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June Nixon : Associate Artist

Photo of June Nixon

Artist website: http://www.junenixon.com

One of Australia's best-known organists, choir trainers and composers, June Nixon initially obtained a Diploma of Music (Piano) and Bachelor of Music (Organ) from Melbourne University. Post-graduate Scholarships enabled further study in London where she gained F.R.C.O. and became the first woman to receive the John Brooke prize for the Choir Training Diploma.

In 1968 she was the winner of the Australian National Organ Competition. She was appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Paul's Cathedral Melbourne in 1973 and is on the teaching staff of Melbourne University School of Music. She has given numerous recitals at the Cathedral and at the Melbourne Town Hall, played with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and given other recitals in London, the most recent at Westminster Abbey.

Her influence outside the Anglican Church was recognised in 1995 by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne awarding her the Percy Jones Award for "outstanding dedication and service given to music for worship". She was made a Member (AM) in the General Division in the Queens Birthday Honours in 1998 for services to church music.

In 1999 the Lambeth Degree, Doctor of Music (Cantuar) was conferred on her by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

June has composed extensively and is currently represented by five publishers world-wide.

Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2006

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1998 Order of Australia Member of the Order For service to church music in Australia