The Music Trust congratulates all who received recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Australian Honours for 2015. We congratulate especially those who contributed to Australia’s music and musical life.
Below is a list of musicians, those who have supported music in various ways, and a small number of people whom we know to have given broad support to the arts, including music. Thank you for all that you have done.
Officer (AO) in the General Division
Ms Cheryl Ruth BARKER
Pyrmont NSW 2009
For distinguished service to the performing arts as an operatic soprano, as a mentor and role model, and through fundraising support for educational opportunities for the next generation of opera singers.
Mr Simon Gareth BURKE
Sydney NSW 2000
For distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, singer and producer, and through senior advocacy roles for performers’ rights and access to professional development and education programs.
Mr Peter COLEMAN-WRIGHT
Pyrmont NSW 2009
For distinguished service to the performing arts as an operatic baritone, as a mentor and role model for young singers, and through fundraising support for opera companies.
Mr Rupert Hordern MYER AM
East Melbourne Vic 3000
For distinguished service to the visual and performing arts, through governance roles with leading cultural institutions, as a supporter and benefactor, to the promotion of philanthropy, and to the community.
Member (AM) in the General Division
Mr William Richard ARMSTRONG
21 Fawkner Street, St Kilda Vic 3182
For significant service to the commercial music recording industry through pioneering roles, and to the broadcast media sector.
Dr Catherine Mary CROCK
Camberwell Vic 3124
For significant service to medicine, particularly to improved patient and family care and community healthcare standards, and to the arts. (She founded and manages the Hush Music Foundation recordings program at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.)
Mr Archibald William ROACH
PO Box 2046, Fitzroy Vic 3065
For significant service to the performing arts as a singer, song-writer and guitarist, and to the community as a spokesman for social justice.
Ms Marie Irene TYSOE
1/92 Bay Road, Waverton NSW 2060
For service to the performing arts, particularly as an opera singer, and to the community.
Medal (OAM) in the General Division
Ms Joyce Mary BENNETT
South Bank Apartments, West Tower, 93/10 Lower River Terrace, South Brisbane Qld 4101
For service to music as a teacher, fundraiser and mentor.
Dr Glen CHITTLEBOROUGH
Belair SA 5052 For service to chemical science, to conservation, and to community music.
Mr John Gregory FOREMAN
St Kilda Vic 3182
For service to the performing arts, particularly as a musicial event director and musician.
Mr James Peter HANNAH
824 Ocean Drive, Bonny Hills NSW 2445
For service to community music on the Mid North Coast.
Mrs Catherine Hamilton JEFFREE
6 River Street, Tinonee NSW 2430
For service to community music and arts organisations.
Mr Steven James KAESLER
5 Gozzard Street, Gawler East SA 5118
For service to community music through a range of roles.
Mr Manfred KLINK
PO Box 329, Moffat Beach Qld 4551
For service to the community of Caloundra, and to multicultural music.
Mrs Emily Valda LENNIE
Viewbank Vic 3084
For service to music, to musical education, and to the community.
Mr Michael Arthur McMARTIN
Cambewarra NSW 2540
For service to the performing arts, particularly to the music industry.
Mrs Wendy Anne OAKES
Mooroopna Vic 3629
For service to the community through music as a director, musician and teacher.
Mr Allan Coleman SHELDON
4 Wilkinson Avenue, Birmingham Gardens NSW 2287
For service to military history, to music, and to the community of Newcastle.
Mrs Lizanne Margaret SMITH
Whitfield Qld 4870
For service to music education as a teacher, and to the performing arts.
Mr Denis WALTER
Geelong Vic 3220
For service to the performing arts as a singer and entertainer, and to the broadcast media.
Medal (OAM) in the Military Division
Lieutenant Colonel Gordon ROSS
LAMBIE CSM, ACT
For meritorious performance of duty as the inaugural Commanding Officer of the Australian Army Band, the Director of Music – Army and the Commanding Officer of the Defence Force School of Music.
Richard Letts, 8 June 2015
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.