AJ America, Artistic Director
AJ is a performer, conductor and creative producer. She is the conductor of Luminescence Children's Choir, a mezzo soprano was Luminescence Chamber Singers, and was the founding Chair of Luminescence Chamber Singers. AJ grew up in Sydney as a member of the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices and has toured nationally as well as across the USA, Canada, China and New Zealand. AJ has recorded for a number of Australian film soundtracks, including as a soloist for PJ Hogan’s Mental and Baz Luhrman’s Australia. In 2012, both her vocal performances and choral composition were nominated for Encore.
AJ appears regularly as a soloist and a consort singer in Sydney and Canberra, performing with the Luminescence Chamber Singers, the Choir of St James’ King St, Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and Vox Plexus (Melbourne). She is a regular collaborator with pianist Ella Luhtasaari and a member of Ampleya, a multimedia collaboration with pianist and composer Rasa Daukis and visual artist Genevieve Swifte.
In recent years, AJ has also served as the Musical Director of Canberra Community Chorale, the ANU School of Music H-Course Vocal Ensemble, and Director of Choirs at Radford College.
In her spare time, AJ is a casual academic with strong ties to the Australian National University. In 2017, AJ completed her PhB with Honours in History. In 2018 and 2019 she taught 20th Century European History at the ANU, and is a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge University Press NSW Year 9-10 History Textbook.
Veronica Milroy, Associate Artistic Director
Soprano, pianist & chamber musician, Veronica grew up in regional NSW and studied at the Mitchell Conservatorium. She was a member of Gondwana Choirs from 2003 – 2017 and has toured both nationally and internationally across the UK & Europe, the USA, and New Zealand. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from the ANU School of Music under the tutelage of Alan Hicks & Louise Page OAM.
An experienced consort singer, Veronica performs with the Luminescence Chamber Singers (Canberra), Coro (Canberra) and the Choir of St James’ King Street (Sydney). Veronica has been an educator for nearly a decade and has worked as a singing tutor, accompanist and director with many organisations across Canberra & Central Western NSW, as well as the Rhapsody Rotorua Festival (New Zealand) . In addition to performing with the Chamber Singers, Veronica is the pianist for Luminescence Children's Choir and was a founding member of the Luminescence Board of Directors.
In her free time Veronica is training as a yoga instructor, and has a keen interest in how yogic principles can be applied to the performing musicians’ life.
Dan Walker, Associate Artistic Director
Composer, conductor and performer Dan Walker is one of Australia’s most in-demand choral specialists. He has had works commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs and Halcyon. As a performer, Dan is a principal artist at both Luminescence Chamber Singers and the Song Company. He sings regularly with Cantillation and Pinchgut Opera, and has been a member of the professional vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne and was a founding member of early music ensemble, The Parson’s Affayre. He is a keenly sought-after conductor, appearing as chorus master for the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Choruses, and is currently the Artistic Director of Canberra Choral Society, Canberra Community Chorale and Oriana Chorale, as well as Associate Artistic Director of Luminescence Chamber Singers.
Elsa Huber, Sight-Singing Tutor
at the Open School at ANU School of Music.
Patrick Baker, Sight-Singing Tutor
Leanne McKean, Sight-Singing Tutor