Musical Director: Lyn Henshall
A graduate of Melbourne University and RMIT, Lyn has worked as a psychologist and teacher specialising in providing appropriate education for children with learning disabilities as well as counselling, and is now in private practice. Music has also been a big part of her life and Lyn has enjoyed conducting school and community choirs for over 30 years. Lyn is currently member of the Music Department at St Catherine’s School, Toorak where she conducts two school choirs, and is the Deputy Music Director of the Victoria Welsh Male Choir.
Accompanist: Dr. John Atwell
John returned to the Maroondah Singers as accompanist and associate guest artist in 2010 after earlier accompanying the choir for 17 years from 1980 to 1997, before leaving due to increasing work and other musical commitments. John is now retired from his career as a medical research scientist and is spending more time with his music and family.
John has had extensive experience in choral accompaniment with other Melbourne Choirs. He has worked with such choirs as The Melbourne Singers, the Ashton Smith Singers, the Lierdertafel Arion, the Gregorius Dutch Male Choir, and the Massed choirs of the Male Choirs Association Concerts.
John studied the organ under Rolland May at Scots Church, Adelaide in the late 1960’s, and is a registered player of the organs in the Melbourne Town Hall and The Melbourne Concert Hall.
He has performed concerts on the theatre pipe organ in many venues in the USA, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and all the states of Australia. He also took part in the two concerts celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the organ in the Sydney Opera House in September 2004. He has presented a number of concerts over the years in the Melbourne Town Hall, the most recent being April 2008.
John travelled to Seattle, USA, in 2010, and opened the two week organ festival program. He performed with another well known Australian, Tony Fenelon. Not only is John a distinguished theatre organist, he is a highly accomplished accompanist, who can play a variety of styles and genres, arrange existing music for choral performance and performs in his own right as a guest artist on piano or electronic keyboard.