Michael Hissey

Michael Hissey

Michael Hissey is an Australian musician, teacher and conductor who has for ten years been the Musical Director of St Mary's Singers at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.

Hissey has an association with St Mary's Cathedral which has spanned the past 40 years. He was accepted as a choral scholar to the St Mary's Cathedral Choir at the age of nine, completing his schooling at the Cathedral Choir School.

After completing post graduate studies in education in Sydney, Hissey embarked on the dual career of teaching and concert singing. In addition to his success as a music educator, Michael went on to become an experienced solo artist and teacher of voice. He has earned particular critical acclaim for his Baroque and Early Music performances.

Hissey has performed as a soloist throughout Australia, in Europe and the United States and is a regular guest artist for many of Sydney’s metropolitan and regional choral and orchestral organisations.

Whilst Hissey has specialised in the performance of music from the Sacred and Oratorio literature, he is also deeply involved in fostering the talent of young singers having established a reputation as a fine teacher of voice and choral trainer. Michael currently holds the position of Director of Music at St Aloysius' College, a Jesuit school for boys at Milsons Point, Sydney. He is loving this post and continues to serve the community in great health and spirits.

The St Mary's Singers, directed by Hissey, was formed in 1990 as an adult choir of mixed voices, in association with St Mary's Cathedral. The choir performs in the cathedral on the 3rd Sunday of every month in at the 9.00 AM Mass and on special liturgical days and for weddings and functions. Rehearsing in the Cathedral 'Schola Cantorum' each Monday evening, this choir performs many of the accompanied and a capella masterpieces of the sacred choral tradition.

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