Australian Welsh Male Choir

Musical Director

Tom Buchanan

 BMus(Hons), LL.B, GDLP, GradDipEd

 

TOM BUCHANAN

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Tom is a well-known and highly regarded Melbourne-based choral conductor, currently directing the Australian Welsh Male Choir, Excelsis and the Mornington Peninsula Chorale. Tom has also been the Musical Director of Casey Choir (Berwick, Victoria), Out of the Ordinary (Monash University), and has directed choirs at Christ Church Grammar School (South Yarra) where he currently works, primarily as a piano teacher. In recent years Tom has conducted performances extensively throughout Australia, as well as performing internationally in the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the USA. In addition to his experience as a choral conductor, Tom has also had the opportunity to conduct both professional and community orchestras in some of Melbourne’s major performance venues, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Frankston Arts Centre.

Tom is a composer and arranger of choral music, and has had his work published both in Australia (Willow Publishing, NSW) and in the United Kingdom (Banks Music Publications, York). Tom’s compositions and arrangements have received performances in Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the USA.

Tom completed his music studies at the School of Music – Conservatorium of Monash University, where he majored in classical piano performance. During his studies Tom was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Joan Earle Prize for Excellence in Piano Studies (2002 and 2004) and the first prize in the Monash University Concerto Competition (2002 and 2006). He has worked extensively, both within Australia and abroad, as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist.

Tom has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the world’s most eminent Welsh choir conductors, and is a passionate supporter of community music. He enjoys the challenge of working with a diverse range of choristers, with varying levels of musical training, to produce exciting and engaging choral performances.

Before commencing as the Musical Director of the Australian Welsh Male Choir, Tom held the position of Principal Accompanist with the choir, from 2007-2015. He has very much enjoyed directing the choir through a period of significant growth and development, highlights of which have included introducing the very popular ‘Singing in the Pub’ program and touring Taiwan, China and Hong Kong (March, 2017). In the coming year, Tom is looking forward to co-conducting the Male Choirs Association of Australia festival in Wollongong, and conducting the choir for its planned tour of the United Kingdom in 2018.

Principal Accompanist

Michelle Nguyen

MMus, BMus(Hons), LMusA, AMusA 

Michelle Nguyen graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2013 having completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Master of Music (Performance). During her studies she was the recipient of a number of scholarships including the Gardiner, Grace Funston, Faculty Merit and John Hellyar scholarships. Following her studies, Michelle was awarded the Robert and Elizabeth Albert Piano Fellowship with The Australian Ballet where she spent the year working with the company in Melbourne and Sydney. Her overseas engagements include accompanying ballet classes in Houston Ballet’s Summer Intensive (2015) and touring with the Australian Welsh Male Choir on their tour to Asia in March this year. She became their Principal Accompanist in June 2017. Her musical profile also includes teaching piano, accompanying the Mornington Peninsula Chorale, ballet and music theatre productions.