Wesley Institute Choir

Wesley Institute Choir


Wesley Institute Choir comprises about 50 young people training for professional careers in the music industry. They perform a wide range of musical styles from Classical to Contemporary Christian. Under the direction of Mr. Sadaharu Muramatsu, the choir amasses a significant body of artistic talent of students.

The Institute Choir has participated in a variety of Christian and Community events throughout Sydney, performed as part of Quest during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, has frequently toured interstate and overseas, including Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong as well as China in the 2008 Olympic year. In 2007 the choir was awarded the First Prize in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. The choir performs annually in association with Wesley Mission for their nationally televised Easter broadcast from the Sydney Opera House.

Wesley Institute combines professionalism and excellence with creativity in a supportive and caring environment. It is a non-denominated, multicultural, multidisciplinary college. Wesley Institute offers accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Music, Graphic Design, Dance, Drama, Theology, Counselling, and pre-service teacher Education.

Biography: www.wi.edu.au




Sadaharu Muramatsu

Sadaharu Muramatsu

Artistic leader and conductor

Born in Japan, Sadaharu Muramatsu graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, with a Master of Music (MMus) in conducting. Granted a fellowship under the Japanese Government Overseas Program for Artists from 2008 to 2010.
In 2001 Sadaharu won the first prize at the ISIS conducting Competition in Cambridge, UK, and in 2005, he was awarded the Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in Manchester, UK. Sadaharu was one of the semi-finalists of the 2007 Bela Bartok International Opera Conducting Competition in Romania. In the same year he was one of the finalists in the Emmerich Kalman International Conductor’s Competition in Budapest, Hungary, and awarded the special Jury Prize. Broadcast from the Budapest Operetta Theater by Hungarian Television, he conducted “Gräfin Marizza” and “Die Csardasfürstin”.
In 2007 Sadaharu conducted the Japanese premiere of the Broadway musical “The Light” in the Piazza in Tokyo, and in 2008 he conducted a youth orchestra for a musical education program for the Japanese government.
He has conducted several operas including “The Marriage of Figaro” (Mozart), “Hansel and Gretel” (Humperdinck), “Il Signor Bruschino” (Rossini), “Seven Deadly Sins” (Weill), “Il Campanello” (Donizetti) and many other operas. Sadaharu studied conducting under Kurt Masur, Sir Mark Elder, Gianandrea Noseda, Imre Pallo, Christian Mandel, Hirofumi Misawa and Kazuki Sawa.
Biography: www.sadaharu.net




Competition Program


Herwig Reiter (*1941)   O du lieber Augustin IV
Zoltán Kodaly (1882-1967)   Túrót eszik a cigány / See the gypsies
Poulenc   Salve Regina
Stephen Leek   Kungala
Bruckner   Locus Iste
Brahms   Geistliches Lied



Additional Concerts Program


W.A. Mozart   Ave Verum Corpus
Stravinsky (1882-1971)   Ave Maria
Traditional Irish. Arr: Bob Chilcott   Londonderry Air
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)   Habanera
A. Bruckner   Locus Iste
Trad. Spanish. Arr: Moses Hogan   We Shall Walk Through The Valley In Peace
Andrew Webber   Pie Jesu
Rutter   The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Herwig Reiter (*1941)   O du lieber Augustin IV
Zoltán Kodaly (1882-1967)   Túrót eszik a cigány / See the gypsies
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)   Geistliches Lied
Poulenc   Slave Regina
Stephen Leek   Kungala
American folk melody Arr. Steven Milloy   Amazing Grace