Meet the soloists: Hannah Dahlenburg

Melbourne based Australian – Canadian soprano Hannah Dahlenburg completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Honours at The Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne in 2010.

Hannah’s operatic roles include: Queen of the Night, First Lady, Second Lady and Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Diane in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld; Daughter Anne in Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree; Proserpina and La Musica Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Diane in Actéon by Charpentier; Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell.

In 2012 Hannah was a Principal Artist with the Opera Australia Oz Opera Schools Company, performing The Magic Flute as the Queen of the Night, Lady and Papagena. After joining the Salzburg Festival in August 2013 in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream under Conductor Ivor Bolton, Hannah has returned to Opera Australia as a Principal Artist in 2014 to perform Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute in Sydney and First Lady in The Magic Flute at Opera on the Beach before touring both roles with Opera Australia On Tour.

She has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships including: Second in the North-western Regional Finals of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 2013; The Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award and Christine Leaves Award as a Finalist in the Australian Singing Competition 2013; the Encouragement Award in the prestigious 2011 Herald Sun Aria Finals; Scholarships in 2011 and 2012 from Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust including the Mel and Nina Waters Scholarship. Hannah was also a Finalist in the 2013 Opera Foundation Australia German Opera Scholarship.

Hannah has also been a soloist for La Compañia, the Box Hill Chorale and Melbourne University Choral Society with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 21, Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival 2012, Maroondah Symphony Orchestra, the Heidelberg Choral Society and Heidelberg Symphony, Monash Chorale, Monash University Choral Society, Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, Trinity College Choir Melbourne, Hallelujah Junction and the Consort of Melbourne.

©Hannah Dahlenburg 2014.


Meet the soloists: Raphael Wong

Raphael recently completed two years at the Opera Studio Melbourne, the second under full scholarship, and is currently studying with Liane Keegan. This year he made his principal operatic debut in Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s The Tender Land. 2014 also sees him travel to New York for his international debut as Papageno in Manhattan Opera Studio’s The Magic Flute in August. Other roles include; featured soloist in Warped (Oxagen Productions, 2013); The Footman in Cinderella (Gertrude Opera, 2013); Feuilly (Les Miserablés, OSMAD, 2008); Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd, UHT, 2010); Nicely Nicely (Guys and Dolls, Oxagen Productions, 2011); Samuel (The Three Sisters who are not Sisters, The Opera Studio, 2012) and chorus for Opera Australia’s Turandot (2012), The Merry Widow (2012), Aida (2013) and The Ring Cycle (2013).

He is currently Senior Tutor with the Australian Boys Choir, a member of the Victorian Opera Chorus, Music Director for Oxagen Productions, and teaches voice, piano, and cello in schools and privately.

Raphael Wong is a soloist for The Music Maker: A Tribute to John Hopkins.


Meet the soloists: Rosamund Illing.

Rosamund Illing is one of Australia’s most renowned sopranos. Her career spans the breadth of the repertoire for lyric soprano in opera, symphony and song. She has performed in England, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia and her recordings have been showered with many accolades.

After graduating with honours from the University of Adelaide, Ms Illing continued her studies in England and Italy. She soon embarked on an impressive series of opera engagements in Great Britain with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (as Musetta in La bohème with Placido Domingo as Rodolfo), English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and at the Wexford Festival. In Australia, Ms Illing has performed with each of the state opera companies and Opera Australia.

Recent performances include: Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the Adelaide Festival; a recital for Musica Viva; the Four Last Songs with Stonnington Symphony and role creation of The Minister’s Wife in the opera, Pecan Summer; Liebestod for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music; appeared in concert as Adriano in Wagner’s Rienzi for Melbourne Opera as part of the Melbourne Ring Festival.

2014 features a series of Masterclasses in Dunedin and Auckland; In Adelaide, a recital at Elder Hall with pianist David Barnard, Masterclasses at State Opera of South Australia and performing The Ministers Wife in Pecan Summer. Rosamund was a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for the past seven years.

Rosamund Illing is a soloist for The Music Maker: A Tribute to John Hopkins.


In 2013 we were deeply saddened by the passing of John Hopkins, an integral member of the Melbourne music community for many years as well as a musical revolutionary around the world. This June the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and Monash University Choral Society will perform a joint concert to celebrate his life and work.

VYSO and MonUCS will be joined by Liane Keegan, Hannah Dahlenburg, Rosamund Illing, Margaret Haggart, Cherie Boogart, Michael Edwards, Raphael Wong, Ian Cousins and Steven Gallop for this not to be missed afternoon of music entitled The Music Maker – A tribute to John Hopkins. This very special program will include Elgar’s The Music Makers, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Sarah Hopkins’ Return to Joy, Eric Whitacre’s Sleep and Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger and will be conducted by recent student of Hopkins, Patrick Burns.

Proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award, so his legacy can continue to live on in the hearts of aspiring musicians and conductors.

$35 full, $30 conc, $27 group (10+)


John Hopkins Memorial Concert – singers needed!

Last year we were deeply saddened by the passing of John Hopkins, an integral member of the Melbourne music community for many years as well as a musical revolutionary around the world. On Sunday the 1st of June at 2pm in the South Melbourne Town Hall the Monash University Choral Society and the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a joint concert to celebrate his life and work. This concert is to be called The Music Maker: a Tribute to John Hopkins. The concert will raise funds for the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award; so his legacy can continue to live on in the hearts of aspiring musicians and conductors.

Conducted by Patrick Burns, the concert program will include Elgar’s The Music Makers, Whitacre’s Sleep,  Sarah Hopkins’ Return to Joy, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Parry’s Jerusalem and many more.

