2008 Artistic Staff

Artistic Director - Julie Christiansen OAM

Julie Christiansen OAM is well known for her compelling work with children's and youth choirs both in Australia and overseas, with her ensembles recognised for their joyful vitality and quality of tone.

Following studies in choral conducting at Queensland Conservatorium, Julie began Voices of Birralee in 1995 and continues to work with young people at all levels of experience in both school and community ensembles. 

Julie is a popular guest clinician regarding vocal/choral techniques and literature for children's choirs. She is regularly invited to conduct and present at choral festivals and educational workshops throughout Australia, including with Gondwana Choirs National Choral School. 

Julie has toured extensively nationally and internationally with Brisbane Birralee Voices, with recent tours representing Australia in Korea, England, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, as well as tours to Tasmania, Canberra, North Queensland and Adelaide. A highlight of her careers has included fulfilling a five year commitment with the Department of Veterans' Affairs to sing at World War One centenary services in France and Belgium.

Julie’s commitment to her work is driven by the vital role music plays, as a channel for developing responsible and caring young people. In 2006 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday honours list. 

Guest Conductors

Noel Ancell M.A., B.Mus. (Hons), B.Ed, F.T.C.L.
Noel Ancell 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. He has conducted the Victorian Secondary Student Honour Choir twice and the National Youth Choir of Australia (NYCA) in 2004 and 2005, taking them on tour in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, and recording half of NYCA’s CD High Places (2006). He has been a guest conductor several times at Americafest in the US and in 2004 was guest International conductor at the World Alliance for Arts and Understanding Festival in the Czech Republic.
As Artistic Director of the Australian Boys Choral Institute, he conducts the Australian Boys Choir and The Vocal Consort with whom he has toured internationally eleven times! His private voice studio has produced a number of successful professional singers and he regularly conducts vocal masterclasses at tertiary level, particularly at the Australian Catholic University. As an educator he has held positions as Director of Music at The Friends’ School, Hobart, and Lecturer in Music Education at Christ Campus of the Australian Catholic University, where he was also Head of Creative Arts. Noel is a former President of the Australian National Choral Association. He has a strong commitment to contemporary music and, in addition to his own compositions and arrangements, has been responsible for commissioning several new works by Australian composers

Peter Ingram M.M., B.A. (Mus.), Dip. T., L.T.C.L., A. Mus. A.
Peter Ingram is a noted conductor of school, university and community choirs throughout Australia. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Florida State University (U.S.A.) where he gained his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting under the guidance of Rodney Eichenberger.
Peter has recently been appointed as Head of Music at Brisbane Grammar School. He is a member of the choral department at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University where he conducts the Conservatorium Chorus. 
Peter is currently the Queensland President of the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) and also serves on this association’s National Council.  He is also Music Coordinator at St. Stephan’s Anglican Church, Coorparoo. He is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician and workshop leader at various choral events throughout the country.

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