LOW REZ is a Melbourne-based male choir, established in 2008 and specialising in pop arrangements. The choir unites men from diverse cultural backgrounds through the joy of singing.
The choir is approximately 50 men strong, divided into high and low tenors, baritones and basses. The goal of the choir is to put on two major concerts per year, with several smaller gigs in and around Melbourne and regional Victoria.
LOW REZ is a group of men of all ages, ethnicities and life experiences who come together to sing. In singing we celebrate diversity; the diversity of LOW REZ and the broader community, while recognising the special connections we have with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their friends.
To devise, create and perform quality musical events that showcase the male voice and promote our message of difference, acceptance and celebration.
LOW REZ exclusively commissions new arrangements of pop music across a wide spectrum of styles and eras. We constantly challenge ourselves with interesting interpretations of old favourites and open ourselves up to new musical perspectives.
We welcome approaches from interested arrangers to join our growing group of collaborators. If that’s you, please get in touch via our contact form.
Musical DIrector - Ursula Paez
Ursula Paez studied under Stephen Grant and Anna Connolly at the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, and was awarded a Bachelor in Music Performance (mezzo-soprano) in 2009.
Having sung as a child in her native country, Colombia, she went on to sing with professional choirs, performing classical and folk music, zarzuelas (Spanish operetta) and operas. In Australia she has sung with the Melbourne Chorale, conducted by Jonathan Grieves-Smith and in the Wesley Uniting Church Ensemble, conducted by Geoff Urquhart.
In 2007 Ursula won second prize in the Bendigo Vocal Championships and was awarded the VCA Frances Queen Encouragement Award. In 2008 she received the Sleath Rotary Scholarship Minor Prize and also The Alice McDonald Scholarship.
She has been the Musical Director of LOW REZ since July 2009.
ASSISTANT Conductor / CHIEF ACCOMPANIST
Geoff serves as the accompanist and assistant musical director of the men's chorus LowRez, and also accompanies and teaches at several Melbourne schools and has made a number of appearances with the Australian Boys' Choir.
He is resident continuo/ harpsichord player to the chamber group La Fraternita di Soloisti, and since 1999 Geoff has been the Organist and Choir Master of Wesley Church, Melbourne and organist to the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in their annual Messiah and Carol concerts and other events since 2013.
Geoff also specialises in German art song and has performed to acclaim most of the major song cycles of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.