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Dr. Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones is one of Australia's most diverse musical personalities currently based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a popular piano bar and cabaret entertainer with a repertoire that spans an incredible range of genres and styles. Trevor is an award winning conductor and musical director, specialising in musical theatre and opera. As an academic and tertiary educator, he focuses on cross-genre performance, completing his PhD research in 2022, and he is a staunch advocate for music education and the development of new Australian music theatre works.

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"Trevor Jones is a National Treasure - or is that National Trevor?"

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Piano Bar and Cabaret

Trevor Jones is one of Australia's leading Piano Bar entertainers and cabaret performers. He has performed to great acclaim in cabaret venues around Australia including Downstairs at the Maj (Perth), Chapel off Chapel (Melbourne), The Butterfly Club (Melbourne), La Boheme (Adelaide) and Slide (Sydney) with his shows “By Chance”, “Move On”, “Trevor Jones in Sticky Situations”, “Kollision” and more recently sold out seasons of “Still Standing – A Tribute To The Great Piano Men” and “Under The Milky Way – Trevor Jones sings the Great Australian Songbook”. He performed two concerts for the Australian Digital Concert Hall - "Lovers, Dreamers and Me" in 2021 and "More To See" in 2022. Trevor’s performances bring a unique blend of humour, story-telling and song. 

Trevor has hosted the Piano Bar for Adelaide Cabaret Festival since 2015 and performed in the Garden of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide Fringe since 2022, as well as Best of the Fest and Cabaretoke for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, the Key Change Piano Bar for Ballarat Cabaret Festival and the Parlour Piano Bar for Bread and Circus Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand. He was the weekly host of Trevor’s Fab Fridays at the Butterfly Club until the end of 2016, several regular nights at Doo-Bop Jazz Bar, Brisbane including the monthly Showtune Tuesday and Piano Bar @ Austin Club, Christchurch.

Trevor regularly performs at Piano Bar Geelong and has traveled internationally as a piano bar entertainer, singing and playing in all styles, often by request and was employed in this capacity by Carnival Cruise Lines as well as 5 Star Hotels in Germany, Austria, Italy and The Netherlands. 

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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 Musical Theatre and Opera and is equally comfortable leading from the piano or with a baton in hand. He was the Associate Musical Director of the Victorian Schools Spectacular from 2011-2014 and has extensive experience as a choral director.

Trevor curates and arranges innovative new works that merge genres. Examples have included the New Regent St Spectacular for Bread and Circus Festival, Christchurch 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 here.

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 his Musical Theatre repertoire can be found here.

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 also completed internships with Komische Oper, Berlin and Opera Australia. He is an accomplished repetiteur and coach and the focus of his PhD study was musical theatre singing for opera singers. A full list of his operatic and choral repertoire is available here.

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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

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Trevor Jones completed his PhD in 2022, researching Vocal Coaching for classical singers singing musical theatre. He was the Programme Leader at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand until August 2021. He has previously held positions as a 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.

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Trevor is a passionate advocate for Australian and New Zealand Musical Theatre. He has written a number of articles that have been published in academic journals including the Australasian Drama Studies Journal and the Music Theatre Educator's Alliance Journal, as well as websites including 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 here.

Trevor also advocates widely for Music Education in schools and the community and has given presentations on this subject organised by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Anglican Schools Commission, Perth.

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