With a career in the music industry spanning 30 years, Jonathon still integrates a busy professional singing and performing career as an ABC recording artist. His ongoing commitments are to youth and community music education as a vocal teacher, choral conductor, song writer, public speaker, author and passionate advocate for the homeless, disadvantaged and marginalised.
Jonathon's latest passion projects are Social Inclusion Week and National Street Party Weekend, along with the implementation of Choir programs into the women's prison system in Victoria. He has two choirs available to perform at community and corporate events - THECHO!R and the Choir of Hard Knocks (available to perform either independently or as part of his keynote presentation).
Considered one of the finest tenors of his generation, Jonathon made his professional singing debut with Victorian State Opera in 1981. Touring with the VSO in the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance, Jonathon then made his major operatic debut with Opera Australia in 1988 alongside Dame Joan Sutherland in The Merry Widow.
He is most recently known for his work on ABC TV in June 2007 as the Founding Music Director of the ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award winning Choir of Hard Knocks (now known as the Choir of Hope and Inspiration) and popular Judge on Battle of the Choirs for Channel 7. Jonathon has continued to appear extensively in live performance and on national television.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Australia's music industry and his unique service supporting and inspiring the homeless and disadvantaged, Jonathon has been awarded Victorian and Australian of the Year - Local Hero 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2008, RMIT Communicator of the Year 2008, an Honorary Doctorate from Griffiths University and an Order of Australia in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.