Monash University Singers

IMG_1370Monash University Singers is the Sir Zelman School of Music’s largest performance ensemble and has a distinguished place in the music school and wider university. The choir will present a concert at the end of Semester. Its purpose is to give singers the enriching experience of learning and performing diverse choral works and it gives them the opportunity of contributing their voices to a large ensemble.


Coordinator: Associate Professor Merlyn Quaife AM

A performer of great versatility, the distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife received an Order of Australia Award in the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant service to music. Merlyn continues to perform opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim throughout Australia and Europe. Read more about Merlyn here…

Music Director: Nicholas Dinopoulos

A former boy chorister of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Nick studied at the University of Melbourne with Merlyn Quaife AM and furthered his training at The Opera Studio Melbourne. He maintains a busy performance schedule consisting of various, concert recital and operatic engagements (most notably as a core member of Songmakers Australia), and is frequently heard in national live-to-air broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM.

As a conductor and educator he has worked with both community and professional organisations (notably as chorusmaster for the Peninsula Summer Music festival, and assistant chorusmaster to the Consort of Melbourne / Australian Chamber Orchestra), continues a vibrant private voice studio, and is in increasing demand as an adjudicator and clinician. He currently holds positions on the staff of the Australian Boys Choral Institute and at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.

Weekly Rehearsals

Mondays during Semester, 2–4 pm (School of Music Auditorium).


No audition required.


Bush Songs (Iain Grandage), Island Songs (Stephen Leek), Hope There Is (Clare Maclean), How Shall We Sing in a Strange Land (Joseph Twist), Bangaray (Paul Stanhope), A Song of the Republic (Noel Ancell).

Additional Rehearsals

October 18 – 5pm (Monash Religious Centre, Clayton Campus)


October 18 – 7pm (Monash Religious Centre, Clayton Campus)

Practical Assessment

Assessment  Task 1 (Week 5 – 30%)     
Voice/ensemble check done in quartets from repertoire in rehearsal.

Assessment Task 2 (Week 12 – 70%)
Voice/ensemble check done in quartets from repertoire in rehearsal.

Hurdle Requirement (Continual Assessment)
Students must attend and participate in 90% of rehearsals & 100% of performance in order to pass this unit.