Maroondah Singers recently had their AGM where one of the highlights of the night was the presentation to the choir of our new memorial scholarship singer, James Emerson. James gave us beautiful renditions of 3 songs across several genres : Handel’s Semele, Fidler on the Roof and a lovely folk song. His performance of If I were a rich man brought the house down.

James is a young & greatly talented Bass-Baritone from Essendon, Melbourne. He is currently studying music and voice at The University of Melbourne. At only nineteen years old, James has appeared in many professional productions including Victorian Opera’s Noye’s Fludde, The Snow Queen, The Happy Prince, The Little Sweep, Turn of the Screw and The Magic Pudding. James has also appeared in Opera Australia’s productions of The Magic Flute, Tosca and La Boheme. James has also starred as Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof and the King from The King and I.

James has been a member of the St Patrick’s Cathedral choir for ten years, and regularly sings as a Cantor at Mass services and weddings. James also works at St Kevin’s College and helps train junior choristers and assists in developing their voices. James has won many prizes to date. James played the role of Apollon and Tityus in The University of Melbourne’s Baroque Opera La descente d’orphée aux enfers by Charpentier. James is aiming to pursue a career as a professional singer who is able to sing all variations of repertoire. His current goal is to perform professionally in Australia and overseas.

The choir is looking forward to James joining us in our concerts this year.