B. Mus, Grad. Dip. Ed., L. Mus. A, FTCL
Artistic Director and Administration Director
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.
Performing Choir Accompanist
MANDY LYN BROOK BA/BMus (Hons), MTeach
Director and Conductor of Elementary and Junior Choristers
Mandy Lyn Brook graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Arts in 2008 with voice and drama majors. In 2009 Mandy took up a place at the Opera School Melbourne for a year of intense opera training and performance. She went on to both Opera Australia and Victorian Opera and had a year performing in the United Kingdom.
Mandy’s Operatic Repertoire includes Olympia Hoffman’s Heart, (encapsulation of the Tales of Hoffmann), Sandman’s Hansel and Gretel, Milly Goat Figatroll (Caraher: after Rossini), Queen of the Night The Magic Flute, Venus Orpheus in the Underworld, Drusilla The Coronation of Poppea, Tash Contact, Little Red Little Red Ridinghood an Opera for Children and the Witch The Frog Prince and Opera for Children. She has performed as a soloist with the Monash University Piano Ensemble and recorded the Peer Gynt Suite for four hands with 3MBS as part of this association. Mandy has also performed as a soloist for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Government House and Choice Hotels and continues to bring music to the older generation with specialist concerts in nursing homes.
In addition to her work with the National Boys Choir of Australia, Mandy is a sought-after vocal teacher, director and vocal coach. Mandy is excited to be a part of the Wesley College music department teaching voice and continues to liaise for primary school musicals, as a classroom music teacher and as a solo vocalist. Mandy is delighted to continue her association in 2020 with the National Boys Choir of Australia, directing the training choirs where she oversees their vocal development and liaises closely by tutoring with the Performing Choir.
IRIS ZAVOU BMus, BA, Assoc. Mus (AMUSA), MTeach
Elementary and Junior Tutor
Iris studied a bachelor of music (classical voice) at the Australian Catholic University. The university recognised Iris’ musical talent by awarding her a scholarship to undertake post-graduate study in music teaching, which saw her performing as a soloist as a member of the University Choir. As a singer, Iris has been involved with groups such as Opera Scholars Australia, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Citi Opera, Victorian Youth Opera, Hamer Singers, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Australian Catholic University Choir and 3MBS. Other performance highlights include The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman and Channel Nine’s Carols by Candlelight. Iris has also held several scholarships to sing at St John’s Anglican Church East Malvern.
Iris has also worked as a choral conductor at the Australian Girls Choir, Wattle Park Chapel, Manningham Council and Burwood Heights Primary School. She has also completed her AMUSA in classical voice and is completing LMUSA this year.
BEN TAYLOR B.Mus (Hons)
Elementary and Junior Accompanist
Ben recently completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at Monash University, studying piano under Darryl Coote. Aside from his position with the Choir, Ben works as a performing musician, piano teacher and freelance accompanist. As a vocalist, Ben performs as a member of Gian Slater’s ‘Invenio’ – an improvising choir whose recent work includes collaborating on Barney McAll’s ARIA award nominated album, ‘Graft’.
Ben also works as a dramatist, teacher and composer with 3dArts Company, a not-for-profit arts company providing school and community performing arts classes, and staging theatre and dance productions. Recent on-stage roles have included those in The Importance of Being Earnest, and The 39 Steps.