We are very excited to be joined by special guests Liane Keegan, Hannah Dahlenburg, Margaret Haggart, Suzanne Johnston, Ian Cousins plus more to be announced and we want you to be involved.

Whether you have worked with John in the past, you’re a big fan, or you just want to be part of this amazing concert, we would love for you to sing with us.

If you are free on Tuesday evenings, we would love to have you at MonUCS rehearsals as soon as you’re available. We rehearse from 6:45-9:30pm in the Religious Centre (Building 9) of Monash University’s Clayton campus. If you cannot make it to our regular rehearsal, you are required to attend all the combined VYSO rehearsals (dates TBA) and the John Hopkins Memorial Minifest; a weekend of intensive rehearsal and optional social events. This will be held on Saturday the 17thand Sunday the 18th of May at Monash Clayton campus. Stay-over accommodation for those travelling from far away can be arranged.

Registration closes on Friday 2nd of May at 5pm; and there are limited places so get in fast!

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to us at

This is a not to be missed event. If you are unable to perform we would be delighted to see you in the audience. Bring friends and family as this will be a very memorable Sunday afternoon. For more information please join our mailing list and like us on Facebook.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe

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Two Performances:
Friday 27th September 7:30pm
Sunday 29th September 2:00pm

Phoenix Theatre, 101 Glenhuntly Rd, Elwood

Full: $25
Concession: $20

One house, that sadly lacks in dignity,
In groovy London where we lay our scene.
Some earls, some dukes, all pride and gallantry,
Some hippies, all adorned with fairy wings.

There’s Phyllis, lovely ward of Chancellor,
And Strephon secretly is half a fairy.
His mother Iolanthe broke the law,
Of consequences she must now be wary.

Young Strephon and fair Phyllis seek to marry,
The parliament will never have it so.
Dear audience we warn you not to tarry,
The tickets to this romp’ll quickly go.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s show Iolanthe,
MonUCS presents with all its fair and fancy.

An Italian Birthday Tribute

Italian Birthday Celebration

On June 1st the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Monash University Chorale Society will come together to pay tribute to the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. Yet we are celebrating Verdi’s bi-centenary not with his greatest works but instead we offer a selection of works from those who influenced the great composer as well as those who he himself influenced.

We will perform the Easter Hymn and Intermezzo from by Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana; who also celebrates a significant anniversary of 150 years in 2013. Verdi’s own work will make one cameo appearance with the Va, piensero or Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from his famed opera Nabucco. Also the rarely performed Sinfonico Preludio by Puccini, which served as an examination piece submitted during his studies at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatorium of Milan.

To finish will be Rossini’s Stabat Mater, which was premiered just two months before Verdi had his first monumental success with the opera Nabucco in 1842 and was to serve as inspiration for Verdi’s Requiem in 1874.

Joining us will be Anna-Louise Cole singing soprano, Caroline Vercoe singing mezzo Soprano, Roy Best singing tenor and Nicholas Dinopoulos singing bass.

We hope you too can join us as we say “buon compleanno” to Verdi with this wonderful Italian Birthday Tribute.

Tickets are $25 full/$20 concession.

To book go to

Mahlerfest Update

It is fantastic to see so many people have registered thus far to participate in Mahlerfest in July and perform Mahler 8 in September.

Details are being updated as they become available on the Mahler 8 section of this website.

Please note: At the most recent meeting of the choirs participating in Mahler 8 in September there was a review of the current numbers of singers in each voice part.

As is usual with large choral works, we have been inundated with Sopranos and Altos. As such, any further registrants for Mahlerfest in those two voice parts cannot be guaranteed a place on stage in the concerts in September, and will be placed on a waiting list in case a place becomes vacant.

Tenors (including female Tenors) and Basses are still able to register to secure their place on stage and are encouraged to register ASAP before the concerts become completely full.

However, it is not a requirement of Mahlerfest that you participate in the concerts, if you would like to come along for just the weekend in July to rehearse and catch up, you are more than welcome to do so. Please make a note on your registration if you do not intend to perform in the concerts.

Current Registrants seeking to update their details are asked to email with their required amendments. It is important that you send your email from the same email address you registered with to ensure privacy.

Mahler 8 – early information

The Monash University Choral Society (along with several other Melbourne choirs) has been invited to join the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra in their 80th Anniversary performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony – Symphony of a Thousand on the 21st & 22nd of September.

In turn we invite you, members of MonUCS and other AICSA choirs, to participate in this spectacular event. We will be organizing weekly rehearsals for locals and a 3 day mini-fest for locals and interstate choristers with rehearsals and social events from Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of July. We will be also organizing social events over the performance weekend.

For full details as they become available, registration and expressions of interest, see the Mahler 8 section of our website.

MonUCS Presents: Pastoral Mysteries

Use booking code “web2” by Thursday 13th December to recieve a $5 discount off all tickets purchased!

The changing of seasons has always been a time of great inspiration and reflection for many. A time to remember what has past and what the future holds. A time where new life and new love spring forth, where faith is questioned and renewed and where hope is reborn. It is this change of seasons that served as inspiration for many composers, especially in England and central Europe throughout the 19th and early 20th Century.

The Monash University Choral Society will present music by Eric Whitacre, Sarah Hopkins, Hubert Parry, Anton Dvorak and be joined by baritone Matthew Tng in Vaughn Williams 5 Mystical Songs and Fantasia On Christmas Carols.

Join us as we examine the music of composers whose music is not just about nature but contain a deeper reflection on a time of change, new life, new love, restored faith and an exploration of the pastoral mysteries as we approach the festive season.

When: Saturday 15th December 2pm

Venue: Religious Centre, Building 9, Monash University Clayton Campus

Ticket Prices: $25 Adult/ $20 Concession