June Nixon

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 CathedralMelbourne 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”.

June Nixon on Youtube

The Holly and the Ivy

Kings College Cambridge

With orchestra

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea

God be in my Head

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea


Jens Korndörfer, organ; Stuart Stephenson and Michael Tiscione, trumpets Published by Paraclete Press

Christmas Carol Service

St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne 2007

People Look East

Trinity Church Wall Street

Talkback with Paraclete Press

June Nixon for Paraclete Press


by June Nixon

on the T.C.Lewis Organ in

St. Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne

“Organ works of meditation and exaltation”

23 tracks of mainly contemporay composers,

Malcolm Archer, Paul Bryan, Edvard Greig, Colin Hand, Sigfrid Karg-Elert,

John Marsh, Colin Mawby, June Nixon, Noel Rawsthorne, Alan Ridout,

Martin Setchell, Christopher Tambling.

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In a colourful ceremony at Lambeth Palace on the 30th. June 1999, June Nixon was awarded the full Degree of Doctor of Music by the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey..

This was in recognition of her contribution to church music in Australia as Cathedral Organist, Director of Music, teacher, composer and organ recitalist for over 25 years.

The Archbishop’s right to grant degrees is derived from an Act of Parliament of 1533 which empowered the Archbishop to grant dispensations previously granted by the Pope.

June is only the second Australian and the first woman in the world to be granted this Doctorate.