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

Chair

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 National Operations and Training Manager of Independent Management Group (Australia) and IMG China. With more than 30 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


Photo by James Lauritz

Photo by James Lauritz

Nicholas Dinopoulos

Director

A former boy chorister of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Nick studied at The University of Melbourne and furthered his training at The Opera Studio Melbourne. As a conductor and educator, he has worked with both community and professional organisations (as chorus master for the Peninsula Summer Music festival, and assistant chorus master to the Consort of Melbourne/Australian Chamber Orchestra, among others) and currently holds positions on the staff of the Australian Boys Choir (Assistant Artistic Director) and at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (Sessional Voice Teacher & Music Director, Monash University Singers). He also maintains a busy performance schedule consisting of various, concert recital and operatic engagements (most notably as a core member of Songmakers Australia), is frequently heard in national live-to-air broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM, and can be heard on Chandos Records and the Pinchgut Live label.


Carlene Britt

Management Committee

Beverley Edwards has a keen interest in the arts and has supported numerous organisations including the Australian Boys Choir, National Youth Choir of Australia and Melbourne Theatre Company. She has worked as a volunteer at Cabrini Hospital and the Children’s Court of Victoria, and held a presidential position on the Wesley College parent committee, Purple and Gold. Bev is involved in the management of a Cambodian orphanage, Kampuchea House, and is the proud mum of four sons.


Photo by Megan Thomas

Michael Edwards

Management Committee

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2013 from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He maintains a busy schedule performing with various choirs and has performed with the Victorian Opera Chorus on several occasions. Michael has participated in three NYCA seasons. He is currently a member of The Ten Tenors.


Lucien Fischer

Management Committee

Lucien graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Western Australia, where he studied Classical Voice under the tutelage of Megan Sutton. For many years he has successfully juggled arts administration work with choral singing and artistic direction, working with both professional and community choirs and orchestras. Lucien moved to Melbourne at the beginning of 2015 and has involved himself in several of the city's vocal ensembles, whilst working professionally for Chamber Music Australia, the Melbourne Festival, and most recently the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in three NYCA seasons.