The Board

Houston Dunleavy - Artistic Director

Houston has conducted over 40 operas and musical theatre works, most of the standard symphonic repertoire and

premiered works by living composers on three continents. His compositional work has been presented in many

countries on all continents except Antarctica and is performed by leading soloists around the world. He has

taught, guest lectured, and been visiting composer at over 30 universities, been Musical Director of The Illawarra

Choral Society and The Sydney Male Choir, Senior Lecturer in Composition, and Acting Head of School, University

of Wollongong, and Head of Composition and Production at The Australian Institute of Music. He has over 80

published works and 9 CDs on the Wirripang, Move and Wayfarer labels. He is on the executive Committee,

Melbourne Composers' League, and is a represented Artist, The Australian Music Centre. He is now Musical

Director of St Oswald's Glen Iris, and Academic Director of the Australian Guild of Music Education.

His compositions often explore electronic and acoustic sound worlds as well as the blurring of the lines

between the concert hall, the electronic music studio and the theatre.

Robert Ekselman - Cello

Robert Ekselman is a Juilliard-trained, Melbourne-born cellist performing for many years as a chamber and solo recitalist,

and as an orchestral musician. Collaborating with many prominent artists in Australia, Japan and USA, Robert worked in

New York City for seven years as a performer, teacher and concert reviewer. 


Last year Robert performed at Rippon Lea in duo recital with Robert Chamberlain as part of The Team of Pianists Twilight

Chamber Music Series. Other recent concerts include a joint fundraising concert at Bishopscourt with pianist Veronica

Westcott-Kirsch and baritone Laurence Moore. Robert also presented a fund raiser for MND - Motor Neurone Disease

Australia – with co-artists singer /composer Lady Shaula and Veronica Westcott-Kirsch, piano. 


Robert was leading the cello section of Southern Cross Philharmonia for several years.  

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Matthew Field

Dr Matthew Field completed his BMus in Piano Performance with High Distinction at the Melba Conservatorium of Music under master teacher Dr Mikhail Solovei, and later completed his PhD in music through the University of Newcastle. In his earlier years Matthew was a Yamaha artist and conducted many professional performances on piano and voice. Since completing his PhD Matthew has focussed on music education and is currently Chair of Higher Education for the Australian Guild of Music Education as well as lecturer in theory and aural training.

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Bianca Rooman

Bianca has held positions in Administration and Language teaching. Her interests are writing poetry and singing.  She was Secretary and Editor of In a Nutshell, Friends of the Grainger Museum Newsletter and wrote about Cyril Scott and Percy Grainger.


In 2004, she was  invited by Monash University Music Department to organise a session on Cyril Scott for the International Music Symposium. 


She obtained a grant from Arts Victoria, in 2005 to present Passage of Light and Time: Roger Rooman’s Legacy to Australian Music recorded by ABC Classic FM.


Along with Gerald Gentry, she founded Southern Cross Philharmonia Orchestra and was  CEO/Secretary/Treasurer, curating all activities from 2005 to 2013.

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