Dr Jonathon Welch AM

Jonathon Welch AM is a multi award winning singer, conductor, teacher, composer and recording artist with a career spanning 35 years. Making his debut with Dame Joan Sutherland at the Sydney Opera House in the "Merry Widow" in 1988 Jonathon has over 60 stage roles to his credit and has performed extensively in opera, musicals, G&S and in concert internationally alongside many of the world's greatest singers, directors and conductors including kd Lang, Baz Luhrmann, Eddie Perfect, Jimmy Barnes and Frederica Von Stade to name a few.

In 2007, Jonathon's work creating choirs for the homeless and disadvantaged in Australia was the subject of the internationally acclaimed ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award winning TV documentary "Choir of Hard Knocks", also creating the "Jailbirds" documentary in the Victorian Women's Prisons and he was a Judge on the highly successful "Battle of the Choirs" TV series for Channel 7.

Jonathon created and launched ‘Social Inclusion Week’ in 2009 making Australia the only country in the world to celebrate social inclusion nationally, and founded the School of Hard Knocks in 2012. For his outstanding thirty year commitment to the music industry, youth music education and his work with marginalised and homeless communities Jonathon has been awarded the Victorian and Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, RMIT Communicator of the Year 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2009, an Honorary Doctorate and an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.