Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music announces two exciting new appointments

Monash Arts is delighted to welcome two new appointments, Dr Nicole Canham and Dr Anna McMichael, to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Both exceptional performers of international repute, Dr McMichael (pictured below) joins Monash as the Program Coordinator for Strings, while Dr Canham (pictured right) will be Program Coordinator of Wind in the classical music stream.

‘We are very pleased to welcome these two outstanding musicians, teachers and academics in 2020,’ said Professor Cat Hope, Head of School. ‘Their focus on performance, education and careers in the music sector will make an important contribution to Monash University’s music and performing arts program.’

A Churchill Fellow, Dr Canham, is recognised for her distinctive and expansive creative practice that spans performance (clarinet and tarogato), programming, music education and scholarship. Specialising in chamber music and cross art-form collaboration, Dr Canham has performed around Australia and abroad in the USA, UK, France, Belgium, and Mexico.  She has also worked as an orchestral musician for the Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet, Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras.

Dr Canham has been nationally recognised for her commitment to commissioning, performing and championing the music of living Australian composers, and specialises in transformative approaches to music education, presenting her innovative research on musicians’ career development at leading conferences around the world.

Dr McMichael is similarly renowned for her extraordinary international performance experience and academic success. After studying violin in South Australia with Marie Roberts, Beryl Kimber and William Hennessy, she performed as a concerto soloist with the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. After being awarded a Queen's Jubilee scholarship in 1993 to study with Vera Beths at the Royal Conservatorium in the Netherlands, she established a successful European career, working with and leading ensembles including the London Sinfonietta and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

As well as her performance degrees, Dr McMichael has a Masters in Historical Musicology from King's College, London, and a Doctorate from the Sydney Conservatorium.

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