The Luminescence Chamber Singers is a vocal consort comprised of singers who have a diverse range of expertise. Since the ensemble’s earliest iteration in 2013, Luminescence has quickly gained a reputation for presenting exciting and excellent singing, typically performing unconducted and unaccompanied. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and frequently premiere new music by Australian composers, including emerging composers from within their own ranks. From 2019, the Chamber Singers will be directed by tenor Dan Walker.
In recent years, Luminescence has appeared at the Canberra International Music Festival, the Performing the Jewish Archives Festival, and has collaborated with a diverse range of Australian artsits, including Amelia Farrugia, piano-percussion duo Tess Said So, Louise Page, Alice Chance, Gordon Hamilton, Dan Walker and Carl Crossin. Luminescence also performs regularly at national institutions such as the National Museum of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, and the High Court of Australia. In 2016, Luminescence toured to Port Macquarie and Newcastle. In 2018, Luminescence collaborated with the Consort of Melbourne and Roland Peelman to commission and premiere four new works in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, including a piece for double choir by Elliott Gyger. In 2019, the ensemble returns to the Canberra International Music Festival, and will collaborate with the ACT's newest orchestra, Canberra Sinfonia.
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 member of the professional vocal ensemble ‘The Consort of Melbourne’, Sydney-based Cantillation, and Pinchgut Opera. He has been a guest performer with The Song Company 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 Artistic Director of Canberra Community Chorale, Oriana, and is a chorus master for Canberra Choral Society.
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 in both Sydney and Canberra, and has conducted multiple high-achieving community choirs. She sings regularly with the Choir of St James King Street, and is the Artistic Director and founder of the Luminescence Children's Choir. Between 2016 - 2018 AJ was the Artistic Director of Canberra Community Chorale, and is currently the Director of Choirs at Radford College. In her spare time, AJ works as a sessional academic at the ANU School of History.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.