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 – and is now an Emeritus Artist. Andrew also holds positions as a Lay Clerk with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, as an Associate Artist with Pacific Opera, and appears regularly with Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music ensembles including Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, Opera Australia Chorus, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, the Choir of St James, and Sydney Antiphony. He balances these commitments with an emerging career as a soloist.
His 2019 solo engagements include the Australian Premiere of Telemann’s Thunder Ode with Pinchgut Opera, Christus in Arvo Pärt’s Passio, two solo recitals for Hourglass Ensemble and The Song Company, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Canberra Youth Orchestra & Canberra Choral Society, Faure’s Requiem with Coro Innominata, Handel’s L’allegro with Choir of St James, the World Premiere of Josephine Gibson’s PantaKremamena with Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Mozart’s Veni Sancte Spiritus & Coronation Mass for Collegium Musicum, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, BWV151 & BWV191 with Bach Akademie Australia, and Handel’s Messiah with the Canberra Choral Society.
In an educational capacity he continues to teach at the Perth Choral Institute Summer School, has been a guest conductor with the Sydney Children’s Choir Young Men’s Choir, and tours and performs regularly throughout Regional NSW as part of the award-winning Moorambilla Voices program.