Music Staff

The ACC employ high calibre music staff to give choristers a quality music and choral education. The tutors are supported by our wonderful team of professional accompanists who also provide the dedication and love of teaching music to children of all ages.

Choir Instructor

Daniel Brinsmead

Artistic Director

Daniel graduated from the Australian National University, where he was awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Music with Honours for performance studies in Classical Voice. In 2016, he was awarded the Degree of Master of Music by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, majoring in choral conducting. Upon graduating he received the Fukisawa Male Voice Choir award for the highest grade for his final Masters conducting recital. 

Daniel has to date been the master of several choirs in Canberra, a voice and piano tutor, a baritone soloist, an accompanist, and a published composer, as well as an arranger and orchestrator. Relocating to Melbourne in 2016, Daniel is currently the Artistic Director of Choristry, an auditioned adult choir in Melbourne. At the ACC, during the last three and a half years, Daniel has been the tutor of the Trebles Choir, and during 2017, he was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Harmony Choir, which he tutored for several months.

Daniel’s choral compositions and arrangements have been performed by school, university, community and professional choirs in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and in Australia. He was selected as one of only 8 winners from 918 worldwide entries to record his composition Come Sleep, for the Abbey Road Anthem Competition in 2011, to celebrate the internationally famous studio’s 80th anniversary. This recording was conducted and performed by Eric Whitacre and his choir. 

In addition, the ACC itself has to date commissioned Daniel on several occasions to compose music on its behalf. He composed the music and lyrics for Moon Flight (soon to be published by a leading American choral publisher in 2021) and An Australian Christmas (which the ACC co-commissioned with two other parties). In 2020 he was commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to compose a work to commemorate their 100th anniversary. This too will be published in 2021/2022. He has also published treble repertoire with Hal Leonard including, A Red Robin, and his popular arrangement of Colin Towns's, Perfect Day. 

Beth Ylvisaker

Treble Choir Tutor

BETH YLVISAKER was born and raised in the US but has lived nearly half of her life in Australia. She received her bachelor’s degree in music and French from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  Luther College has one of the largest undergraduate liberal arts music programs in the US and has an especially rich choral tradition.  Beth participated in many ensembles as singer, flautist and pianist.  She was the Presser Scholar of her music class, an honour given to the top student as voted by the teaching faculty, based on academic excellence and musical achievement.  She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest honour society recognising academic achievement across a broad range of subjects.  Beth received her Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied with Howard Karp and was an undergraduate teaching assistant.

Beth is equally passionate about teaching and performing.  She has presented “Tracing My Musical Family Tree”, a lecture-recital considering the notion of vocation as teacher and performer and reflecting on her teaching lineage which extends back to Beethoven and Liszt.   Beth has a special affinity for accompanying.  As accompanist she has performed with distinguished tenor Thomas Edmonds AM and has played live on ABC Classic.

Beth’s experience is wide-ranging but is all driven by advocacy for the power of live music-making.  Her work has included accompanying a Gilbert and Sullivan troupe, directing a children’s music school, being musical director for community theatre, conducting church choirs, conducting community choirs, adjudicating at eisteddfods and singing with the Melbourne Symphony Chorus.

Beth is currently a piano tutor and staff accompanist at Ivanhoe Grammar School where she also spent five years conducting primary, middle years, senior years and staff choirs.

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Tomas Parrish

Melody Choir Tutor and Accompanist

Tomas is originally from Wollongong, Dharawal Country, and acknowledges the Dharawal people, and that sovereignty was never ceded. Tomas studied at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) completing the Music Theatre Foundation Program (2015), and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) last year. He was the recipient of the Nancye Hayes Scholarship which he used to further his studies in London.

He was a member of Conservatorium of Music Sydney Chamber Choir, Polyphonic Voices (where he has performed with the MSO as well as Patti Lupone), and was the Tenor Choral Scholar at Christchurch South Yarra. He has also been a guest Tutor/Conductor for the Melbourne Contemporary Choir.

Tomas’ theatre credits include The Music of AR Rahman (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Polyphonic Voices, AsiaTOPA, 2017), Vivid White (Ensemble, Melbourne Theatre Company, dir. Dean Bryant, 2017), A Chorus Line (Bobbie and Paul Understudy, VCA, dir. Tyran Parke, 2018), Patti Lupone - Don’t Monkey With Broadway (Hamer Hall, M.D. Joseph Thalken, 2018) and Into The Woods (Steward and Baker Understudy, VCA dir. Gary Young, 2018) and When The Light Leaves (Dan, La Mama Theatre and Citizen Theatre, dir. Jayde Kirchert 2019). 

Tomas is also a composer and is undertaking the Masters of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium. He recently won Best Original Score at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival for his work on Behind Barres, and composed the film score for Endo Girl, which will be coming to film festivals soon. He also composed the score for The Australian Ballet’s New Ghost, which was a part of the season in 2020.

Gen Barclay

Lyrebird Tutor

Gen’s involvement with music was inevitable. From a family of musicians, she joined the Australian Children’s Choir as a chorister at the age of 7. In 2009 she entered the Senior choir and enjoyed 9 years of incredible music experiences including tours, CD recordings and performances. Throughout her time in the Senior Choir, she had opportunities to work with musicians both in Australia and around the world. Some highlights include meeting some of the finest choirs and conductors as part of the 2011 International Children’s Choir Festival in the United Kingdom, touring through Austria and Germany, travelling up the East Coast of Australia, performing at National sporting events and working with artists such as Missy Higgins, Normie Rowe, Casey Donovan and more. Gen finished performing with the Senior Choir in 2017, and joined the staff as music support, then began to teach in 2021.

Currently, Gen is studying for her Bachelor of Education (Early Year and Primary), and is very excited about the opportunities provided by the Australian Children’s Choir for her future teaching years.

Throughout her schooling, Gen has been a member of several ensembles including; Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Percussion ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Gen has achieved her grade 5 AMEB classical singing certificate, as well as her grade 4 percussion AMEB certificate.

Following in her parents footsteps, Gen has also been in many musical productions. Some credits are; Queen Stephanie in Sleeping Beauty, a Sharpette in High School Musical 2, Pops in Kiss Me Kate, Pearl in Cabaret, Sylvie in Oklahoma, Poppy in Noises Off and ensemble in Spamalot.

Having been part of the ACC for over 17 years has made Gen very passionate about continuing the incredible tuition she received during her years of service, and she is proud to be part of a talented team who work to support their choristers in every aspect of their musical education.