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Patricia Brown

(b Liverpool, Feb 17, 1950). Australian performer and composer, of English birth. After studying English at the University of New South Wales (1969–77) he worked as a solo and ensemble player on a wide range of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque string, wind and percussion instruments; he also specialized in folk instruments from a variety of countries. This instrumental ability led him to work with cross-cultural groups such as Sirocco, Southern Crossings (a world music quartet founded by Atherton in ...

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J.M. Thomson

(b Lower Hutt, Aug 31, 1945). New Zealand composer, pianist, writer and teacher. She grew up in a musical family and began piano lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from the University of Otago, first in English and then in piano and composition (BMus ...

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Tony Gould

(b Sydney, Feb 8, 1947). Australian singer. She first studied piano. From 1968 to 1971 she sang with a cooperative group, the Affair, touring Australia and England, after which she joined the Daly–Wilson Big Band and worked as a studio musician and in cabaret. In ...

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Irene Weiss Peery

(b Sydney, June 29, 1886; d Philadelphia, June 20, 1948). Australian-American pianist, composer and teacher. He was first taught the piano by his mother and then, from 1901, by Sydney Moss. In the same year he made a concert tour of more than 280 towns and cities in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand; further tours followed. From ...

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J.M. Thomson

( b Christchurch, Sept 28, 1945). New Zealand composer and teacher . The second of six daughters, she grew up in an intensely musical environment. She graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1967. In 1973 she founded the influential Christchurch music workshops, and later formed and directed the Centre Sound choral group. She gained a teaching diploma in ...

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Graham Hair and Greta Mary Hair

(b Sydney, Jan 19, 1945). Australian composer, conductor and teacher. She studied English and French at the Australian National University (BA 1966) and music with Larry Sitsky at the Canberra School of Music; later she studied at the Kodály Institute in Hungary (Diploma of Music Education ...

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George N. Heller and Alice-Ann Darrow

(b St Joseph, MO, Oct 29, 1934). American music educator. He studied at the University of Kansas (BME 1955, MME 1956, PhD 1967) and at the University of Melbourne in Australia on a Fulbright Scholarship (1956–7). Between 1955 and 1963...

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Frederick Page and J.M. Thomson

(b London, March 2, 1926). New Zealand choral conductor and teacher. Taken to New Zealand in 1928, he became a chorister at Christchurch Cathedral, and studied at the University of Canterbury. He was appointed conductor of the Royal Christchurch Musical Society in 1949...

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J.M. Thomson

(b Nelson, Feb 4, 1942). New Zealand composer and teacher. She graduated in English from the University of Canterbury (BA 1964) and taught for a number of years before taking the BMus first in music history (1982) and then in composition (...

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J.M. Thomson

(b Hastings, New Zealand, Oct 10, 1954). New Zealand composer and teacher. Her studies began in 1973 at the University of Canterbury, where she subsequently became computer music research assistant. In 1978 she attended summer schools in Europe with John Cage and Iannis Xenakis...

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Mark Gilbert

(b Canberra, Australia, Dec 22, 1958). Australian electric guitarist. He taught himself rock and blues guitar from the age of seven, later drawing on the work of Frank Zappa, Chick Corea, the Brecker Brothers, and the pop group Steely Dan. After attending the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California, in ...

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Thérèse Radic

(b Melbourne, Australia, Sept 5, 1935). Australian composer. Educated at Tintern Junior School and Melbourne Girls Grammar, she studied with the pianist Roy Shepherd and the composer Dorian Le Gallienne at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, with the assistance of a Commonwealth Scholarship, graduating BMus in ...

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Graham Hardie

(b Sydney, Nov 23, 1913; d Sydney, Dec 6, 1976). Australian composer and music educator. Self-taught as a composer, except for one year of study with Alex Burnard at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music (1947–8), Hanson's understanding of virtuoso pianism is evident in the powerful Piano Sonata and Preludes, while the most consistent seam of his creativity appears in the Tagore settings for solo voice and for chorus, ranging from ...

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Erika Schaller

(b Karlsruhe, Dec 13, 1938). German composer. From 1957 to 1960 he studied singing with Walter Neugebauer in Karlsruhe. In 1960 he went to Australia, where he studied the guitar with Antonio Losada (Sydney) and music theory with Don Andrews at the Sydney Conservatory (...

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John G. Doyle

(b Melbourne, July 20, 1871; d New York, Feb 9, 1951). American pianist of Australian birth. He studied with Vogrich in Australia, then entered the Leipzig Conservatory as a student of Reinecke and Jadassohn, graduating with the Mozart prize. After further study with Stavenhagen, he toured the Continent and England, and went to the USA (...

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J.M. Thomson

(b Wellington, Feb 6, 1945; d Sydney, July 30, 1995). New Zealand harpsichordist, organist, choral and orchestral director. A brilliant student, he took the BMus at Victoria University, Wellington, in 1968. Following postgraduate study in Brussels (1972), he was awarded the Kingdom of Belgium Pro Arte Gold Medal. In ...

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John Shand

(b Melbourne, Australia, July 28, 1958). Australian drummer, percussionist, teacher, bandleader, and composer. He began playing professionally at the age of 12 and made his recording début with Brian Brown in 1976. The following year he was a founder of the fusion band Pyramid, following the breakup of which, in ...

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Jere T. Humphreys

(b Melbourne, Australia, May 28, 1945). Music educator and scholar of Australian birth. She received degrees from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (BAHons 1967, DipEd 1968), Andrews University, Michigan (MMus 1970), and the University of Calgary, Alberta (PhD 1976). She taught in public secondary schools in Australia (...

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J. Michele Edwards

(b Christchurch, New Zealand, July 29, 1939). New Zealand composer. After attending Canterbury University, New Zealand (BMus 1961), she studied with Peter Racine Fricker at the RCM, London (1961–3); she also attended Darmstadt summer courses (1961–2) and worked with Koenig at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Cologne, and at the Bilthoven electronic music studio (...

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Elizabeth Wood

( fl 1874–86). Australian music teacher, organist and composer of British birth . He arrived in Sydney in 1874 to become organist of St James's Church, and was appointed local secretary of Trinity College of Music, London, establishing the first branch college of music in Sydney (...