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Assistant Chorusmaster

TSO-Chorus_01031-e1338191247526Andrew Bainbridge commenced his musical career as an eight-year-old treble in the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. He attended Trinity Grammar School in Kew, and studied piano with Margaret Schofield and organ with the legendary Dr June Nixon. Having been appointed Assistant Organist at St Paul’s at the age of 17, he went on to study piano and organ at the University of Melbourne, where his teachers included Mack Jost for piano and John O’Donnell for organ and harpsichord. He also studied voice with Lisa Ruggiero and Susan Breen-Clarke. Andrew worked for many years as a freelance musician, and was an organist and keyboard player with the Melbourne Symphony for three years before being appointed Choral Director and Head of Keyboard at Scotch College in Hawthorn.

Andrew moved to Hobart with his family in 2005, and now teaches at several Hobart schools, as well as on the casual staff of the UTAS Conservatorium of Music. He has performed several times as a keyboard player with the TSO since arriving in Tasmania, and was appointed Assistant Chorusmaster of the TSO Chorus in 2009. Andrew is also Musical Director of the Tasmanian Youth Choirs; Musical Director of Allegri Ensemble; State Manager of the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists; State Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia; and Organist of St Mary’s Cathedral.