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 Brydie-Leigh Bartleet

QCRC Director 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. She has worked on a range of leading national and international projects in community music, arts-based service learning with Australian First Peoples, arts programs in prisons, and global mobility. Many of these projects have been realized in partnership with a wide range of NGOs, arts and community organizations, and colleagues across Australia and the Asia–Pacific.

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson

Associate Professor Vanessa Tomlinson is an Australian percussionist who is active in the fields of solo percussion, contemporary chamber music, improvisation, installation and composition. Vanessa studied at the University of Adelaide, Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg and received her Masters and Doctorate from the University of California, San Diego where she worked closely with Steven Schick and George Lewis. In addition Vanessa has studied Sichuan Opera with Master Zhong Kaichi in Chengdu, China.

Full members

Mr Brendan Anthony

Brendan Anthony has an established career as an industry-trained and well-recognised record producer.

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.

Dr Lauren Istvandity

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.

Ms Karin Schaupp

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.

Associate members

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.

Mr Paul Dean

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.

Mr Matt Hitchcock

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.

Mr Graeme Jennings

Graeme Senior Lecturer in Violin and Viola is a member of Australia’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION.

Mr Trevor Jones

Trevor is a Lecturer in Musical Theatre at QCGU and is currently completing a PhD on Coaching Opera Singers in delivering text and style in Musical Theatre Song. He is in demand around Australia and internationally as a musical director, accompanist, conductor, arranger, educator and performer.

Ms Eve Newsome

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.

Ms Virginia Taylor

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.

Adjunct members

QCRC research interns

  • Hannah Reardon-Smith (2017)
  • Nathaniel Smorti (2017)
  • Jack Walton (2017)
  • Courtney  Williams (2016)
  • Mihal Rosiak (2016)

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