Welcome to the Bel Canto Singers
Musical Director and Founder
Chloe Seungeun Han
Chloe is a next-generation conductor, recognised for her high-quality music and original interpretation of a wide range of choral music, from classic to contemporary.
Chloe received a scholarship for a Bachelor of Music, which she studied in South Korea. While still a student, Chloe worked as a soprano soloist and assistant conductor of various choirs and even formed her own choir, the Elohim Singers, in which she gathered other skilled students to perform beautiful music at various events and community functions.
Chloe continued to build her choir experiences through tours of South Korea and eight European countries. She then completed additional studies in the genre of contemporary African American gospel, highlighting her continued passion for learning and exploring new styles of music.
Since arriving in Queensland, Chloe has immersed herself in the classical music scene, singing as key Soprano and soloist in the Canticum Chamber Choir. In 2021, Chloe worked as Musical Director for the Redcliffe City Choir and is currently assistant conductor for Brisbane Chorale under the tutelage of renowned choral conductor Emily Cox.
As founder and creative controller of the Bel Canto Singers, Chloe imparts her rich musical experience and wide repertoire to create beautiful, engaging music that all audiences will enjoy.
Meet Our Members
After moving to the Moreton Bay Region in 2018, Laura's interest in choir singing was reignited when she joined a local community choir. Seeking a more challenging venture, Laura joined with other classical choir enthusiasts and helped to form the Bel Canto Singers.
In her ‘regular’ job, Laura is a successful businesswoman as managing director of a large independent real estate company and is highly regarded throughout the industry as an innovative and respected leader.
"Being a part of Bel Canto Singers allows me to recharge my batteries and express my passion for singing classical music with like-minded people. We are producing exquisite harmonies under the masterful direction of Chloe, and I am excited to see what the future holds for our innovative group."
Lisa’s experience in community musical theatre boasts memorable roles including Bloody Mary in ‘South Pacific’, Marion the Librarian in ‘The Music Man’, Fiona in ‘Brigadoon’, Winnie in ‘Annie Get your Gun’, Ottoline in ‘White Horse Inn’, Potiphar’s wife in ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, Dame Carruthers in ‘Yeomen of the Guard’, and Mary, the mother of Jesus in ‘Easter Live’. Lisa was in the chorus of two operas with Opera Queensland, ‘La Boheme and ‘Barber of Seville’.
Professionally, Lisa has performed in a duet and a Capella trio ‘Chrysalis’. She has sung in community choirs, and for 20 years was a member of church worship music teams. An interest in writing song lyrics and poetry led her to produce her own album ‘Called to Love’ featuring original and cover songs.
“I am thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie of the Bel Canto Singers and the challenge of learning the close harmonies. I look forward to opportunities to share this wonderful music.”
Music was on hold for twenty-five years, when she left Australia at 21 and worked with the United Nations internationally, moved to Canada to study at the University of Toronto, graduated with a doctorate and worked as a senior manager in the City of Toronto.
On acceptance of an academic position at a Brisbane university, she returned to Australia and her love of music and singing was reignited! She joined a community choir and sang soprano in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Karl Jenkin’s Armed Man, became a member of Brisbane City Sounds and Sweet Adeline’s International, and sang for six years as a tenor and a bass.
“I am enjoying the diverse repertoire, dedication and energy in Bel Canto Singers and the opportunity to sing second soprano and alto.”
After school, shift work and family commitments prevented Mary from joining a singing group for many years. As a nurse, she used to sing to dementia patients to alleviate agitation, anxiety and distress.
In later years, Mary was able to go back to her love of singing in choirs including QPAC for 11 years, The Gothic Symphony, and the Redcliffe City Choir.
“I firmly believe in the power of music. Singing is uplifting, expressive and is food for the soul. There is nothing purer than the human voice singing in harmony and joining the Bel Canto Singers has fulfilled my long-held dream to sing in an ‘a Capella’ group.
After moving to Australia she continued to sing in various choirs.
Dagmar keeps busy running two businesses and an Australia-wide breed specific dog rescue. Singing allows her an outlet to have ‘me time’ and let the stresses of day-to-day life melt away.
“I have always enjoyed being in choirs not just for the singing, but also the company of like-minded people. In our small ensemble I hope to take people away from the worries of their lives and put a smile on their faces.”