Festival of Summer Voices


National Choral School and the Festival of Summer Voices will not be held in January 2021.

We acknowledge that this is deeply disappointing for our whole community. We hope you understand that in order to proceed with planning this major national project, greater certainty around COVID-19 is required.

The safety and wellbeing of our choristers, artists, staff, volunteers and audiences is foremost in our planning. We look forward to welcoming you all back for the 25th National Choral School in 2022 and hope to announce other national projects during 2021.

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Conductor Academy

Gondwana Conductors Academy is a program for emerging and established choral conductors looking for the opportunity to develop and refine their conducting technique. Program Director Graeme Morton is known for the quality and accessibility of his conducting instruction, providing both plenary sessions and individual lessons to focus on building and extending specific skills.

Ideal for conductors at undergraduate level and above, students enjoy daily access to a dozen of the country’s best conductors, watching them take singers from the beginning of a journey right through to the end, over the two-week period of National Choral School.  They have the opportunity to engage with those dozen leading conductors in conductor forums, and informally as well as with some of the nation’s finest young choral singers, including members of Gondwana Chorale and Gondwana Voices.


Graeme Morton AM is a graduate  of the University of Queensland (Organ). Churchill Fellow; Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cultural Medal; Prime Minister’s Medal. Visiting Professor St Olaf College, Minnesota. Currently Choral Fellow, University of Queensland; directs 100-voice UQ Chorale & UQ Chamber Singers, which offers singers across the university a Diploma of Music concurrent with their degree, for singing in the choir. As well as having many recordings under his belt, Graeme has was the founding Director of Australian Voices with performances at ISME and the World Symposium on Choral Music; Director, St Peters Chorale for almost three decades with many recordings, commissions and performances including York Minster, Ely Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral & Harvard University; Director of Music, St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane; and Director, Brisbane Chamber Choir. Director, annual Brisbane Festival of Contemporary Church Music (2015 includes a commission by Andrew Ford)