Director of Music
Jack Stephens BMusHon(Syd) BA(Syd) BCom(Syd) AmusADist(AMEB) is the Director of Music at St Paul’s College. Jack is responsible for facilitating and developing the musical life of the College, this include directing the Choir of St Paul’s College, composed of 32 students that sing Evensong each week, as well as regular performance within professional engagements. Jack also works with students in the intercollegiate Palladian competition alongside regular performances and musical events throughout the year in the College.
The Choir of St Paul’s College has been regarded for its “faultless performances” and “exquisite musical beauty” (CanberraCityNews 2023), and next year will tour as the resident choir of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral London, Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster.
Jack has been a soloist with the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, Bach Akademie Australia, Victoria Chorale, and was an Associate Artist with the Song Company. He is currently studying for his doctorate looking at the staging of Bach’s Passions. Jack has worked extensively with David Hill, John Rutter, Barry Rose, Noël Tredinnick, and Thomas Ospital, and broadcast on the BBC and ABC.
Jack performs regularly as a soloist at the Albury Chamber Music Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, and the Four Winds Festival Bermagui. Recently Jack conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas featuring Sally-Anne Russell, Andrew Goodwin and Celeste Lazarenko, and directed Purcell’s King Arthur with Peter Cousens. Jack regularly gives the pre-concert talks for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and is supported as a scholar of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.
In addition to performing as a singer, Jack also plays the French Horn, and in 2014 was named the Suffolk UK Wind Champion. In 2018, Jack was a concerto soloist alongside Robert Johnson (Principal Horn of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra) in Schumann’s Konzertstück (Concerto for Four Horns) and in 2018 was the winner of the Ryde Multi-Instrumentalist Eisteddfod. In 2017, Jack was featured on NBC and Channel 9’s True Story with Hamish and Andy involving tales of musical tragedy and triumph, where an event in his life was recreated by comedians such as Kitty Flanagan and Ed Kavalee in the episode titled: “Jack’s French Horn” and has been broadcast around the world.