OUR TEAM

Musical Director

Lois Cutmore

Lois is a highly credentialed and experienced music educator in Singing Performance (LTCL) and Piano (ATCL), and a long-standing professional member of the QLD Music Teachers Association.  Lois has performed in every musical vocal genre from Cabaret to Opera, and has run a successful private music teaching business in addition to a children’s music theatre group. Her production experience includes numerous major community and school musical and theatrical events in which she has fulfilled the roles of Producer, Musical Director, Conductor, Choral Director, Repetiteur and Accompanist. Other qualifications include a Master of Philosophy (French Literature), a Bachelor of Arts (French and Mathematics), a Diploma of Education, and Diploma in Advanced French Language.

Lois is currently teaching full-time at Mitchelton State High School, and is a private music instructor in Singing and Piano (across classical, music theatre, jazz and contemporary genres), Musicianship and Theory. She is a member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing), AGQ (The Accompanists Guild of Queensland), and the QLD Vocal Competition (QVC) Organising Committee.

Associate Conductor

Jenni Mersiades

Jenni has enjoyed involvement with music, singing, choirs and theatre, both professional and community-based, for many years.

On completion of her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching, Jenni began school teaching in Canberra, then accepted an invitation to specialise in music. She subsequently moved to continue school music teaching in Brisbane. Jenni has consistently directed award-winning choirs as well as successful musicals and musical events, both within her own schools and with school projects in the broader community.

Beginning with a background in piano and theory (AMEB 7th grade), Jenni pursued extensive training in all elements of music teaching, in particular singing, choral and conducting techniques. She has had a long-standing, active membership with Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia and the Australian National Council of Orff Sculwerk.

In Canberra community theatre, Jenni assumed various roles: Musical Director, Choral Musical Director, accompanist, repetiteur and choreographer. This work offered a wide variety of productions including Gilbert & Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein, pantomimes, jazz and comedies. As well as using her dance background (including Member Royal Academy of Dance) for choreography, Jenni assumed acting roles in various musicals and plays.

In Brisbane, Jenni has been a member of Tongues of Fire gospel choir and Sunnybank Theatre. Since retirement from school music teaching, she is enjoying singing with Choral Connection, playing piano and leading singing with her church and attending Brisbane Ukulele Music Society jam sessions and workshops.

Accompanist

Prue Gibbs

Prue studied piano with Max Olding and has a Diploma of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium. She also has a Diploma of Chamber Music from the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.

In Brisbane she worked as repetiteur for the Queensland Ballet and Opera Companies, and as musical director for shows with the Queensland Theatre Company. In Sydney she was conductor/repetiteur/accompanist for many musical companies including UNSW Opera, Bathurst Summer School for Singers, Sydney Bach Orchestra and the Bourbaki Ensemble. She also worked as vocal coach at the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School.

In 1992 she became head of piano at Ascham School where she worked until 2005. Since retiring from Ascham she once more became involved in theatre as repetiteur, vocal coach and musical director for many productions with Strathfield Musical Society and Savoy Arts, and as continuo for Baroque Operas, which she especially enjoys.

Office Holders

President: Lyn Orchard
Secretary: Paul Beckmann
Treasurer: Nola Collins
Librarian: Marilynn Reville
PR Officer: John McCollow
Concert Booking Officer: Sue Edwards
Choir Representatives: Carolyn Hamer & John McCollow