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.


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.