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

Stephen Phillips

General Director, State Opera South Australia.

Steve Bullock

President of Folk Alliance Australia (FAA).

Steven Kolber

Steven Kolber is a teacher at a Victorian public school, the founder of #edureading founder, secretary of Teachers Across Borders Australia and a proud member of @AEUvictoria#aussieED Global Teacher Prize top 50 Finalist

Stuart Maunder

Stuart Maunder. For the last thirty seven years Stuart has been directing musical theatre and opera in Australia. He joined The Australian Opera as Stage Manager in 1978, becoming a Resident Director in 1981. In 1992 he joined The Royal Opera (UK) as a Staff Director.

In 1999 Stuart was appointed Artistic Administrator of Opera Australia, becoming Executive Producer 2004 – 2008. His OA productions include Tales of Hoffmann, Manon, Gypsy Princess, Don Pasquale, My Fair Lady and A Little Night Music. His Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance have been televised nationally on ABC TV.

Recent productions have included Cunning Little Vixen, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd (Victorian Opera) and Macbeth (West Australian Opera).

From 2014 – 2018 Stuart was General Director of New Zealand Opera.

Stuart is Artistic Director of State Opera South Australia.

Stuart Watters

His previous roles vary broadly from being the CEO of Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), running the Queensland Music Network (Q Music), serving on the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and holding a position on the International Honorary Committee at MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) for five years. In 2009 Stuart left AIR with a desire to develop his own film production, publishing, music services and consulting company Morph TV.

Susan Buchan

Susan Buchan is a music educator who has taught music at all levels in a variety of government and non-government settings. Currently, she is a sessional teacher at Deakin University. Susan's research interests include the contribution to children's growth and development of accessible music-making approaches that include that use of specially designed marimbas. One of the themes of her doctoral thesis was the exploration of public pedagogy and its implications for music learning and teaching.

Susan Donnelly

Executive Director at Queensland Theatre Company. Until March 2012 she was the Executive Director of Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG). She has experience in performing arts, government and universities.

Susan McGrath-Champ

Susan McGrath-Champ is Professor in the Work and Organisational Studies Discipline at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia. Her research includes the geographical aspects of the world of work, employment relations and international human resource management. Recent studies include those of school teachers’ work and working conditions.


Sylvan Elhay

Dr Sylvan "Schmoe" Elhay is Visiting Research Fellow, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, jazz musician (sax), and a former Chair of MCA.

Tamara Kohler

Tamara Kohler is a flautist – soloist, chamber musician and inter-disciplinary artist, a founding member and co-executive director of Melbourne-based contemporary ensemble Rubiks. She is an ANAM alumnus and has studied in Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden as a recipient of the Skills and Development Grant from the Australian Council. Tamara performs regularly with Victorian Opera and has appeared with other notable ensembles including Speak Percussion and the Omega Ensemble. She has held multiple artistic residencies at the Banff Centre (CAN). Festival credits include the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab (USA), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA) and Darmstadt International Festival for New Music (DE). Emma is also the host and producer of podcast, MythirdEar.

Tamara-Anna Cislowska

Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed, ARIA award-winning pianists, performing and recording in Australia and internationally to critical and public acclaim. Earning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece such as the Rovere d’Oro, and touring Japan and the USA as cultural ambassador for Australia, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’.

Frequent guest of orchestras and festivals worldwide, Tamara has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, and all major Australasian symphony orchestras with conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Edo de Waart, Asher Fisch, Johannes Fritzsch, Karina Kanellakis and Alondra de la Parra. Recent engagements include Sydney Festival; concerti by Gorecki, Prokofiev and Elena Kats-Chernin’s third piano concerto, Lebewohl, commissioned for Cislowska; the world premiere of Human Waves by Elena Kats-Chernin as composer and Cislowska as librettist and pianist for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Centenary Celebration; CIRCA’s En Masse for Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival (USA) and Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain for the Barbican (UK).

With five ARIA no.1 albums, most recently Into Silence recorded with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Unsent Love Letters: meditations on Erik Satie, available on Deutsche Grammophon outside Australia, Tamara also presents ‘Duet’ for ABC Classic FM and edits for Boosey & Hawkes (Berlin).

Terry Noone

Federal Secretary, Musicians' Union of Australia.

Thomas Canter

Taught classroom music in Victoria and then Queensland. Biography being finalised.

Thomas Reiner

Associate Professor, Monash University. Also a composer winning many international and national awards.

