Rex has had a long association with the Choir for over 30 years. He has had 3 sons in the Choir, and after they left he stayed on as Assistant Administrative Director until his school commitments as Principal of Kew East Primary School forced him to relinquish this role. However, he maintained contact with the Choir over the intervening years assisting with the running of choir camps at Bayswater, managing backstage at our July and December concerts and also assisting with the staffing of tours and special projects such as the filming of the Qantas commercials. Rex accepted the position of President of the Board of Management with the Choir in 2003.
B. Mus, Grad. Dip. Ed., L. Mus. A, FTCL
Andrew began his musical training as a boy chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne at the age of seven, and became a student at Trinity Grammar School, Kew the following year. He began piano lessons, and later studied the organ under Dr June Nixon and John O’Donnell. His piano teachers included Margaret Schofield and Mack Jost. After finishing school he went on to Melbourne University where he studied piano, organ, composition and voice. Andrew worked as a freelance soloist, teacher and keyboard player for several years, including three years as principal guest organist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He held the positions of Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s Church, Toorak and Camberwell Presbyterian Church, and in 1994 was appointed Choral Director and Head of Keyboard at Scotch College in Hawthorn, and Acting Musical Director of The Tudor Choristers.
In 2005 Andrew moved with his family to Hobart where he worked as a teacher at several schools. For several years he was Organist and Director of Music at each of the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, and was Assistant Chorusmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus for nearly 10 years, repetiteur for five years, and an occasional keyboard and continuo player. He was accompanist and, briefly, Musical Director of the Australian Rosny Children’s Choir (now sadly defunct) and Accompanist and Assistant Director of the UTAS Conservatorium Vocal Ensemble. For 10 years he was Musical Director of the Tasmanian Youth Choirs, and founding Musical Director of Tasmania’s leading chamber choir, Allegri Ensemble from 2013. He also performed on several occasions as a continuo player with Van Diemen’s Band, Tasmania’s world-renowned Baroque chamber orchestra.
Andrew is a Director of both the Organ Historical Trust of Australia (OHTA) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists (ANZCO). He returned to Melbourne in April 2019 to take up his appointment as Co-Artistic and Administrative Director of the National Boys’ Choir of Australia.
Colin possesses an extensive background in financial and administrative management and held senior finance positions during a long career with Shell and more recently in the Department of Treasury and Finance for the State Government of Victoria. He is a CPA and joined the Choir’s management team in 1999.
Jan’s son was a chorister in the Choir for many years and over more recent years Jan has gained a wide experience in the Choir’s Administration. She is frequently called upon to accompany the Choir when touring interstate and overseas and is totally conversant with the special Management techniques required in planning sucessful tours.
Philip studied music at Melbourne College of Education where he majored in piano. He is currently Director of Music at Melbourne Grammar School. For several years Philip has been a guest speaker and conduction tutor for the Australian National Choral Association and Royal School of Church Music Summer Schools. He is also an organist at St Francis church, Lonsdale Street.
Judy is a successful business woman and parent of a retired chorister. Judy owned and managed a retail business for many years. With these skills and her strong love of the Choir she successfully generates extra funds, organizing fundraising events throughout the year.
Linda has had two sons in the Choir who both return regularly to sing with the Old Boys. Linda is a practicing teacher and has spent many years serving on School Council and brings a wide range of expertise to the Board.
Stephen started singing at age eight, as a Junior Chorister with the National Boys Choir in 1990. During his seven years as a chorister he had many unforgettable experiences and toured both interstate and internationally. Stephen was also the choir captain in his last year with the NBCA. Stephen also performed in operas with the Australian Opera (now Opera Australia) and the Victorian State Opera. This culminated in a tour to the Edinburgh Festival as ‘Peaseblossom’ in Baz Luhrman’s production of ‘A Midsummer Nights’ Dream’.
As a Baritone, Stephen continued his passion for singing and has been regularly spotted around Melbourne performing at various venues and functions, including with the ‘Old Boys’ at the annual NBCA Christmas Concert.
These days Stephen has a hectic schedule where he runs his own business as a lawyer, is a Convenor of the official coterie of the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club and a board member of the NBCA.
Keith has been a National Boys Choir member for the better part of his life, as a chorister and Choir Captain in 1985 as well a long serving member of the old boys. He participated in numerous regional tours and was fortunate to enjoy two overseas experiences with the choir in 1979 and 1983.
Keith chaired the 50th Anniversary committee of the Choir that conducted events to mark this milestone in 2014
Keith’s other passions are for classic cars, having served for many years within the Jaguar and Rolls Royce Car Clubs of Victoria and is currently President of the Association of Motoring Clubs, a peak body for motoring enthusiasts in Victoria. Keith continues involvement in other arenas serving as president of the Box Hill North Football club where he still (occasionally) enjoys a kick.
Professionally, Keith is an Accountant who has spent the majority of his career within industries that deliver a social benefit, namely recycling, health & community services and is currently CEO of a disability support organisation.
Alexandra studied piano and voice 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. Since then she has been involved in music education, developing choral work and musical productions in various primary and secondary schools as well as teaching piano privately.
Alex also accompanies students preparing for exams, and works as Assistant Producer for the Melbourne Gang Show. She writes liturgical music and has recently established a choir for refugee students at Ringwood Secondary College.