Orchestra Geelong

Orchestra Geelong

Orchestra Geelong consists of professional and amateur musicians of all ages. A diverse range of music is presented in each concert, featuring Western Victoria's finest vocal and instrumental soloists as well as combining with other musical groups to present major choral and orchestral works. The Orchestra also showcases talented young performers in our biennial Youth Concerto concert.

Orchestra Geelong is proud to recognise Keith Fagg as patron to the orchestra.

Mark Shiell is a very busy and sought after conductor.  He has conducted the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and many others.  His greatest conducting passion is working with community and youth orchestras.  Mark works regularly with many orchestras around the country and is a frequent guest at State Music Camps.  He is looking forward to a great year with Orchestra Geelong!

Mel Waters, Former Musical Director (2016)

Emeritus Professor Mel Waters was the musical director of Orchestra Geelong for 2016. The orchestra members greatly enjoyed working with Mel for the three concerts in the 2016 series as well as performing for the first time for Geelong Seniors' Week. Mel will be missed but we thank him for his enthusiasm and contributuion, and wish him all the best with his move to NSW.



Allister was appointed the Orchestra’s conductor in 2005 and held this position for 10 years. In that time, the Orchestra performed more than 130 different musical items, from the most delicate of arias to the grandeur of large-scale works including Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Gounod’s Messe Solennelle.

The resignation of Allister marked a significant change in the running and direction of the orchestra. Allister has made a remarkable contribution to music making in Geelong and to the development of the community orchestra and we thank him for this significant achievement and dedication.