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 - Thomas Keenan
Thomas first joined the Chorale in 1990, the same year he commenced vocal training with George Hogg. Since then Thomas has grown into an accomplished competition singer having won numerous prestigious awards at a number of Eisteddfordau including Champion of Champions at the Queensland Eisteddffod, and the Sydney de Vries Aria Award at the City of Sydney Eisteddfod.
Thomas is also an experienced stage performer having performed a number of roles with the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale, most notably “Javert” in Les Miserables; “Herod” in Jesus Christ Superstar; “Poo-Bah” in the Mikado; as well as many more.
Thomas became the Chorale’s Musical Director in 2010, having been Deputy Musical Director to Major (ret.) Neville Hammond from 2007-2010
As well as his role with the Chorale, Thomas is a vocal and choral adjudicator; immediate past President of the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod Society Inc; and a Vice-President of the Eisteddfod Council of Queensland Inc.
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.