Dr Margaret Pride O.A.M
Dr Margaret Pride is currently Music Director for Collegium Choirs in Western Australia, a triumvirate of three choirs: Collegium Symphonic Chorus; Collegium Musicum Choir; and Collegium Vocal Consort. She was Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia for many years, lectured part-time a the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts & and currently teaches conducting, voice and piano. In addition she worked with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra Chorus for more than a decade and the small professional chamber choirs Saints & Sinners and the Perth Chamber Singers.
Margaret studied for five years in the United States gaining her performance doctorate under Rodney Eichenberger [choral music and choral conducting ] and Hans Beer [orchestral conducting] at the prestigious University of Southern California. Her other mentors include Robert Shaw & Paul Salamunovich [U.S.A.], Eric Ericsson & Stefan Parkhman [Sweden] and David Willcocks [England]
Each year Margaret conducts over a dozen full choral concerts including several oratorios & cantatas, traditional unaccompanied sacred music, and more specialist vocal chamber music. She is a past national and state president of the Australian National Choral Association & was a chief inaugurator of the National Youth Choir of Australia. She has also worked with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Margaret has been very committed to helping others gain a fuller understanding of choirs as a vocal medium with their own technical and pedagogical needs, and to this end established Australia’s first performing Master’s Degree in Choral Music at the University of Western Australia.
Her choirs have toured to England, Europe, Japan, Canada, the United States and South-East Asia as well as to several Australian National Choral Association symposiums in the Eastern States. In addition, she has conducted workshops in every capital city of Australia as well as in several overseas countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, England, the United States, Canada and Norway.
In 2003 Margaret was awarded a Centenary Medal for her contributions to choral music, in 2010 she was granted Honorary Life Membership of the Australian National Choral Association and in 2015 was honoured to receive an Order of Australia Medal .