Musical Directors

CONDUCTOR

Sue Murray

M.A. Hons (Auckland), Dip Tchg

Sue has been 'hooked on' conducting ever since she was given a taste by training a primary school choir and directing a Gilbert & Sullivan musical production in her first year of teaching.  Her ability to play the piano (Grade VI Hons), and sing, also opened up opportunities at church where she conducted oratorios.  In the 1990s Sue was an assistant conductor for two of the Auckland Principal Association's Town Hall choir festivals, with 450 students from 12 schools.  During this time she also conducted and organised music festivals for school clusters in Farm Cove, Auckland.  Since 1998 Sue has conducted the annual Bucklands Beach Area music festival for five schools; as well as continuing to be involved in the Farm Cove Area Festival and train schools choirs for Wakaaranga Primary School and Bucklands Beach Intermediate in Auckland.

In 1974 Sue joined the Bruce Murray Singers (later the City of Auckland Singers) as an alto and since 2004 has been the Musical Director. An International Conducting conference in Brisbane, Australia and other national conducting conferences have given her valuable training.  Sue is a member of the New Zealand Association of Choral Directors.

ACCOMPANISTS

Leonie Williams

Leonie majored in composition at college.  As a pianist (Grade VIII) she has accompanied several groups, including the Macleans College Jazz Band and, for the last twelve years, The Bruce Murray Singers.  She has also played the flute and piccolo with the Macleans College Orchestra, Concert Band and Senior Concert Band, the Howick Marching Band, Howick & Pakuranga Orchestra, New Zealand Youth Concert Band and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

Bruce Murray

Bruce has always been passionate about music.  He was a founder member in 1972 of the "Harmonaires" which was renamed, The Bruce Murray Singers in 1980.  He has been a singer, conductor and accompanist for the group.  For many years he played keyboard and organ at Glendowie Presbyterian Church. Since 2003 he has been involved with the music team at St Columba Presbyterian.   He is a skilled keyboard player and creates wonderful music with his Yamaha Tyros 4 for church, local choir festivals and the singers.  Currently he continues in his dual roles as tenor and accompanist.