As a performer and educator Andrew O’Connor is versed in a wide variety of styles and genres. Born in Perth, he studied at the University of Western Australia before establishing a successful career in both teaching and performance. From 2015 – 2019 he was a core member of The Song Company. Andrew holds positions as a Lay Clerk with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir and was an Associate Artist with Pacific Opera in 2019. He appears regularly with virtually all of Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music organisations including Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, Opera Australia Chorus, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, the Choir of St James, Hourglass Ensemble, and Sydney Antiphony. He balances these ensemble commitments with an emerging career as a soloist.
His pre-pandemic 2020 engagements were to include Splendour of Venice, Medee and Purcell & Charpentier with Pinchgut Opera, Bach’s St John Passion with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Handel’s Samson for St George’s Cathedral, Perth, various projects with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia, Collegium Musicum, Sydney University Graduate Choir, and a residency at the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco. Completed or future performances and projects in 2020 include Attila with Opera Australia, Handel’s Messiah with Sydney Chamber Choir, A Delicate Fire for Pinchgut Opera, Actus Tragicus BWV 106 with Bach Akademie Australia for Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, a number of recording projects, Exile Lamentations with Luminescence Chamber Singers, Handel's Messiah with The Song Company, Noël Noël with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Graeme Koehne’s Love Burns for The Other Theatre.
In an educational capacity he continues to teach, conduct, and mentor with various organisations including Gondwana National Choirs, St Aloysius College, Kirribilli, Sydney Children’s Choir, Perth Choral Institute, and the award-winning Moorambilla Voices program.