Artistic Team

Julie Christiansen OAM

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Founder and Artistic Director

Conductor - Birralee Singers

Julie Christiansen is well known for her compelling work with childrens and youth choirs both in Australia and overseas, with her ensembles recognised for their joyful vitality and quality of tone. 

Following studies in choral conducting at Queensland Conservatorium, Julie began Voices of Birralee in 1995 and continues to work with young people at all levels of experience in both school and community ensembles. 

Julie is a popular guest clinician regarding vocal /choral techniques and literature for childrens choirs. She is regularly invited to conduct and present at choral festivals and educational workshops throughout Australia, including with Gondwana Choirs National Choral School. 

Julie has toured extensively nationally and internationally with Brisbane Birralee Voices, with recent tours representing Australia in Korea, England, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, as well as tours to Tasmania, Canberra, North Queensland and Adelaide. 

A highlight of her career has included fulfilling a five year commitment with the Department of Veterans' Affairs to sing at World War One centenary services in France and Belgium. 

Julie’s commitment to her work is driven by the vital role music plays, as a channel for developing responsible and caring young people. In 2006 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s honours list. 


Paul Holley OAM

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Voices of Birralee Associate Director
Conductor - Birralee Blokes & Resonance of Birralee

Paul Holley is a choral conductor, educator and motivator. His personal warmth and passion for choral music have inspired many singers to discover and develop their skills and achieve personal fulfilment as choral musicians. Presently Paul conducts two ensembles for Voices of Birralee:

The Birralee Blokes - the current ABC Classic FM Choir of the Year and also "Choir of the World" as judged at the 2012 International Kathaumixw in Canada; Resonance of Birralee - Gold medal winners at the 2008 World Choir Games.

In 2007 the Blokes performed to acclaim at the 3rd International Male Voice Festival in Cornwall, UK. The choir has toured in the United States, Canada and New Zealand and been invited multiple times to perform at ANCA national conferences. The Birralee Blokes also featured in the Battle of the Choirs TV show.

Paul’s desire to see young people continue to grow as choral musicians led him to become the Director of Resonance of Birralee, a youth choir for 18 - 35 year olds. The choir has toured nationally and internationally and in 2008, were gold medallists at the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. This desire also led to Paul accepting the position of principal conductor of Gondwana Chorale, the national youth choir of the Gondwana Choirs association.

Paul is also a secondary school music teacher at Brisbane Girls Grammar School where he conducts three choirs and teaches group voice lessons.

As a choral educator Paul is dedicated to excellence in choral education and regularly features as guest conductor/clinician at festivals, conferences and music competitions throughout Australia.

In 2016, Paul was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for his services to choral music.


Jennifer Moon

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Conductor - Brisbane Birralee Voices

A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in piano, Jenny has been a Primary and Secondary Classroom Music specialist for over 20 years. 

As Head of Choral and Vocal Studies at Hillcrest Christian College, on the Gold Coast, she directs 9 of the 12 College choirs and is the artistic director of the Hillcrest Children’s Choir who, in 2013, were invited to represent Australia at the 5th International World Vision Children’s Choir Festival.

Jenny's successful participation at state, national and international events such as Q150 Songbridge, ANCA Choralfest, Next Generation Sings and various competitions, such as the Australian National Eisteddfod and the Concorso Corale Internazionale, support her emergence as a highly regarded children's choir conductor, adjudicator and choral workshop clinician.

She has been a guest conductor at a wide range of events including the acclaimed Gondwana National Choral School, State Honours Education Programs at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and various choral festivals in Queensland and New South Wales.



Peter Ingram

Peter  Ingram

Conductor - Birralee Recycled

Peter Ingram is a noted conductor of school, university and community choirs throughout Australia. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Florida State University (U.S.A.) where he gained his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting under the guidance of Rodney Eichenberger.

 Peter is Head of Music at Brisbane Grammar School where, amongst other ensembles, he directs the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Grammarphones which was awarded the City of Vienna Prize for most outstanding choir at the 2010 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival. He has a long-standing commitment to the activities of the Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) where he has served for over 20 years on the Queensland chapter of this association. He is also currently the ANCA National Vice-President. He is also actively involved in the music ministry of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Coorparoo. Peter is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician and workshop leader at various choral events throughout the country.

 Peter passionately believes in the many positive and life-changing benefits that flow from involvement in choral music both as a conductor and a singer. This is why he has devoted much of his professional life as a music educator and choral administrator to promoting the cause of choral music in this state and supporting choral musicians in their endeavours.


Debbie Daley

Deb Daley

Conductor - Birralee Kids 2018 

Birralee Piccolos 2019 


Debbie is a passionate music educator who loves conducting treble voice choirs, teaching classroom music and running a private music studio that includes teaching pre-school music to children for over 30 years. 

