Engagement and Impact

Staff from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music participate in many programs for community organisations, NGOs and the music industry across four themes

  1. Curating New Music and New Audiences
  2. Supporting the Music Industry
  3. Sustaining Communities and Cultural Relations
  4. Teaching and Learning for the Next Generation

Curating New Music and New Audiences

Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM)
Associate Professor Thomas Reiner oversees the organisation of emerging young composers writing original works for professional musicians specialising in contemporary art music.


Melbourne Recital Centre
David Griffiths is working with Ensemble Liaison and the Melbourne Recital Centre curating the annual Ensemble Liaison and Friends concert series. Currently in its 11th season, the three-concert series presents a variety of new and old chamber music for mixed ensemble.


XLArts and Australian Art Music
Dr Joel Crotty curates the XLArts‘ Australian music for young art music singers and instrumentalists. The repertory ranges from opera to art song, and brings Australian music to new performers and audiences.

Supporting the Music Industry

Australian Performing Rights Association
Johannes Luebbers and Professor Cat Hope are judges for the APRA / Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Professional Development Awards and a past judge for the APRA / Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards. They are engaged in assessing and acknowledging the excellence and innovation of the Australian jazz community.


Melbourne Jazz Co-operative: Making the Jazz Scene Sustainable
Associate Professor Rob Burke is working with the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, a not-for-profit organisation, to supporting and promoting original live jazz performance by established and emerging artists in Melbourne.


PBS 106.7FM: Working for Diversity and the Under-Represented
Dr Paul Williamson is working with PBS 106.7FM radio to support Melbourne’s diverse music community, particularly for under-represented music, supporting musicians and artists from the ground up.


Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize
Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura is a founding member of chamber music group Trio Anima Mundi. As part of his efforts to promote new compositions in the piano trio genre, he created the Trio Anima Mundi International Composition Prize; 2017 will be the seventh edition of this prize.

Sustaining Communities and Cultural Relations

Busking, the UN and the Sustainable City
Dr Paul Watt is working with community activists Nick Broad and Lilian Maz of Busk.co to measure the impact that street music and musicians have on creating, rejuvenating and sustaining urban environments using the UN’s Urban Prosperity Index.


Central and West Asia and Diasporas Research Network (CWADRN)
Convened by Dr Gay Breyley, CWADRN brings together people from diverse academic, community and cultural sectors to promote understanding of a complex region and its transnational links. CWADRN organises conferences, seminars, concerts, film screenings and informal gatherings.


Government of India and Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Dr Adrian McNeil works with the Government of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations to facilitate ongoing formal and informal musical exchange and collaborations between Australia and India.



Opera and Human Rights
Professor Cat Hope is working with Western Australian new music producer Tura New Music and South Australia’s contemporary arts organisation Vital Statistix to produce a new Australian opera ‘Speechless’, based on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s ‘Forgotten Children‘ report of 2014. An early showing of the work will be presented in Adelaide in July 2017.


Revitalisation of the Musical Arts of Lampung, Indonesia
Professor Margaret Kartomi and Dr Karen Thomas are collaborating with researchers at Leiden University and Yogyakarta Institute of Arts to research societal change among marginalised indigenous people through the prism of the traditional and popular musical arts.


Rotary and Annie North Women’s Refuge, Bendigo
Associate Professor Merlyn Quaife is a member of Bendigo South Rotary Club that raises funds for Annie North Women’s Refuge and Bendigo Health Orthopaedics support group.

Teaching and Learning for the Next Generation

Adjudicating National and International Performance Awards
Dr Elizabeth Sellars works with musical associations worldwide. She has adjudicated for the 6th Singapore Performers’ Festival and Chamber Music Competition, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. In 2017, she will be adjudicating the National Performers Awards for the Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand.


International Musicological Society
Professor John Griffiths is a Director of one of the world’s leading musicology organisations. The role of the Directorium is to develop and implement policy working towards the expansion of its European origins and to develop a global reach that will transform the cultural perspectives of the discipline.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Pizzicato Effect
The Pizzicato Effect is the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s flagship community music programme. Professor Mary Finsterer oversees the organisation of emerging young composers to write original works for musicians of varying technical proficiency.


Methodist Ladies College, Perth
Working with Dr Robert Faulkner, Music Director at Methodist Ladies’ College, Perth, Western Australia, Dr Jonathan McIntosh is investigating how the teaching of world music and dance in schools influences students’ musical development and how this impacts on well being and cross-cultural understanding.


Next Generation: Engaging Secondary School Music Students
Jordan Murray works with many of Victoria’s secondary schools to foster excellence in the areas of ensemble music performance, improvisation, music history and instrumental technique applicable to jazz performance.



Tenth Annual Ceolna Mara Summer School for Strings, Ireland
Lisa Grosman will teach at the Tenth Annual Ceolna Mara Summer School for Strings. Alongside members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Lisa will be teaching violin, viola and chamber music to an international student body from across Europe and America, and will president a recital of works by Australian composers Ross Edwards and Paul Stanhope.