Profiles

Barry Patterson - Conductor 2016

Barry Patterson - Conductor 2016


Barry Patterson commenced as our Conductor in January 2016.  Barry is well known as an accomplished vocalist in the Orange region and joined the choir last year to add his wonderful singing talent to our ranks during our 2015 W.A. tour.  

Born in London, Barry grew up in Orange before undertaking training at the Victorian College of the Arts. His vocal career has included performances in opera, operetta and musical theatre in venues from London’s Barbican to the Sydney Opera House. He has become a mainstay of the Orange Theatre Company where his memorable performances are recognised as those of an accomplished and an outstanding actor and singer. Barry teaches singing in Orange and is also an accomplished visual artist with a degree in Fine Arts from Charles Sturt University.

Orange Male Voice Choir looks forward to an exciting and long association with Barry Patterson.


Heejin Kim - 2017

Heejin Kim - 2017

Heejin Kim took up the position of Choir accompanist in June 2017. She comes to the Choir with a wealth of experience in both teaching and accompanying and is an accomplished performer in her own right.

Heejin holds a Bachelor of Music from Seoul Theological University in South Korea. She held the position of resident accompanist with Bucheron Elders Choir as well as with the Incheon Hyosung Junior Choir and performed regularly in concerts in South Korea before her arrival in Australia.

Heejin is currently employed with the Orange Regional Conservatorium tutoring in piano. She has also undertaken tutoring for the Kinross Wollaroi School in Orange. Heejin is in high demand as a performer in Orange. At the Conservartorium she is the regular accompanist for both the ORC Chamber Choir as well as taking her place with the orchestra for performances with the ORC Symphonic Choir. Heejin is a versatile musician who enjoys playing music across a range of genres. She has also worked in the orchestra pit with the Orange Theatre Company. 

We are thrilled to have Heejin as our accompanist and value her professionalism and friendship.

David Shaw - 2018

David Shaw - 2018

David Shaw is our Deputy Accompanist. A multi-instrumentalist born in Orange, he is equally capable on piano and flute, across all genres of music. David has extensive experience in orchestral and chamber music, having studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Australian National University, and toured overseas with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Musical theatre has also been a major part of David’s musical endeavours since returning to Orange with recent excursions into this field as Musical Director of Orange Theatre Company productions. He has performed jazz, folk music and pop/rock music along his journey, but relishes chances to perform and work with chamber musicians. Paint it Orange, collaborating with Helen Grey and musicians from Melbourne and Orange presented itself as the perfect opportunity in late 2017 for such collaboration.

Always keen to share his music talents, David has successfully collaborated with musicians far afield including from Melbourne, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane to bring unusual classical music performances to Orange. His chamber concert series, entitled House Concerts, brings high-quality chamber music to audience’s front door.

Leon Paix - Deputy Conductor and Conductor Emeritus

Leon Paix - Deputy Conductor and Conductor Emeritus

Leon was named after oboe virtuoso, Leon Goossens, and so was destined for a distinguished career in music. He is an accomplished pianist, pipe organist, piper, trumpeter and accompanist. He also enjoys arranging and a little composing of music.

He says, “My greatest joy has always been to motivate others to excel or even to exceed their greatest expectations in creative performance whether it is in an ensemble, a band, choir or especially as an individual”.

Leon graduated from the NSW State Conservatorium in 1969 with Diploma of Music (Education) and A Mus A for piano. Since 1970, he has taught Music from Kindergarten to Year 12; he has lectured in Choral Technique at the tertiary level and has been an examiner for HSC Music.

He was Director of Music at Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange for 10 years where his department established a fine reputation for Music education in country NSW. He initiated and directed state-wide Music and HSC preparation camps, inter-school camps and teacher conferences. He trained six of the school’s choirs and supervised the instruction of the four bands and orchestra. In 1994, he directed the KWS Orchestra tour to the United Kingdom.

Choral music has been a favourite of Leon’s having been at various times conductor of the Sydney Male Choir (1979-83), Nepean Choral Society (1983-85) and Orange Male Voice Choir (1995-2010, 2014, 2015). He is also the Music Adviser to the Male Choirs Association of Australia (2007 -2015).

Since retiring from his school teaching, he has started a music school in Molong offering singing, pianoforte and brass tuition to all ages. In recent years, Leon has been called on to adjudicate at the Ryde (Sydney), Orange, Dubbo, Forbes, Gulgong and National (Canberra) Eisteddfods. In 2016 The Choir formally recognised Leon's outstanding contribution over many years in the award of Conductor Emeritus.