The Ipswich Orpheus Chorale Inc was founded by George Hogg OAM in 1969 and is one of Australia’s premier community choirs with over 100 members from Ipswich and surrounding areas. The Chorale has a diverse annual program that includes charity concerts, theatre restaurants, musical productions and competing at the Queensland Eisteddfod.
The Ipswich Orpheus Chorale has, on many occasions, been awarded “Champion Choir” at the Queensland Eisteddfod. In 1998 it won all eight sections for large choirs, the first and only time this feat has been achieved in the over 120 year history of the Queensland Eisteddfod movement.
The Chorale has also performed by invitation at significant community events including Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Gala concerts, Ipswich City Council Carols in the Park, the 2000 Ipswich Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony, the official opening of Ipswich Global Arts Link and at the University of Queensland’s Ipswich Campus graduation ceremony.
Musical Director - Daniel Calder
A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology with degrees in both Music and Education,Daniel studied both voice and pianoforte. He has a special love of choral music and is highly regarded for his work within the community choir movement in Australia.
Daniel currently conducts the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale, one of the largest community choirs in Australia which will celebrate its 50th anniversary year in 2019.
Daniel has a very highly regarded music studio on the Sunshine Coast – the Calder Studio, where he offers tuition in voice focusing on technique within a wide range of musical genres. Daniel’s students have gone on to graduate from WAAPA, AIM, NIDA and the Queensland Conservatorium,as well as winning many awards at eisteddfodau and competition levels.
From 1999 to 2002 and again in 2006, Daniel conducted the renowned Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir, one of the longest continually operating community choirs in the country. He is also a past Music Director of the Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company from 2002 to 2005.
Daniel founded the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir in 2005, performing to acclaim in Brisbane and throughout Queensland, as well as overseas in the United Kingdom. and Europe. In 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015, the choir was crowned as Queensland’s Champion Choir. Under Daniel’s baton, the choir was recorded by 4MBS and was broadcast nationally on ABC Classic FM.
In 2012, Daniel was acknowledged for his excellence in choral conducting at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in Wales where his choir placed 2nd as well as performing in St.Martin’s in the Fields, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster in London, as well as venues across England, Wales, Belgium and France.
A former sessional staff member at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Daniel conducted the 100 voice Conservatorium Chorus.
As a tenor soloist, Daniel is a past Queensland Eisteddfod Champion and in 2012, was the onlyAustralian singer selected to compete in solo competition at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod in Wales.
Daniel is passionate about the Eisteddfod movement within Australia and its fostering of emerging musical talent. He currently sits on the Eisteddfod Council of Queensland. In 2012, Daniel founded the Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod in an effort to encourage the development of adult singing and choral work on the Sunshine Coast and throughout southern Queensland.
Recognised as one of Australia’s leading choral conductors, Daniel is in high demand as a choral clinician, vocal coach, repetiteur and adjudicator.
Accompaniest - Sally Linneman
Sally’s first association with the Chorale was as an orchestra member in Fiddler On The Roof in 1995. Later, following a brief stint as Deputy Accompanist, Sally was appointed as principal accompanist. She has held this position for over 10 years, and has been involved with all facets of the Chorale’s performance schedule.
Sally is well respected for her work with both choirs and vocalists, and has accompanied many of the Chorale’s leading soloists. She is particularly honoured to have accompanied founding conductor and noted soloist, George Hogg. Together they have won the Lieder Competition at the Queensland Eisteddfod several times.
In her profession as a classroom music teacher, Sally shares her love of music through the curricular and co-curricular activities with which she is involved. Over the years many of her school choirs have enjoyed successes at the local junior eisteddfodau.
Among her other community activities, Sally is the official accompanist for the Ipswich Vocal Masterclasses and the Brassall Carols.