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Sandra Milliken - Conductor

Sandra Milliken – Choir Conductor

My association with choral music began in the late 1970s and has encompassed roles as singer, accompanist and conductor. As a choir conductor I have been actively involved with a number of community choirs and education institutions including Trinity Bay High School (Cairns); Clayfield College, Stuartholme School and Cannon Hill Anglican College (Brisbane); and the University of Queensland.

My formal qualifications include a Masters degree in Choral Conducting and Methodology from the University of Queensland where I studied with Dr Ed Bolkovac, who is currently Professor of Choral Music at the Hartt School, part of the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New England where I majored in musicology and ethnomusicology. Following the completion of my Masters degree I was contracted as a part-time lecturer at the University of Queensland, where I conducted Concentus, the University’s premier choir.

In 1995 I joined the staff of the Queensland Youth Choir (now the Queensland Show Choir), conducting several of their ensembles up until 2008. In 1998 I was appointed musical director of their senior ensemble VoiceWorks and in 2006 became the Choir’s inaugural Artistic Director. From 2007 to 2016 I was conductor of the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir. I am currently the musical director of both the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir and the Bayside Divas women’s choir.

In 2001, I was privileged to be awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship that enabled me to spend four months visiting world-renowned choirs in England, Sweden, Finland, Canada and the USA, working with and observing many internationally acclaimed choral music experts.

CD Recordings

CD Recordings

As a choral director I am constantly looking for ways to keep the experience of singing in a choir something that is interesting, rewarding, friendly and challenging for each of the members. Whilst there are a multitude of things that can be done to try to achieve these goals, something that has worked well for me is the production of CD recordings. It is certainly a challenging process for those new to it. The experience is different to singing at a concert, but it has the potent to produce a reward that will live on through the years.

I have, since 2004, produced a number of what have come to be highly acclaimed choral recordings including the premiere Australian recordings of the Ramirez Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra, a collection of new Australian music titled New Leaves, and A Cambrian Collection – an eclectic collection of repertoire from around the world.

The complete collection of recordings that I have produced appears below. Each of the CDs was recorded and edited at Ghostgum Audio, a modern recording studio established at Cannon Hill Anglican College.

New Leaves CD cover

NEW LEAVES
The Queensland Youth Choir

Misa Criolla CD cover

MISA CRIOLLA
Navidad Nuestra
The Queensland Youth Choir
Jason Barry-Smith
and Walisuma de Los Andes

A Cambrian Collection CD cover

A CAMBRIAN COLLECTION
Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir

Colours of Christmas CD cover

COLOURS OF CHRISTMAS
Queensland Youth Choir

Debut CD cover

DEBUT
The Bayside Divas

Classy Classics CD cover

CLASSY CLASSICS
The Bayside Divas

Sapphire Musical Gems CD cover

SAPPHIRE
Musical Gems
Cambrian Youth Choir

The Bilbies

THE BILBIES’ LAMENT
Queensland Youth Choir

Cathedral Dreaming CD

CATHEDRAL DREAMING
Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir