Acting Music Director - David Keeffe

David Keeffe is a conductor, composer and horn player, and has conducted a wide range of music groups, from orchestras to opera and choirs. He is music director of Oakleigh Brass, and since 2021 has been conducting the U3A Hawthorn Orchestra. He is also assistant conductor of Boroondara Symphonic Band and the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra. He was honoured to be the music director for Monash Carols by Candelight in December 2017.

As a composer, David is a Represented Artist (Associate) at the Australian Music Centre, and has had works played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Oakleigh Brass, the Defence Force School of Music Band, Heidelberg Wind Ensember, the Grainger Wind Symphony, the Guildhall School of Music Horn Choir and Sydney’s Bourbaki Ensembe.

Recent works include: The Eternal Triangle and St Kilda, both for symphony orchestra; In Time Like Glass,  a song cycle for baritone, oboe and piano; and Pasquino and Neon Lights, both for wind ensemble. His most recently premiered work for brass is For the Fallen, a setting of part of Laurence Binyon’s poem, with solo baritone.

Originally from England, David studied horn, composition and conducting at Trinity College of Music and then at the University of York where he was awarded a BA in music. In more recent times, he was awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College, London in Horn performance and has recently graduated with a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Melbourne, where he also teaches.