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Dr. Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones is an award-winning conductor and musical director working across opera, musical theatre, cabaret and orchestral pop music around Australia and internationally. Based in Melbourne (Naarm), Trevor is in high demand as an MD, orchestrator and arranger for musicals and opera. He works with leading producers and companies to create unique musical spectaculars for festivals and events. As an academic and tertiary educator, Trevor's area of interest is cross-genre performance, completing his PhD research in 2022. He is a staunch advocate for music education and a champion for the development of new Australian musical theatre works. Trevor is an internationally renowned piano bar and cabaret entertainer with a repertoire that spans a truly incredible range of genres and styles.


Conductor & Musical Director

Musical Theatre, Opera and Special Projects

Trevor Jones was the 2011 recipient of the Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors. He works across a wide range of genres, specialising in Opera, Musical Theatre and Pop / Rock and he is equally comfortable leading from the piano or with a baton in hand. He was the Associate Musical Director of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular from 2011 - 2014 and he has extensive experience as a choral director. Trevor curates and arranges innovative new works that merge genres. Examples include the New Regent St Spectacular for Bread and Circus Festival, Christchuch NZ (Jan 2021), Songs to Die For (Opera Queensland regional tour 2019) and Coupling, A Queer Mixtape featuring Camerata at the Brisbane Powerhouse in August 2018. More details of these projects can be found on the Projects page of this website. As a musical director for Musical Theatre, he has toured Australia with major productions including Avenue Q and internationally through China with leading Broadway performers Lisa Vroman and Brad Little. Other highlights include Into The Woods (Watch This Productions), Next To Normal and Dogfight (Doorstep Arts, Geelong) and Twisted Broadway 2014 and 2017. He also specialises in new Australian and New Zealand works. A full list of Trevor's musical theatre repertoire can be found on the Repertoire page. As a conductor for Opera, Trevor has worked with Opera Queensland, CitiOpera, City of Stonnington's Opera in the Park and The Opera Studio, Melbourne. He has completed internships with Komische Oper, Berlin and Opera Australia. Trevor is an accomplished repetiteur and coach and the focus of his PhD study was musical theatre singing for opera singers. A full list of Trevor's operatic and choral repertoire is available on the Repertoire page.


Piano associate Trevor Jones drove a bold, invigorating approach to the piano; shape-shifting his accompaniment to suit the variety of music. He can sound like a support band and generated much energy in adapting to the vibe of each of the songs Hitchcock sang through her broad-ranging music.

Review of Jessica Hitchcock: Songs That Made Me 6 Jun 2022

Gillian Wills, Arts Hub


Educator and Academic

Trevor Jones completed his PhD in 2022, researching hybrid vocal coaching for classical singers singing musical theatre. He was the Programme Leader at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in Christchurch, New Zealand until August 2021. He has previously held positions as Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Victorian College of the Arts. He regularly presents workshops and seminars around Australia and internationally for organisations including the Australian National Association of Singing Teachers (ANATS), Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) and the Musical Theatre Educator's Alliance (MTEA). Trevor specialises in teaching Musicianship and Theory for Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre History, Professional Studies as well as vocal coaching and audition preparation in a wide range of styles. Trevor is a passionate advocate for Australian and New Zealand Musical Theatre. He has published a number of articles in academic journals including Australasian Drama Studies and the MTEA journal, as well as for websites such as The Conversation, and Theatre People. Trevor has also been interviewed on ABC TV and ABC Radio about Australian Musical Theatre. These publications and interviews can be found on the Articles page. Trevor advocates widely for Music Education in schools and the community and has given presentations for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Anglican Schools Commission, Perth.



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