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Designated in 2015, Adelaide is the first, and only, UNESCO City of Music in Australia, an acknowledgment of the breadth, depth and vibrancy of the city’s music culture, its international reach, its history and its aspirations. Adelaide Year of the Choir 2022 celebrates Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music.

The Adelaide Choral Network Committee

Carl is Founder, Artistic Director & Conductor of the multi-award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers - an ensemble widely recognised as one of Australia’s finest chamber choirs and with whom he has toured extensively, both within Australia and internationally. Carl is also Head of Vocal, Choral & Conducting Studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Carl enjoys a high profile within Australia’s choral community and has been passionately pro-active in the development of choral music-making in South Australia over the last four decades.
Sarah is the Principal Special Projects and Policy Officer, Arts South Australia and prior to that Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Director of Commercial and Special Programs. She has worked on major performing arts events in Japan and Qatar, arts advocacy projects in Mongolia, and numerous festivals and cultural policy initiatives in Australia. As a member of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s programming team for nine years, Sarah led music programs across all genres, and produced the Adelaide Guitar Festival alongside Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan. Prior to her appointment with the ASO, Sarah was a Senior Adviser, Policy and Programs at Arts South Australia. She has been a chorister since childhood, and a committed advocate for communal singing throughout her career. She has toured internationally with several choirs, directed community choirs, and researched the benefits of community singing as part of her honours studies in ethnomusicology.  Sarah has worked in music programming for Drive on ABC Classic, and compiled the successful submission for Adelaide to be designated as UNESCO City of Music in 2015.
Aldis is Head of Music at Marryatville High School Special Interest Music Centre. Over many years, Aldis has developed a choral program that is generally recognised to be the finest school-based choral program in South Australia and one of the best in Australia, with multiple Eisteddfod successes and other awards to his credit. Aldis is also the Artistic Director of Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus.
Christie is Artistic Director of the multi-award-winning youth choir Young Adelaide Voices—a leading community choir school—and Artistic director of the WATU Youth Choral Festival. Christie is also Associate Conductor, singer and board member of Adelaide Chamber Singers and is increasingly being recognised around Australia as one of the leading youth choir conductors of her generation.
Matt is on the board of Young Adelaide Voices. A keen choral singer, Matt has sung with a number of Adelaide choirs, including Corinthian Singers, Lumina Vocal Ensemble, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Graduate Singers and Elder Conservatorium Chorale.  He holds degrees in architecture and economics, and is a Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation.
Jo is currently Project Manager of Adelaide Choral Network, Business Manager for Adelaide Chamber Singers and a committee member of Big Sing McLaren Vale. Jo’s work is governed by the principle that humans share their experiences by expressing them as stories, images and sounds and believes in the right of every individual to feel the transformative effect that arts, and especially singing, can have. In non-work time, Jo is a choral singer because she and her sister lay on the floor in their pyjamas listening to her mum Andrée's choir rehearse when they were young. It imbued them both with an early and unshakeable love of choral singing. Jo works freelance as an arts planner, producer and writer and knows that singing keeps you healthy and happy. Jo currently sings with Graduate Singers and Lumina Vocal Ensemble and anyone else who asks.
Laura is currently a third year student studying for a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. She has a strong passion for choral music, having been a chorister at Young Adelaide Voices (YAV) throughout her childhood. Laura served as Head Chorister for YAV in 2019 and 2020, and is now a member of the YAV alumni choir, Aurora. Laura is currently a senior member of the Elder Conservatorium Chorale, and has undertaken the role of Assistant Student Conductor since 2020. Laura is also the recipient of YAV’s Conducting Mentorship programme this year.
Jonathan is the founder and Artistic Director of the multi-award winning Festival Statesmen Chorus and Choral Director for the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players. He is studying a Master of Voice Pedagogy and Choral Conducting, at the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, USA and plans to graduate very soon! He also holds a LRSM (London), Bmus (Adelaide), and Grad. Dip. Ed (Adelaide)

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