David O’Keeffe, singer, actor, voice teacher, music educator and conductor has directed the Queensland Irish Choir since the amalgamation, in 2014, of the Tara Singers and Celtic Connection choirs with whom he worked from 2010 and 2012 respectively.
He has a long association with choirs and choral singing, and was treble chorister at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Voice / Opera / Vocal Pedagogy), the University of Queensland (Music Education) and the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, Canada (Music Theatre).
He was artist in residence in Maids of the Mill for Tasmanian Theatre Trust in 1984 and The Threepenny Opera for University of Tasmania in 1994 and has premiered works for Australian composers Vincent Plush and Barry Conyngham. In 1986 he performed Conyngham’s Bony Anderson with Terra Australis Incognita and Geoffrey Simon at Symphony Space in New York City.
As a soloist and chorister, David has performed professionally in opera and music theatre in Australia, Canada, UK, USA and Singapore. David is a member of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing [ANATS], the Queensland Music Teachers Association [QMTA] and the Kodály Music Educators Institute of Australia [KMEIA].
He tutors and conducts three groups for the Australian Girls’ Choir, directs four primary and secondary school choirs, and is active in community theatre as a performer, musical director and vocal coach for Redcliffe Musical Theatre and ROAR Performing Arts Academy. His singing students range in age from 8 to 80 years.
One look at him, and it is easy to confuse him for an Irishman, especially with a name like Timothy. The Taiwanese-Kiwi pianist was awarded the Lili Kraus scholarship to study piano performance at the University of Waikato at the age of 15, and completed his undergraduate studies under Katherine Austin at 19.
In 2007, Tim returned to study and attained his Master’s degree with First Class Honours, receiving the highest mark ever awarded at the University for his final recital. He was also the recipient of the University Blues Award and the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship.
At 16, Tim made his concerto debut with the Waikato University Chamber Orchestra, and has performed widely as a recitalist and chamber musician, including solo recital at the Steinway Emerging Artists Series in Auckland and a concert tour in the Coromandels.
His duo won the 1st Prize at the 2008 Hillary Chamber Music Competition; their winning performance along with Tim’s solo performance of works by Rachmaninoff are featured in the CD release “Journey to the Summit” as well as broadcasted on Radio NZ Concert FM.
In 2010 Tim furthered his private studies with Prof. Erika Lux in Hannover, Germany, before settling in Brisbane in 2012 where he established a busy private teaching practice. Tim also works full time at Canterbury College as the Coordinator of Piano/Chamber Music, where he accompanies 4 choirs, coaches chamber music ensembles, teaches piano, and coordinates the music program.
Tim is a sought-after freelance instrumental and vocal accompanist and coach for auditions, exams and eisteddfods. He is also a member of the Fahrenheit Trio which performs jazz and rock music alongside Beethoven and Brahms.
Tim’s association with the Queensland Irish Choir started in 2012. While he has acquired a taste for Guinness, he’s yet to pick up the Irish accent.