Conductor and violinist, Roy Theaker has a diverse and well-travelled career. As a soloist he has performed from Suntory Hall, Tokyo to the South Bank, London via the Holy Citadel, Amman and the European Parliament, Brussels. Invitations as a Guest Concertmaster include major orchestras thoughout Australia, Asia and Europe.
Conducting engagements range from Mozart to Marvin Hamlish with the MSO, staged Theatre and Ballet in Portugal, musicalsin the West End to large scale symphonic and choral works with Stonnington Symphony and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Orchestras.
Roy can be heard on iTunes and Spotify as soloist with the Bulgarian National Radio and the Orquestra do Algarve, as a chamber musician with the Brodsky Quartet and as a conductor with Dublin Brass.
After studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Vienna Conservatoire, he toured extensively as a violinist with the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-Fields and the London Chamber Orchestra. Since 2010 he has been part of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program, working with the Tasmanian, Auckland, and Adelaide Orchestras, as well as numerous engagements in the world of Music Theatre including Orchestra Leader with Conducting Responsibilities for the Melbourne production of The Lion King.
In 2013, Roy was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, “in recognition of his significant contribution to the music profession” and in 2015, also completed a Masters of Business Administration.
Roy has proudly been Artistic Director of Stonnington Symphony since 2013.
Alex completed a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the University of Western Australia in 2009. Upon graduating, Alex was appointed as Orchestra Manager at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. After moving to Melbourne, Alex became Orchestra Manager at Orchestra Victoria and subsequently the Concert & Education Coordinator. Alex has also worked with organisations including the WA Youth Orchestra, National Institute of Youth Performing Arts. Alex has extensive festival experience, working as a venue stage manager, performer, and producer as well as ticketing and box office management having worked with Perth FRINGE WORLD, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Fringe.
Alex is currently Music Director of the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus’ shOUT Youth Chorus, Geelong Harmony Chorus, and Shania Choir – of which he is also co-producer. He holds the positions of Chairman of the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges and BHA Vice President Contest & Judging as well as being a member of the national education faculty for both Barbershop Harmony Australia and Sweet Adelines Region 34.
Alex is in demand around the world as a choral conductor, vocal coach and music educator working with ensembles, teaching classes and running workshops. He is regularly commissioned to write new works and arrangements for ensembles both in Australia and around the world.