Our Conductor, Jane Elton-Brown OAM

Jane Elton Brown graduated from Melbourne University, B.Mus.,Dip.Ed., receiving the Dwight Prize in Education. She subsequently gained the degree of Master of Music (Melb) with first class honours.

In 1971, Jane was appointed Director of Music at MLC and held that position for 29 years until her retirement from MLC in 1999. At MLC, her Music Directorship saw the planning and building of a magnificent new Music School, which she opened in March 1995. In May 2001, the central area of the MLC Music School was named the Jane Elton Brown Performance Staircase.

Jane is the founder of the MLC Male Voice Choir and conductor/director of the MLC Old Collegians’ Choir which were brought together under the name of The Star Chorale. Jane conducted this ensemble in many successful performances of such works as John Rutter’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and most recently Verdi’s magnificent Requiem. In 2001, Jane was appointed conductor of the Glen Eira City Choir, with which she has conducted successful performances of Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In 2016, as part of their celebratory 70th year, Jane conducted the Glen Eira City Choir, performing Vivaldi’s Gloria & excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with orchestra.

Jane is an experienced examiner in music, speaker/presenter at conferences and seminars, and adjudicator at eisteddfods.

Jane was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to music in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.