Sydney Con announces new Associate Dean of Research

Professor Neal Peres Da Costa has been appointed as Associate Dean (Research) at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Professor Peres Da Costa joined the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006 and founded the Early Music Unit (of which he was Chair from 2006-2016) now the Historical Performance Division and subsequently Program Leader of Postgraduate Research. He regularly performs with Australia’s leading ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, the Song Company, the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Bach Akademie Australia and Ironwood. Peres Da Costa has a distinguished discography and donates much of his spare time to students through his involvement in mentoring and by providing masterclasses for high school students and emerging artists

Sydney Conservatorium Director Professor Anna Reid said: “Neal is an amazing researcher and performer. He is world renowned for his work in historically informed practice, which includes experimental performance work alongside written representations of those works. We are looking forward to experiencing his musical influence as our Associate Dean (Research).”

Kit Wise takes RMIT interim Dean of Art role

DDCA Board member Professor Kit Wise will take up the role of interim Dean for the School of Arts for nine months as Professor Julian Goddard, also a DDCA Board member, moves to a college-wide role in RMIT’s Cultural Engagement scheme.

Pro Vice Chancellor Paul Gough acknowledged Professor Wise’s extensive experience in senior leadership roles over the last ten years at the University of Tasmania and Monash University - including as Director and Head of the School of Creative Arts and Interim Director of the Creative Exchange Institute at UTAS; and, Acting Head of Art and Associate Dean Education at Monash.

Professor Gough said “Kit has had a longstanding engagement with the creative industries of Melbourne through numerous professional engagements with individuals and institutions across Victoria; and through his gallery, Sarah Scout Presents. These have been extended through leadership roles on peak bodies, extensive national and international networks, and a range of interdisciplinary partnerships.”

Sarah Brooke Miller - Member of the Order of Australia

Professor Sarah Brooke Miller has received an AM for significant service to the performing arts through research, education and advisory roles.

Sarah is Professor of Performance at the University of Wollongong, where she was the inaugural Head of the School of the Arts, English and Media (2013-2018), Associate Dean Research and Contemporary Practice (2011-2013) and Head of the School of Music and Drama (2008-2011).

She has extensive governance experience in both the university and not for profit arts sector, and her background as both Artistic and Executive Director of two of Australia’s leading contemporary arts organisations: the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (1994-2006) and Performance Space, Sydney (1989-1993), has seen her  providing expert advice to a range of government and statutory bodies including the Australian Research Council, the Office of Learning and Teaching, and the Australia Council for the Arts: the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, as well as state funding agencies in NSW and Western Australia.

For the Australia Council, she was a Ministerial appointee to the Theatre Board (2005-2008), a member of the Drama Committee (1991-1993), a founding member of the Hybrid Arts Committee (1994), an external peer for the New Media Arts Board (1996) and for Theatre (November 2017).

From 1994-2004, she was the state-based editor (WA) for RealTime Arts. She was awarded the prestigious 2003 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Facilitator’s Award.

Obituary: Dr John Storey (1950-2019)

John Storey was a self-taught photographer who ran his own commercial photography business from 1979 until his move into academia in 1985. As a free-lance photographer, he documented the Gay Liberation Movement in Sydney as well as contributing photography to several publications including Peter Spearitt’s Sydney since the Twenties (1978); Waterfront Sydney 1860-1920, (1984, 1991) co-authored with Graeme Applin; and Anne Richter’s 1994 publication, Arts and Crafts of Indonesia, (1994). Photographs by John Storey are also included in Peter Spearitt’s history: The Sydney Harbour Bridge: a life (2007, 2011).

John took-up a part-time lecturer’s position in Photography at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga in 1985 where he also established a film society and camera club. In 1986 he accepted a position as Lecturer in Photography at RMIT, where he worked until 2004, by which time he was Associate Professor and Post Graduate Coordinator in the School of Creative Arts. John’s commitment to practice based PhDs and the intersection between the creative and the scholarly was critical to the establishment of that programme. His Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in 2992 entitled Journals of a Stranger: documents of a life, brings together image and text in a discontinuous narrative using photography, creative and exegetical writing.

As an artist, John’s work was exhibited both nationally and internationally, and he curated a number of exhibitions that reflected his interests in social justice, urban landscape, gender and intimacy for hospitals and old people’s homes. He was a member of the Stills Art Co-operative Melbourne and sat on the Board of Directors at Melbourne’s Centre of Contemporary Photography.

Dogged by ill health for many years, Dr John Storey is remembered as a committed, tenacious and caring teacher, artist and researcher. Charming, witty and a rigorous and progressive thinker, he is greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

Mia Lindgren to head Swinburne’s School of Arts, Social Science and Humanities

Professor Mia Lindgren has been announced as the new Dean of Swinburne University’s School of Arts, Social Science and Humanities.

The journalism researcher was awarded the 2015 Anne Dunn Research Excellence Award and is co-editor of the Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. She moves to Swinburne from Monash University where she was the founding head of the School of Media, Film and Journalism. Professor Lindgren will officially take up her post in August 2019.

Opportunities for music academics/ performers at Monash

Rather than advertise precise positions, we are calling for EOI's with a cover letter, enabling applicants to showcase their own achievements rather than fit them into a position description. These are ongoing positions and available to both national and international applicants.

Classical instrumentalists with PhD/ DMA, composition (acoustic or electronic focus) with PhD/DMA, Professor of Music (any music discipline) and/or Professor of Australian Music (practice - ie research active but in the NTRO and income space)

Further information available at:

Job Opportunity: Professor of Creative Writing, Melbourne

The School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne is looking to appoint a Professor of Creative Writing. The Professor of Creative Writing will be expected to make major contributions in the areas of research, academic leadership, administration and professional development, and teaching excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels including RHD supervision. Applications close on 30 April 2019. Further information available at:

UWA seeking Lecturer in Electronic Music and Sound Design

University of Western Australia’s Conservatorium of Music is looking for a Lecturer in Electronic Music and Sound Design. The Lecturer B appointment is an opportunity for an artist and academic to teach, create and research within the Electronic Music and Sound Design (EMSD) program. This is an emerging program at UWA that will be fully offered for the first time in 2020. The position will include contributing to the development of the program, producing music as well as taking part in lectures, tutorials, practical classes, demonstrations, concerts, workshops, student field excursions and recording and studio sessions.

Applications close on 28 April 2019. Further information available at:

Michael Balfour to head UNSW Arts and Media School

Theatre and performance researcher, Professor Michael Balfour has been announced as the next head of school of Arts and Media at UNSW. He brings with him an extensive career in applied theatre including a stint at the Theatre in Prisons and Probation (TIPP) Centre, University of Manchester, one of the UK’s longest running arts organisations specialising in applied theatre. Currently Deputy Head of School for Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University, Professor Balfour will take up his UNSW position in May.

New Southbank home for Melbourne Conservatorium

Melbourne Conservatorium staff and students are busily moving in to their new home at the heart of Melbourne University’s art precinct on Southbank. The $109 million Ian Potter Southbank Centre is the centrepiece of the University’s major $200 million Southbank campus transformation. The Centre, which received major philanthropic support from the Myer Foundation, will be officially opened on 1 June 2019.