Roger King OAM - Director
Involved with The Boîte since 1984, Roger has been full time director since 1993. He has performed, recorded and toured to Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria with various groups, currently Gorani. Born in Melbourne, he has lived in Malaysia and South Africa. He has initiated and nurtured many Boîte projects through their development stages including the World Music Cafe, Boîte Singers' Festival, the Melbourne Millennium Chorus and the Boîte Schools Chorus.
Therese Virtue – Director of the World Music Cafe
Therese Virtue taught in the Western suburbs of Melbourne for more than 10 years before working as a singer and then an organiser with The Boîte. She has sung with some of Melbourne's most adventurous folk ensembles including Il Gruppo Folcloristico Italiano and the award-winning Petrunka. She has been involved with The Boîte since 1984, and as Boîte World Music Cafe Co-ordinator for the past 22 years has organised and presented over 1500 intimate concerts featuring artists from 35 communities. For 20 years she has been a presenter of the Boîte World Music radio programs on 3PBS and 3CR. A warm and approachable person with a formidable knowledge of the Australian music scene, she is highly respected by artists from many communities.
Jasmin Bardel - Administration Officer
Jasmin’s interest in the creative arts began as a child, playing music, performing in dance eisteddfods, and enjoying painting and pottery.
Jasmin has a Masters of Art Curatorship from University of Melbourne, with a thesis on Curating Contemporary Melbourne Street Art, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from Monash University. During her Bachelor degree, Jasmin was selected to complete a semester of her degree in Prato, Italy.
Jasmin is the Secretary and Executive Administrator of Forest Collective Inc. Founded by conductor and composer Evan Lawson, Forest Collective Inc. is a small not for profit multi arts organisation who commission, create and perform various art forms with an emphasis on supporting Australian emerging and early career artists. Jasmin’s role, along with the other members of the management team, is on a voluntary basis, allowing Forest Collective to remunerate their artists and creative professionals. In addition to her administration role, Jasmin has co-curated Shared Experiences for the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival and curated the visual art in the successful multi arts performance installation Shared Lines, also 2013, with Forest Collective.
Jasmin has an interest in diasporic cultures in the age of global communicative ease, and hopes to keep working with emerging and early career artists.
Susan Wright - Project Officer - Boite Schools Chorus
Susan has over 15 years experience as an Education Support Office, Choir Director and Music Administrator in primary schools in Melbourne.
She has been involved with the BSC for 9 years as a choir director and she is now exploring the administrative side of the project. Susan is also currently Administrator of Boroondara Brass in Hawthorn and sings with Phoenix community choir. Susan has sung in choirs all her life. Originally from Sydney, she married a chorister from St Andrews Cathedral and together they have a Euphonium player, a Trumpeter and a Shiba Inu .
Leah Healy - Project Officer - Boite Schools Chorus
Leah is a music business professional whose wide range of experience expands across the world music sector including festivals, events, choirs, project management and arts administration. She has worked in the music industry since 2006. In 2009 on completion of her Batchelor of Arts (Music Industry) Degree at RMIT University, she began working at world music organisation, The Boîte, delivering some of Melbourne’s biggest choir projects - Boîte Millennium Chorus and Boite Schools Chorus at Melbourne Town Hall, Hamer Hall and Federation Square. In 2014 she was tour manager for the Coco de Mer cultural tour of the Seychelles, where a group of 20 Australians from the Coco de Mer choir project were taken on a 3 week cultural tour of the Seychelles.
Since the start of the year, Leah is sharing her time in between The Boite and Outer Urban Projects. Leah’s passion for music lies in community arts events, festivals and outdoor events in the world music sector including major and local festivals around Australia.
Stephanie Gaffric – Producer Boite Millennium Chorus
Stephanie started work on the Boite Millennium Chorus in 2014, the year of Gurrong directed by Jane Thompson and James Rigby, a very successful year indeed. She is also assisting with promotion of all other projects as well as overseeing some major projects, such as the development of our new website or looking for our new home..
Born in France, she started her career as marketing and strategy consultant, in the IT industry. Passionate with the creative industry, she decided to have a turn in her career, when moving to Australia. As a first experience in the arts, she created and directed Le Chic Frog Festival, a French cultural festival in Regional Victoria.
Since then, she has worked for some of major performing arts in France and Australia, in producing, logistics, marketing and sponsorship management.
She is currently still involved with the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, the Australasian World of Music Festival, The Woodford Festival in Queensland and Folk Rhythm and Life in Victoria.