Latitude 34 brings together fine young adult voices from all across Australia. Their sound is an exciting combination of fresh and vibrant tone sophistication.
As one of the national choirs established by Lyn Williams OAM in 1997, Latitude 34 are a truly national ensemble: they are the children of dairy farmers and miners, teachers and doctors, engineers, office workers and musicians. They perform music that is close to their hearts: new Australian works which capture the mystery and grandeur of our land and display the cultural diversity of the Australian people. The work of the choirs is a powerful expression of the determination of young Australians to work together to create extraordinary musical ensembles.
Coming together for intensive rehearsals at Gondwana National Choral School, the choir is conducted by Rowan Johnston and Elizabeth Scott.
Elizabeth Scott – Conductor
Background: Graduated Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Flute). Awarded Student of the Year and Reuben F. Scarf Scholarship. Post-graduate studies in choral conducting, vocal performance and aural training, Hungary and Germany with scholarships from Hungarian Ministry of Education. Returned to Australia 2004. Graduate Conductor Development Program, Symphony Australia; awarded 2008 Sydney Choral Symposium Foundation Choral Conducting Scholarship
Gondwana Choirs: Guest Conductor, Gondwana Singers NCS 2013 & 2016, Festival of Voices 2013
Other Experience: Assistant Chorus Master (2006-08), Acting Music Director (first half of 2013), Musical Director, VOX (since 2008), Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Associate Conductor, Sydney Chamber Choir; Music Performance Projects Officer, The Arts Unit. Conductor: NSW Public School Singers and Schools Spectacular since 2009. Performs regularly with Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and The Song Company
Rowan Johnston – Conductor
Background: Studied voice and composition, Victoria University of Wellington and Diploma of Teaching, Wellington College of Education. Commenced Master of Music (Choral Conducting) under Dr Karen Grylls, University of Auckland, 2016. Founded Taranaki Youth Choir, 1997 and Choralation Choir, 2005. Currently Director of Choirs, Westlake Girls High School & St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland
Gondwana Choirs: Guest Conductor, Gondwana Singers NCS 2014, 2016 and 2018 and Cantorum/Latitude 34 NCS 2017
Other Experience: Member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir & Auckland Chamber Choir. Former Artistic Staff for NZ Secondary Students Choir. Choral Mentor/Advisor for NZ Choral Federation. Guest Conductor NSW State Music Camp 2016. Guest Conductor NZ Youth Choir: Rolling Stones Concert Auckland 2015. Guest Conductor, IRB Rugby World Cup choirs 2011. Awarded 1st Mixed Choir, Summa Cum Laude Music Festival Vienna 2015 conducting Choralation