Alpha Gregory, Artistic Director of WVYC since 1997, was trained in choral conducting by Robert Solemn, a student of great American choral conductor, Robert Shaw.
She received her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts Degrees, with music majors in both, from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. She worked for two years as a music educator with CUSO (Canadian University Services Overseas) in the West Indies and then as a teacher/housemistress in Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
She has taught music at all levels of the education spectrum from children as young as four months through to adults. Her training as a secondary music teacher was put to good use for many years. As a specialist in the field of Early Childhood Music she has gained her reputation in Canberra. She operates her own business, Pied Piper Music For Littlies, and has given workshops and in-service courses on Early Childhood Music. She taught music at the Canberra Montessori School and has been employed by the University of Canberra as a lecturer and tutor in Primary and Early Childhood Music Education.
As a singer, she has performed as guest soloist for Radio Barbados, with the Bridgetown Choral Society, the Armidale City Symphony and Choral Society, and was Artistic Director of Sophisticated Swing, Rhythm Syndicate and Blue Sky Singers as well as Woden Valley Youth Choir. She has visited Tasmania as a choral clinician and has worked as guest conductor with several choral groups in Canberra and the surrounding region. In 2010 she was the Guest Conductor for the Massed Male Choir Festival held in Sydney Town Hall.
In 2003 she was the recipient of a Centenary Medal for service as Artistic Director of Woden Valley Youth Choir. In the same year she was also the recipient of a Rotary Community Service Award.