Con Chamber Singers

The CONSERVATORIUM CHAMBER SINGERS (Emily Cox, director) is a specialist chamber choral ensemble, whose membership consists of auditioned singers from all departments of the Conservatorium.  Under the direction of Emily Cox since 1998, the Chamber Singers have performed an increasingly wide variety of repertoire from many composers and styles including Renaissance secular works and romantic motets and partsongs to 20th century and contemporary repertoire.

Works performed during the past decade include Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, J.S.Bach's St John Passion, masses by Haydn and Beethoven, Schumann's Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Debussy's Trois chansons, Stravinsky's Les Noces and Rautuvaara's Lorca Suite.  The ensemble has performed numerious Australian work, and works by contemporary Nordic and Baltic composers such as Kverno, Tormis and Mäntyjärvi.  On occasion it combines with other ensembles for major works, most recently in Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in 2010.  In 2011 the Con Chamber Singers joined with Canticum Chamber Choir in performances of Thomas Tallis' famed 40-part motet, Spem in Alium.

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Associate Artists

REBECCA ARDEN is a 3rd year BMus harp student of Dr. Carrol McLaughlin (University of Arizona).  She has travelled with the University's ensemble HarpFusion to Brazil and China, performing with the ensemble and also as a soloist.  Rebecca is currently studying with Sebastien Lipman in an exchange program with Griffith University.

NOZOMI OMOTE is a percussionist based in Brisbane.  Born in Japan, she studied at Kanazawa University (Education), Queensland Conservatorium (Percussion) with Vanessa Tomlinson and Thomas O'Kelly.  She has performed with various professional ensembles including QSO, MSO, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra,Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Isorhythmos, Speak Percussion and Clocked Out Duo.  Her interests are diverse, from classical and contemporary to improvisation and bush dance music with junk instruments.

JACOB LI is an experienced all-round musician currently in Year 7 at Brisbane Grammar School.  He takes private singing lessons and recently started playing the oboe as well!  Jacob is a member of the Brisbane Grammar School Vocal Group, Chamber Choir, Chamber Strings, Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.

CHRISTOPHER WRENCH is Organist/Music Director at Mary's Kangaroo Point.  A graduate of the Queensland and Vienna Conservatoria and the Vienna University of Music, he won the Odense International Organ Competition in 1992, which led to regular performances throughout Europe.  Christopher also appears regularly in recital, and with major Australian orchestras.  His performances and CD recordings are broadcast regularly on ABC ClassicFM and local MBS networks, and his Melba Recordings SACD of the Bach Organ Sonatas from the Garrison Church, Copenhagen has received rave reviews from around the globe.  Christopher teaches organ at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and received the 2008 Lord Mayor's Australia Day Cultural Award.

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