Artistic Staff

Peter Casey

PETER CASEY B. Ed. (Mus.)

Artistic Director

Peter, a graduate of Melbourne State College with a voice major, sang with the Victoria State Opera Chorus and performed in many of their major productions.  He understudied several roles and sang the role of Spoletta in a schools performance of Tosca. For Opera Australia he has performed in Lohengrin, Turandot, Wozzeck, Billy Budd, Pelleas et Melisande, Beatrice and Benedick, and he was one the of Apprentices in The Meistersingers of Nuremberg. In concert he has sung as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Pierné’s The Children’s Crusade for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s choir for their performance of Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art at the Melbourne International Festival.

Peter has also performed regularly in recital, often recording for 3MBS FM.

Peter is an accomplished choral conductor, having studied with Robert Rosen, and he was appointed Music Director of the Choir in 1987.  He has led the Choir on several overseas tours, including three concert tours of the United States, two tours of Japan and two tours of Europe.  He has prepared the Choir for many performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and directed the children’s chorus in a performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the Exhibition Building in 2001.  In 2010 he conducted the offstage boys chorus for performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.


Philip Carmody

PHILIP CARMODY B.Ed(Mus)

Artistic Director

Philip is Director of Music at Melbourne Grammar School where he directs the Chapel Choir whose repertoire is drawn principally from the cathedral tradition. In recent years the Chapel Choir has performed on ABCTV with Russell Watson and at Hamer Hall with Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Graham Abbott. Last year the choir performed the Vivaldi Gloria with Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in two full house performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Philip has twice been awarded the Music Theatre Guild’s Musical Director of the Year – firstly for Whitehorse Music Theatre’s Man of La Mancha in 1998, and CLOC’s A Little Night Music in 2000. In 1999 he was musical director for Whitehorse’s The Secret Garden, in 2004 Lés Miserables and in 2007 their season of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Philip composed the score to the pantomime Aladdin, commissioned by The Catchment Players, which has been performed professionally.

In 2010 Philip was guest conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Choir in a programme of sacred a cappella works and the Duruflé Requiem. In July 2008 he conducted 400 young singers at the Days in the Dioceses Commissioning Mass at Telstra Dome for the Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese.

For a number of years Philip has been a guest presenter/conducting tutor at the ACCET (Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training) Summer School and is in frequent demand for workshops and adjudication.

Philip is on the staff of organists at St Francis’ Lonsdale Street.

Robyn Cochrane

ROBYN COCHRANE B.Mus. A.Mus.A.

Accompanist

Robyn studied piano and accompanying at the University of Melbourne where she was twice awarded the Maude Harrington prize for accompanying. Robyn has undertaken concert tours with the Choir to Europe, Great Britain, USA, Japan and China. She has particularly enjoyed working as rehearsal accompanist under conductors including Graeme Abbott, Brett Dean and Guy Noble and accompanying singers including Joanna Cole, Suzanne Shakespeare and Jacqueline Porter in performance.

In addition to her work with the National Boys Choir of Australia Robyn works as a freelance accompanist and at Melbourne Girls Grammar School as an accompanist and a teacher of piano and theory.

Alex Boemo

ALEXANDRA BOEMO  B.Ed. (Cr.Arts)

Coordinator and Conductor of Junior & Elementary Choristers

Alex studied piano for twelve years with Marta Rostas, followed by four years with Trevor Barnard at Melbourne State College. After graduation she was appointed Director of Music at Kilmaire College in Hawthorn, where she established an instrumental programme and an award winning Chamber Choir.

Alex teaches piano privately, accompanies students preparing for exams, and works as Assistant Producer for the Melbourne Gang Show. She also writes liturgical music, and works with several Primary schools developing choral work and musical productions.

Ruth Tenace

RUTH TENACE B.Ed(Music), M.Ed.

Elementary and Junior Accompanist

Ruth studied piano under the late Margaret Schofield until attending Melbourne State College where she studied under Trevor Barnard for 4 years. She completed a Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Classroom Music. She initially began her teaching career at Killester College in Springvale and then was appointed Head of Performing Arts at Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg where she stayed for 5 years.  After a brief break on maternity leave, Ruth completed a Masters of Education and began work in primary schools where she conducted various choral and instrumental groups.

Ruth has taken leave leave from Boroondara Park Primary School this year allowing her the opportunity to increase her piano student load  and to improve her skills on the piano accordion.  She plays the accordion at the Melbourne Swiss Club once a month and she also performs (piano, singing and accordion) regularly at retirement villages and nursing homes.

Peter Finnigan

PETER FINNIGAN  B. Ed. Grad Dip RE. M. Ed (c.)

Elementary and Junior Chorister Tutor

Peter sings with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and has been training boys’ voices for over twenty years. With a background in Cathedral Music, he studied choral performance and technique under Australian organist and choir director John Mallinson while a member of the renowned St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, and has an extensive knowledge of the works of the great polyphonic masters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Upon his appointment as Principal of a boys primary school school in Hobart, he founded an award choir which took out first place in every eisteddfod in southern Tasmania for five consecutive years. In 2001 he re-founded the Boys Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral Hobart.

Peter has over twenty years’ expereince working with primary and middle school boys and is currently on the academic staff of St Kevin’s College, Toorak.

FrancaLocandro

FrancaLocandro

FRANCA LOCANDRO BA, B.Mus

Tutor

Franca studied piano, voice and choral conducting at the Australian Catholic University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts in 2011. At ACU she studied choral performance and technique under symphonic conductor Andrew Wailes and Musical Director of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dr.Geoffrey Cox.

Franca has performed in a number of choirs including the Australian Catholic University Choir, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and grand finalists of Channel Seven’s Battle of the Choirs Harambee.

She is currently undertaking a Masters of Music Studies at the University of Melbourne where she majors in Choral and Orchestral conducting and has studied under conductors such as John Hopkins, Monte Mumford and Australian composer Stephen Leek. Franca also teaches voice and piano at Bialik and Killester Colleges and conducts a number of community choirs around Melbourne.