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Bagryana Popov - Chair, Joined in 2013

Dr. Popov is an award-winning theatre director, who has worked in theatre and music for over 20 years in Melbourne and across Australia. She has initiated collaborative projects with theatre institutions in Bulgaria and Macedonia. Her recent work in theatre has explored themes such as human rights, imprisonment and the plight of refugees. She established and directed for 10 years, the Melbourne Women's Bulgarian Choir, Petrunka who recorded two CDs. She has introduced hundreds of Australians to the beauty of traditional Bulgarian singing. She recently completed a PhD through the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Bagryana Popov was a peer assessor on the Community Cultural Development Board and the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the Australia Council 1999-2002. Her association with The Boîte has been extensive as an artist, an advisor and now on the Committee of Management.

Alannah Sheridan - Secretary, Joined in 2002

Alannah Sheridan worked for more than 30 years for the Victorian Education Department as an Art Teacher. She has since retrained as a silversmith and jeweller. Alannah is a civil celebrant, she sings with the Melbourne Millennium Chorus, various community choirs, has toured to Georgia twice and is a very able organiser and long time generous contributor to the work of The Boîte. Alannah brings considerable wisdom to the committee as well as valuable networks of supporters. She is the child of migrants and recognises the necessity of multicultural policies and practice in giving a place to community members with diverse backgrounds and experience.

 Perambalam Senthooran – Treasurer, Joined in 2014

 Perambalam Senthooran is the Manager of Operations for the Maroondah City Council. This follows many years of Engineering work in the shires of Croydon, Diamond Valley and Koorumbarra as well as in Botswana. Senis familiar with financial issues in the community sector and has contributed as treasurer of 3CR for many years.


Lilliana Hajncl - Joined 2014

Lilliana has worked in senior roles at AMES (Adult Multicultural Education Services)
Program management, resource development, program evaluation, education and project tendering and evaluation.She has worked in East-Timor and elsewhere evaluating the effectiveness of foreign aid.


Mardi Stow - Joined in 2004

Mardi is Manager of the North Team and Capacity Building Program at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, a non-government organisation providing assistance to refugees who settle in Melbourne. Previous areas of work include child and family welfare, foster care and video production. Mardi was born and grew up in Fiji and has lived in the USA, UK, Japan and Australia. Through her own experiences of migration, Mardi has experienced a wide range of music and seen the capacity of music to build bridges between people and to contribute to individual and community well-being. She has instigated some of The Boîte's projects with refugees where music contributes to the journey of healing. Mardi also loves being part of a community choir.

Therese Virtue - Joined in 1984

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.

Pam Creed - Joined in 2013

Pam Creed is the Founding Director of the National Institute of Circus Arts, based in Prahran at Swinburne University. In that role and her preceding positions at Swinburne's Department of Performing Arts, Pam has made major contributions to performance art in Australia and through collaborative projects internationally. The Boîte welcomes her to the Committee of Management.

Boite Staff

Roger King OAM - Director

Involved with The Boîte since 1984, Roger has been full time co-ordinator 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 and the Boîte recording program.

Therese Virtue OAM - Boîte World Music Cafe Co-ordinator

Therese Virtue began programming the Boîte World Music Cafe (1 Mark St, Nth Fitzroy) in 1990. Prior to that she had worked as Boîte Co-ordinator and managed various projects. Now her main focus is the programming and publicity of approximately 80 concerts each year at the World Music Cafe, although she takes a lively interest in other projects, particularly the Millennium Chorus. Therese also runs a number of community choirs, and loves singing.

Leah Healy - Boite Schools Chorus

Leah started working at The Boîte in 2009, on completion of a Bachelor of Music Industry at RMIT in 2008. She has a background in event organising and working on outdoor festivals. She has many years experience managing the administration of the Boite office as well as Boite events. She is now concentrating on the Boite Schools Chorus with its ever expanding reach across Victoria.


Stephanie Gaffric - Boite Millennium Chorus

Stephanie started work on the Boite Millennium Chorus in 2014, the year of Gurrong dircted by Jane Thompson and James Rigby, a very successful year indeed. She is also assisting with promotion f all other projects. Born in France, she has a background in marketing and IT and has worked on arts festivals in France and Austalia, most recently the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, the Australasian World of Music Festival, The Woodford Festival in Queensland and Folk Rhythm and Life in Victoria.


Gabriel Gilmour - Office Administration

Gabriel has a bachelor of Arts from ANU, majoring in Human Ecology and Antropology. He is interested in social justice issues and is an active supporter of Amnesty International. He has a deep interest in contemporary music. He has studied computer programming and has built a few computers himself. He has accumulated experience in office environments working for a number of major organisations.


Jamie-Lee Basic

Jamie-Lee has a Bachelor of Music (Ethnomusicology) from Monash University. She is a composer and performer, and an extremely well organised person.


Katrina Wilson - Boite Singers' Festival at Daylesford

Katrina Wilson AMus, BMus (hons), DipEd Katrina has a background of studies in piano performance and accompaniment, choral performance and conducting, Ethnomusicology, Arts Marketing, Czech language and horticulture. A passionate believer in the importance of community participation in the arts, she enjoys meeting and working with artists, teachers, school students, singers and participants at the Boîte who get involved in the singing projects and attend the performances. She is the President and assistant conductor of Squawkestra, an orchestra for amateur musicians and has been known to offend cats and small children with her violin playing. She is also fanatical about all things Czech and has been known to grace the stage as her alias Katska Vlcek, sharing with audiences, songs and stories from the old country. At The Boîte she has managed The Melbourne Millennium Chorus, Boîte Schools Chorus and The Boîte Singers' Festival at Daylesford. Returning from maternity leave one day at a time, she is now manging the programming of the Boite Singers' Festival at Daylesford.


David Windlow - Finance Officer

B.Com. CPA. David started working for the Boite in 2002. Has extensive experience in book retailing and fundraising.

Boite World Music Cafe Managers

Jamie-Lee Basic

Jamie-Lee has a Bachelor of Music (Ethnomusicology) from Monash University. She is a composer and performer, and an extremely well organised person.

Michelle Tyrrell

Michelle has worked for the Boîte in a range of roles, first as Administrator and now as Cafe Manager. Michelle is a photographer who has a passion for documenting and photographing everyday and special moments.
Ilka White

Ilka has been involved in The Boîte for many years. She is a talented textile artist who created the colourful Boîte banner that brightens up the Mark Street Hall at World Music Cafe events. In recent years Ilka has worked at RMIT as a lecturer.

Holly de Jong

Holly (BMus hons, MMus, DipTeach) is an ethnomusicologist, music teacher and trumpet player in Melbourne Balkan Brass band, Opa! Holly worked in the Boite office from 2007 to 2009 promoting events in the World Music Café Concert Series and currently manages some Boite events.










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