Sandra Milliken is a highly qualified and well-regarded free-lance choral conductor and director based in Brisbane, Australia. She has had a long involvement with choral music dating from her time as a singer and accompanist with the award-winning Cairns Choral Society, where she was also musical director for several of their stage musicals. Since coming to Brisbane in 1994, she has conducted a number of children’s, youth and adult choirs; has produced several choral music CD recordings; and has been the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship that focused on the art and role of the 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 in and around Brisbane, along with 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 music director of the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir and from 2017 to 2019 I worked with the the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir. I am currently music director of the Bayside Divas women’s choir and conductor of the College Choir at Cannon Hill Anglican College.
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.
Please contact Sandra to discuss her availability if you are a choir seeking the services of a guest or permanent choral conductor.