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 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)
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 further Music Ensemble enrolments until Semester 1 2019.

Assessment Summary

Within semester assessment: 100%.

Students enrolled in Music Ensemble units, please refer to Moodle for exact requirements and assessment dates.

Hurdle Requirements

All students (fulfilling either hurdle or assessed requirements) must attend and participate in 90% of rehearsals & 100% of performances in order to pass this unit.