Adjudicators

Claire Preston

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Claire Preston has worked extensively in Australia and North America specialising in developing young singers. She has been Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, accompanist for Canada’s foremost professional choir, Elmer Iseler Singers and was Co-Founder of the award winning, Exaudi Youth Choir. Claire returned to Australia as Head of Choral Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she commissioned and recorded Australian music and collaborated regularly with the VCA Orchestra. Claire maintains an active career as a choral conductor and is in demand as an adjudicator for choral festivals and eisteddfods including New Zealand Choral Federation The Big Sing; Festival of Voices, State Honours Ensemble Program Griffith University and Gondwana National Choral School. Claire is currently Head of Music at Hillcrest Christian College and in 2020 was awarded a scholarship through the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute. In 2021, Claire was honoured to receive a Leadership Award from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

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Emily Cox AM

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One of Australia’s most experienced and versatile choral conductors, Emily Cox is Music Director of the acclaimed symphonic choir Brisbane Chorale, and founding Music Director of Canticum Chamber Choir, a semi-professional specialist ensemble. Through these acclaimed choirs and her work with many other ensembles, she has explored a repertoire spanning virtuoso chamber choir music and the great (and lesser known) choral symphonic works. Emily enjoys working with primary and secondary-aged children as well, inspiring them to love choral music, and she is a committed to promoting high quality education for conductors. American born, Emily is a graduate of Dartmouth College (U.S.A.) and of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Emily’s reputation as a creative musical collaborator, conductor, chorusmaster, and educator places her in demand by diverse arts companies and festivals. Emily was recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant services to the performing arts through choral music”.

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Katrina Peddell

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Dr Katrina Peddell is an experienced music educator and choral conductor who has taught all levels of education from Kindergarten to University. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, she began her teaching career in state and independent primary and secondary schools in Brisbane, before moving to the United States in 1999 where she obtained a Master of Arts in Music Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music from the University of Minnesota. As Director of Music at Canterbury College in Waterford, Dr. Peddell is responsible for all aspects of music at the College. She also directs Canterbury’s Cantabile Choir, which has a rich history of touring and performing in choral festivals around Australia and overseas. Among the choir’s achievements is winning First Place in the 2014 National Eisteddfod’s Australian Choral Challenge as well as the 19 Years and Under Championships. Dr Peddell lives in Waterford, with her husband Lewes, and their two daughters, Sophie and Hannah.

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Kate Albury

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Kate Albury has a reputation as a dynamic and exciting choral conductor and educator. Along with her degrees in Music and Masters in Choral Conducting, she counts her years as Choral Director and Middle School Co-ordinator of Events at Brisbane Grammar School as invaluable in fostering her passion for choral conducting. Kate has conducted choirs and workshops for Voices of Birralee, the State Honours Ensemble Program in metropolitan and regional areas of Queensland, and the Qld Conservatorium Chorus. Most significantly, she is regularly invited to join conductors from around Australia to be part of the Artistic Team of the National Gondwana Choral School. Kate is in demand nationally as an adjudicator and workshop presenter, specialising in choral music.

Kate is equally devoted to leading Arts programs that involve young people learning through performances and real-world presentations. Kate was previously the Head of Faculty for the Creative and Performing Arts Department and is now Head of Culture at St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe. She loves leading dynamic and innovative Arts communities that encourage young people to express themselves through all aspects of the Arts.

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Kylie Los

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Kylie Losgraduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction) studying piano under Mark Gibson, and was later a member of Opera Queensland’s Developing and Young Artist Programs as a repetiteur. From 2010 – 2013, Kylie studied and worked in London and Germany, graduating with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with a Masters of Music (Repetiteur) and was also awarded Guildhall’s Concert Recital Diploma. Since returning to Brisbane, Kylie has been active as a piano teacher, conductor, accompanist and adjudicator and is currently working at All Hallows’ School and Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Kylie conducted the SATB Community Choir the Hillbrook Chorale from 2014 – 2021, as well as previously conducting the auditioned adult chamber choir Choral Connection and The Gap State School choirs. She was a conductor for Education Queensland’s Metropolitan Region Choral Honours Program in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 Kylie was a conductor for Junior Gondwana at the Gondwana National Choral School, and was the guest conductor for Education Queensland’s 2023 Singfest. Kylie is regularly invited to be a guest choral workshop conductor, and accompanies and performs with the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium Singers. 

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