Researcher biography

I’m a musician and teacher currently studying a PhD in Musicology at UQ. I have earned a B.Mus from the University of Melbourne, M.Mus (Baroque Trumpet and Countertenor) from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, M.Teach from the University of New England, and a joint Certificate in School Management and Leadership from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a teacher, I have worked in Aboriginal communities of Tennant Creek and Galiwin’ku and am currently working in a bilingual international school in Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition to my studies, I have worked as a professional singer, trumpeter and producer both in Australia and overseas.  As a part of my PhD, I am investigating the establishment and cultivation of contemporary Australian music in the mid 19th century and in 2018 & 2019 the Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal published my two-part study on the biographical puzzle of Isaac Nathan (c1791-1864). While living in Vietnam for the last three years, I have also enjoyed performing and collaborating with conductor and virtuoso traditional instrumentalist Mr Dong Quang Vinh in our Bamboo Orchestra at TH School and also as a trumpeter in the Hanoi International Chamber Orchestra. I am passionately interested in the universal role that music plays in the world that we live in and music's ability to provide abstract insight into human (and non-human) expression, emotion and identity.