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President: Peter Ingram

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Peter Ingram is a noted conductor of school, university and community choirs throughout Australia. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Florida State University (U.S.A.) where he gained his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting under the guidance of Rodney Eichenberger.

 Peter is Head of Music at Brisbane Grammar School and directs the acclaimed Grammarphones which, in 2010, was awarded the City of Vienna Prize as champion choir at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival. He serves on the committee for the Queensland Chapter of the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) and was a long-serving president of this Chapter. He is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician and workshop leader at various choral events throughout the country.


Vice President: Michael Fulcher

Michael Fulcher has broad experience as a Choral Conductor with Symphonic, Chamber and Cathedral choirs as well as opera choruses.  He was formerly Director of Music, Trinity College, Melbourne (1994-96); Director of Music, Wellington Cathedral, NZ and Music Director of the Wellington Orpheus Choir (2004-11). In the latter role he chorusmastered the massed choirs for a Mahler Eighth Symphony performance directed by Vladimir Ashkenazy for the 2010 NZ International Arts Festival. Michael is currently Director of Music at Christ Church South Yarra in Melbourne, and a freelance vocal coach.



 Debra Shearer-Dirié

Secretary: Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié

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Dr Debra Shearer-Dirié received her Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, USA.  Her qualifications range from degrees in instrumental pedagogy, Kodály Education (obtained from the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Hungary), a Master of Music Education, and her degree in choral conducting.  She has worked at The University of Queensland and Queensland Conservatorium teaching choral conducting and aural studies.  In 2013 she will be teaching in the Education department at the Australian Catholic University.  Debra is Musical Director of the Brisbane Concert Choir, Musical Director of Fusion, and conducts the Vintage Voices, a singing ensemble for aged 65+. She has been on the ANCA QLD committee and is current editor of Singout.  She is a freelance conductor and clinician throughout the Australia/New Zealand region.


Treasurer: Michael Bloyce

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Educated in Economics and Law at the University of Queensland, Michael’s career has encompassed public venue management, arts and event administration and community services delivery; including time as an artistic director, administrator, venue manager, college lecturer and consultant. His resume includes posts as Executive Assistant to the Director and Venue Hire Manager of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Manager of Nambour Civic Centre, Manager Arts & Entertainment at Gosford City Council, Manager Arts & Culture at Gladstone Regional Council and more recently as Manager Arts & Events at Latrobe City Council. He was an Inaugural Fellow of the Australian Institute of Arts Administration.

As a performer, Michael appeared with the Queensland Light Opera Company, Opera Queensland and Arts Theatre, and was a clarinettist with the Australian Naval Reserve Band. For over 40 years he was a chorister at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane.

Council Members


Nicholas Bannan

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Erzsi Marosszeky

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Erzsi Marosszéky is an internationally trained performer, choral conductor and arts administrator, who  works as a conductor, pianist, ensemble and vocal coach. Underpinning her work is her belief that cultural expression transforms our human experience. Erzsi studied in Budapest for 6 years as a scholarship holder of the Hungarian government, gaining a Master’s Degreeat the Liszt Academy. She is also a graduate of Sydney Conservatorium, (DSCM Piano) and has completed post graduate study with the LaSalle Quartet, at Cincinnati University, where she was awarded the prestigious Friedlander Fellowship. Erzsi has considerable choral and administrative experience, heading the choirs at Knox Grammar School in Sydney for 11 years, directing festivals, tours and concerts both nationally and internationally.


Bevan Bates

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 Bevan Bates is a retired engineer and public servant who, among other activities, conducts a mixed community choir based in the northern Adelaide suburbs. He joined the ANCA SA committee about 2 years ago and was recently elected President. He has regularly participated in the annual Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training (ACCET) Summer School as well as local ANCA events over the last 10 years or so. His other activities include mediation and a continuing involvement at Adelaide University in engineering. 


Marianne Rigby-Black

Marianne Rigby-Black B Mus Hons, BA Drama, DipT is a  choral conductor, vocal teacher, adjudicator, singer and leads performing arts workshops with schools and community organisations. After returning from living in Abu Dhabi and Strasbourg, Marianne has enjoyed committing her energies to ANCA and the further development of choral music in Australia. She particularly enjoys the collaboration at both National Council and Chapter level and the steep learning curve she is on as Chapter President of Vic-Tas! In her spare time, Marianne enjoys time with three sons and husband, directs Grace Notes a cappella Trio, and sings in the newly created Gesualdo Consort and as an occasional singer at Christ Church South Yarra. Occasionally she gardens and cooks French food.


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