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Queensland Conservatorium Executives

Scott Harrison
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Prof Scott Harrison

Professor Scott Harrison has experience in teaching singing and music in primary, secondary and tertiary environments. He has over 20 years of performance experience, including opera and music theatre as a singer and as a musical director. Scott is the recipient of a National Teaching Award and a Fellow of the Office for Learning and Teaching.

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Peter Luff
Deputy Director
Performance and Engagement

A/Prof Peter Luff

Associate Professor Peter Luff has spent most of his career as a professional horn player, performing with most of Australia’s leading professional orchestras and arts organisations. As a member of the advisory council of the International Horn Society, Peter is highly active in the promotion of the French horn, and in 2010 received the prestigious Punto Award for his distinguished contribution and service to the art of horn playing.

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Gemma Carey
Deputy Director
Learning and Teaching

Prof Gemma Carey

Professor Gemma Carey studied at Queensland Conservatorium, specialising in keyboard. While performing initially drew her to the Conservatorium, teaching has become her passion. Gemma has developed innovative techniques in learning and teaching, and has established pedagogy at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and for community teachers.

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Donna Weston
Deputy Director
Gold Coast

Dr Donna Weston

From classically trained pianist to studies in audio engineering, to head of a popular music degree is not a usual career pathway, and yet this is exactly the path followed by Dr Donna Weston. She has a personal commitment to supporting all kinds of music, and is passionate about not valuing one more than another—as she says, ‘there are infinite music listeners, and musical venues, and circumstances in which music takes place; thank goodness there is plenty of music to suit all of them.’

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Brydie-Leigh Bartlett
Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre

Prof Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

Associate Professor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet is known worldwide for her work in community music and community engagement. She has been a key catalyst in the creation of research projects and learning programs that connect students, educators, industry and community partners both inside and outside university walls.

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  1. Ms Sarah Butler, Lecturer in Trumpet
  2. A/Prof Peter Luff, Senior Lecturer in French Horn

Vocal and Opera

  1. A/Prof Nicholas Cleobury, Head of Opera
  2. A/Prof Margaret Schindler, Head of Voice, Senior Lecturer in Vocal Studies
  3. Prof Lisa Gasteen AO, Practice Professor of Opera
  4. Ms Shelli Hulcombe, Lecturer in Voice
  5. Dr Ron Morris, Lecturer in Vocal Health and Pedagogy
  6. Ms Jillianne Stoll, Lecturer in Opera Practice
  7. Ms Anna Sweeny AM, Lecturer in Movement and Stagecraft

Music studies and research

  1. Prof Stephen Emmerson, Senior Lecturer in Music Literature
  2. Dr Catherine Grant, Senior Lecturer in Music Literature
  3. Dr Diana Tolmie, Lecturer in Professional Practice
  4. Dr Leah Coutts, Lecturer in Music Learning and Teaching


  1. Mr Paul Dean, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Clarinet
  2. Ms Virginia Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Flute
  3. Ms Eve Newsome, Senior Lecturer in Oboe


  1. Dr Gerardo Dirie, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition

Music Technology

  1. Dr John Ferguson, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Music Technology
  2. Mr Matthew Hitchcock, Senior Lecturer in Music Technologies


  1. Dr Peter Morris, Head of Department

Chamber Music

  1. Mr Daniel de Borah, Lecturer in Chamber Music


  1. Dr Stephen Newcomb, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Jazz
  2. Dr Louise Denson, Head of Department in Higher Degrees, Senior Lecturer in Jazz
  3. Dr Irene Bartlett, Senior Lecturer in Jazz, Contemporary Voice Coordinator

Performing Arts

  1. A/Prof Paul Sabey, Head of Department
  2. Mr Trevor Jones, Lecturer in Musical Theatre
  3. Ms Jacqui Somerville, Senior Lecturer in Acting


  1. A/Prof Vanessa Tomlinson, Head of Department, Associate Professor in Music


  1. Ms Natasha Vlassenko, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Piano
  2. Mr Oleg Stepanov, Senior Lecturer in Piano


  1. Ms Michele Walsh, Head of Department, Senior Lecturer in Violin
  2. Mr Graeme Jennings, Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola
  3. Dr Meta Weiss, Senior Lecturer in Cello
  4. Ms Karin Schaupp, Lecturer in Guitar

Contemporary Music

  1. Mr Brendan Anthony, Lecturer in Popular Music
  2. Mr Caleb James, Lecturer in Popular Music
  3. Mr Ross Williams, Lecturer in Popular Music

Professional Staff

Executive support

  1. Mr Stuart Jones, Conservatorium Manager
  2. Ms Sarah Andrews, Executive Assistant to Director
  3. Ms Lilyann Duffy, Strategic Projects Officer
  4. Ms Ellé Cash, Administration Officer

Gold Coast

  1. Ms Charlotte Hoffman, Administrator and Studio Assistant
  2. Ms Hannah Morrison, Events and Special Projects Officer
  3. Ms Julie Sutherland, Administrative Officer, Gold Coast campus
  4. Mr Brett Voss, Recording Studio Technician


  1. Ms Kendal Alderman, Marketing Officer

Open Conservatorium

  1. Mr Jason Budge, Manager
  2. Ms Lisa Dart, Project Administrator
  3. Mr Kevin Edwards, Young Conservatorium Administrator

Performing Arts

  1. Ms Dominique Fegan, Agent Liaison
  2. Ms Amy Hauser, Technical Officer
  3. Ms Cathy Healy, Administration Officer

Student Administration

  1. Ms Jennifer Bromley, Client Services Officer
  2. Mr Timothy Tate, Acting Auditions Coordinator
  3. Mrs Gabriele Ratzke, Student Administration Manager


  1. Mr Keith Clark, Technical Officer
  2. Mr Dan Fossi, Ensemble Administrator
  3. Mr Mauricio Iregui, Venues Officer
  4. Mr Michael Hibbard, Front of House Manager
  5. Mr Cameron Hipwell, Technical Manager
  6. Mr Len McPherson, Technical Officer
  7. Ms Clare Wharton, Operations Administrator
  8. Mr Daniel Barkley, Timetabling & Venues Officer