Choral Institute, Noel conducts the Australian Boys Choir, the Kelly Gang and The Vocal Consort, with whom he has toured internationally eleven times. Noel is an honours graduate in Music, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Arts and Education, a Master’s degree in Musicology and Fellowship of Trinity College, London. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Australian National Choral Association (of which he served two terms as National President) and a member of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Chloe Bedlow

General Manager

Chloe is the Business Manager for Retirement Living at Royal Freemasons.  With more than 35 years of management, sales and education experience within healthcare and commercial sectors, Chloe has proven abilities in operational management including development of policies and procedures, legislative compliance, marketing, financial management and training within the seniors living industry. She has a particular interest in guiding best practice and quality standards by presenting training courses and seminars in Australia and internationally. Chloe is a member of Hartwell Players and completed three years as Committee Member responsible for Front of House. Chloe also founded ‘Friends of Music’ at Wesley College Glen Waverley and held the positions of Secretary and President of the Wesley College Parents Association.

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James Fox


James is the Head of Finance Business Partnering at Griffith University in Brisbane. He has more than 10 years experience in business partnering, financial management, business analysis and taxation administration across the Higher Education, Government and Private sectors. James holds degrees in Business Management and Commerce from the University of Queensland and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). In addition to his financial career, James also has a strong background in choral music. He was a boy chorister and lay clerk at John's Cathedral Brisbane under the directorship of Dr Robert Boughen, and a member of the St. Stephen's Cathedral Schola under the directorship of Dr Ralph Morton. He is a proud former member of NYCA, having participated in five fantastic seasons across Australia. During a three-year stint in the UK, James had the pleasure of singing in the choirs of St George's Chapel Windsor Castle, Truro Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral, realising a long-held dream of experiencing the great English choral tradition.