Lyn Williams AM

Artistic Director & Founder, Gondwana Choirs

Lyn Williams AM is Australia’s leading director of choirs for young people. She founded Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 to create a world-class ensemble, capable of performing complex music of a professional standard. The Sydney Children’s Choir now proudly represents Sydney as the most prestigious and well-known vocal program for young singers of school age.

Lyn formed the treble choir Gondwana Voices in 1997 where young musicians from across the continent could discover others who share their passion for singing. This program has grown into Gondwana National Choirs, made up of more than 300 young people. Each January they form Gondwana National Choral School, an intensive camp for singers and emerging composers and conductors. Gondwana Voices celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2017 with a major tour to Northern Europe.

After experiencing life in the Torres Strait, Lyn began Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (GICC) in 2008 to give Indigenous young people the opportunity to express their culture through song and Language. Lyn leads GICC’s mission to preserve and develop of language and story through intergenerational cultural activity and developing a new contemporary Indigenous repertoire. Major works in Indigenous languages commissioned include the children’s opera Ngailu, Boy of the Stars by Dan Walker (Torres Strait) and Spinifex Gum – a song cycle by Felix Riebl (Western Pilbara). In 2017, the choir undertook a major cross-cultural collaboration with the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir.

Lyn’s exceptional skill in working with young people is recognised internationally for its high artistic quality and ground-breaking innovation. She has conducted Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices, Gondwana Chorale and Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir nationally and internationally.

Lyn’s dedication and contribution to the arts has been recognised on multiple occasions.She was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts’ prestigious Don Banks Music Award for outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia, in recognition of her lifework as founder and director of Gondwana Choirs (2017); the Medal of the Order of Australia (2004); and, the NSW State Award at the Classical Music Awards (2006) for her long-term contribution to the advancement of Australian music. Lyn was recognised at the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015. She is also a composer, winning the 2009 APRA-Australian Music Centre Vocal/Choral Work of the Year for her work A Flock of Stars.

Lyn conducts The Sydney Children’s Choir and SCC Junior Performing Choir, Gondwana Voices (Gondwana National Choirs) and the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir.

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