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.

Coming to Choral Conducting

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.

Choral Conductor Services

Please contact Sandra to discuss her availability if you are a choir seeking the services of a guest or permanent choral conductor.

Sandra Milliken - Conductor
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 potential 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;  A Cambrian Collection – an eclectic collection of repertoire from around the world; and Haydn Sunrise featuring selected works of Michael Haydn and the Sunrise Mass of Ola Gjeilo.

The complete collection of recordings that I have produced and/or conducted appears below. Most of these CDs were recorded and edited at Ghostgum Audio, a modern recording studio established at Cannon Hill Anglican College.

New Leaves CD cover

The Queensland Youth Choir

Misa Criolla CD cover

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

A Cambrian Collection CD cover

Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir

Colours of Christmas CD cover

Queensland Youth Choir

Debut CD cover

The Bayside Divas

Classy Classics CD cover

The Bayside Divas

Sapphire Musical Gems CD cover

Musical Gems
Cambrian Youth Choir

The Bilbies

Queensland Youth Choir

Cathedral Dreaming CD

Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir

CD Haydn Sunrise

Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir