Known for sensitive, authoritative musical interpretations and inspirational conducting, Emily Cox is one of Australia’s leading choral musicians, exploring diverse and challenging repertoire in her varied roles as conductor and chorusmaster. Specialising in the performance of the choral/symphonic repertoire and virtuosic chamber choral repertoire, she has been Music Director of Brisbane Chorale since 2003, and is founding Music Director of the acclaimed Canticum Chamber Choir.
Emily has conducted a diverse range of works including Bach St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn Elijah, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (two-piano version), Monteverdi Vespers, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart Mass in c minor, Orff Carmina Burana, Stravinsky Les Noces, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, Fauré Requiem, Rachmaninov Vespers, and Pärt Passio.
American born and educated, Emily studied at the Queensland Conservatorium and in Europe with renowned conductors, including Eric Ericson, Frieder Bernius, and most recently Simon Halsey in Berlin where she was a member of the Professional Panel of the Rundfunkchor Berlin International Masterclass. Musical highlights of recent years include conducting the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 performance of Handel’s Messiah with Brisbane Chorale, her role as Chorusmaster of the Brisbane Mahler Chorus in the Helpmann Award-nominated performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Simone Young, and her leadership of Canticum in Brisbane Baroque 2015 and in 2016 as Music Director of the acclaimed production “Women of the Pietà”.
Emily’s innovative programming, and her reputation both as a creative musical collaborator and as a dynamic interpreter of music from the renaissance to the present day, place her in demand by professional arts companies and festivals.
Assistant Chorus Master
Justine Favell is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Piano Performance.
Since 1995, Justine has pursued her interest in the specialized area of accompanying choral music. She is principal accompanist for Brisbane Birralee Voices and Brisbane Chorale, and freelances with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She has accompanied the Brisbane Chorale continuously since 1995.
Justine also enjoys conducting various school choirs and is regularly asked to conduct massed school events for the Department of Education. She is on staff at the Qld Conservatorium as an accompanist for the Vocal Department and teaches the piano in her home studio. Justine is currently training to become a Kindermusik early childhood educator with the hope that she can spend some more time at home with her children.