Dr Nicole Hammill and Rachel Gould have just been appointed as artistic co-convenors at Music For Canberra.
Sydney-born Nicole Hammill studied in the US for 11 years, achieving a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. She subsequently lectured at two American universities and returned to Australia to lecture at James Cook University.
Dr Hammill has taught at the Queensland Conservatorium the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland.
She has been an active soloist and chamber musician, performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since1999. She has acted as Principal First Violin for five years.
An AMEB examiner and frequent adjudicator, in 2007, she completed a Graduate Diploma of Counselling, leading to an interest in personality theory and its application to music teaching.
Dr Hammill will take prime responsibility for the classical music orchestras and instruction for MFC.
Rachel Gould is a Bachelor of Music graduate from the ANU School of Music, where she studied clarinet and piano.
She has worked in the Canberra music scene for around 20 years, including at ANU, as a professional stage manager, as production and operations manager at the National Folk Festival, and as production and venue manager for the Canberra International Music Festival.
Propelled by a passion for youth music education, she has also been the ACT outreach officer managing the ACT Musica Viva in Schools program and Masterclass Series, and the artistic director of the Young Music Society’s summer school program. Rachel will focus particularly on non-classical music programs at MFC.
The new co-convenors share a passion for youth music education and will no doubt contribute richly with their talents and impressive qualifications to the MFC organisation and to Canberra’s music landscape.