Our Musical Director

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JOANNES ROOSE (Conductor) studied conducting in Vienna on a Churchill Fellowship, and upon his return to Australia founded the Sinfonia of Adelaide, and directed the Adelaide University Choral Society, the Adelaider Liedertafel, and numerous orchestral performances. In 1972 he was chorus master for the first “authentic” production in Australia of Rameau’s Pygmalion under the musical direction of Richard Divall. Subsequently he was Musical Director for the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust in two outstandingly successful seasons of Gilbert and Sullivan operas and for the South Australian Theatre Company. As guest conductor he worked with the ABC Adelaide Singers, The Elder Conservatorium Orchestra, New Music, and the Adelaide Metropolitan Light Opera Company. From 1982 to 1993 he conducted the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in a wide range of recordings, subscription concerts and live-to-air National FM broadcasts, and presented over 200 concerts for school children with the TSO and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. As Dean of the Tasmanian Conservatorium he directed the Conservatorium’s orchestra, and conducted numerous opera and oratorio productions. Joannes has been the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of The Melbourne Sinfonia since 1998.