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Chorusmaster

TSO-Chorus_0012_cropped1June Tyzack studied piano and harpsichord at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and Trinity College of Music, London, and later as a repetiteur under Myer Fredman at the Opera Studio of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was subsequently appointed Chief Vocal Coach of the Opera Studio. During this decade she also mentored repetiteur students, maintained a very lively private coaching studio, was the official accompanist for The Australian Singing Competition and directed a series of Gilbert & Sullivan operas for the Sydney Conservatorium High School.

In Sydney as a freelance musician, June worked with Opera Australia, Opera Mode, Pacific Opera and Rockdale Municipal Opera; she played harpsichord with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and keyboards with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and prepared the massed choirs for Sydney Philharmonia. As repetiteur and a pit musician she played for Belvoir Street Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company, and directed the inaugural Music Theatre Course for the Sydney Conservatorium Access Centre and NIDA.

In 2001 June was invited to be chorusmaster for a TSO Opera Gala. She has continued in that role ever since, working with the chief conductors Rudner, Lang-Lessing and Letonja and numerous visiting international conductors. Under her direction, the TSO Chorus has transformed from a ‘seasonal’ chorus to a chorus working throughout the year, gaining a national profile through collaborative performances with interstate symphonic choirs.

Since her return to Tasmania in 1999, June has directed the AISOI chorus (2013, 2011, 2009), and conducted and prepared the chorus for the 60th Intervarsity Choral Festival (2009) and IHOS opera (Tesla, 2000). She has adjudicated at the City of Clarence and Hobart Eisteddfods and has also given Masterclasses at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.

In 2010 she walked the Camino de Santiago which inspired a program of Spanish music for the Festival of Voices, and more recent directions have included MONA FOMA with Balletlab and MONA Synesthesia Festival. In 2012, a period of professional development enabled June to exchange ideas with the chorus masters of some of the iconic choirs in the UK and the famous Tanglewood Festival Chorus in Boston.