Jamie Allen (Conductor and Choral Director)
Jamie Allen started his musical life as a flautist.
After two years of study, he was chosen to perform Mozart’s first flute concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
He studied at both the Sydney and Newcastle Conservatorium, completing a diploma of performance with high distinction.
He continued after as a freelance musician, teaching and playing in chamber and orchestral groups.
In the 1990’s a desire to sing prompted him to audition for Opera Australia. From this he received an invitation to sing in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger and chorus contract.
In 1997 he won both the Australian Singing Competition and the Remy Martin Opera Award which allowed him to study not only privately but as a Young Artist with Opera Australia.
During his time there he sang predominantly lyric tenor roles including Rodolfo and Pinkerton, Max (Die Freischutz), Steva (Jenufa), Benedict (Beatrice and Benedict) to name a few.
During this time he also sang with all of the major Symphony Orchestras in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2004 he was offered a position in Symphony Australia’s conducting masterclasses, working with Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Christopher Seaman.
After moving to Hobart in 2007, he was offered the Musical director positions at both St. Mary’s and St. David’s cathedrals and continues to teach and conduct in the Hobart area.
Hans Kooij (Accompanist and Concert Director)
Hans Kooij studied piano at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music during the early 1990’s. Subsequently he worked as repetiteur and accompanist for several companies and institutes including Queensland Ballet Company, Queensland Lyric Opera, Sydney Dance Company, Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Victorian College of the Arts, Brisbane College of Advanced Education and Royal Academy of Dance. In the late 1990’s he moved to Tasmania to continue his studies at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music, where he graduated with Honours in 1998. During that same year he presented the Australian premiere of the complete works for piano by Dutch composer Willem Pijper, which was also recorded for ABC Classic FM.
For the past 2 decades Hans has worked as choral conductor and accompanist for several local choirs including Sing Australia and Singers of Southern Tasmania, as swell as numerous school choirs. He has also conducted several musicals and concerts including Sweeney Todd at Hobart College, and Carmina Burana with the Derwent Symphony Orchestra. Currently Hans teaches piano at Dominic College, as well as privately and continues to work as a conductor and accompanist with several community groups.