OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Nicholas Dinopoulos


Nicholas Dinopoulos studied singing at The University of Melbourne under Merlyn Quaife AM and furthered his training as a studio artist of Gertrude Opera.

He maintains a busy performance schedule consisting of various concert, recital and operatic engagements, most notably as a core member of Songmakers Australia.

As a conductor and educator, he has prepared both choral-symphonic and chamber choral works as a guest chorus-master for leading Australian organisations and currently holds positions at The University of Melbourne (Music Director, Melbourne Conservatorium Chamber Choir) and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (Teaching Associate).

He was vocal consultant to the National Youth Choir of Australia for four consecutive seasons (2015-2018) and also Music Director of Monash University Singers until 2019.

A specialist in the field of changing voice and young men’s singing, he has served on the staff of the Australian Boys Choral Institute since 2007.

He is only the fifth Artistic Director appointed in the 83-year history of the ABCI.

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Without a doubt, I have the best job in the world and remain in awe of what the singers of the ABCI continue to achieve.

GENERAL MANAGER

Elizabeth Lindner


Liz was appointed to the role of General Manager early in 2022 but her involvement with the Choir spans well over a decade.

As her two sons progressed through the ranks of the Choir, both achieving the highest rank of Chorister and currently performing with the Kelly Gang and The Vocal Consort, Liz worked in many volunteer roles, including as Marketing Team Leader and as part of the Caring Team on numerous Weekend Workshops, Summer Schools, and Australian and international tours.

With close to two decades of professional experience in strategic communications management and consulting across a range of sectors, Liz brings to the role a passion for the arts and the not-for-profit sector.

The ABCI nurtures excellence and commitment in boys and young men on both a personal and a communal level in music, education and life. And it manages to do so with absolute warmth and humanity. I feel so privileged to be involved.

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING CHOIRS

Naomi Heyden


Naomi Heyden joined the staff of Australian Boys Choral Institute in 2001. She holds tertiary qualifications in both Music & Education from Monash and Deakin Universities, and has taught across the breadth of Institute’s training program. Currently, she is Teacher-in-Charge of Junior Singers as well as being the Director of Training Choirs, Probationers tutor and taking some of our Early Learner’s classes.

With a particular interest in Kodály-inspired education, she has also taught at Erasmus Primary School, Ivanhoe Grammar School, St. Kevin’s College and Melbourne Youth Chorale. As a performer, she has sung with various Melbourne choirs and enjoys sharing her love of music with choristers of all ages.

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The high standard of musical education and performance makes the Australian Boys Choir an enjoyable and rewarding workplace. I love watching all the results that come from the efforts of our talented and dedicated students and staff.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Julia Gilchrist


Julia has been involved with the Choir as a parent and volunteer since her son began the Choir’s training program in 2013. Having commenced work as the Choir's administration assistant in 2019, Julia is delighted to assist with the smooth running of the office and to work more closely with the Choir community.

The wonderful music education offered by the Choir has been an amazing experience for my son, whose journey through the choir has opened up a world of opportunities, both musically and geographically.

TEACHER-IN-CHARGE of KELLY GANG / TEACHER-IN-CHARGE of TYROS

Timothy Mallis


Tim Mallis is a Melbourne-based musician specialising in composition and piano accompaniment. Tim is a passionate advocate for music education and bringing new Australian compositions to life.

Tim is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music specialising in organ and composition. As an award-winning composer, he has written for some of Australia’s finest ensembles and is frequently commissioned for works by local arts bodies including Arts Centre Melbourne in their 5x5x5 program, and Choral Edge in their award-nominated Stories from the Choir.

As a former member of Young Songmakers Australia and former student of the Franz-Schubert-Institut, Tim is in high demand as an accompanist, organist, and conductor. He has also held positions as Director of Music at both St Bartholomew’s and St Stephen’s Anglican Churches in Richmond.

As part of his ongoing relationship with the Australian Boys Choral Institute since 2003, Tim is involved both as a staff member and singer in The Vocal Consort. Tim is also employed by Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a surtitle specialist since 2014.

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I am proud to be a part of The Australian Boys Choir because it provides the highest quality of music education and the opportunity to sing in the finest ensemble of its kind. I love the Choir because it provides a unique space for boys to be proud of their voices; both in song and as young men in the community.

TEACHER-IN-CHARGE of CAMBIATA

Jack Jordan


Jack Jordan is an avid classical musician. Jack began his musicianship training with the Australian Boys Choral Institute, for which he owes his dedication and love for music. With the ABCI, he has performed and studied choral music extensively throughout Australia. Jack completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the guidance and direction of Patricia Price. As a classical soloist, Jack has had a breadth of opportunity in performance. He has performed as a Chorister & Tenor Soloist at churches across Melbourne, most regularly as a member of the St James Old Cathedral Voices.

