Chime's Founder - Mr. Kevin Casey
Founding Artistic Director from 1984 to 2002
Kevin Casey was a graduate of Toorak Teachers' College and Melbourne University.
He taught at primary and secondary levels in subjects including Latin, French, English and Music. He also taught voice at the Melbourne University's Faculty of Music.In 1964 Kevin founded the well known National Boys' Choir which he directed until 1987.
Directorship of this choir was then taken over by his son Peter. They are well known through their participation in the successful QANTAS marketing program of the 1990's and early 21st century.
International touring choirs under Kevin's directorship visited the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Switzerland and Austria. In 1984 Kevin expanded his choral activities by establishing the National Girls' Choir.
The further addition of a boys' choir and older group saw the need for a name change and so The Choral Institute Melbourne (CHIME) was born.
Kevin Casey's own involvement in singing consisted of many ABC recitals, Oratorios and Operas with ABC Television and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Kevin Casey was widely sought after as an adjudicator for Eisteddfods.
Kevin retired as Artistic Director of CHIME in 2002 and, after a short illness, passed away in 2007.
A friend and mentor to many; may he rest in peace. He is sadly missed.