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EExcelsia_BWxcelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) is Australia’s first Christian arts college and attracts students from around the nation and the world with exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music, Drama, Teacher Education and Counselling. In partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University, Excelsia forms part of a global learning community with the vision to take Christian higher education to the next level in Australia.

The prize-winning Excelsia College Choir consists of Bachelor of Music students training for professional careers in the music industry. With backgrounds in classical, contemporary and jazz music, all Choir members are either vocal or instrumental performance majors and participate in Choir as part of their ensemble studies.

Under the direction of renowned conductor Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu and piano accompanist Ms Na Ri Kim, the Excelsia College Choir sings a diverse selection of repertoire and has performed around the country as well as in Europe, Asia and the US. 2015’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem marks the fourth consecutive year that the Choir has collaborated with the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.

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The Willoughby Symphony Choir, one of Australia’s finest community choirs, was formed in 1973 and joined with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in the same year to become the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Since its inception, the Choir has always been sponsored by the Willoughby City Council.

 The Choir performs concerts with the Orchestra but also performs its own eparate concerts and takes part in a variety of community events. It has performed in many of the major Sydney venues as well as in major regional areas.

 The Willoughby Symphony Choir has performed many of the great choral works and has recently performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in the Concourse in Chatswood.

Sadaharu Muramatsu is the current Musical Director of the Choir.

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Soonki PARK, who was born in 1983 in South Korea, is a baritone. He studied Bechelor of music performance voice major at the National University of Busan. He  worked for Kim-hae professional city chorus for 4 years then, he came to Australia to study Opera at the University of Sydney.

He performed opera  ‘La Traviata’, ‘Rigoletto’, ‘La bohem ’, ‘The Magic flute’, recently he has performed Professor Bhaer from the opera ‘Little Women’, Street singers from ‘Mass’.

Soloist from ‘ Mozart Requiem’ ‘He has been studying with Barry Ryan since 2013, he is working with Opera Australia as an extra chorus member.

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His performance experience includes Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart in Mozart and Salieri by Rimsky-Korsakov, Hugo in Offenbach’s Love By Lanternlight, The Tenor Lover in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Edward in Trial by Jury. He also has had an extensive Concert experience, including performing the Tenor Soloist in: Handel’s Messiah, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Peterson’s Shadows and Light and as a featured Soloist with the Sydney Schubert Society. Damian spent the last winter in Europe, representing the Sydney Conservatorium in its Inaugural Estivo Summer School in Italy; as well as studying under teachers in Germany and Austria.

2015 includes performances with Manly-Waringah Choir, Strathfield Symphony, Penrith Symphony, Ryde-Hunters Hill Orchestra, as well as performances throughout regional NSW with Voci Stupende- with whom he is a founding member.

He is currently performing the role of Rolan (Prince Ramiro) in Opera Australia’s adaptation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

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Jermaine Chau, mezzo soprano a recent graduate of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Summer School in Brisbane, studied opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she took on the role as a sassy aunt Fidalma in Cimarosa’s comic opera Il Segreto Matrimonio. In 2014, she has taken the lead role in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief and has performed as Cecilia in Mark Adamo’s Little Women.

Jermaine attended MLC School and under the guidance of music director Karen Carey. It was here that Jermaine got her first taste of opera in the lead role in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Part of the Young Artist Program at Pacific Opera from 2009-2012, she performed in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel chorus, as a spirit in Mozart’s Magic Flute. With soprano Taryn Srhoj, their duo Blush Opera won the Tasmanian Cabaret Festival in July 2014; taking their show to Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015 and this year they will be returning to Hobart with a new composition by Paul Smith, ‘Fancy Me Dead’ an operatic cabaret; followed by performances for the New Music Network Mini Series in The Hayes Theatre, Sydney in October.


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n 2015, Jermaine has recently performed the title role in Bizet’s Carmen for Opera New England and Symphony Central Coast, and was a part of Gluck’s Orfeo et Euridice for the Spectrum Now Festival in March. She is excited to be performing the cheeky role of Cherubino in Rockdale Opera’s Marriage of Figaro in November.

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Caroline is currently entering her 3rd year of classical voice performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as part of her Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Maree Ryan, chair of Vocal Studies and Opera at. She is the winner of (2013) The Helen Myers Scholarship (Sydney Conservatorium of Music).

In July 2014, she successfully auditioned and to travelled to Munich, Germany to study voice, performance, acting and language with the Bel Canto Summer School.

Notable performances and roles include: Susanna from Marriage of Figaro Act 1 scenes with Bel Canto Summer Voice Program, Gretel from Hansel und Gretel  Act 1 Bel Canto Summer School, Britten’s War Requiem (2013), Soloist Another Night at the Opera 2011, Mabel in The Armidale School’s Pirates of Penzance (2011), Soloist at The Armidale School’s Gilbert and Sullivan Reunion Gala Evening (2011), Little Red Riding Hood in ADMS’ Into the Wood (2010), Soloist in Carmina Burana (2010) and Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols (2009).

Ensemble work includes: Puccini’s La Boheme with Opera New England (2014), Bizet’s Carmen Opera New England (2015).

Hong Zhi Gao

March 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

Hong Zhi (David) Gao graduated from  Harbin Normal University Music College, China, and is currently completing a Master of Music (Conducting) at Sydney Excelsia College under Dr. Sadaharu Muramatsu.

Hong Zhi Gao has conducted the Wesley Institute Choir (now Excelsia College Choir) and Tian Guo Yue Tuan (Celestial) Concert band. He worked as assistant conductor of Rockdale Opera Company for its production of “The Merry Widow” in 2014 (featuring Strathfield Symphony Orchestra). He has also worked as assistant conductor for the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Sakura Choir and the Willoughby Symphony Choir .

Hong Zhi Gao was a music teacher in China and currently plays trombone with Strathfield Symphony Orchestra. He started his professional conducting career in 2012. He is due to complete his Master of Music (Conducting) in July, 2015.