Jack is a committed Opera singer who frequently performs with Victorian Opera and the University of Melbourne. Jack’s most recent stage credits include. Friends of Salamanca, Schubert (2021) L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi (2021) Little Women, Mark Adamo (2021) and The Fairy Queen, Henry Purcell (2022). Jack is currently completing a Masters in Music specialising in Opera Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for which he is aided and humbled by the Future Generations Scholarship.

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The choir for me has always been a community of excellence and shared passion. To this day, I credit the institute for my character and love for music.

TEACHER-IN-CHARGE of PROBATIONERS

Monika Harris


Monika Harris is currently working as the Probationer Teacher and has been with the ABCI since 2015 having also worked with the Tyros, Junior Singers and Senior Singers during her time with the Choir. Monika is a qualified speech pathologist, Kodály trained music educator, singer and musician. She completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Melbourne Conservatorium majoring in classical voice in 2017 and completed her Masters in Speech Pathology in 2019. Monika has also completed 6 years of Kodály Methodology training through the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia obtaining both her primary and secondary levels.

As a musical educator, freelance musician, conductor, and speech pathologist, Monika currently holds positions at the Melbourne Youth Chorale, Parkinson’s Victoria Therapy Choir, Yarra Voices, Lilydale Speech Pathology, and as a choral scholar at the St James’ Old Cathedral. With over 18 years choral experience, Monika has travelled both nationally and internationally with various choirs and vocal consorts including the Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi, Choral Edge, Burgundy Blue Jazz Quintet, the Nineteen Quartet, and the National Youth Choir of Australia, as well as worked as the musical director of the Melbourne University choir, Ring of Choir, during her undergraduate.

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I love working at the boys choir! It brings me such joy to help the boys succeed and progress along their musical journey.

TEACHER-IN-CHARGE of EARLY LEARNERS / SENIOR TUTOR

Rachael Joyce


Rachael joined the staff at the ABCI in 2018 as a Probationer tutor, and has since gone on to teach at all levels of the Choir. She is currently the Senior Tutor for the Junior Singers, Senior Singers and Cambiata, and a Teacher in Charge for Early Learners. Rachael graduated from her Honours degree in Classical Voice at Monash University in 2020, after completing a Bachelor of Arts/Music majoring in French language and classical voice. Rachael also currently holds a position at Kingswood College (Box Hill) as a voice teacher. She has a range of professional performance experience, and has been the recipient of many awards, notable winning The Talent (2019) and the Monash Australian Music Prize (2019) as well as performing as a finalist in the Boroondara Eisteddfod Vocal Championship (2021) and the Opera Scholars Aria Competition (2021). Rachael is also the current recipient of the John Dorrington and Pam Vallence Scholarship with Opera Scholars Australian young scholars programme.

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I love being a part of something that is bigger than just singers as individuals. There is nothing more powerful than musicians all working towards a common cause of harmony.

SENIOR TUTOR

William Ruan


William has been with the ABCI since he started as a Probationer in 2008. He achieved the rank of Leader whilst in the performing choir, before going on to sing with Kelly Gang. William began working on staff as a Tyro Tutor in early 2018 and is currently studying Law and Science at Monash University.

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I love that the ABCI nutures a culture of singing that can last a lifetime.

TUTOR

Nicholas Christie


Gaining his first formal musical education at the Australian Boys Choral Institute in 2007, Nick has since continued his involvement with the institute singing and touring with the performing choir, later joining the Kelly Gang in 2015. Nick has worked at the institute as both a Senior and Junior singer tutor in 2018 and is currently a Tyro tutor. Nick has also been a member of The Vocal Consort since 2019 and is excited to continue to sing within the institute again for 2020.

In 2018, Nick commenced his study at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, specialising in classical voice performance under the tutelage of Stephen Grant. In 2017, Nick made his debut with Victorian Opera, performing in the Youth Opera, The Second Hurricane, and has continued to work with the company since then performing in several shows such as William Tell (Rossini) in 2018 and Parsifal (Wagner) in 2019. Nick is passionate about music performance and is excited to work with Australia’s fine musicians of the future.

The ABCI continues to nurture young musicians, providing a firm foundation for musical excellence and an unparalleled pathway to success in both the music industry and the wider community. My experience has been so valuable and should not be denied to the future generations of musicians and creatives.

TUTOR

Zachary Hamilton-Russell


Commencing with the ABCI in 2020, Zachary works as a tutor to both Junior and Senior Singers. He grew up in Newcastle, singing in the Hunter Singers, an auditioned choir for high school students from around the Hunter Region. Zachary moved to Melbourne to study Classical Piano Performance under Max Cooke OAM at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

During his time at university, he joined the Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, and was a choral scholar there for several years, and has also sung with the Choir of St Peter’s Eastern Hill, St John’s East Malvern, St Michael’s Uniting Church, and Christ Church South Yarra. In 2019, Zachary joined St Andrew’s Brighton as organ scholar and began learning under Jennifer Chou. He also works as a piano and music theory teacher at Moving Into Music in Kew.

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