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Future Directions





The Australian National University today announced the creation of a new endowment fund and a range of measures to ensure a strong future for the ANU School of Music.

The University has allocated $1 million to seed the ANU Music Endowment Fund, which will support the activities at the School that are of direct benefit to the cultural life of the ACT community.

“ANU is committed to the School of Music , its students, and the important role it plays in the cultural life of the region,” ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb said. “That's why we've invited the ACT Government to match our contribution to this endowment fund, which will provide a secure and stable base for musical education and enjoyment for the entire community. We will also welcome the support of community members to maintain this important musical institution.”

The endowment fund is one outcome of a recent review of the School of Music , which has looked at ways of ensuring the School's long-term viability. After consulting with staff and students over the last few weeks, ANU has announced several measures to build on the past success of the School.

“We intend to use the endowment to fund a new centre at the School of Music that will build on our existing links with schools, the community, technical colleges and industry,” Professor Chubb said. “This will increase development opportunities for the pre-tertiary and adult learner, and could provide a central point for community music organisations across the ACT.

“In a similar vein, we're exploring ways to strengthen our relationship with the University of Canberra so that students studying to be teachers can also access our music education.

“We will commission an independent curriculum review for reforms to be implemented over the next two years,” Professor Chubb said. “We want to be able to use our existing resources more efficiently, meaning that we can continue to offer top-quality musical education in areas like classics and jazz. We also want to identify new areas in which we could grow the number and type of courses on offer.”

To maximise the value of the ANU Music Endowment Fund, the University will appoint a new Development Manager at the School of Music who will identify opportunities to promote the school and its links with external organisations. ANU will also begin a national and international search for a new Head for the School of Music to replace the current interim leader, whose term will end mid-year. In addition to this, the refurbished Llewellyn Hall will reopen soon, providing Canberra with a world-class concert hall.





Llewellyn Hall, currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment following storm damage in February this year, will reopen in March 2008 and mark the beginning of a new era for the ANU School of Music.

The concert hall, which suffered extensive damage to its roof as a result of the February 28 ‘super-cell' hailstorm, will be completely refurbished. The new look interior will have a theme strongly evocative of the Australian landscape, with an ochre and midnight colour scheme, ironbark flooring and new seating.

With an eye firmly fixed on the future, the School has also appointed a Working Group to develop a strategy to ensure the School prospers and extends its reputation as an international centre for performance and music research.

Head of the School, Professor John Luxton, said the time was right for the School to identify and build on its strengths.

“Llewellyn Hall is very much regarded as the embodiment of the School, and it seems timely with the refurbishment to also look at where the School stands as a centre of musical excellence,” Professor Luxton said.

“The Working Group welcomes input from staff, students and other stakeholders. It will look at mechanisms to support an exciting and sustainable academic program, the development of a recruitment program that is aimed at steadying the fluctuations in undergraduate enrolments that are a current feature of the fields, improving our financial position, and further redeveloping our postgraduate coursework offerings.

ANU Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb said the School played an integral role in the University community and the wider community.

“From elementary music education, through the school and college music programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate education, to the acclaimed performances of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, The ANU School of Music – and Llewellyn Hall - will continue to be the musical heart of the ACT,” he said.




SCHOOL OF MUSIC : Working Group


The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mandy Thomas, has established a small working group to advise her on a number of matters relating to the future of the School of Music .

Membership of the Group is drawn primarily from staff of the School and includes –

Geoffrey Brennan, Emeritus Professor, Research School of Social Sciences

Chris Chenoweth, School of Music Foundation

John Luxton, Head, School of Music

Anne-Maree O'Brien, Manager, School of Music and Art

Mike Price, Head, Jazz Area, School of Music

Virginia Taylor, Performance Convenor, School of Music

Alan Vivian, Board Member, Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Wild, Graduate Convenor, School of Music


The Group welcomes input from staff and students of the School, and staff of the College Administrative Group. The Group's deliberations are set within the context of fluctuating undergraduate enrolments in some areas and a projected escalation of costs. The Group has been specifically requested to provide Professor Thomas with advice on the following matters -

•  A recruitment program that is aimed at increasing undergraduate enrolments.

•  A sustainable academic program.

•  Staffing profiles.

•  Strategies to reduce costs.

•  Strategies to increase income, specifically the development of postgraduate coursework and other development opportunities, eg. fundraising.

The Group will take into account the recommendations of the review of the School undertaken in 2004 and the School's draft planning proposal of 2006. The Group will meet regularly throughout October and November. It is expected that the Group will be in a position to finalise recommendations and implementation strategies by 3 December 2007.

Suggestions regarding the School's future, addressing these terms of reference, should be submitted to Anne-Maree O'Brien, anne-maree.obrien@anu.edu.au , by Friday 26 October 2007 for consideration by the group.