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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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Christie Anderson

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Sharon Batterham

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Sharon Batterham is a choral music and vocal specialist, with several years’ experience as a soloist, chorister and conductor. She completed tertiary music studies at the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Music, in composition and voice, and a Bachelor of Music Education. Sharon studied voice with Kevin Casey and Hartley Newnham, and performed regularly with the Faculty of Music Choir and Chamber Singers.

As a child Sharon sang with the Australian Children's Choir, and performed at several venues throughout Melbourne, regional Victoria and South Australia. Sharon participated in the ACC’s first international tours to Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and worked with various conductors and musical groups during that time. Sharon has also sung with the Royal Philharmonic Choir, Faye Dumont Singers, CHIME Choir and the Australian Youth Choir.

Conducting became a particular interest when Sharon commenced tutoring the training groups of the Victorian Boys' Choir, and she continued developing this area with positions in the Australian Girls' Choir and the CHIME Choirs. Training in choral pedagogy followed, under Rodney Eichenberger, Andre de Quadros and Doreen Rao, and Sharon was selected from conductors around the world to attend the 3rd Choral Symposium held by the Toronto Children’s Chorus under Jean Ashworth-Bartle.

After a break to raise her family, Sharon is now the Music Director of Southern Voices. She is in demand as a presenter at choral workshops for all age groups, and is developing a conductor and accompanist education program within the structure of Southern Voices. Sharon is the Director of Cantabella, the senior choir of Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College; she teaches voice at Killester College and Our Lady of Sacred Heart Bentleigh, and is on the committee of the Australian National Choral Association’s Victoria/Tasmania branch.


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