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.

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.

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 Alexis Kallio

Dr. Alexis Anja Kallio is a specialist in the politics of arts education, with a particular focus on diversity and equity issues in both school and community music education settings.

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.

Dr Chris Stover

Chris’s research focuses on improvisational interaction and temporal processes in music, embodiment and affect, ‘undisciplinary’ learning & teaching interventions, and artistic research as a space for rethinking theory and practice. He is also a busy composer and improvising trombonist.

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.

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.

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

  • Dr Christina Ballico
  • Dr Leah Barclay
  • Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University
  • Professor Ruth Bridgstock
  • Professor Paul Draper
  • Dr Louise Denson
  • Dr Erik Griswold
  • Dr Klisala Harrison
  • Professor Philip Hayward, Southern Cross University
  • Dr Roy Howat, Royal College of Music, London
  • Dr Gillian Howell
  • Dr Yoon Irons
  • Dr Lauren Istvandity
  • Professor Don Lebler
  • Dr Richard Letts, Music Trust
  • Dr Natalie Lewandowski  - University of Queensland
  • Professor Richard Moyle, Auckland University, New Zealand
  • Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • Dr Vicky Saunder
  • Professor Huib Schippers, Smithsonian Folkways Records
  • Prof. Don Stewart
  • Dr Jocelyn Wolfe
  • Dr Sarah Woodland

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