Young Voices of Melbourne Inc was founded by Mark O’Leary OAM in 1990, and is now regarded as one of Australia’s finest choral programs for young singers. Its choirs are admired for their passionate performances, engaging repertoire and outstanding Kodály based music education program (Sight Singing School) which is now used in over 40 countries.
Singers in our organization aged 6 to 30 years rehearse weekly in one of six choirs. As well as Young Voices of Melbourne children’s choir, we operate three training choirs for primary age singers, YVMen for school age boys with changed and changing voices and Exaudi, an ensemble for young adult singers.
Young Voices of Melbourne performs regularly in and around Melbourne, and has released 10 CD recordings. The choir has a proud history of touring, having undertaken 17 Australian tours to all corners of the country, and 10 international tours to Europe, South Africa, Canada, the USA, Singapore, Thailand, Samoa, New Zealand and Japan. YVM is touring Western Australia with YVMen, our newest ensemble, formed in 2016.
Mark O’Leary OAM is well known in Australia for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi and Gondwana Voices. Mark is a regular guest conductor and presenter at choral festivals and music education conferences around the country. He publishes Australian choral music in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series and is the creator of the Sight Singing School books and website. He has three degrees from the University of Melbourne, is a Churchill Fellow, an Honorary Life Member of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education and choral music in 2018.