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

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.

Renee Crawford is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. She is an educator with several years’ experience in higher education, and as a secondary music classroom, instrumental and ensemble teacher. She teaches across secondary discipline methods, teacher education, and research education units. Her musical interests are in composition, film music, minimalism, the analysis of contemporary Australian music, and the use of digital technology in music. Her PhD research completed at Monash was based on the philosophy of authentic learning and technology in music teaching and learning practices.

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.

Richard Cooke is The Monthly’s contributing editor. He has been published in the Washington PostThe New York TimesThe GuardianThe New RepublicWIRED, the Paris Review and others.

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.

Scott Davie is a Lecturer in Piano, School of Music, Australian National University

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).

Stephen Mould is a Sydney-based conductor, opera coach, teacher and writer.  He has spent most of his career working in operas houses the world over, and is currently Chair of Opera Production at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he teaches conducting and opera studies.  He also writes on aspects of Australian art, and recently curated a multimedia exhibition, Dušan Marek: Art/Film Post 1960, at the Sydney University Art Gallery.

President, NSW Association of Regional Conservatoriums and Director, Goulburn Regional Conservatorium.

General Director, State Opera South Australia.

President of Folk Alliance Australia (FAA).

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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).

Federal Secretary, Musicians' Union of Australia.

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

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

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 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.

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

Australian Music Office, Austrade, Los Angeles.

Trevor Cobbold is the Director of Save Our Schools Australia