Steven Hodgson (Artistic Director) joined The Consort of Melbourne as Assistant Director in 2014 under the mentorship of Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Peter Tregear and was appointed Artistic Director of the group in 2016.
He completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Melbourne in 2004, studying composition with Stuart Greenbaum, Brenton Broadstock and Brett Dean and voice with Stephen Grant. Most recently, he completed the Kurt Thomas Cursus at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory, specialising in chamber choir repertoire.
A committed vocalist, choral conductor and composer, Steven performs regularly as a soloist and ensemble member with the Astra Choir, e21 and the Australian Chamber Choir. He is also the Head of Publishing for the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Katherine Norman - soprano
Katherine Norman is a Soprano with over 19 years’ experience, including five European concert tours, several recordings and numerous live concert broadcasts presented by ABC Classic FM.
An early sacred & Bach specialist whose repertoire also includes modern composition, Katherine is an accomplished soloist & blended ensemble singer.
Katherine studied voice with Vivienne Hamilton & Steven Grant at the University of Melbourne, Conservatorium of Music. Career highlights include Soprano soloist for the much-loved and vocally demanding Allegri Miserere, Mozart’s Requiem, and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, presenting the world Premiere of Hodgson Lamentations, and performing in four separate years of the annual Melbourne Festival.
Notable collaborations have included performances with the Tallis Scholars, the Rolling Stones, Warren Trevelyan-Jones, Steven Layton & Jeremy Summerly.
Katherine has sung with the Consort of Melbourne since 2009 and was recently a guest artist for the St James King St (Sydney) European concert tour, performing in such distinguished venues as Westminster Abbey and Notre Dame.
Katherine is also Secretary of the Board for the Consort of Melbourne. When not singing, Katherine is the Senior Account Manager in Presenter Services at Arts Centre Melbourne – leading the entire Event Management team to deliver 3,000 shows every year. She also lectures in Venue Management and is on the Venue Management School Committee. She & her partner also volunteer for Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC) & dote on their two Wheaten Terrier dogs.
Kristy Biber - soprano
Kristy Biber has been singing in choirs in Melbourne for over ten years. Her love of choral singing began in the Trinity College Choir at the University of Melbourne where she had the opportunity to be part of the recording of five albums for ABC Classics as well as tours to Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, USA, Germany and the UK. Since then she has sung with the Consort of Melbourne and Polyphonic Voices which have collaborated with groups such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Rolling Stones and the Hilltop Hoods. She has also had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Eric Whitacre, Stephen Layton and Peter Phillips. She has been a choral scholar in the choir of Christ Church South Yarra since 2011. When not singing with choirs, Kristy spends her time singing with small children in her day job as a Registered Music Therapist.
Jenny George - alto
Jenny is an alto with more than twenty five years of choral experience with chamber ensembles including the New Zealand Youth Choir, Voices New Zealand, Ensemble Gombert, the Stanford Chamber Chorale and the Consort of Melbourne. She has also appeared as a soloist in works such as Bach's St John Passion and Magnificat and Durufle's Requiem. Jenny directs the Old Cathedral Voices which sings every Sunday morning at St James Old Cathedral, West Melbourne.
Jenny's has a PhD in business from Stanford University and her day job is as CEO of Converge International, a mental health care company.
Hannah Pietsch - alto
Hannah has been harmonising in various bands and choirs most of her life, thanks to her upbringing in a musically vibrant family and church.
Hannah’s singing career spans classical, jazz and pop. Highlights include a number of world premieres, including the narrator in Sue Westhorp’s award-winning St John Passion and the alto soloist in Kym Dillon’s Reformation cantata A Righteousness from God. She was also involved in musical theatre for many years, receiving Lyrebird Awards and Music Theatre Guild nominations for lead roles in Les Miserables, Tick Tick Boom!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde, Hello Dolly and others.
