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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LUCUS ALLERTON

Lucus graduated from the ANU School of Music with Honours in Piano in mid-2013. He is yet to regret that, which makes him happy.

At the piano, Lucus enjoys ensemble and accompaniment work most of all, in 2012 winning the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Prize and reaching the Finals of the Sydney Eisteddfod's 2013 Victoria Jennifer Warren Piano Accompaniment Award. He has very much enjoyed a number of musical partnerships and ensemble memberships, both during and after his time at the School of Music, and cherishes the friendships that have arisen from these experiences.  Musically, he pops up here and there around Canberra. Perhaps give a wave and say hello if you see him.

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AJ AMERICA

AJ grew up in Sydney as a member of the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices. She has toured nationally as well as across the USA, Canada, China and New Zealand, performed at events such as World Youth Day, APEC, and the ISME conference, sung under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and Zubin Meta, and 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. Since relocating to Canberra, AJ has conducted multiple high-achieving community choirs and performed as a member of Gondwana Chorale, Clarion, and The Australian Voices.

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CODY CHRISTOPHER

Canberra-born, but not entirely bred, Cody returned to Canberra in 2008 to pursue Computer Science at ANU, and is now midway through a PhD. Upon his return to Canberra, Cody joined SCUNA and has since sung with many local groups, becoming well known in the Canberra choral community.

In addition to Luminescence, he currently sings with the Oriana Chorale and is president of the Kompactus Youth Choir. Cody has toured internationally with Gondwana Chorale and in 2014 was selected as 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 has devoted her youth to the studies of voice and violin and has 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 has also sung with the Canberra Opera Workshop.

Chloe is currently studying  for her Associate Music Diploma under Louise Page and is studying a Bachelor of Music at the ANU School of Music.

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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 recently 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.