Young Voices of Melbourne was founded by Mark O’Leary in 1990, and is now regarded as one of Australia’s finest children’s choirs. Choir members aged 6 to 18 years rehearse weekly in one of four groups. The choir performs regularly in and around Melbourne, and has toured all states and territories of Australia, as well as Europe (1996 & 2004), South Africa (1998), Canada/USA (2001), Singapore and Thailand (2007). On its most recent European tour the choir was awarded 2nd place in the Senior Children’s Choirs section of the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, and in 2007 the choir awarded three first prize trophies at the Voyage of Songs International Festival in Pattaya, Thailand.
Young Voices of Melbourne has released eight CD recordings, of which Journeys is the sixth. The choir has collaborated with many great choirs and artists both in Australia and on its travels abroad. It is regularly heard on Australian radio and television, as well as at major events such as the
Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Young Voices of Melbourne is accompanied by Julia Piggin, widely respected in Melbourne for her fine playing and excellent Kodaly teaching. Julia teaches music in the Junior School of Scotch College.
Mark O’Leary, B.Mus.Ed M.Mus (hons) is well known within Australian choral circles for his work with young choirs. He is a regular guest conductor at festivals and presenter at conferences and workshops around the country and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study outstanding children’s choirs overseas in 1989. His arrangements are published in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral series and are widely performed.