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Our teaching staff provide diverse industry experience, real-life context and a commitment to students beyond expectations. They are also invested in researching, publishing, and practicing within a broad range of industry, discipline and cultural domains – passing on the latest knowledge to students.

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Gemma Carey
Acting Director

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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Peter Morris
Deputy Director

A/Prof Peter Morris

Associate Professor Peter Morris enjoys sharing his passion for conducting, whether it be on the podium, in the pit or in the classroom. His undergraduate, masters and doctoral students benefit from his varied professional conducting experience spanning orchestral, theatrical, contemporary and commercial film engagements to educational ensembles at all levels. An active advocate for community music and education, he has an enthusiasm for exploring exciting industry collaborations to create musical experiences that matter.

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Donna Weston
Acting Deputy Director
Learning and Teaching

A/Prof 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 Associate Professor 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

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, Head of Brass
  2. A/Prof Peter Luff, Head of Performance, Associate Professor in French Horn

Vocal and Opera

  1. Prof Johannes Fritzsch, Professor of Opera and Orchestral Studies
  2. A/Prof Margaret Schindler, Head of Voice, Associate Professor in Vocal Studies
  3. Prof Lisa Gasteen AO, Practice Professor of Opera
  4. Mrs Shelli Hulcombe, Lecturer in Voice
  5. Dr Ron Morris, Senior Lecturer in Vocal Health and Pedagogy
  6. Ms Jillianne Stoll, Lecturer in Opera and Professional Practice

Music studies and research

  1. Prof Stephen Emmerson, Professor in Music Literature
  2. Dr Catherine Grant, Senior Lecturer in Music Literature
  3. Dr Alexis Kallio, Senior Lecturer in Music Studies and Research
  4. Dr Chris Stover, Senior Lecturer  in Music Studies and Research
  5. Dr Diana Tolmie, Lecturer in Professional Practice
  6. Dr Leah Coutts, Lecturer in Music Learning and Teaching


  1. A/Prof Paul Dean, Head of Winds, Senior Lecturer in Clarinet
  2. Ms Virginia Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Flute
  3. Ms Eve Newsome, Senior Lecturer in Oboe


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

Creative Music Technology

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


  1. A/Prof Peter Morris, Head of Ensembles, Associate Professor in Conducting
  2. Mr Daniel de Borah, Head of Chamber Music, Lecturer in Chamber Music


  1. Dr Stephen Newcomb, Head of Jazz, Senior Lecturer in Jazz
  2. A/Prof Irene Bartlett, Acting Head of Pedagogy, Associate Professor in Jazz, Contemporary Voice Coordinator

Performing Arts

  1. Prof Paul Sabey, Head of Performing Arts
  2. Ms Jacqui Somerville, Senior Lecturer in Acting


  1. Prof Vanessa Tomlinson, Head of Percussion


  1. Mrs Natasha Vlassenko, Head of Keyboard, Senior Lecturer in Piano
  2. Mr Oleg Stepanov, Senior Lecturer in Piano


  1. A/Prof Michele Walsh, Head of Strings, Associate Professor in Violin
  2. Mr Graeme Jennings, Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola
  3. Dr György Déri, Senior Lecturer in Cello
  4. Ms Karin Schaupp, Lecturer in Guitar

Popular Music

  1. A/Prof Donna Weston, Head of Popular Music
  2. Mr Brendan Anthony, Lecturer in Popular Music
  3. Mr Caleb James, Lecturer in Popular Music

Professional Staff

Executive support

  1. Mr Stuart Jones, Conservatorium Manager
  2. Ms Jennifer Trapp, Executive Assistant to Director
  3. Ms Lilyann Duffy, Administration Officer
  4. Ms Liz Tyson-Doneley, Administration Support Officer

Gold Coast

  1. Ms Julie Sutherland, Administration Officer
  2. Mr Brett Voss, Recording Studio Technician


  1. Ms Kendal Alderman, Marketing Officer
  2. Ms Zehra Rabbani, Marketing Officer


  1. Mr Michael Hibbard, Front of House Operations Manager
  2. Ms Clare Wharton, Operations Administrator
  3. Mr Dan Fossi, Ensemble Administrator
  4. Mr Daniel Barkley, Timetabling & Venues 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 Cathy Healy, Administration Officer
  2. Ms Dominique Fegan, Agent Liaison
  3. Ms Amy Hauser, Technical Officer


  1. Mr Cameron Hipwell, Technical Manager
  2. Mr Len McPherson, Technical Officer
  3. Mr Keith Clark, Technical Officer

Studio and Audio Visual

  1. Mr Kai Mohrholz, Senior Technical Specialist