Musical Director

Lionel Pierson


Lionel (Lio) Pierson is a man of many talents. He graduated from UWA with a double degree in Music (Percussion Performance) and Engineering in 2014. He currently works full-time as an engineer at Woodside Energy.

Lio founded The Baden Street Singers in 2015, in his Joondanna living room. He seized the opportunity to start a mixed chorus after Barbershop Harmony Australia (BHA) finally decided to allow women into their tradtionally men-only competition. He is a young pioneer of mixed barbershop harmony in Australia and continues to work tirelessly to promote the artform and ensure its longevity. Lio is the chief Musical Director of The Baden Street Singers and sings tenor in men's quartet, Five7.

Lionel has been involved with Perth men's chorus Vocal Evolution since 2006, while he was still in high school. He quickly established himself as an invaluable member of the organisation, establishing his place as a coach and section leader. Not long after this, he was offered the Assistant Director position under the mentorship of the inimitable Alex Morris. In February 2012, Lionel took on the Musical Directorship of the chorus, leading the chorus to an international 14th place ranking and the highest score achieved by any Australian Chorus at the 2013 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in Toronto.

Over recent years, Lionel has also been involved with the WA Youth Orchestra, WA Charity Orchestra, percussion ensembles: Defying Gravity and PiƱata Percussion, vocal sextet Just After 5, exciting a cappella ensemble Naya Chorale, nationally acclaimed barbershop quartets 3 Men and a Tenor and RefriDgerator

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