Glenda Lynelle is an enthusiastic music educator, playing both flute and piano in addition to being a trained singer. She spent 20 years as the Director of Music at St Andrew’s School in Walkerville, where she built their renowned music program. Glenda has also taught at Scotch College, Mercedes College, and St Peter’s College and is currently teaching at Pembroke School where she conducts, composes and arranges music for class bands.
In her music teaching, Glenda is an advocate of Kodaly Methodology and has furthered her studies in this field.
She loves challenges and thoroughly enjoys working with choristers from age 5 years to 85 years. Her passion for vocal studies and choral work is evident in her long-term commitment of 24 years as a choral tutor with award-winning Young Adelaide Voices (and formerly Adelaide Girls’ Choir). During this time she has conducted the Second Concert Choir and the First Concert Choir and now conducts the Juniors. In her year with the First Concert Choir in 2008, the choir was awarded First Prize Cum Laude at the European Youth Choral Festival in Belgium. Glenda is also Music Director of the very active Woodville Concert Choir.
She is delighted to be working with Illumina Voices again this year!
Helen has been a valuable asset to ILLUMINA VOICES since its inception when she was both the reserve accompanist and a chorister. With the departure of Betty Tothill OAM in January 2011, Helen accepted the role of accompanist for ILLUMINA VOICES and the choir continues to benefit from her reliable and conscientious support.
Helen is an experienced accompanist who began playing piano and organ for church services as a teenager. She then went on to accompany the Churches of Christ Youth Choir which specialised in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.
For many years Helen was the repetiteur for a number of groups including the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, the Savoyards, the Marie Clark Theatre Company, Achord, the Matinee Entertainers and the Myall Ensemble. From 1996 – 2007 she was an accompanist for school choirs taking part in the South Australian Primary Schools Festival of Music.
Helen accompanied three of the training choirs within the Adelaide Girls Choir (now Young Adelaide Voices). She was accompanist for the Maughan Uniting Church Choir and the Good News Singers (who performed on radio) and currently she accompanies the vocal quartet Cantorae.
Helen has introduced Choir Chimes to a group of ILLUMINA choristers who are interested in learning to play these challenging and evocative instruments. She is also responsible for a Choir Chimes team at Brougham Place Uniting Church and is a regular chorister in their church choir.