Biographical information given below dates from the time of publication of an article.

Glen Savage

Glen C Savage, Senior Lecturer in Education Policy and Sociology of Education, and ARC DECRA Fellow (2016-19), University of Western Australia

Gonski Institute of Education
Gordon Kerry

Gordon Kerry, who has composed one or two things himself, has also worked as a music critic for the Sydney Morning Herald, a freelance journalist with numerous other newspapers and magazines, and an arts administrator in which capacity he commissioned a number of new works. His book, New Classical Music: Composing Australia was published by UNSW Press in 2009.

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University. His interests lie in popular music studies and ethnomusicology, especially music and national and group identity, folk revival musics, Irish traditional music, Australian country music, multicultural and world music, construction of social meaning, voice and body. He has written extensively on the Australian folk and country movements, as well as the way the Australian world/multicultural music has interacted with official and popular politics of difference and identity. Singing Australian: A History of Folk and Country Music was published by Pluto Press in July 2005.

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is a Yuin Elder, Indigenous Knowledge


Graham Sattler

Dr Graham Sattler is CEO of the Mitchell Conservatorium, Bathurst, one of the members of the regional conservatorium network in NSW.

Graham Strahle

Dr Graham Strahle is a freelance writer who writes music reviews for The Australian and The Adelaide Review. He was the MCA’s representative for music criticism and journalism.

Guy Gross

Guy Gross is the President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers. A multi award winning film composer himself, he is a member of Church Street Studios, an autonomous collective of composers and producers located in Camperdown, Sydney. He attended the Conservatorium High School where he studied composition under Edwin Carr. His eclectic and extensive list of credits range from the international hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to children’s television Blinky Bill and US Sci-Fi hit Farscape. His scores have been performed in concert by the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. More info:

Hamed Sadeghi

Hamed Sadeghi is a Persian Australian tar player and composer who studied Persian classical music in Iran and sound engineering in Malaysia. He tours regularly with his band Eishan Ensemble and composes music for theatrical productions. He has earned recognition through nominations for APRA/AMCOS AMC Art Music Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards.

Hannah Sarvasy

Hannah Sarvasy is a Research Fellow in Linguistics, Western Sydney University and  receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

Hans Hoegh-Guldberg

Hans founded his own consulting firm, Economic Strategies Pty Ltd, in 1984, following 25 years with larger organisations. He specialised from the outset in applied cultural economics — one of his first major projects was The Australian Music Industry for the Music Board of the Australia Council (published in 1987), which also marks his first connection with Richard Letts who was the Director of the Music Board in the mid-1980s. Hans first assisted the Music Council of Australia in 2000 and between 2006 and 2008 proposed and developed the Knowledge Base, returning in an active capacity as its editor in 2011. In November 2013 the Knowledge Base was transferred to The Music Trust, with MCA's full cooperation.

Between 2000 and 2010 Hans also authored or co-authored several major domestic and international climate change projects, using scenario planning techniques to develop alternative long-term futures. He has for several years been exploring the similarities between the economics of cultural and ecological change, and their continued lack of political clout which is to a large extent due to conventional GDP data being unable to measure the true value of our cultural and environmental capital. This was announced as a major scenario-planning project for The Music Trust in March 2014 (articles of particular relevance to the project are marked *, below).

Helen Champion

Helen Champion is the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA)  curriculum specialist in charge of writing the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. You can contact her at

Helen Lancaster

Dr. Helen Lancaster offers advisory services to higher music education institutions, music teachers and arts organisations. She is a former Chair of the Music Council of Australia, and a Research Fellow at Queensland Conservatorium of Music. For the MCA she established the National Instrument Bank in 2008, and the Australian Youth Music Council in 2009. With a team of distinguished researchers, she undertook the audit of Post-Secondary Music Education and Training published with further analysis in this knowledge base as Music Study in Australia.

Helen Pietsch

Helen Pietsch is President of the South Australian Chapter of ANCA.

Helen Rusak

Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management, University of South Australia. Former editor, MCA Early Music Network.

