Composer and musician
What is your musical background?
My first musical instrument was the classical guitar, but eventually I wanted access to other forms of music so I studied clarinet as my main instrument in an undergraduate degree at the Sydney Conservatorium. During that four year course I also played cello, bassoon and trombone, while participating in various choirs around Sydney. After graduating I was a high school music teacher for many years, conducting choirs and bands and arranging and composing music for school ensembles. An MMus degree at UNSW kept my brain stimulated, but I increasingly felt that composition, rather than musicology, was my love, and now, after retiring early from teaching, I am happily composing full time. I sing in choirs (Bel a cappella, Coro Austral) and continue to play in several ensembles (Consort 8, Concordia Guitar Trio, etc.) around Sydney.
What is your advice to singers performing your works?
I have taken great care in tempi and dynamics in order to make each piece speak convincingly. With that being said, if the performers can come up with better ideas – go for it!