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Naomi Halls

ASCM, BA, GradDipPsych (Dist), BSocSci (Hons), MPhil, Doctor of Psychology (clinical)

Examiner Number: 246

Naomi Halls is a musician, teacher and psychologist. Naomi has performed internationally, including on Irish television and in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In recent years, she has become involved in the popular sphere, performing as a guest soloist with the Feathered Frog Jazz Trio. From 2006 to 2008, she directed an innovative jazz-fusion concept as part of the Winter at the Joan series (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Her CD Moon Over the Ruined Castle was released in 1997 and has had several print runs. Naomi was Principal Flute with the Sydney Youth Orchestra (1982–1985) and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (1995–2001).

Naomi was appointed as an AMEB examiner in 1988 and as a Senior/Diploma examiner in 1995. She has examined at the Licentiate and Fellowship Diploma levels since 2004. Naomi received her 25 Year Service Award in 2014.

Naomi’s recent focus has been to record and perform works for flute by Australian composer Amanda Handel (recordings are held in the Australian Music Centre library). In 2009, Naomi worked with the composer to edit the first edition of The Vapours of Delphi, which was commissioned by the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre for a premiere performance in 2006. In 2014, Naomi gave a premiere performance of a new work for flute by Amanda Handel at the Sounding Australia conference at Kings School, Parramatta for the NSW Music Teachers’ Association.

Naomi has presented papers at the National Flute Convention (2005), the Flute Teachers’ Forum of NSW (2005–2007), Wollongong Conservatorium (2006) and the World Forum for Music in Brisbane (2013) and has adjudicated for Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Hawkesbury, Macarthur, St George, Penrith and Sydney Flute eisteddfods.

In 2015, Naomi will present workshops titled ‘From Studio to Stage’ for Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy and ‘How to Cope with Anxiety and Nerves’ for Sydney Flute School.

A graduate of Sydney Conservatorium, Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University, Naomi completed coursework and clinical placements for a master’s degree in clinical psychology (Macquarie University) in 2013. She graduates in 2015 as a Doctor of Psychology (clinical) and Master of Philosophy (Psychology). Under the supervision of Professors Dianna Kenny (University of Sydney) and Bill Thompson (Macquarie University), honours, master’s and doctoral research has focused on music performance anxiety in community musicians. In 2012, in conjunction with the Emotional Heath Centre at Macquarie University, Naomi developed a treatment for music performance anxiety using cognitive behavioural therapy.

Naomi currently divides her professional life between private practice as a psychologist (Western Sydney Psychology Practice), a clinical psychologist registrar and a research position in paediatric oncology at Westmead Children’s Hospital, teaching and examining.

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