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Michael Gazzaniga Ph.D. is director of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind and its Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience. He serves on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Michael Hannan is a composer, performer and music researcher. He is Professor of Contemporary Music at Southern Cross University where he established the first Australian degree program in contemporary popular music. His research interests include film scoring and sound design and the work practices and training of musicians (including screen composers).

Michael Ward is a PhD candidate, University of Sydney. Michael Ward is a PhD Candidate in media and communications at the University of Sydney. From 1999-2017 he worked at the ABC, including as a senior executive contributing to ABC funding submissions.

Molly Gebrian is an Assistant Professor of Music at the Music and Theatre Arts Department, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a well-known violist. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in viola performance at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Houston, Texas.

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Artistic Director, The Tutti Ensemble.

Patrick Donovan is CEO of Music Victoria.

Paul Draper is a professor of digital arts at Griffith University and head of music technology at the Queensland Conservatorium. At Griffith his portfolio includes leadership and strategic direction for digital arts communities including film, design, music and cyber-studies. At Queensland Conservatorium, he teaches and convenes degree programs in music technology and multimedia and is the recipient of grants and awards in these areas.

Director, Australia Council Music Board.

Peter Coleman-Wright AO is widely considered one of the most versatile singers in the world today, equally at home in opera, concert and recital. His extensive and varied repertoire has taken him to many of the world’s greatest opera companies and concert halls.

He has sung throughout Europe – at La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venice, Netherlands Opera, Munich, Vienna, Geneva, Paris, Bordeaux, Flanders and at the Aix-en-Provence and Bregenz Festivals. In the United Kingdom he has been a frequent guest of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. He has worked for the Aldeburgh Festival at the BBC Proms and with all the leading orchestras at London’s South Bank, Albert Hall, The Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Wigmore Hall.

In North America he has sung at the Metropolitan Opera New York, New York City Opera, Houston, Santa Fe and Vancouver. He has sung at Teatro Colon Buenos Aries and in San Paulo Brazil.

He has sung extensively for Opera Australia and has worked with all the major symphony orchestras throughout all the principal concert halls.

He has sung more than 60 roles including Figaro, Forester, Michele, Scarpia, Marcello, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Count, Onegin, Dandini, Billy Budd, Macbeth,Gunther, Golaud, Germont, Chorebe, Wolfram, Beckmesser, Gunther, Donner, Pizzaro, and Sweeny Todd. His numerous awards include Helpmann Awards for Todd and The Traveller (Death in Venice), Green room awards for Billy Budd, Orestes, and Harry Joy (Brett Dean).

Peter Coleman-Wright has recorded extensively for EMI, Telarc, Hyperion, ABC classics and LSO and SSO live.

Recent engagements include concerts in Madrid, Moscow, Amsterdam, Los Angeles Philharmonic in Nixon in China with John Adams conducting , Rape of Lucretia Aldeburgh which was nominated for a Grammy award.

A champion of new and contemporary repertoire, he has created numerous roles most notably Harry Joy in Brett Dean’s Bliss and the title role in Caligula by Detlev Glanert.

Peter holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne and was awarded the Performer of the Year in the recent Arts awards in Australia for Socrates by Brett Dean. Peter was made an Officer in the order of Australia in 2015.

Dr Peter de Vries Faculty of Education, Monash University, Peninsular Campus, Frankston, Vic 3199.

Peter Kennard holds a Masters of Contemporary Improvisation from Macquarie University. He is widely regarded as a percussionist in the Sydney ‘world music’ scene specialising in a contemporary style on frame drums that draws upon Turkish, Mediterranean and Indian traditions and concepts. He has a parallel 25 year plus career composing for contemporary theatre and dance.

Dr Peter Phipps is Director of International Studies at RMIT University. He has published on Indigenous festivals, tourism and the politics of cultural globalization and has consulted to a number of organizations and government bodies in Australia, the Pacific and Europe.

