Both Mr Gill and Musica Viva believe that every child has the right to receive a quality music education, and together they will champion this message across the country.
‘It is fantastic to have Richard’s wealth of experience and wisdom to help shape the future of this internationally acclaimed program’, Musica Viva Chief Executive Officer, Mary Jo Capps, said.
Richard Gill is one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most admired conductors specialising in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training and is internationally respected as a music educator.
He is Founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera and also Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has been Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Speaking about his new appointment, Mr Gill said, ‘It’s an exciting time in the field of music education, with digital technologies both helping to expand reach and heighten the experience and appreciation of music.
‘In order for Australia to remain a leader of innovation in the 21st century, it is vital that we invest in the creative and cultural learning of our children.’
In 2014 Musica Viva In Schools musicians travelled over 120,000 kilometres to deliver music education programs to over 260,000 students through 1,700 concerts, workshops and residencies. The company also provided direct training to over 2,000 teachers, as well as a further 8,000 teachers in-directly.