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 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 2003June was nominated and made a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
June's carol,"The Holly and the Ivy" was sung at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by King's College Cambridge and broadcast by the BBC on Christmas Eve on Radio 4 and the World Service , and repeated on Christmas Day on Radio 3. It was also included in the Television Broadcast of Carols on BBC 2 on Christmas Eve.It can be seen and heard on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDaxz3GImRc It is published by:-
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.
Updated 3 February 2013