I am a freelance choral conductor, facilitator, composer and arranger with a particular interest in choral singing and social inclusion. I specialise in working with amateur singers and lead community choirs. I run workshops that facilitate personal growth and development through singing. Put simply, I enable people to be brave and to surprise themselves as choral singers. I bring out their best.

I am known for the quality and excellence of my work, and I lead with patience, kindness, and creativity.

My practical choral work is backed by many years’ experience as a music director of a host of youth and adult choirs, designing concerts and experiences for singers.

My PhD research into community choral music underpins my work. I graduated in December 2017 from the National Music Therapy Research Unit at The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (The University of Melbourne). My research explored the role of membership in the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus (now, shOUT Youth Chorus), what it meant for members to sing in the choir, in relation to each member’s identities as performers and as individuals of diverse gender and sexuality. I learned about the many ways singing in a choir can foster social inclusion. I integrate these things into everything I do.  


More about Ben’s musical background

  • Nine years’ experience leading community choral groups, musical projects and singing workshops
  • Formal qualifications in music, specialising in aural pedagogy and the Kodaly method (University of Queensland)

When not working with choral groups, I am an avid follower of international politics, Australian foreign policy and all things German…

If you’d like to know more, please contact me!

Ben Leske

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