Lyn Williams OAM is Australia's leading director of choirs for young people, having founded two internationally renowned choirs: Sydney Children's Choir in 1989 and the national children's choir, Gondwana Voices, in 1997. Under her inspirational leadership, the Gondwana Choirs organisation has grown to include 12 training ensembles of the Sydney Children's Choir, four Gondwana National Choirs, Gondwana Composer School and Conducting Academy, and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir. Lyn Williams' exceptional skill in working with young people is recognised internationally for its high artistic quality and ground-breaking innovation, and in 2012, Gondwana Choirs won the APRA/AMC Award for Excellence in Music Education.
Lyn has conducted many major professional choirs and orchestras in Australia, including the Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. She has been Music Director and Conductor for a number of major events including 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Lyn has also toured internationally with her choirs, including visits to Europe, Asia, North and Central America. In 2007, she led Gondwana Voices on a 10th Anniversary international tour to Canada, France, and to the BBC Proms in London where they were the first Australian children's choir to perform at this prestigious event. In 2010, the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir performed at Australian National Day at the World Expo in Shanghai, and in 2012 Lyn returned to China with Gondwana Voices where she was guest conductor and workshop leader at the International Federation for Choral Music's World Choral Summit. In 2013, she led the longest tour in the history of the Sydney Children's Choir to the UK & Europe - with performances at iconic venues including Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral, London, the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona, and the internationally acclaimed Polyfollia festival in France.
In January 2004, Lyn Williams was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her services to the Arts as Founder & Director of Gondwana Choirs. She also received the NSW State Award at the 2006 Classical Music Awards for her long-term contribution to the advancement of Australian music. Lyn is a Churchill Fellow and also a composer. In 2009 she won he APRA-Australian Music Centre Vocal / Choral Work of the Year for her work A Flock of Stars.
In 2013, Gondwana Choirs was again a finalist in two categories at the APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards, for Excellence in Music Education and Excellence in a Regional Area for the development of the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir.
Next year Gondwana Choirs will celebrate 25 fantastic years of choral music for children.