Eyal, who has been in Australia for nearly 10 years, has made strides as an entrepreneur, community developer and . His former venue, Cruzao Arepa Bar, quickly became a cultural hub for those with a taste for everything Latin American. He then established Casa Cultura, an arts collective that harnesses the power of arts as a tool for social change. He has had vast experience in project development for the not-for-profit sector - develping strategic plans, securing funding, establishing partnerships - and in project delivery and management. And he types quite fast.
Roger King OAM - Director
Involved with The Boîte since 1984, Roger has been full time director since 1993. He has performed, recorded and toured to Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria with various groups, currently Gorani. Born in Melbourne, he has lived in Malaysia and South Africa. He has initiated and nurtured many Boîte projects through their development stages including the World Music Cafe, Boîte Singers' Festival, the Melbourne Millennium Chorus and the Boîte Schools Chorus.
Therese Virtue – Director of the World Music Cafe
Therese Virtue taught in the Western suburbs of Melbourne for more than 10 years before working as a singer and then an organiser with The Boîte. She has sung with some of Melbourne's most adventurous folk ensembles including Il Gruppo Folcloristico Italiano and the award-winning Petrunka. She has been involved with The Boîte since 1984, and as Boîte World Music Cafe Co-ordinator for the past 22 years has organised and presented over 1500 intimate concerts featuring artists from 35 communities. For 20 years she has been a presenter of the Boîte World Music radio programs on 3PBS and 3CR. A warm and approachable person with a formidable knowledge of the Australian music scene, she is highly respected by artists from many communities.
Susan Wright - Project Officer - Boite Schools Chorus
Susan has over 15 years experience as an Education Support Officer, Choir Director and Music Administrator in primary schools in Melbourne.
She has been involved with the BSC for 9 years as a choir director and she is now exploring the administrative side of the project. Susan is also currently Administrator of Boroondara Brass in Hawthorn and sings with Phoenix community choir. Susan has sung in choirs all her life. Originally from Sydney, she married a chorister from St Andrews Cathedral and together they have a Euphonium player, a Trumpeter and a Shiba Inu.
Leah Healy - Members & Donors
Leah is a music business professional whose wide range of experience expands across the world music sector including festivals, events, choirs, project management and arts administration. She has worked in the music industry since 2006. In 2009 on completion of her Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) Degree at RMIT University, she began working at world music organisation, The Boîte, delivering some of Melbourne’s biggest choir projects - Boîte Millennium Chorus and Boite Schools Chorus at Melbourne Town Hall, Hamer Hall and Federation Square. In 2014 she was tour manager for the Coco de Mer cultural tour of the Seychelles, where a group of 20 Australians from the Coco de Mer choir project were taken on a 3 week cultural tour of the Seychelles.
Since the start of the year, Leah is sharing her time in between The Boite and Outer Urban Projects. Leah’s passion for music lies in community arts events, festivals and outdoor events in the world music sector including major and local festivals around Australia.
Eyal Chipkiewicz – Project Development & Admin Assistant