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Patrick Burns

Patrick began his conducting studies whilst completing his under-graduate studies. He is an alumni of the Symphony Australia conductor development program which has seen him participate in workshops across Australia with Orchestra Victoria, the Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and also in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia under the guidance of Christopher Seaman, Johannes Fritzsch, Sebastian Lang-Lessing and Baldur Brönnimann.

Patrick was awarded the inaugural Australia Council Conducting Fellowship in 2007 which enabled him to work locally with the Queensland Youth Orchestras under the tutelage of John Curro. In the same year, he led the Queensland Wind Orchestra to win first place in the A Grade National Band Championships. Since 2008, Patrick has also been the chief conductor for the Ipswich City Orchestra in Queensland.

After returning from a year abroad travelling and studying in Germany in 2009, Patrick took up residence in Melbourne where he completed his Masters of Music in Conducting under the guidance of John Hopkins. In 2010 and 2011 he was awarded the Ivy May Pendelbury Scholarship from Melbourne University. In 2013, Patrick was awarded an Artstart grant from the Australia Council and was the winner of the Italian Travel Scholarship from Dante Alighieri Society of Melbourne which enabled him to complete language studies in Florence.

Patrick is currently the Music Director for the Monash University Chorale Society, the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor for The Ipswich City Orchestra in Queensland. Since moving to Melbourne, he has worked with numerous groups in Victoria including the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Opera, Opera Studio Melbourne and for the charity fundraising group Feature Set in support of Oz Child. Patrick is also part of the Artistic Committee for the Melbourne-based artistic collaboration, XL Arts.

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