Tim Hollo

Tim Hollo is the founder-director of Green Music, a climate advocacy organisation

Tim Hollo is a well loved musician and respected environmentalist. As well as performing around the world with a FourPlay String Quartet, he has spent 15 years working with organisations including Greenpeace, the Greens and He is the founder and Executive Director of Green Music Australia and Executive Director of the Green Institute. Tim's work is frequently published in The Guardian, ABC Online and Crikey, and he often appears on Sky News and ABC 24. He has presented on arts and sustainability at events including WOMADelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, Australian National University's Human Ecology Forum and Progress2015

Tim Munro

Tim Munro is a Chicago-based, triple-Grammy-winning musician. His varied work as a flutist, speaker, writer and teacher is united by a single goal: to draw audiences into an engrossing and whimsical musical world. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Tim was the flutist and co-artistic director of the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird from 2006 till 2015. As a member of eighth blackbird, Tim performed at major concert venues in 40 US states and abroad, and won his third Grammy Award in 2016, for the Cedille Records album Filament. According to the Chicago Tribune, “the fierce virtuosity of Tim Munro was worth the price of admission all by itself.” Tim’s solo performances are “captivating”, “bravura”, “charismatic” (The New York Times), “engrossing” (Chicago Tribune) and “brilliantly clear and beautifully balanced” (Sydney Morning Herald).

In the first half of 2018, Tim co-hosts the St Louis Symphony Orchestra’s live broadcasts on St Louis Public Radio. In April he is a featured soloist for the world premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Savior on the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNow series. In 2017, Tim was co-music director for Crowd Out Chicago, a project co-presented by Illinois Humanities and the Chicago Humanities Festival, in which more than 1000 participants, drawn from all over the city, came together to perform David Lang’s work crowd out. Tim is also a passionate writer and speaker about music, inviting audiences into his beloved musical worlds with intelligence and humor. Tim is principal flute of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, and has performed with many of Australia’s orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Tim Nikolsky

Dr. Tim Nikolsky is a Melbourne based musician, educator, tech guy, PhD graduate, cyclist, enthusiastic homebrewer and most of the time a pretty good guy. His PhD on the development of the Australian Jazz Real Book is the first of its kind in Australia has received several accolades and awards. He can be contacted at

Tim R.L. Fry

Tim R.L. Fry is an Honorary Professor in The School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, Melbourne

Tony Burke MP

Tony Burke MP is a Labor member of the Australian Parliament and is Shadow Minister for the Arts

Tony George

Australian Music Office, Austrade, Los Angeles.

Trevor Cobbold

Trevor Cobbold is the Director of Save Our Schools Australia

Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones is currently completing a PhD on coaching opera singers in musical theatre song at the University of Melbourne. He is a music director and performer in the Australian musical theatre industry.

Vanessa Perica

Vanessa Perica is a composer and arranger based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally hailing from Perth, Vanessa majored in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Upon completion of her Bachelor degree in 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Bob Wyllie Scholarship for ‘most outstanding graduating jazz student’. Other recipients of this honour include Mat Jodrell, Linda May Han Oh, Troy Roberts and Ben Vanderwal.

Recent career highlights include performances at the Perth and Sydney Con International Jazz Festivals, and placing as a finalist in the 2018 Anonimus Big Band International Composition Competition held in Buenos Aires. She is also a finalist in the 2020 ‘Scrivere in Jazz’ International Composition Competition. The finals of the 16th edition will be held in Sardinia, Italy this September.

In 2019, Vanessa recorded her debut album with the assistance of an Australia Council grant. Love Is a Temporary Madness’ by the Vanessa Perica Orchestra features an all-star lineup including Andrea Keller, Julien Wilson, Jamie Oehlers, Mat Jodrell, Carl Mackey, Jordan Murray, Sam Anning, Ross Irwin, Paul Williamson and Ben Vanderwal. The album was released in February 2020 to critical acclaim, reaching as high as number 3 on the ARIA Jazz and Blues charts and number 1 on the AIR Independent charts.

Vincent Plush

For over 50 years now, Vincent Plush has lived a varied career in music, not just as a composer, but also as a teacher and broadcaster, writer and commentator, and conductor-director of ensembles and small-scale festivals. At various stages of his life, he has worked for extended periods in most Australian capitals and for nearly 20 years was based in North America, living in 15 cities throughout the USA. Since his permanent return to Australia in 2000, his focus has been on developing ties with colleagues and institutions throughout Asia. He has composed over 120 works, few of which have been recorded or even played in Australia. These include four orchestral pieces (only one of which Pacifica [1986] has been heard in Australia) and large-scale community pieces, as well as solo pieces and works for multiple instruments and voices. An articulate and sometimes controversial figure, most of his music relates to Australian heritage and universal political issues. In 2018 he completed his PhD in Musicology with a thesis devoted to music in the life and work of Patrick White, reflecting his interest in the intersections of various strands of Australian culture.

Wes Mountain

Deputy Multimedia Editor, The Conversation

Wesley Enoch

Wesley Enoch is the inaugural Indigenous chair – creative industries at Queensland University of Technology.