Christine M Storey, Music Director of Cloud9
Christine is a Melbourne-based choral conductor, voice teacher, workshop presenter and singer. Her choirs have been awarded Gold in several international choral competitions as well as National finalist in the ABC Flame Awards – Schools that Sing! Christine has been conductor of the Australian National Choral Association Victorian Senior as well as Junior Honour Choirs on four occasions as well as leading successful community and school choral programmes. She has been fortunate to study with many of the world’s leading choral conductors, including traveling to Europe to search out the training and repertoire not available in Australia.
Christine won a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study Post Graduate Performance (Early Music – Voice) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she studied with teachers Emma Kirkby and Nancy Argenta amongst other world leading specialists. Performing highlights have included appearing for BBC television, performing the role of Belinda in a live BBC broadcast of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, as well as singing the title role in the Australian Premiere of Handel’s Alceste.
So far this year, Christine has presented voice, vocal technique and vocal health workshops for the Boite Singers Festival and the SA Kodaly Association as well as teaching voice at the John Marsden Schools, Candlebark and the Alice Miller School. She is regularly published in professional publications and presents at National and International conferences. Most recently she was fortunate to be accepted into the Anuna International Summer School, Dublin, to study ‘the Anuna Method’ of singing and the music of Michael McGlynn. Christine is incorporating that experience to be conductor of Choristry for a season of Michael’s music.
Melbourne pianist Annabelle Clucas studied with renowned Australian concert pianist Nancy Weir at Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Since moving to Melbourne, Annabelle has recorded recitals and live broadcasts for ABC radio with MSO principal players, and has toured with the MSO and for the Victorian and South Australian Arts Councils. She also played for 14 years in the popular children’s concert group ‘ The Elastic Band’.
Apart from running a private teaching practice, Annabelle is kept busy accompanying, (including Cloud 9 choir!), coaching and mentoring young musicians.
Previous Music Directors
Tianyi Lu was the first Cloud9 Women’s Choir conductor, leading the choir from August 2012 until June 2013. Tianyi is currently Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the St. Woolos Sinfonia in the UK.
Check out her website at Tianyi Lu Music.
Gloria Gamboz led Cloud9 from July 2013 – July 2018. Gloria studied Orchestral Conducting at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and was also Artistic Director and Conductor of the Concord Vocal Ensemble (Staff of Melbourne University). Gloria has performed with many prestigious Melbourne choirs including Gloriana, the Astra Chamber Music Society and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Cloud9 thanks Gloria for five wonderful years of her leadership.