Leading our choir
WELCOME to Jacqueline Larsen, joining us as our musical director Term 1 2021.
Jaq is an experienced choir director and singer and is passionate about getting people singing. She has directed a number of pop choirs and singing ensembles in the UK and Australia and delivers team building singing workshops across Australia.
Our thanks to Erin, who lead us from 2019 when our initial Choir Director, Robert Dryden, had to step down due to other commitments. All the best Erin for your move to the cooler climes of beautiful Tasmania.
Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium, Erin has worked as a professional actor, musician, composer, arranger and music director for most of Brisbane’s theatre companies.
Erin experimented with many different musical genres, including grunge, ballet composition, children’s workshops, wedding music, soundscapes, voice-overs, and many things a capella. Her first choir “Qwired” ran from 1996 – 2000, and had anywhere up to 50 members, many performances, including Gospel at the Symphony, plus a self-funded CD titled Things Go Round.
Erin’s latest projects include a book of 50 original rounds for choirs, a book of forty haiku arranged for choirs and contributed by her Good Company choir members, a book of “warm” songs for choirs containing contributions from other Brisbane community choral conductors, and a book of original children’s songs. She runs three choirs, and does vocal arrangements of pretty much anything.
Erin performs with The Bessies, a high energy originals band.
Erin has a passion for sharing and teaching music, and for shared musical experiences, and relishes the challenges of developing new ways of making music with people of all ages and abilities.
The choir’s first Music Director, Robert Dryden, knows how to have fun with music, as well as shape our sound and get us moving to the groove.
He has been involved in choirs and choral singing for more than 20 years! A Music and English teacher by trade, Robert has been heavily involved in community groups in Melbourne and now in Brisbane, promoting the joy and love and singing and providing opportunities for all those who love to sing!
Not afraid to incorporate movement with singing, Robert loves to take his choristers on a musical journey so they can find their voice and learn the skills to use it properly!