Debbie has taught in various schools for Education Queensland and is currently Director of Music, classroom music teacher and conductor of two choirs at Ascot State School. 

Debbie holds a Masters of Music, has served on the Qld committee for the Australian National Choral Association, is a member of the Music Teachers Association of Qld and assists with the MTAQ vocal competition each year. 



Katherine Ruhle

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Conductor - Birralee Piccolos 2018 

Birralee Kids 2019 

Katherine Ruhle is a children’s choral conductor, choral composer and an early childhood music specialist. She is widely known for her original ideas and creativity, both within the choir rehearsals and music lessons that she leads, and also with the choral pieces that she composes. 

Katherine has presented at a number of choral and early childhood music workshops and has enjoyed being the guest conductor for a number of massed children’s choirs.  

Her choral compositions have been sung by many children’s choirs both nationally and internationally.   

Katherine has completed a Bachelor of Music degree (piano performance) at the University of Queensland where she studied with Dr James Cuskelly (Kodaly musicianship) and Dr Edward Bolkovak (choral conducting and musicianship) and has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Education in Early Childhood studies and is a qualified teacher. 

She is looking forward to joining the Birralee team and being able to share her passion, creativity and experience with the Piccolos.

Katherine's favourite music quote: 

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." 

- Plato 


Justine Favell


Principal Accompanist - Birralee Blokes & Brisbane Birralee Voices
Justine is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with the awards Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance.

Since 1995, Justine has pursued her interest in the specialized area of accompanying choral music. She is principal accompanist for Voices of Birralee, Brisbane Chorale and freelances with The Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Justine also enjoys conducting various school choirs and is on staff at the Qld Conservatorium of Music as a vocal and choral accompanist. Justine's wide experience as an accompanist and conductor make her role an integral part of the Birralee program.


Brendan Murtagh


Accompanist - Resonance of Birralee, Birralee Singers (Thursday) & Birralee Recycled

Brendan Murtagh completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano at The University of Queensland, graduating with Honours in 2008. He studied with renowned concert pianist, Max Olding. Brendan is a sought-after accompanist throughout South East Queensland and has performed extensively with Voices of Birralee, both nationally and internationally. 

Brendan's experience in musical theatre includes performing in the Brisbane seasons of Chicago, Cats, Avenue Q, Wicked (2011 and 2015), Annie, Jersey Boys, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The King & I, The Lion King, Anything Goes, and Strictly Ballroom at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. In 2011 Brendan toured regional Queensland and Brisbane as Music Director for Opera Queensland's education programs Moving Opera! and Space Encounters. 

Brendan is on staff at the Queensland Conservatorium, piano teacher at All Hallows' School and organist at Holy Family Parish Indooroopilly. Brendan is continually inspired by the wonderful community music-making in Brisbane and beyond.


Claire Preston

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Accompanist - Birralee Singers (Saturday) 

Claire Preston has worked extensively in Australia and North America specialising in developing young singers.  She has been Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, accompanist for Canada’s foremost professional choir, Elmer Iseler Singers and is Co-Founder of the award winning, Exaudi Youth Choir. 


Claire specialized in Australian music during her time as Head of Choral Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School; a specialist program for the training of young musicians where she regularly commissioned and recorded Australian music and collaborated with the VCA Orchestra.

Claire maintains an active career as a choral conductor and is in demand as an adjudicator for choral festivals and eisteddfods including NZ Choral Federation Big Sing. She has been guest conductor at Gondwana National Choral School, State Honours Ensemble Program and Festival of Voices. 

Claire has worked with Dr. Doreen Rao, Sir David Wilcocks and Helmuth Rilling, been featured at the 

World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis, Joy of Singing International Choral Festival, and recorded the world premiere of Harry Somers’ children’s opera A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream for CBC Records (nominated for a Juno Award).

Since moving to Brisbane, Claire has joined the Artistic Staff of Voices of Birralee and is Director of Choral Music at Somerville House. 


Kate Littlewood

Kate  Littlewood

Accompanist - Birralee Kids

Kate Littlewood (BMusHons, LMusA, AMusA) is a performer, teacher and accompanist based in inner-city Brisbane. She runs a busy piano teaching studio based in Paddington, and also teaches at St Laurence’s College and Mt St Michael’s College. 

Kate enjoys working with fellow musicians, and regularly provides her accompaniment services to solo and group performance of all ages and abilities. 

She is the accompanist for the Queensland Conservatorium’s Con Chorus and Mt St Michael’s College Choir, and also works with community choirs such as Scomodo Voce and Pro Musica Singers.

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