Co-Music Director Bronwyn Morrissey
While living in Melbourne, Bronwyn subscribed to the Melbourne Chorale Concerts and the Australian Opera and discovered the thrill of listening to live choral music.
Bronwyn's first experience of choral singing was in her school’s chapel choir, and then singing with the Monash University chapel choir. Bronwyn completed HSC piano and also studied the pipe organ while at school. She later completed AMEB 5th grade flute, playing with the Latrobe Orchestra and the Latrobe Light Opera Society.
Bronwyn attained a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University with first class honours in non-Western musicology, followed by a Diploma of Education (Primary). Her honours thesis was about the music of the Huli people of the Southern Highlands District of Papua New Guinea. She is very grateful to have had the opportunity to record their music at a pivotal point in PNG’s history; just prior to Independence.
After attending several Kodaly courses, Bronwyn taught music in a large primary school in Melbourne. When she returned to the Latrobe Valley she resumed her initial role as classroom teacher, while continuing to conduct school choirs and teach recorder. She then diversified into special education, having gained her Graduate Diploma in Special Education.
Bronwyn joined the Yallourn Madrigal Singers in 1984 and has sung with them on many occasions since. She also sings with the Latrobe Chorale, sometimes assisting the Choral Director with rehearsals.