JOHN WERETKA has appeared in festivals and concerts throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a singer and player of the viola da gamba. As a singer, his performance credits include appearances in the Melbourne International Festival, the Autumn Music Festival/Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord, the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, the Four Winds Festival and the Castlemaine State Festival.
He has appeared with groups including e21, Ensemble Gombert, The Palestrina Project, The Choir of Newman College, The Consort of Melbourne and Gloriana. As a soloist, he has appeared in works as diverse as the Vespers of Monteverdi and Handel, several large-scale works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier including the Te Deum, Bach’s Mass, St Matthew Passion and St John Passion and many others.
He is a specialist in early music generally and in music of the medieval period in particular. John studied the viola da gamba under Ruth Wilkinson and Laura Vaughan and has participated in masterclasses led by Susie Napper and Margaret Little, Asako Morikawa, Brent Wissick, Julie Jeffrey and Joëlle Morton. He has been the Director of the Chapel Choir of Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne since 2013.