Andrew Wailes enjoys a busy performing and teaching schedule in and around Australia, and increasingly overseas.  In 1998 Andrew became Music Director and Chief  Conductor of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, making him one of the youngest people ever to hold that position in 150 years and is only the third RMP conductor ever to be granted Life Membership in the RMP's history.  Andrew has also been Artistic Director of The Australian Children's Choir since
1998,and been Conductor and Music Director of the Melbourne University Choral Society (MUCS) since 1992.  He is also Conductor and Music Director of the Box Hill Chorale.

For over ten years Andrew was a lecturer and director of choral music studies at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. He is also a former Principal Guest Conductor of The Australian Classical Players Orchestra, and for three years directed the
award-winning Symphony Orchestra at Blackburn High School. In 2010 he accepted an invitation to become a 'visiting maestro' at Spain's 'Escuela de Direccion de Orquesta y Banda'. Andrew has also taught and conducted ensembles at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Music, the School of Music at Monash Uiversity,  at the Melba Conservatorium of Music, and the Victorian College of the Arts.

In 1999 Andrew was the winner of the prestigious Australasian International Choral Conducting Competition in Brisbane, and appeared with the famous Candomino Chamber Choir from Helsinki, Finland. He has also appeared with major choirs from the USA, Sweden, England, Finland, South Africa, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand as guest conductor.


  
As a conductor, Andrew has directed a long list of major works, across  a wide range of repertoire styles, including works ranging from Handel's'Messiah' (all versions), J.S. Bach's 'St John Passion'and Mendelssohn's'Elijah' to Orffs'Carmina Burana'; Rachmaninov's'The Bells'; Verdi's'Messa da Requiem'and'Quattro Pezzi Sacri', Brahms'Ein Deutsches Requiem'and Dvorak's'Stabat Mater; Haydn's'The Creation'; Stravinsky's'Symphony of Psalms'; Carl Vine's'Choral Symphony'and Sculthorpe's'Requiem', Purcell's opera'King Arthur', Mozart's'Requiem'&'Solemn Vespers of the Confessor', Elgar's'The Dream of Gerontius',and Prokofiev's 'Alexander Nevsky'.

He has commissioned and conducted numerous first performances of new works by Australian composers, including major choral / orchestral works by Nicholas Buc, Gordon Kerry, Stuart Greenbaum, Christopher Willcock, John Peterson, Carl Vine, Peter Sculthorpe, Colin Brumby, Jane Hammond, Dindy Vaughan, Stefan Cassomenos, and David Howell.

Andrew has guest conducted ensembles including the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Camerata Academica Freiburg and the Orchester der Universität Stuttgart (Germany), Christchurch Sinfonia (New Zealand), Yale Glee  Club (USA), the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (USA), and local ensembles such as Orchestra Victoria, VCA Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Sinfonia, Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and the Monash Chamber Orchestra. As a chorus-master, Andrew has prepared choirs for many leading international conductors including the late Sir Charles Mackerras, Valery Gergiev, Diego Masson, Marcus Stenz, Roy Wales, Christopher Bell, Douglas Boyd, Jindong Cai, Nicholas Braithwaite and David Hill, for major works such as Schoenberg'sGürrelieder, Verdi'sRequiem,Britten'sWar Requiem, Mahler'sSymphonies 2 & 8,Bizet'sCarmen,Beethoven's 9thand Prokofiev'sAlexander Nevsky. He has been engaged as chorus-master and conductor for the Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival in all Australian capital cities, and for groups such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra,  The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Festival, Perth International Arts Festival and many of Australia's professional symphony orchestras.

Andrew co-conducted the world premiere season of Julian Yu's contemporary opera'The Possessed'for Chamber Made Opera and in 2005 conducted Britten's'The Rape of Lucretia'for Lyric Opera of Melbourne (receiving a prestigious Green Room Award nomination for best opera conductor). He also assisted Maestro Valery Gergiev as backstage conductor and extra chorus director for the Kirov Opera's acclaimed performances of Prokofiev's'The Fiery Angel'for the Melbourne International Festival.

Andrew has appeared with many leading Australian and international performers, including the legendary American rock band 'Kiss' and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and with many Australian popular artists. He has directed choirs for many major televised events, including six AFL Grand Finals at the MCG, the opening of Stadium Australia in Sydney and Federation Square in Melbourne, at the Australian Film Industry Awards, the Logies Awards, and at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He recently conducted at the opening ceremony of the Parliament of the World's Religions and at the Melbourne Awards, and the President's Cup Gala.

Andrew has conducted in New Zealand, Germany, England, Austria, Scotland, Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia and extensively throughout The People's Republic of China (over 50 concerts in 20 cities). 2011 highlights included a concert tour of China with the Victorian Festival Orchestra, and a concert tour of Europe with The Australian Children's Choir which culminated in concerts at Canterbury Cathedral and Southwark Cathedrals in London. Earlier this year he was invited to participate in a series of new music concerts at an international symposium presented  by the Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York.

An experienced adjudicator, Andrew has adjudicated competitions in Shanghai, Auckland, Melbourne and Queensland, and is the founder and Chief Adjudicator of the RMPAria Competition. He mentors a number of Melbourne's emerging young conductors, and is listed in the inaugural edition of the "Who's Who" in Victoria and the International Edition of the
Strathmore'sWho's Who.

A trained singer, Andrew is a former member of the National Youth Choir of Australia, and has performed professionally with ensembles such as Opera Australia, IHOSOpera and various recording ensembles, regularly performing as a soloist in concert andoratorio performances around Australia.