One of Australia's best known organists, choir trainers and composers, June Nixon initially obtained Diploma of Music (Piano) and Bachelor of Music (Organ) from Melbourne University.
Post graduate Scholarships enabled further study in London where she gained F.R.C.O. and became the first woman to receive the John Brooke prize for the Choir Training Diploma.
In 1968 she was the winner of the Australian National Organ Competition.
She was appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Paul's Cathedral Melbourne in 1973 and only relinquished this after 40 years on 3 February 2013 and has been made Organist Emerita. She is on the teaching staff of Melbourne University Faculty of Music.
She has given numerous recitals at the Cathedral and at the Melbourne Town Hall, and given other recitals in London, the most recent at Westminster Abbey.
Her influence outside the Anglican Church was recognized in 1995 by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne awarding her the Percy Jones Award for "outstanding dedication and service given to music for worship".
She was made a Member (AM) in the General Division in the Queens Birthday Honours in 1998 for services to church music.
In 1999 the Lambeth Degree, Doctor of Music(Cantuar) was conferred on her by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
She was a consultant for the restoration of the T.C.Lewis Organ in St. Paul's Cathedral Melbourne in 1990 and on the steering committee for the restoration of the Hill Organ in the Melbourne Town Hall in 2000.
In 2003 June was nominated and made a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
The Royal School of Church Music has conferred on June the honorary award of Associate of the RSCM (ARSCM),
in recognition of her outstanding musical leadership and dedicated service to St Paul's Cathedral, and to church music in Australia.
"THE HOLLY AND THE IVY" was sung by Kings College at their Christmas Carol Servicd in 2010 and 2017. The music is published by Encore Publications.It will included again in the King's College telecast by the BBc on Christmas eve and Christmas day in 2017.
for SATB and organ, words by Thomas Campion (1557-1620), composed by June Nixon to mark the 60thanniversary of the founding of the Friends of Cathedral Music. The music is published by Encore Publications
This festive anthem was performed at services in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane during November 2016, marking the FCM’s Diamond Jubilee.
This performance involves the combined choirs of St Mary's Cathedral, St Andrew's Cathedral and St James', King Street, Sydney, on Saturday 12th November 2016, conducted br Ross Cobb (Director of Music, St Andrew's Cathedral,) with the organist David Drury (Associate Organist, St Mary's Cathedral). The service was held in St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney.
For all details of her other recent compositions please go to Compositions page.
Updated 18 August 2019