Andrew Wailes is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading young conductors and choral directors, and enjoys a busy career both in Australia and increasingly overseas, as both a performer and educator. He has directed The Australian Children’s Choir since 1999, overseeing The ACC’s expansion from two small ensembles to five, leading the choir on five international tours, and directing many high profile performances both in Melbourne and around Australia. He is a passionate advocate of Music Education for all children, and brings a wealth of professional performing and teaching experience to his role as mentor and role model to the children of The ACC.
Adam’s career began in 2005, studying with composer Roger Smalley and pianist Anna Sleptsova at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Shortly after this, Adam was invited to complete a double-major in classical Piano Performance and Composition under Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky and Geoffrey Lancaster at the Australian National University. Study at the ANU was temporarily interrupted due to an invitation to travel to France and study for one year with Emeritus Professor of the University of Ottawa, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and completed a Diplome d’Etudes musicales.
Amanda Bendle graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Teaching (Sec). Amanda has always had a passion for choral conducting and particularly enjoys working with children. She is currently the Choral Director and Classroom Music teacher at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School where, in addition to the classroom curriculum, she maintains a choral program of approximately 100 children. Amanda believes that the ability to read music is vital to the development of well-rounded musicians and ensures a strong music literacy component is present in her teaching.
Bek Chapman is returning to The Australian Children’s Choir after having been a chorister for seven years in her youth! She has a Bachelor of Music from Melbourne University where she studied Classical Voice and Composition and has her Associate Diploma of Classical Pianoforte.She loves children and nurturing the little people under her care, combining music and fun and is currently studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.She comes from a solid musical background of instrumental study, drama and musical theatre and children’s entertainment and played Maria in The Sound of Music in 2010 for which she was nominated for a Guild award!
Michelle Humphreys B.Occ.Therapy (Hons) was born in South Gippsland, Michelle had an extremely musical childhood, spurred on by the early recognition of her piano abilities when awarded the highest mark nationally in her first grade piano exam! Throughout secondary school, Michelle went on to gain extensive ensemble experience from her studies of Clarinet and French Horn, touring with the Australian Children’s Wind Symphony in 1992–1993. Michelle commenced a Bachelor of Music at The University of Melbourne in 1997.
Since the birth of her first child three years ago, Michelle has experienced great joy in returning to her first love of music and is now pianist for the choral program at Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School. In 2010 she has taken up a new role as Training Choir accompanist with The ACC’s junior training ensembles. Michelle is married to Paul, and they have two small children.
Stephanie-Jane is a freelance accompanist who loves working with singers.
Since moving to Melbourne at the start of 2014, she has joined the Souffle Sisters Community Choir and had filled in as an accompanist for the ACC before officially joining the company at the start of 2016.
Stephanie is a passionate musical theatre accompanist and over the last two years, has been teaching and accompanying at various performing arts schools including; Showfit, Patrick Studios Australia (PSA) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She was also a repetiteur for La Cage Aux Folles (The Production Company), Keys 2 for Jerry’s Girls (The Production Company) and more recently, Deputy Musical Director for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vic Theatre Company).
Felicity Wallace graduated with Bachelor of Music (Hons), Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from The University of Melbourne in 2003. Felicity is passionate about Choral Education. She believes Choral training has many benefits assisting in the development of such qualities as confidence, positivity, creativity and cooperation.
Previously, Felicity was Head of Junior School Music at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School. She is very proud of the standard achieved and the enthusiasm demonstrated by students who participated in the Open as well as the Auditioned Choir. During her leadership the Open Choir tripled in membership with over eighty students participating. The large involvement in the Junior Choral Program led to a high standard of performance with her Auditioned Choir achieving first and second placings in local Eisteddfods.
Hana has had a strong love of music all her life. Her musical education began early, watching her father play the guitar, write songs and sing. At the age of five she begged her parents to enrol her in piano lessons, and she never looked back. Studying under the local piano teaching legend, Marjorie Mackay, Hana quickly developed her technique and musicality. At the age of 11 Hana auditioned for and sang as a member of the children’s chorus in the Ballarat Lyric Theatre’s 2002 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat- thus her love of musical theater was born! That same year she played the lead in the Bacchus March community Christmas production, then 2009 saw her as Joy, a stepsister in BLOC’s production of Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and as a member of the chorus in their 2008 production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. In 2013 Hana was Music and Choral Director for BLOC’s Junior’s production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland…
The Administration Manager plays a key role in ensuring the smooth running of the ACC. Her role varies from managing day to day correspondence ,organising concerts logistics, and managing the office.
Sarah joined the ACC in Sept 2012 and has She has 2 boys ages x and y, who don’t sing!
Jake has been involve with the ACC for several years. He started as in the training ensembles and then was an active member in the senior Choir. Since finishing school Jake has been Rehearsal Coordinator, overseeing the coordination of parents and musical staff at rehearsals.