AFTER 22 years, the Wanneroo Civic Choir has passed the baton to a new music director.
Taui Pinker (32) has taken the helm for the past few months, farewelling Kent Logie after more than two decades of dedicated and unwavering music leadership.
Logie is now taking a well-earned rest before establishing a chorale ensemble in 2020.
Self-taught on piano since age 14, Pinker began his path in music as an organist and chorale accompanist within his faith.
At 18, he stepped off the piano to try his hand at conducting choirs and work more intensely with vocalists.
Following a move to Melbourne at age 23, he diversified his skills by becoming the inaugural and principal conductor of the Melbourne Regional Orchestra.
Back in Perth, he is now one of the resident organists at St Benedict’s Catholic Parish in Applecross and a music director on the community theatre scene.
Pinker is the sixth music director for Wanneroo Civic Choir since it formed in 1982.
Audiences can see him in action at the choir’s annual concert at the Alexander Heights Community Centre from 2.45pm this Saturday, November 23.
The performance will include a range of general songs and Christmas carols and feature soloists Rachel Monamy and David Wallace, as well as the choir’s own small group of theatre performers.
“This has been a very eventful and symbolic year for the Wanneroo Civic Choir,” acting president Fay Muir said, with 12 new singers also joining in 2019, taking the membership to 50.
“This has stretched our supplied uniform resources so fundraising at this year’s concert will go to assisting in the design and purchase of new uniforms.”
Tickets at the door cost $15 for adults and $5 for school-aged students, including afternoon tea.
The Wanneroo Civic Choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 9.15pm at the Alexander Height Community Centre.
New members are welcome. Call Chez on 0417 942 754 or James on 0459 794 574.