Who we are

Our name is derived from the district of Sydney where we rehearse, where many of our concerts are held at retirement villages as well as public venues, and a substantial number of our choristers live. Ku-Ring-Gai encompasses what is popularly referred to as Sydney’s upper north shore, though our presence also extends to the Hills District, to Hornsby and even the northern beaches.

The choir was started in 1946 by returned servicemen who had found camaraderie in singing during the war. This makes KMC one of the longest-running choirs in Australia. Our membership totals about 45, divided reasonably well between the four male voice parts. Our demographics cover a substantial number of retirees as well as younger men still pursuing their careers.

Our aim is to constantly improve our performance and the favorable comments that we continue to receive from our audiences lead us to believe that we are again making progress in 2014. Our major strength is our conductor and musical director, Dr. Paul Whiting, who has tirelessly pursued excellence during his 15 years of leading the choir. He is also renowned among our audiences for his witty and informative comments on musical items in our concerts.

The Choir's accompanist, Louise Scott, is an acclaimed musicican, having worked in the USA and with many well-known artists including Fiona Ziegler, Deborah De Graaff, Michael Lewis, Elizabeth Campbell, Warwick Fyfe, Margaret Plummer and David Corcoran.

Dr. Paul Whiting OAM

Dr. Paul Whiting (MA (Hons); Dip Ed; LMus; ThC; PhD) studied music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney.

He taught English, History and Music at secondary level and lectured in English, Music and Primary Education at Wagga Wagga Teachers' College, Sydney, Teachers' College, Sydney CAE and the University of Sydney.

He plays piano and organ, and has conducted the Kuring-gai Male Choir since 2000.

Dr. Whiting was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2016 Australia Day honours list for service to the community though choral music.

Louise Scott

Louise graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and furthered her studies in London with Paul Hamburger and Geoffrey Parsons, before moving to the USA where she was on the faculty of numerous universities culminating in her positon as Professor of Accompaniment at DePauw University (Indiana).

She has judged piano competitions, conducted master classes and coached singers at all levels. She also established ArtSong NSW in 2009.

Louise has performed extensively in Australia as well as London, Paris, Germany, Asia, and the USA including solo and collaborative work. Louise works regularly with talented instrumentalists from Sydney Grammar School and is Assistant Music Director of the Hunters Hill Music Club.