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Jane Elton Brown OAM

Jane Elton Brown graduated from Melbourne University, B.Mus.,Dip.Ed., receiving the Dwight Prize in Education. She subsequently gained the degree of Master of Music (Melb) with first class honours.

In 1971, Jane was appointed Director of Music at MLC and held that position for 29 years until her retirement from MLC in 1999. At MLC, her Music Directorship saw the planning and building of a magnificent new Music School, which she opened in March 1995. In May 2001, the central area of the MLC Music School was named the Jane Elton Brown Performance Staircase.

In 1981, Jane conducted the MLC Chorale on a concert tour in England, and in 1988 her Chorale was selected to perform at the Conference of the International Society for Music Education. The public profile of her work provides variety through commercial recordings, CDs, radio broadcasts, television appearances and live performances. The live performances included directing the MLC Choir in concerts with John Farnham in the Melbourne Concert Hall in 1991 and with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in 1993 at Werribee Park.

Jane is the on-going founder/conductor of the MLC Male Voice Choir and conductor/director of the MLC Old Collegians’ Choir. The two Choirs have now been brought together under the name of The Star Chorale. Jane has conducted this ensemble in successful performances of such works as Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, John Rutter’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and most recently Brahm’s magnificent Requiem. In 2001, Jane was appointed conductor of the Glen Eira City Choir, with which she has also conducted successful performances of these and other works.

Jane is an experienced examiner in music, speaker/presenter at conferences and seminars, and adjudicator at eisteddfods. Jane recently retired as Director of Music at The MacRobertson Girls’ High School, where she enjoyed fostering a comprehensive choral and instrumental programme. A performance tour to England and Scotland by MacRob musicians was a highlight of her work at that school. Jane was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to music in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Jane Elton Brown conducted the Verdi Requiem performed by Star Chorale accompanied by Zelman Symphony at Dallas Brooks Hall in 2008. She will conduct the Verdi Requiem again with Star Chorale, Box Hill Chorale and Zelman Symphony in 2015.

Biography obtained from the Star Chorale website.

Jane Elton Brown has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

26 July 2015 - Verdi Requiem
26 July 2008
25 November 2006


The above details were supplied by the individual conductor and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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