Exaudi Youth Choir

Exaudi Youth Choir is a group of experienced young singers, dedicated to performing a wide range of choral music at a high level. Most singers are graduates from good children’s and school choir programs, who want to continue their choral journeys. Founded in 2007 by Claire Preston and Bob Stewart, Exaudi is now part of the Young Voices of Melbourne organization and has been conducted by Mark O’Leary since 2013. Exaudi performs regularly in Melbourne and has undertaken successful tours within Australia in 2014 (with hammer dulcimer guru Malcolm Dalglish from Bloomington Indianna), 2015 (to Festival of Voices in Hobart) and in 2016 to Malaysia and Singapore. Exaudi takes its name from the Latin word meaning "hear us".

Mark O’Leary is one of Australia’s most active choral conductors, widely respected for his work with Young Voices of Melbourne which he founded in 1990 following a Churchill Fellowship study tour of outstanding children’s choirs around the world. With Young Voices Mark has produced ten CD recordings, toured all states and territories of Australia and made eight international tours to Europe, South Africa, North America, Asia and Samoa. Mark is also Principal Guest Conductor of Gondwana Voices, Australia’s national children’s choir with whom he has made three Cds and four international tours. Since the start of 2013 Mark has also been the conductor of the Exaudi Youth Choir which is now part of YVM. Mark has special interests in Kodaly teaching techniques, the development of excellence in children's choirs and Australian choral music. He presents many workshops each year on choral music education throughout Australia and publishes Australian choral music for young choirs in the Young Voices of Melbourne Choral Series. He is also the author of the Sight Singing School books and web site, and is a regular guest conductor at choral festivals around Australia.

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