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Chorusmaster

June Tyzack was engaged as Chorusmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus in 2001.

Born on the north west coast of Tasmania, June gained a degree from the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart before leaving the island with a scholarship to further her piano and harpsichord studies at Trinity College of Music in London.

A year of study in Sydney followed, resulting in a decade-long appointment as Chief Vocal Coach of the Opera Studio of the Sydney Conservatorium. In addition to coaching student singers, June was responsible for the training of repetiteurs, and frequently undertook the staging of opera scenes and one act operas.  The Conservatorium High School engaged her as Director for four Gilbert & Sullivan operas, remarkable for their inclusion of the entire school population on stage and in the pit.

As a freelance musician in Sydney, June worked as a vocal coach, repetiteur, chorus master, offstage conductor, and keyboard player in the pit orchestra for Opera Australia, and harpsichordist and librarian for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

She was the official accompanist for the first ten years of the Mathy Competition, (now known internationally as the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition) and involved in Sydney’s Music Theatre scene including directing the inaugural Music Theatre Summer School collaboration between NIDA and the Sydney Conservatorium.

She returned to Tasmania in 1999 with the intention of developing a hedge maze complex at The Grange in Campbell Town.  The unexpected invitation to prepare the TSO Chorus for a concert performance of La Traviata in 2001 (and the death of the trees) heralded the beginning of a creative relationship with the TSO.

Since then she has prepared the chorus across all genres including contemporary Australian works, and has devised and directed cutting-edge a cappella programs for Festivals, including Mona Foma, Dark Mofo, and in the Spiegeltent for ‘Ten Days on the Island’.

Through her initiative, the Chorus has performed with all the major Australian Orchestras as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, and the Orquestra simfònica de Barcelona I nacional de Catalunya.

Professional Development trips have enabled June to observe and exchange ideas with prominent international choirs including Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Boston), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir and Philharmonia Chorus.

Not forsaking her varied interests, June has walked the Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port to Finisterre, and subsequently prepared two Spanish programs for the Chorus.  More recently she conducted an all Australian a cappella program in the Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi in Barcelona.

Determined to maximise the experience of all choral concert goers, June introduced surtitles to the TSO in 2016, and almost twenty years after her debut with the Chorus preparing La Traviata, this opera was to have been a highlight last year, complete with a translation!

To make good use of 2020 June activated two social projects to keep the chorus connected: the Amphichorus involving small groups singing outdoors with the benefit of natural acoustic walls, and the Sunrise Project, singing at dawn at various locations in and around Hobart.