The University of Queensland Chamber Singers is a specialist ensemble that draws young vocal artists from across the university to perform diverse repertoire. Under the direction of Graeme Morton - Choral Fellow at the School of Music and Director of Music at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane - the ensemble focuses on traditional and contemporary choral repertoire including that of Australian composers. The UQ Chamber Singers regularly collaborate with other musicians and contribute to research projects within the university.

The ensemble has performed in the Red Box (South Bank) as part of the Queensland Festival of Music, and at the University of Queensland’s Art Museum, Nickson Room, Customs House and performs regularly at St John’s Cathedral. Regional tours (such as to Cairns, Innisfail, and Toowoomba) support the university’s engagement with local communities, and the group’s research involvement extends from the canonic material from the early Renaissance, to commissions and recent compositions. Recent premieres include Finest Hour, a speech melody work commissioned from the UQ School of Music Senior Lecturer in Composition, Dr Robert Davidson.

In 2017 the ensemble performed an unusual double bill, performing Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass with the Brisbane Chamber Choir and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra directed by Stephen Layton. One week later they performed the St Matthew Passion together with other vocal students from the School of Music and The University of Queensland’s Pulse Chamber Orchestra, directed by Patrick Murphy. The choir has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and 4MBS Classic FM.


UQ Art Museum Exhibition Information

Summer Mixer: New Exhibitions, New Curators

Monday 10 December 2018 - Saturday 18 May 2019.

Summer Mixer is a suite of summer exhibitions curated by students. Diverse in content and theme, the shows draw directly from the UQ Art Collection. Based on exhibition proposals conceived during UQ’s Visual Arts Curating and Writing course, the exhibitions were developed through mentorship, guidance, and physical access to collection artworks. Brittany Traverso’s exhibition examines artworks which employ satire to puncture Australia’s perceived egalitarian society; Taylor Hall sought artworks that deal almost compulsively with physical processes, materials and tactility, and Bree Di Mattina’s exhibition displays artworks that queer and reimagine established narratives and iconography.


Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power

Friday 1 March - Saturday 29 June 2019.

Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power brings together artists who conjure ideas related to witchcraft, sorcery and magical practices. The exhibition offers a space for intuition, rituals, collective happenings, incantations, and peripheral activity — practices recurrently dismissed as mere magical phenomena.

A series of renowned historic etchings counterbalance new artworks that depict or disrupt ‘witch iconography’ and impressions of witchcraft. Second Sight gives precedence to inexplicable occurrences, expressions of difference, superstition, sexual power, and the potency of the natural world in ways that are bodily and visceral yet also incorporeal.

About 2019 UQ Art Museum Series


James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre Building, University Dr, St Lucia QLD 4072
The UQ Chamber Singers