Merlyn Quaife AM – Vocal Adjudicator

Merlyn performs opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim throughout Australia and Europe. She has also performed as soloist with the Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Voronesz Philharmonic in Russia. She has appeared with all the State Opera Companies and performed with all the Symphony Australia orchestras, as well as recorded a number of CDs including Aria for John Edward Eyre by David Lumsdaine which won her a Sounds Australia Award. Of recording labels, she appears on Naxos, Move, Tall Poppies and ABC Classics.

Education has been an important part of Merlyn’s career. Between 1995 and 2007 she headed the Vocal Department at the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne. Since 2005 she has also been guest teacher at the Lotte Lehmann Woche Summer School in Pereleberg, Germany and has been invited for teaching/ performing engagements in Vienna and the USA. In 2014, Merlyn commenced at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University where she leads an innovative classical vocal program.

Merlyn was presented with an Order of Australia Award in the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant service to music.

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