Helen Sherman

Mezzo Soprano, Helen Sherman is an alumnus of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The Royal Northern College of Music, UK. She was the first person to receive the International Artists Diploma in Opera from the RNCM. Helen has represented Australia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition. In 2018 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Poppea, L’incoronazione di Poppea, for Pinchgut Opera. Recent career highlights include Flora Bervoix, La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Tamiri, Farnace for Pinchgut Opera, Dorabella, Cosi fan Tutte for Teatru Manoel, Malta, the title role in Carmen for the State Opera of South Australia, Octavian, Der Rosenkavalier, Dorabella, Cosi fan Tutte and Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro for Opera North. Recordings include Mozart in London for Signum Records and The Coronation of Poppea and Bajazet for Pinchgut Live. Helen currently resides in Oxfordshire, UK.

Helen Svoboda

Helen Svoboda is a double bassist, vocalist, composer and nature-enthusiast.

Born of Finnish/Australian heritage, she draws influence mainly from vegetables, flowers and the genres of minimalist neo-classical music to folk and experimental jazz.

Following her recent return from two years in the Netherlands and Germany, Svoboda was recently awarded the 2020 Freedman Jazz Fellowship and named the 2020/2021 Pathfinders Associate Artist for the Australian Art Orchestra, based in Melbourne. She has released over ten albums across her own projects to date, and as a composer her work has been commissioned for a variety of ensembles both locally and overseas.

As an ‘indispensible part of the Australian jazz, improvised and experimental scenes’ (Erik Griswold, AUS), Svoboda has toured across Australia, Europe and the USA at festivals/venues including Make it Jazz (Tilburg, NL), Stadtgarten (Cologne, GER) and MONA (TAS). Across her work she has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Kristin Berardi (AUS), Sebastian Gramss (GER) and Cory Smythe (NY).

Helena Maffli

Helena Maffli lives in Clarens in the French-speaking western part of Switzerland. She is President of the European Music School Union (EMU), and a Board member of the European Music Council (EMC). A pianist and pedagogue, she is the former director of the Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Henry Vyhnal

Henry Vyhnal is a music teacher, performer and concert director. He has played and recorded with a wide variety of musicians including Nick Cave, Stephen Cummings and Joe Camilleri during the explosion of Australian original music in the mid to late1970’s. Henry is accomplished in a variety of musics including classical, country, jazz, world music and punk.

As well as teaching music at Kyneton Secondary College he is the Music and Program Director for MITCH (Music in the Central Highlands), an organisation that supports emerging young musicians through the provision of performance opportunities and funding.

Holly Harrison

Holly Harrison is an award-winning Australian composer from Western Sydney. Her music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour. She is the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s composer in residence across 2020 and 2021.

Her music has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA. She has worked with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australia Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Alarm Will Sound, Nu Deco Ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs, Het Gelders Orkest, and the Australian String Quartet. Eighth Blackbird were awarded Performance of the Year at the 2018 Art Music Awards for their premiere of Holly’s Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup, which they toured as part of Musica Viva’s 2017 International Concert Season.

Holly teaches composition at The King’s School in Sydney and was previously composer in residence at MLC School. She also plays drum kit and percussion in the experimental rock duo Tabua-Harrison.

Huib Schippers

Professor Huib Schippers is Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, and past Deputy Chair of the Music Council of Australia. He has a long and varied history in music practice and research across Europe. He has worked as a performing musician, a teacher, a concert promoter, a journalist, and in the record trade. Over the past ten years, he has run major action-research projects in music and music education, lectured and published across the world, and served in a variety of capacities on numerous forums, boards and commissions, including the Netherlands National Arts Council, the Music Council of Australia, and the International Society for Music Education.

IAML Australia

IAML Australia is the national branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Document Centres.

Ian Harvey

Executive Officer Australian Music Association, Director of sales and marketing consultants Morton Group, Past Treasurer MCA.

The Australian Music Association (AMA) provides an annual statistical analysis for its members.

Ian Munro

Australian pianist Ian Munro's career began with a series of international prizes in Spain, Italy, Portugal and the UK (Leeds 1987). Since then, Ian has performed sixty piano concerti in over thirty countries and has recorded for Hyperion, ABC Classics and extensively for BBC and ABC radio. Since winning first prize at the Queen Elisabeth international competition for composers in 2002, his compositions have been performed by many of the leading ensembles in Australia, the UK, Austria and Germany. Recent commissions include a flute concerto for Prudence Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Ien Ang
Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh

Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. A sociologist and educational counsellor by training, her research resides at the cusp of assessment, ethics, policy, and teaching in government and independent education settings. Her studies seek to identify educators' perspectives on, and ethical experiences with, different assessment tools and the way they inform the development of policies and programs intended to improve educational practice.