Musical Director - Andrew Wailes
Andrew took up the appointment of Musical Director with Box Hill Chorale in 1995 and, since then,
has developed the choir into one of the state’s leading community choirs.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Certificates in Applied Music (Orchestral and Choral Conducting)
from Monash University, has studied advanced orchestral conducting with the late Robert Rosen and has
worked extensively with international choral conductors including John Rutter, Peter Godfrey and Simon
Halsey (UK), Stephan Parkman (Denmark), Rodney Eichenberger and Jo-Michael Scheibe (USA), as well as
many of Australia’s leading conductors.
In 1999, Andrew was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Australasian International Choral Conducting
With a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy, Andrew
conducts several other choirs and orchestras based in Melbourne
including the Royal Philharmonic Choir, the Australian Classical
Players, the Melbourne University Choral Society, and the Australian
Children’s Choir. He is also a regular guest conductor and teacher at
various schools and universities.
Accompanist - Evan Cresswell
Evan joined the chorale as principal accompanist in 2002. He holds an A.Mus.A. (Perf) from Melbourne
University and has worked as an accompanist for many years with various choirs including Heidelberg City Choir,
the Victorian State Opera Company, the Melbourne Chorale and Chamber Singers, and Victoria Chorale, as well
as being involved with many Lieder Recitals.
Evan is not only a proficient accompanist but is also a conductor in his own right (a useful ability if Andrew
is unable to attend a rehearsal). Evan is the former conductor of the Doncaster and Templestowe Choral Society,
the Evan Cresswell Singers and the Heidelberg City Choir (now Heidelberg Choral Society).