Meet our team of dedicated experts, who are driving our research success
The Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre brings together key researchers across a diverse range of specialty areas.
Follow the links to our individual profile pages for more information about our research strengths, key projects, collaborations and research supervision opportunities.
Professor Andrew Brown
Professor Brown's research focuses on augmenting our creative intelligence through interactions with computer systems, about which he has published widely and been the winner of numerous research grants. His research includes computational arts, algorithmic music, interactive media and education.
Dr Christina Ballico
Research Fellow on the 'Making Music Work: Sustainable portfolio careers for Australian musicians' ARC Linkage, with a background in the music, media and arts sectors.
Dr Leah Barclay
Dr Leah Barclay is an Australian sound artist, composer and researcher working at the intersection of art, science and technology.
Professor Gemma Carey
Gemma has developed innovative techniques in learning and teaching, and has established pedagogy at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and for community teachers. Gemma is a well-known author in the area of performance pedagogy, curriculum, and learning and teaching.
Dr Louise Denson
Louise Denson is a pianist and composer in jazz as well as the current QCGU HDR Convenor. She is the leader of the Louise Denson Group, musical director/pianist/vocalist in Hot Mambo, and creative collaborator with Ingrid James (vocalist).
Professor Stephen Emmerson
Stephen is one of the most respected and sought after musicians in Australia. He is in demand both as a pianist, pedagogue and scholar, performing regularly with orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as giving lectures and masterclasses both in Australia and abroad.
Dr John Ferguson
Creating with technology, interactive music, electronic instruments, post-digital aesthetics and arts education.
Dr Catherine Grant
Dr Grant's research focuses on endangered music of Indigenous and minority communities. Her work is important to the revitalisation of traditional music, which assists in social cohesion, and a sense of individual an and collective identity.
Professor 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.
Lauren holds a PhD from Griffith University and has expertise in the areas of music history, memory and heritage. Her current work engages the local community in reconstructing the history of jazz music in Queensland, supported by the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Jazz Archive.
Dr Steve Newcomb
Based in Brisbane, Steve is Senior Lecturer, Head of Jazz and the Program Director of the Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Professor Peter Roennfeldt
Professor Peter Roennfeldt has taught across many areas at the Conservatorium since the mid-1980s, including in his main interest areas of music history and keyboard repertoire.
Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene. She performs widely on the international stage as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest.
Professor Donald Stewart
Professor Don Stewart's current research focus is twofold: reduction in parasitic diseases in poorer countries in our region (eg, Indonesia, Philippines) funded by UBS-Optimus Foundation and NHMRC Partnership/Project grants; and development in the music, health and wellbeing field.
Dr Naomi Sunderland
Naomi Sunderland has research interest in equity and diversity, First peoples social justice, music, health, and wellbeing, creative research.
Dr Donna Weston
Donna Weston is Head of Popular Music at QCGU and has a personal commitment to supporting all kinds of music.
Dr Meta Weiss
Senior Lecturer in Cello Meta made her international debut at the age of seven in Holland and has since established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation.
Dr Sarah Woodland
Sarah is the Research Fellow on QCRC's ARC Linkage Project Creative Barkly and a practitioner, researcher and educator in applied theatre.
Brendan Anthony has an established career as an industry-trained and well-recognised record producer.
Dr Irene Bartlett
Contemporary commercial music singers, contemporary gig singers, contemporary music styles, jazz singers, one to one pedagogy and pedagogy.
Dr Leah Coutts
Leah completed her doctorate in 2016. Her practitioner-based research focused on adopting transformative pedagogical approaches in one-to-one piano lessons with adult novices. Leah’s research interests include reflective practice, student and teacher engagement with learning and teaching.
Award-winning Australian clarinettist, Paul has commissioned and premiered over 100 works, and has recently come to prominence as a composer across a wide range of genres.
Dr Gerardo Dirie
Gerardo Dirié has composed works for electro acoustic media, chamber ensembles, choir, and the theatre and is head of composition at QCGU.
Matt has worked in the music industry as a performing multi-instrumentalist, artistic manager, studio owner, recording engineer, music producer, composer, acoustic consultant, web designer and software engineer.
Graeme Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola is a member of Australia’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION.
Associate Professor Peter Luff
Peter has built a strong reputation as a horn teacher, with his students rated among the top in the country, many of which can be found in professional orchestras both in Australia and all over the world.
Eve Newsome is an experienced performer and passionate pedagogue having held oboe and cor anglais positions around Australia.
Dr Margaret Schindler
Margaret is head of voice at QCGU and enjoys the creative nexus of teaching and performing and recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts.
Virginia Taylor has given recitals in all major cities of Australia, and performed as soloist and guest principal flute with almost all of the Symphony Australia Orchestras.
- Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University
- Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock, University of South Australia
- Dr Adam Cadell
- Ms Nicole Carroll, Brown University
- Dr Linda Davey
- Professor Paul Draper
- Dr Erik Griswold, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
- Professor Philip Hayward, Southern Cross University
- Dr Roy Howat, Royal College of Music, London
- Dr Yoon Irons, Griffith University
- Professor Don Lebler
- Dr Richard Letts, Music Trust
- Dr Shari Lindblom
- Professor Richard Moyle, Auckland University, New Zealand
- Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
- Professor Huib Schippers, Smithsonian Folkways Records
- Dr Jocelyn Wolfe
QCRC research interns
- Hannah Reardon-Smith (2017)
- Nathaniel Smorti (2017)
- Jack Walton (2017)