Paul Holley OAM
Paul Holley is a choral conductor and educator. His personal warmth and passion for choral music have inspired many singers to discover and develop their skills and achieve personal fulfilment as choral musicians. With over 25 years of teaching experience in secondary schools and many years of working with adult community choirs Paul knows how to connect with singers of all ages and enjoys collaborating with them in the music making process.
Paul is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied choral conducting with Dr John Nickson.
Presently Paul is the Associate Director of Voices of Birralee and conducts two ensembles, The Birralee Blokes and Resonance of Birralee. The Blokes have been bringing young men together to sing since 2003. In addition to enjoying their music making and inspiring audiences they have been successful in the ABC Choir of the Year Competition in 2006 winning the overall and People’s Choice awards and were also Choir of the World at Kathaumiwx in 2012.
Resonance of Birralee, a choir for young adults has toured nationally and internationally most recently to perform at Anzac Centenary Commemorations in France and Belgium. They have also enjoyed making several recordings and perform regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Paul is also the co-conductor of the national youth choir Gondwana Chorale that in January 2019 toured the UK and the Baltics and have previously toured the UK, USA and NZ.
As a choral educator Paul is dedicated to excellence in choral education and regularly features as guest conductor/clinician at festivals, conferences and music competitions at home and abroad. He also contributed a chapter to the book Male Voices: Stories of boys learning through making music (S D Harrison, Ed, 2009, ACER).
In January 2016, Paul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to choral music.