Our People

Matthew Ives

Musical Director

Our Musical Director is Matthew Ives!

Matthew hails from a Tasmanian family of musicians rich in talent and tales from years of involvement in jazz scenes and music teaching. Matthew has a background in a cappella singing. He was the founding member of and musical director for the highly successful a cappella choir, 'Big on Bass', as well as the founding member of the jazz quartet 'Breathless'.

Matthew is an honours graduate of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and these days is highly sought after for his drumming prowess, regularly supporting performers around Hobart and Tasmania, including Billy Whitton and the Hepcats, the Moonlight Aviators, the Hobart Jazz Club, Di Richards and Friends, Allison Farrow and Friends, Nadira and Friends, Jazz for Cows, and his own big band! Not to forget the next generation of performers, Matthew teaches at St Virgil's College and MacKillop Catholic College, along with directing Guilford College's annual musical production.

The choir first met Matthew when he guest conducted in 2015. He then supported the choir as part of the jazz ensemble at the Rosny Barn for the Swing, Stage and Show concert. It would seem that we couldn't keep him away, as he joined us on stage for our second Rosny Barn concert in May 2016 to sing and was then guest conductor a few times. He took up the baton in October 2016 when he became our musical director.

Matthew has provided some wonderful original arrangements for us and has introduced us to singing occasionally accompanied by a small combo which adds another dimension to our performances. Matthew encourages a diverse range of genres and we now sing everything from madrigals to pop.

Matthew was recently honoured at The Errol Awards, sharing the award for best Musical Direction with Tamika Crosbie for Chicago.



Accompanist and repetiteur

The very talented and sort after Thomas Misson is our accompanist!!!

Thomas joined us in 2015 providing support of the highest musical standard, creating a formidable team with Matthew.

Thomas is a composer, pianist and arranger whose music has been featured on ABC Classic FM and played by the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra. He has an honours degree in music composition, he holds LmusA in piano and has maintained regular accompaniment work since 2011, regularly supporting choirs, student examinations and auditions for conservatorium and orchestral piano work. He has played with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and Hobart Wind Symphony. He has taken out many of the open prizes at the Hobart Eisteddfods, including the Nelle Ashdown memorial award.

Tom was recently invited to Sydney by the Hush Foundation as one of twelve composers commissioned to create music for young people with chronic illness and mental health challenges. The 18th production of Hush CD will be recorded by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Tom loves playing 20th century repertoire and the challenges of playing new pieces. In his spare time, he works for music journalism publication CutCommon and teaches composition privately: he is also a tough opponent on the tennis court! Thomas is a composer, pianist and arranger whose music has been featured on ABC Classic FM and played by the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra. He has an honours degree in music composition and has maintained regular accompaniment work since 2011, regularly supporting choirs, student examinations and auditions for conservatorium and orchestral piano work. He has played with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and Hobart Wind Symphony.



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