Conductor and CSM Artistic Director
Andrew Wailes enjoys a busy performing and teaching schedule in and around Melbourne, and increasingly overseas. With some twenty years of professional experience as a conductor, musical director and arts administrator behind him, he brings a wealth of experience to CSM including two years as Artistic Administrator of the group.
Andrew has been Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra and Artistic Director of The Australian Children’s Choir since 1998, and Conductor of the Melbourne University Choral Society (MUCS) since 1992. With all these ensembles he has successfully planned and performed hundreds of concerts, and organised numerous International tours, to countries including New Zealand, the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and extensively throughout the People’s Republic of China (over 50 concerts in 20 cities). In 2012 he participated in a series of new music concerts at an international conducting symposium presented by the Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2013/14 he again toured China with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and The Australian Children’s Choir, and led and conducted the Chamber Strings of Melbourne’s tour to Germany, Austria, Italy and France (with the Melbourne University Choral Society). Later in 2014 he will adjudicate and serve as Advisor to various Festivals and Competitions in the USA, Czech Republic, Austria, Brazil, and South Africa.
For over ten years Andrew was a lecturer and director of choral music studies at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne where he also lectured in Conducting. He is also a former Principal Guest Conductor of The Australian Classical Players Orchestra, and for three years directed the award-winning Symphony Orchestra at Blackburn High School. In 2010 he accepted an invitation to become a ‘visiting maestro’ at Spain’s ‘Escuela de Direccion de Orquesta y Banda’, and has previously also taught and conducted ensembles at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music, the School of Music at Monash University, at the Melba Conservatorium of Music, and the Victorian College of the Arts.
Andrew has also appeared with major choirs and orchestras from the USA, Sweden, England, Finland, South Africa, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand as guest conductor. He has guest conducted ensembles including the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Camerata Academica Freiburg and the Orchester der Universität Stuttgart (Germany),Guangzhou Philharmonic (China), Christchurch Sinfonia (New Zealand), Yale Glee Club (USA), the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (USA), and local ensembles such as Orchestra Victoria, VCA Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Sinfonia, Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and the Monash University Orchestra. As a chorus-master, Andrew has prepared choirs for many leading international conductors including the late Sir Charles Mackerras, Maestro Valery Gergiev, Diego Masson, Ludwig Wicki, Marcus Stenz, Christian Badea, Roy Wales, Christopher Bell, Douglas Boyd, Jindong Cai, Nicholas Braithwaite and David Hill, and has been engaged as chorus-master and conductor for the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in all Australian capital cities, and for groups such as the Kirov Opera, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and many of Australia’s professional orchestras.
He has directed music and choirs for many major televised events, including six AFL Grand Finals, the opening of Stadium Australia in Sydney and Federation Square in Melbourne, at the Australian Film Industry Awards, the Logies Awards, and at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He also conducted at the opening ceremony of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, at the Melbourne Awards, and has appeared at many major events in Melbourne including the President’s Cup Gala, the Prime Minister’s Olympic Gala, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, the AFL Grand Final and Melbourne Cup. As both a backing singer and choral director he has worked with artists such as Josh Groban, Michael Crawford, Indie Band The temper Trap, Delta Goodrem, Anthony Callea, Marcia Hines, and many others.
Andrew is listed in the inaugural edition of the “Who’s Who” in Victoria and the International Edition of the Strathmore’s Who’s Who.