This year Rick was appointed lecturer in conducting at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne where he also conducts the Faculty Choir comprising 160-240 students. He is currently working with the Melbourne Bach Choir, Windfire Choir in Geelong and conducted a season of The Consul (Menotti) with Gertrude Opera in May this year.
Rick was fortunate to receive intensive conducting tuition for four successive years when he was chosen to take part in the Symphony Australia/Westfield Young Conductor Award and masterclasses which were run by renowned conducting teachers Jorma Panula (Finland), Gustav Meier (Switzerland/USA), Noam Sherif (Israel) and Vernon Handley (UK) with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and WA Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to that Rick first studied conducting and singing at the WA Conservatorium of Music following his earlier career as a classical guitarist in Perth and London. He came to conducting as a means of approaching the orchestral, operatic and choral repertoire which wasn’t available to him as a guitarist. While in Perth he also sang solo oratorio, minor principal roles and chorus as a bass baritone with WA Opera, and performed and toured internationally with a specialist choral ensemble.
Rick is the founding Musical Director of the Melbourne Bach Choir. He has conducted extensively with Melbourne Opera, has been a Chorus Master and back stage conductor for Opera Australia in Perth and has conducted seasons with Stopera (Canberra), the Street Theatre (Canberra) in conjunction with the Australian National University, and OperaLive (Melbourne).
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