I started playing Violin at the age of five and started playing Oboe at the age of fifteen while keeping up my Violin studies at the same time. Shortly after starting Oboe I commenced playing with the Southern Area Concert Band , a group of which I am still a member of to this day. For many of my school years I participated in the ensembles of the Melbourne Youth Music programs as a Violinist. While participating in the community band scene I have played with many concert bands around Melbourne, and concert bands and brass bands in country areas of Victoria and New South Wales.
Following on from high school I went to Box Hill Institute of TAFE and completed a music course. After Box Hill I proceeded to Monash University and completed a Bachelor of Music then a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary). I took a break from studying while working in the country and in 2007, a few years after I had returned to Melbourne to work, I gained a Master in Education (Arts Administration) from RMIT University. I've recently achieved a Master of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University and qualified as a Librarian.
My community interests are in brass and concert bands and I am currently a member of the Southern Area Concert Band and the Stonnington City Brass Band . Within the community band scene I enjoy working at unravelling brass band and concert band histories, and being one of the Vice-President's of the Victorian Bands' League .
Being a musician has brought me many opportunities and friends and has involved me in many diverse music groups and ensembles. I consider this part of an ever-changing life journey that is yet to be completed. Participating has led me into many music leadership, teaching, and managerial roles all of which has provided valuable 'life' experience and thought for studies which I have completed over the years. It never ceases to amaze me how, after many years of not seeing people, that I can meet them either offline or online, and the common connective paths in music will come up in conversation. While I'm not doing as much playing now as I once did due to a medical complaint, I am still very much the musician and am guided by my lifestyle.
about this site:
All the pages on my site are reflective of my past and current studies and other interests. There has been a major revision in content in which I tidied up the site and added new pages to highlight my recent qualification in Librarianship. The Research pages include listings of resources for Library Design and Function and Library Science. Also, the former Links page has been turned over to Library interests. Please feel free to explore the content on this website and you can contact me via the Contact Page.