Monash University Singers

Monash 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.

Rehearsals 2018

Rossini Stabat Mater

Continuing their association with the Monash Academy Orchestra, Monash University Singers will present the Rossini Stabat Mater on Saturday August 4 in Robert Blackwood Hall alongside outstanding soloists and leading Australian conductor Brett Weymark.

Semester 1
All Semester 1 rehearsals: 1pm-3pm in the Monash Music Auditorium

Monday February 26      
Monday March 5
Monday March 12
Monday March 19
Monday March 26 *

Monday April 2  – NO REHEARSAL  (Mid-Semester Break)

Monday April 9
Monday April 16
Monday April 23
Monday April 30
Monday May 7
Monday May 14
Monday May 21 *

* Denotes assessment dates

Semester 2
Semester 2 rehearsals: as shown

Monday July 23                 1pm-3pm                    Monash Music Auditorium
Monday July 30                 1pm-3pm                    Monash Music Auditorium (with Brett)
Tuesday July 31                 6.30pm-9.30pm       Robert Blackwood Hall (choir/orchestra)
Thursday August 2           6.30pm-9.30pm        Robert Blackwood Hall (with soloists)
Friday August 3                  6.30pm-9.30pm        Robert Blackwood Hall (tutti dress)
Saturday August 4            3.45pm-5.45pm        Robert Blackwood Hall (seating call)
Saturday August 4            7.30pm-9.30pm        Robert Blackwood Hall (performance)

Monday August 6 – NO REHEARSAL

Monday August 13            1pm-3pm                    Monash Music Auditorium
Monday August 20 *         1pm-3pm                    Monash Music Auditorium
Monday August 27            1pm-3pm                    Monash Music Auditorium
Monday September 3 *   1pm-3pm                    Monash Music Auditorium

* Denotes assessment dates

As usual, enrolment in the ensemble carries a 90% attendance hurdle requirement. The above dates have been circulated well in advance to allow careful consideration of the commitment required to undertake this subject.

Please email with any queries.


No audition required.

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.