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Robert Harris

BMus, AMusA, LMusA, GradCert (Mgmt)

Examiner Number: 1166

Robert Harris teaches at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and in private teaching practice. He has also taught at Barker College, The King’s School, St Andrew’s Cathedral School and Scots College and the University of New England in NSW; Ivanhoe Grammar, Marcellin College, Xavier College, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne; Brisbane Boys’ College, Villanova College, the Queensland Conservatorium, the University of Queensland  and the University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba) in Queensland.

He has served as examiner, judge and adjudicator of competitions, prizes and eisteddfods in many states. A founder, executive board member and past National Consultant of the Australian Strings Association (AUSTA), Robert has presented workshops throughout New Zealand for the Strings Association New Zealand Aotearoa (STANZA), in Canada, the USA and in many Asian countries for both Musica Viva and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

A past Chairperson of Orchestras Australia and past President of the ANZ Viola Society, Robert organises Café Viola workshops in Canberra and Sydney and often presents at the International Viola Congresses. A past Concertmaster of the Australian, Pittsburgh and International Youth Orchestras, Robert has subsequently held positions as Principal Viola with many of Australia’s leading orchestras, from the Australian Chamber Orchestra to his current post with the Canberra Symphony.

Robert’s professional performances in close to thirty countries is balanced by his perennial commitment to regional, community, schools and youth music. He directs summer and vacation music schools in all eastern states, travels to regional centres for concerts and workshops with Musica Viva, New England Ensemble and OzOpera, and collaborates with local community and youth orchestras.

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