Eyal Chipkiewicz, in Australia since 2008, has made strides as an entrepreneur and community and cultural development practitioner. His former venue, Cruzao Arepa Bar, quickly became a cultural hub for those with a taste for everything Latin American. He then established Casa Cultura, an arts collective that harnesses the power of arts as a tool for social change. He also co-coordinates A Voz Limpia, a literary collective that brings together poets, storytellers and writers of all persuasions, mostly writing in Spanish, which has published 8 books to date. Throughout his trajectory he has worked as an engineer, graphic and industrial designer, percussionist, writer, editor and translator, and entrepreneur.
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.
Therese Virtue OAM
Susan has over 15 years experience as an Education Support Officer, 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.
Coordinator, Boite Schools Chorus and Boite Millennium 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 Bachelor 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.