Peter Renshaw retired in 2001 as Head of Research and Development at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he pioneered the work in performance and communications skills. Formerly principal of the Yehudi Menuhin School, he has served widely around the world as a consultant to many educational and cultural institutions. He was also the Gresham Professor of Music between 1986 and 1993, and a moderator for Sound Links, a EU Socrates project on cultural diversity in music education. In 2006 he became a mentor at the Practitioner Development Programme at The Sage Gateshead in North East England. He is a board member of the Yehudi Mehuhin School and LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

Professor Peter Roennfeldt is Director, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland.


Peter Winkler is a composer, record producer and a leading practitioner in community and world music. He was the Music Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Paralympic games and is the Music Director of REM Theatre and the LATT Theatre in Seoul, South Korea.

Professor Graham is Head of Music and Sound at Queensland University of Technology

Prue Neidorf has been a member of the Four Winds board for 9 years, Music Librarian at the National Library for 20 years and a founding and continuing member of the Music Council of Australia.

Dr Rachel Hocking continues teaching in music education at the Australian Catholic University, piano/music teaching and teacher training in my home studio and at Homebush West Public School, working as a piano examiner with the Australian Music Examinations Board, and serving on the council of the Music Teachers' Association, the professional body for music teachers.

Australian Music Therapy Association.

Rhonda is a Brisbane-based musician, composer and educator specialising in early childhood music education. She has taught more than 10,000 children, composed more than 900 songs for children's TV show In the box, and with Peter Irwin is the founder of the orchestra Viva La Musica.

Dr Richard Letts AM is the founder and Director of The Music Trust, founder and former Executive Director of the Music Council of Australia (now Music Australia) and Past President of the International Music Council. He has held senior positions in music and culture in Australia and the United States, advocated for music and music education, conducted research, written policy documents, edited four periodicals, published four books and hundreds of articles.

Richard Petkovic (Cultural Arts Collective) is a composer, performer, producer, artistic director and music director. He has initiated and produced cross-cultural music initiatives: Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra, Worlds Collide, Blue Mary and the Shohrat Tursun Trio. He has founded the Cultural Arts Collective consultancy and record label, the Sydney Sacred Music Festival, the not for profit organisation Sacred Currents Inc. and created the short film, One Day in Bankstown.

Riley Lee began studying shakuhachi in Japan in 1971. In 1980, he became the first non-Japanese dai shihan (大師範; literally ‘big teacher,’ usually translated ‘grand master’).  He was also the first non-Japanese to play wadaiko (和太鼓; Japanese drums) professionally (1974). Ian Cleworth and Riley co-founded Taikoz in 1997.

Riley moved from Hawai’i to Sydney in 1986 with Patricia and their twin daughters. Riley’s PhD in ethnomusicology is from Sydney University. He has 60+ recordings; his first (1980) is still available on Smithsonian-Folkways.

In 2016, Riley taught at Princeton University, and performed in six states in USA, in Canada, Switzerland, and throughout Australia.

His year ends in India, touring for three weeks with Taikoz and Sydney-based dance troupe Lingalayum.

Dr Rita Crews OAM is the President of the NSW Music Teachers' Association.

Founder of Australia's oldest online music store Chaos and its associated independent distribution service, The CAN ( Rob has been working closely with the emerging Internet music industry over the past 17 years. Rob holds Bachelors of Arts and Laws from the ANU where he specialised in Intellectual Property and Internet Law. He is also sits as a Director of the Australian Music Retailers Associational (AMRA).

National Bands Council of Australia

Bob Slevc is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, part of the program on Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, and the Maryland Language Science Center. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Rice University, Houston, Texas, before coming to the University of Maryland.

Robin Stevens was formerly Associate Professor of Music Education in the School of Education, Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Burwood Campus, and is now a Principal Fellow in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of the VCA and Music at The University of Melbourne. He has undertaken research into the history of school music education in Australia, Britain, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and has published widely in research and scholarly journals and written and edited books on technology applications in music education.

