Biography of National Liturgical Music Council Members

Andrew CichyAndrew Cichy (BCom, BMus [Hons] [UWA], MSt, DPhil [Oxford], GAICD, SFHEA) is an organist and musicologist whose published research interests include liturgical music theory and practice and organ music before 1750. As a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford, Andrew researched English Catholic music from the Reformation to 1700, focusing on English institutions in continental Europe. During this time, he continued his studies in organ performance and choral conducting. From 2013 to 2014, he undertook postdoctoral studies in Bremen, Germany. After convening the Honours and Postgraduate Coursework units in the ANU School of Music, Andrew worked as Director of Music at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, where he established an internationally benchmarked choral program of sacred polyphony and plainchant. He is currently the Director of Music at Christchurch Anglican Church, Claremont (Western Australia) and a council member of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia. His research has been published in Early MusicMusic and Letters and by Oxford University Press.

Fiona DyballFiona M. Dyball B.Mus (ACU), Grad. Dip. Music Therapy & Education (Melb), Grad. Cert RE (ACU), MMusSt (Melb), MTS (Liturgy, Boston College).
Fiona is a musician, teacher, published composer, conductor and liturgist based in Melbourne. She works extensively in adult and youth faith formation, and in Music Ministry. Fiona is currently Music Leader (Voice) at Marcellin College in Melbourne, Music Consultant, Choir Leader and Cantor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hawthorn, and a member of the National Executive of the Australian Pastoral Musician’s Network. She is an in-demand presenter and workshop leader across Australia in liturgical music, especially as applied to Catholic secondary schools. Fiona has travelled extensively, working and praying with diverse communities in South Africa, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East.

Jacinta JakovcevicJacinta Jakovcevic [BMus(Hons), LRSM, LMusA, DipABRSM, ATCL] began her musical career in the church at a very young age and in conjunction with her work in church music gained extensive experience as a musician taking part in ABC broadcasts and working with organisations including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), the University of Western Australia. Jacinta is Director of Music at St Mary's Cathedral in Perth where she combines her great loves of liturgy and music together with her keen interest in choral music, music administration and the development of young musicians.

Clare JohnsonClare V. Johnson [B.Mus (Hons), B. Theol (Hons), A.Mus.A., M.A. (Theol), GCHE, Ph.D.] is Director of the ACU Centre for Liturgy and Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at ACU (NSW). Clare has taught liturgy, sacraments, preaching, liturgical music and introductory theology at University of Notre Dame (USA), Michigan State University (USA), UNDA (Fremantle) and ACU, receiving several teaching awards. She has published widely in liturgy, liturgical music, ritual studies, liturgical theology and liturgical inculturation. Clare chairs the National Liturgical Music Board and is a member of the National Liturgical Council. She holds a Mandatum to teach Catholic theology.

Paul MasonPaul Mason [B.E. (Elec), M.A. (Theol), M.A. (Liturgy)] is Chair of the Wollongong Diocesan Liturgical Commission and Consultant to the National Liturgical Council. He is Secretary of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network and was a member of the New Music Sub-Committee of the National Liturgical Music Board. Paul is a composer and CEO of Australian publisher, Liturgical Song. He has published articles through Worship, Australian Journal of Liturgy, Australian eJournal of Theology, Liturgy News and Summit. Paul held marketing and general management positions in IT (1976-2004), Pastoral Associate, Naremburn-Northbridge (2004-2011), and Coordinator of Liturgy, Wollongong (2011-2020).

Donrita ReefmanDonrita Reefman (MA Liturgy) has worked in parish music ministry for almost all her life.  Before she moved to rural Victoria in late 2014, Donrita served in several roles on the Broken Bay Diocese Liturgy Commission. She was also Director of Music in the new cathedral, and worked with many other parish choirs in the diocese. Donrita has also long championed the liturgical music of Colin Smith cfc. Since 2014 Donrita has established and directed the St Mary’s Bairnsdale Choir and has been elected chair of the Victorian RSCM branch.

Paul TaylorPaul Taylor (MA [Notre Dame, IN], MMus, PhD [ACU]) is Executive Secretary of the ACBC Bishops Commission for Liturgy and the National Liturgical Council. He has served in Archdiocesan agencies as a liturgist and musician since 1993, working as a singer and organist at St Brendan’s, Flemington, St Francis’ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedral. His doctoral dissertation explored the ministerial and congregational singing of chant. Paul’s professional responsibilities include organ accompaniment and liturgical singing, editing and publishing. Most recently he served on the editorial committee of Catholic Worship Book II (2016).

Anthony YoungAnthony Young (BA, LlB, MSt, PhD) is Head of Music at St. Laurence’s College, South Brisbane, a boys’ school with a strong community singing tradition and with six choirs (150 singers aged from 10 to 17). Anthony also directs the music and plays organ and piano in the Toowong parish and serves on the Brisbane Archdiocesan Commission on Liturgy. He has presented many music workshops for Liturgy Brisbane and has conducted the massed Catholic School choir for major cathedral events. Anthony’s awards, publications, membership of the Queensland music moderation panel and syllabus committee, and clinician work confirm his eminent professional standing.