Professor Mel Waters (Chair)
Emeritus Professor Mel Waters is a freelance organist, pianist, conductor and vocal coach. He was formerly Director of Music and Principal Organist at Adelaide’s St Francis Xavier Cathedral, and more recently Director and Dean of the Melba Conservatorium in Melbourne. In February 2015 he retired from the position of Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Anglican Church Toorak. He has been Artistic Director of the Mietta Song Competition since May 2011.
Mel was principal organist and harpsichordist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2014, a position that he also held with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade. He has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and at several International Arts Festivals. For many years he was Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, and an Assistant Conductor of the Adelaide and Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestras.
Professor Waters has toured extensively as a soloist and conductor in the UK and Europe. In 2008, as the founding Managing Director of the Melba Opera Trust, he visited several centres of excellence in the USA as a resident specialist in operatic studies.
Now living on the Bellarine Peninsula, Mel is actively involved as Conductor of Orchestra Geelong and with advanced students at several local Colleges. He is also a resident organist at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Sorrento, St Francis’ Church Lonsdale Street Melbourne and Scotch College Chapel in Hawthorn.