Hannah is trained in piano and flute as well as voice (under Gary May). She has performed with a number of Melbourne ensembles, including Vox Angelica and Gloriana, and has appeared regularly with the Consort of Melbourne since 2015.
Dan Walker - tenor
Composer, conductor and performer Dan Walker is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. His compositional output includes commissions for Gondwana Voices, The Birralee Blokes, the Nittany Valley Children’s Choir of Pennsylvania, and Halcyon. 2014 highlights include the premiere of his Mass of Deliverance, a contemporary mass setting written for the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and Sydney Brass. This mass has been programmed for a second performance as part of St James King St’s orchestral mass series in January 2015. Other highlights include a featured work, Out There, in the 2014 South Australian Primary Schools Choral Festival, which was performed by some 14 000 young singers in numerous venues across the state.
As a performer, Dan is a member of Sydney-based Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and was a founding member of early music ensemble ‘The Parson’s Affayre’. He is a keenly sought-after conductor, often appearing as chorus-master for the Sydney Symphony, and was an associate conductor of Gondwana Choirs from 2006 - 2014. He is now a busy freelance artist based in Melbourne.
Christopher Roache - tenor/countertenor
Christopher Roache is a Melbourne based tenor and countertenor, working both as a freelance singer and singing teacher. Completing a Bachelor of Music with honours at The University of Melbourne in 2009, he has since spent two years singing in the UK, with one year as both an alto and tenor choral scholar at Wells Cathedral, as well as singing with a number of renowned choirs in London and Oxford.
Christopher performed in the 2016 Woodend Winter Arts Festival as the countertenor soloist in two performances of Bach's Magnificat and Ascension Oratorio. He also sang as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the American singer-songwriter, Ben Folds.
Christopher has performs regularly as a soloist at the Melbourne Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, St John's Southgate Bach Cantata Program as well as Newman College's Advent Festival. He also sings regularly with The Consort of Melbourne, The Australian Chamber Choir and Ensemble Gombert.
Christopher currently works as a voice tutor at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne as well as acting as an Assistant Musical Director at St James' Old Cathedral, Melbourne.
Lucien Fischer - baritone
Lucien was born in Tasmania and started learning violin and piano simultaneously just after he’d turned four. He moved to Perth in 2005 and commenced formal singing lessons towards the end of high school, going on to study a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) at the University of Western Australia. During his time in Perth, Lucien sang with the choirs of St George’s Cathedral and with the Giovanni Consort, whilst also performing in a solo capacity in oratorio performances and competitions. In 2013 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Giovanni Consort, and in 2014 was Musical Director of the Churchlands Choral Society.
Lucien relocated to Melbourne in 2015 and quickly found his choral music fix, appearing regularly with the Consort of Melbourne, Polyphonic Voices, and the Astra Choir, whilst also making guest appearances with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, the Choir of St James’ King Street, and The Australian Voices. He continues to perform regularly around his work at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the University of Melbourne.
Jerzy Kozlowski - bass
Jerzy worked regularly with the Victoria State Opera, and has performed with Opera Australia in every Melbourne season since 1996. He has also worked with Ozopera, Melbourne Opera Company, Operalive, Melbourne CityOpera, and Victorian Opera in roles such as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, the title role in Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Grandpa Moss in Copland’s The Tender Land and Dr Bartolo in Barber of Seville. Jerzy has sung solo with all major Melbourne choral groups in repertoire ranging from Handel’s Messiah to Verdi’s Requiem and solo recitals include performances of Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses by Michelangelo and Four Verses of Captain Lebyadkin. He has performed in many premieres of works by Australian composers, such as Richard Mills, Johanna Selleck and Helen Gifford, including two song cycles written especially for him by Michael Bertram and Lawrence Whiffin.
Recent performances include the role of Arthur in Iain Grandage’s The Riders for which he received a Green Room Award nomination, and Compere in the Australian premiere of Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts and the King in Ernst Toch’s The Princess and the Pea with Victorian Opera.