Our Singers

The Luminescence Chamber Singers is an octet comprised of young musicians who have a diverse range of expertise. In addition to being soloists as well as ensemble singers, many Luminescence artists are also conductors, composers and instrumentalists. The Chamber Singers have collaborated with artists such as Gordon Hamilton, Alice Chance, Sally Whitwell, Olle Palmqvist and Louise Page.

They perform a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and frequently premiere new music by young Australian composers. In addition to a busy performance schedule, the Luminescence Chamber Singers offer a variety of workshops to schools and community choirs.

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AJ AMERICA

AJ is a performer, conductor and creative producer. She 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. In 2017, AJ completed her PhB with Honours in History.

AJ performs regularly as a soloist and an ensemble singer and has conducted multiple high-achieving community choirs. She is the Artistic Director and founder of the Luminescence Children's Choir, and is currently the Musical Director of Canberra Community Chorale. AJ also teaches Vocal Ensemble Studies H-Course at the ANU School of Music, and in her spare time, works as a sessional academic and research assistant at the ANU School of History.

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PATRICK BAKER

Patrick Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) from the ANU School of Music in 2012. In 2017, he completed his Master of Music Studies (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying under Carl Vine. Patrick has been a member of Luminescence Chamber Singers since their inception, and has sung in a number of choirs including St James King Street, Gondwana Chorale, Coro, Kompactus Youth Choir, Cantillation, the ANU Chamber Choir, and the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Choir. In 2018, he participated in SongCo Lab with the Song Company.

As a composer, he has had works performed both nationally and internationally. He has participated in Gondwana Composer School and was one of the Sydney Children’s Choir Emerging Composers in 2015. In 2017, Patrick was a composer for Moorambilla Voices. He is regularly commissioned by varied ensembles, and has had music performed by Woden Valley Youth Choir, Junior Gondwana, juice vocal ensemble, and the Song Company amongst others. He has also had music workshopped by members of Ensemble Offspring, and soprano Jane Sheldon.

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CODY CHRISTOPHER

Canberra-born, but not entirely bred, Cody returned to Canberra in 2008 to pursue Computer Science at ANU, a field in which he is an active researcher and teacher. Cody is well known in the Canberra choral community, having appeared with many groups as both as chorister and a soloist.

In addition to being a founding member of Luminescence, he is currently the president of the Kompactus Youth Choir and has been since 2011. Cody has toured internationally with the Gondwana Chorale to both Europe and the United States. In 2014 he was a Sprogis-Wood-Smith Young Artist for the Canberra International Music Festival, performing with the Song Company in several choral concerts.

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CHLOE LANKSHEAR

Chloe is a keen young musician who  devoted her youth to the studies of voice and violin and excelled at both, achieving high distinction for her AMEB eighth grade studies. She was a member of Gondwana Voices for four consecutive years, including several overseas tours with renowned conductor Lyn Williams and a national tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Chloe is currently studying  for her Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium and regularly appears as a soloist and chorister in both Sydney and Canberra. She has performed as a member of St James King Street and The Song Company, and in 2018, is a featured soloist at the Canberra International Music Festival.

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DAVID FARAKER

David has been an active choral and solo singer for almost twenty years. Most recently, he was a member of The Australian Voices, touring nationally, collaborating with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and performing at the Woodford Folk Festival finale. He was also musical director on a tour of New Caledonia. A versatile instrumentalist as well as a singer, he has completed his Trinity College Grade 8 and Performance Certificate exams in singing, and his AMEB Grade 6 in piano and Grade 5 in violin.

David graduated with a master's degree in library and information science and moved to Canberra from Brisbane in early 2015. He currently works in the government library sector.

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VERONICA MILROY

Veronica graduated from the ANU School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in 2014. During her studies, she performed in Dido & Aeneas (2010), the ANU Chamber Choir, and in 2014 she was a Sprogis-Woods-Smith Young Artist for the Canberra International Music Festival. She has performed as a soloist with the Limestone Consort and in J.S Bach’s Easter Oratorio with Igitur Nos and has dedicated 15 years of her life to Gondwana Choirs. She has been a professional accompanist with the Mitchell Conservatorium since 2008 and regularly accompanies singers across Canberra. In 2009 she accompanied in the Rhapsody Rotorua Festival (New Zealand). Outside of Luminescence, Veronica is a teacher, conductor, cantor, accompanist, organist & multi-instrumentalist, and enjoys an excellent cup of tea.

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OLIVIA SWIFT

Olivia is a composer and choral conductor. A graduate of the ANU School of Music, her focus is on classical composition, but she has also studied film scoring and jazz. During high school, Olivia sang with Gondwana Voices and Sydney Children's Choir and in 2008, her twelve-tone piece for wind quintet was nominated for Encore. Olivia has worked with well-known Australian composers such as Paul Stanhope and Christopher Gordon at Gondwana Composers School several times. As well as working on an opera that features a vocal ensemble providing the accompaniment, Olivia is currently the musical director of Kompactus Youth Choir and conducts a number of community choirs. Olivia's music can be heard on her soundcloud.

Luminescence Chamber Singers at the High Court.