Jennifer Turner (B.Mus., Dip.Ed., A.Mus.A)

Jennifer has sung soprano solos from the age of 3 at Sunday School. During her secondary school education she sang lead soprano roles in High School musicals, first at Niddrie High School and later at Lowther Hall CEGGS. Her secondary school education included a year in Canada as a Rotary Exchange Student at Courtenay, British Columbia.

After successfully completing her HSC with a very high score in Music, Jennifer studied voice with Brian Hansford at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne. During her University days where she gained a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance & Teaching, she sang solo roles in various productions of Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas with Savoy Opera Company & Loyola, including Josephine ("HMS Pinafore"), Elsie Maynard ("Yeomen of the Guard"), Princess Ida, Rose Maybud ("Ruddigore") & Casilda ("Gondoliers").

In 1982 she began teaching singing at Blackburn High School and Ringwood Secondary College. She taught in various other High Schools for different periods of time, including University High School and The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Mitcham High, Macleod High etc. She had a 100% pass rate for students undertaking VCE Solo Performance (Singing — Classical). A number of her students have gone on to careers as professional singers.

As well as teaching singing, she conducted various choirs, including Blackburn High School Senior Choir, Ringwood Senior Choir, The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School Madrigal Group, and Monash Chorale in 2008.

Also in 1982, she joined the Victoria State Opera as a soloist, understudy and Chorus member until 1996. She was a Sun Aria Finalist in 1983 and won the Lieder section in that year.

For twenty-five years she was the soprano soloist for Camberwell Chorale, as well as other Melbourne Choirs, including Monash Chorale. Her solo speciality was the soprano parts in Oratorios, especially "The Messiah".

Jennifer retired from High School teaching in 2012. From time to time she has filled in at Monash Chorale rehearsals as accompanist on piano, or as conductor when the resident conductor was unavailable.

Monash Chorale welcomes Jennifer Turner as its conductor and hopes that she will enjoy working with the choir for many years.


Roger King

Roger King studied Medicine at King's College Cambridge where he was Top Scholar in his final year. Whilst a young doctor he studied composition part-time at Hull University and then did a medical PhD at London University. He was in the Medical Faculty at Monash University for 25 years, teaching, researching and being a medical practitioner. He has published several hundred original research publications. He is now in full time medical practice. He plays piano, flute, piano accordion and guitar, sings, and has played and/or sung in bands, pop groups, folk groups, classical orchestras, choirs and other ensembles. Since 2000 he has accompanied and sung in over 700 concerts with the Monash Aires, a voluntary group that entertains in and around Melbourne, in hospitals, day care centres, hostels, nursing homes and senior citizens clubs. He was accompanist for the South Eastern Philharmonia Choir for a number of years, and now accompanies the Monash Chorale.