Curator of Music, National Library of Australia.

Born in Belgium and active in Australia over 30 years, Peelman has received numerous accolades for his commitment to the creative arts in Australia, the NSW Award for “the most outstanding contribution to Australian Music by an individual’ in 2005, named ‘musician of the year’ by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2006, and regularly featured as one of the most influential people in the Australian arts scene. Best known for his 25 year transformative directorship of The Song Company, he has instigated new work across a broad field. Since 2015 he has been at the helm of the Canberra International Music Festival.

Ros Dunlop: clarinetist, researcher, teacher, writer and advocate for new Australian clarinet music, has presented solo recitals internationally for over thirty years.  Ros is a founding member of  Charisma ensemble which has played for more than 25 years. One of her more unusual tours took her to East Timor in 2002. Years of field research of the indigenous music of Timor-Leste followed and became the subject of her doctoral thesis and award-winning publication Sounds of the Soul, now a text for the new education curriculum in East Timor. Ros was on staff at Sydney Conservatorium of Music for 25 years.

School of Media Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Director of Curriulum and Teaching Transformation, Professor of Learning Futures, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland

Award winning Sydney based musician Sally Whitwell maintains a busy career as performer, conductor, composer and educator.  Sally has two ARIA Award winning and four ARIA nominated albums to her name. Mad Rush: Solo Piano Music of Philip Glass, The Good, the Bad and the Awkward, All Imperfect Things; solo piano music of Michael Nyman  and I was flying, a collection of her own compositions in the art song, choral and chamber music genresSally is regular accompanist for Gondwana Choirs, and is currently concentrating on her composition projects, with upcoming premiered by Acacia Quartet, The Hunter Singers and a collaborative work Seven Stories for Ensemble Offspring.

Sandra Kirkwood has worked in the health, education, and disability sectors for the last 25 years as an occupational therapist, disability project officer, allied health consultant and equity and diversity consultant. In 2009 Sandra completed a Research Higher Degree at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Sandra has completed a number of music projects with communities in Ipswich that were funded by Ipswich City Council and Arts Queensland. Information on current music projects is available at

Sarah Wilson is Associate Professor and Reader, School of Psychological Sciences, the University of Melbourne, and Director of Music Mind and Wellbeing.

Satsuki Odamura is a koto virtuoso, who has pioneered this ancient Japanese instrument in Australia. She works with musicians from other genres, such as jazz and classical music, inspiring composers who have no previous knowledge of the koto or its cultural setting. She has recorded three of her own albums in collaborations with Australian musicians and in the process, has found new directions for the koto in Australia.

Lectures in Music and Music Education, Griffith University, Brisbane.

Simon Barker studied in Australia with Jon Collins, and in New York with John Riley, Keith Copeland, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Kim Plainfield and Mike Clarke. Since returning home in 1990 he has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the US. In 2001, he studied with Kang Sun il. In 2005 Simon set up Kimnara Records, a little independent record label presenting new music by Australian improvisers. He is currently working as a lecturer at The University of Sydney/Conservatorium of Music.

Simon has produced a collection of solo drumming recordings, including the recently released Urgency! series, and over the past 20 years has been involved in several ongoing collaborative projects including Band of Five Names (with Phil Slater and Matt McMahon), Showa 44 (duo with Carl Dewhurst), Lost Thoughts (duo with Scott Tinkler), and Chiri (trio with Bae il Dong and Scott Tinkler).  Recently, he has collaborated with numerous local and international artists including Jen Shyu, Gian Slater, Kim Hyelim, Chris Hale, Tony Malaby and Kris Davis, Jo Jonghun and Lim Mijeong (Byeolsinak), as well as with Henry Kaiser, Bill Laswell, and Rudresh Mahanthappa (on the 2018 recording Mudang Rock).