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Ros Dunlop

BMus, PhD

Examiner Number: 155

Ros has been a strong advocate for the cause of new music for the clarinet for most of her professional life, and championed the repertoire for clarinet written by Australian composers. Apart from her performances within Australia as a soloist and chamber musician, Ros also performs internationally, taking her to New Zealand, UK, Europe, the USA, Hong Kong, Japan and East Timor. She has also conducted master classes, composer workshops and forums on music and politics in many of these countries. She has commissioned and premiered many new compositions and has had others written especially for her by composers all over the world. She has played in clarinet festivals in Holland, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan and the USA.  Her three solo CDs have received International acclaim.

Ros is a member of the chamber ensemble Charisma, with whom she has commissioned and premiered many new works including many multimedia premieres. With Charisma she has a regular concert series in Sydney and tours to regional Australia.

One of her more unusual tours took her to East Timor, performing audio visual works about the Indonesian occupation of East Timor written by Martin Wesley-Smith. She embarked on a project researching the traditional music of East Timor in 2003. Her work became the subject of a program; A MusicalTais, compiledfor the ABC radio show, Into the Music which subsequently won an award in New York. With a grant awarded to her by the USA Department of State she wrote a book about this extraordinary musical culture Sounds of the Soul. The book has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the best multicultural non-fiction award by the Independent Publishers Association in New York (2012), the Australian Government’s inaugural Arts in Asia Awards for Music (2013) and the International Book Awards in the UK (2014).

Ros has delivered papers about East Timor’s traditional music in conferences all over the world. The traditional music of East Timor became the essence of her PhD thesis and she was awarded her doctorate in 2016.

Ros taught clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for 24 years. She has a private music studio and a reputation for excellent pedagogy methods and practices. Her students generally achieve Band 6 in HSC Music and some have gone on to have successful careers in music.