David Penco

Teacher, Musician, Photographer, Writer

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David the Teacher

David decided he wanted to be a teacher in Year 3, at the age of 8. He was lucky enough to have an inspirational teacher that year who taught him to love the person he was, to make everything - even learning - fun, and to appreciate the people around him. Along the rest of his school journey, he had many other inspiring figures to learn from. With the loss of his Father when he was 12, David saw his teachers, particularly the men, as role models.

When he was interviewed for a position at Notre Dame University in 2004, he was overjoyed at the prospect of being able to be that same role model to a new generation of students. He accepted the position and spent the next 5 years working towards his Bachelor of Education (Primary), majoring in Maths with a minor in ICT.  

In 2011 he began his professional career as a Primary Teacher at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School in Mirrabooka. He was hired as a Year 6 teacher, where he stayed for 3 years, before in 2014 he began teaching the school's Multi Age Group (MAG) class. The class, comprising of 18 musically gift students from ages 9 - 11, was an exciting challenge but seemed the perfect fit for the "music nerd" kid with the love of choral music. 

He envisages a long relationship with JSR, and looks forward to putting his all into his teaching.

Just a normal day at the office...

David the Musician

With a tone deaf Father, and a Mother who always believes poorly tuned music is always "flat", it's rather hard to believe that David ever found his way into music. The genesis for his music education was in Year 3 at Claremont Primary School, where he was tested for musical aptitude and given a Violin. 

After a rather disastrous first year of learning the Violin left handed, the teacher was let go, and the damage was eventually reversed. This however lead to David joining the Perth Children's Choir that year to broaden his musical horizons further than a Public School at the time could possibly do. This is where his love of singing began. 

When he was miraculously offered a late place at Christ Church Grammar School in Year 5, his love of music blossomed with the range of programs on offer and he was offered a place in the School's elite choir and in various string ensembles and orchestras. In Year 6, he was auditioned by legendary Cathedral Choir Master Simon Lawford to become a probationary Treble at St George's Cathedral. During the rest of his primary years, he travelled to Scotland, France, Italy and the Eastern States of Australia with the St George's Cathedral Choir, recorded two CDs on the ABC's Classical Label, was a regular soloist at services and weddings, and was installed as the first Head Chorister at CCGS. During his time at High School, his voice eventually broke and he took 6 months off from the Cathedral. He was reinstated as a Bass in the Choir when he returned and has remained in that role ever since.

In 2008, he made his Opera Chorus debut with West Australian Opera Company in Aida. Since then, he has taken part in Aida ('08), L'elisir de D'amore ('09), A Flowering Tree ('09), Le Nozze di Figaro ('09), Les Pêcheurs de Perles ('09), La Fanciulla del West ('09), The Mikado ('10), Carmen ('10), Pagliacci ('10), Cavalleria Rusticana ('10), La Sonnambula ('10), Tosca ('11), Falstaff ('11), Elektra ('12), Les Pêcheurs de Perles ('12), Lucia di Lammermoor ('12), Rigoletto ('13), La Traviata ('13), Don Giovanni ('13), La Boheme ('13), Tosca ('14), The Magic Flute ('14), Il Trovatore ('14), The Barber of Seville ('15) and Faust ('15). In his 9th year as part of the company, he will be performing in The Pearlfishers late in 2016.

With his time at St George's Cathedral now numbering 19 years - more than two thirds of his life, David has performed in a vast number of performances with groups taken from the singers there. Numerous sacred concerts at the Cathedral, Regional Arts concerts in the South West, CDs and DVDs, performances for the Perth International Arts Festival and Perth Winter Arts Festival and Concerts with acclaimed international acts such as the Hilliard Ensemble and the Academy of Ancient Music.

David has also worked with The Giovanni Consort, Perth's premiere acapella choral group, for more than 10 years. The group, comprised of a core of 10 singers, produces 4 concerts a year of eclectic choral works - from sacred choral masterpieces, to barbershop and more contemporary songs. A labour of love, David enjoys working with his Cathedral alumni in a more informal setting.


David (centre), as part of the Giovanni Consort at 2014's 'Christ Church Cabaret'

David (centre), as part of the Giovanni Consort at 2014's 'Christ Church Cabaret'

David the Photographer

In 2010, David started to take photos purely for the love of it. Since then, his photos have won competitions, been featured in newspapers and bought as prints. He has been able to travel with his love of photography, taking photos for JSRACS tours to the UK, Israel and Jordan. He has also travelled to New Zealand and Japan during this time.

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