George Torbay, Choral Conductor, obtained a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney.
George's career began as a singer and an actor. While in the United States, he performed roles in West Side Story, HMS Pinafore, 42nd Street, How to Succeed in Business, Me and My Girl and performed in the All Sondheim AIDS Benefit in Boston. His theatre credits include Tartuffe with the American Repertory Theatre Institute, The Cherry Orchard and The Bald Soprano with Harvard University. George has a number of direction and musical direction credits; the musical Chess with Normie Rowe for the Hills Centre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance, Godspell, The Secret Garden, the plays Table Manners and The Woman In Black at Kent Street Theatre and the man in the moon is a miss for the New Theatre.
As a conductor, George is in great demand. In 2000 he conducted and recorded the National Anthem for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and members of the Sing 2001 Choir. He co-arranged this version of the Anthem along with Under Southern Skies & Heroes for the Opening Ceremony. George conducted the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics and is currently the Choral Director of the Schools Spectacular.
In 2004, George was the guest conductor and choral adjudicator for the Pacific Basin Music Festival in Hawaii. George was also the Choral Director for the Australian Idol finale at the Opera House in 2004 and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – A Salute to Australia in 2005. In his spare time, George is the choral advisor to Warner Chappell Music.