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Advisor Profiles

Richard morphew – Voice Advisor

Richard Morphew studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the legendary Alexander Sverjensky for piano, with the equally legendary Elizabeth Todd for singing and Errol Collins for violin. He taught music in several NSW secondary schools before traveling to USA and England to further his musical studies. He returned to Australia to take up a position as lecturer in music and music education at Alexander Mackie Teachers’ College and later at Sydney College of Advanced Education and the University of New South Wales as well as part-time lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

For over 40 years Richard has taught singing and piano and performed in both these disciplines on national radio and television. He conducts piano, vocal and choral workshops throughout Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, is respected internationally in the field of vocal and instrumental pedagogy and has presented papers relating to his research at international conferences in England and America. He has been a guest lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Richard has been a member of the Board of AMEB (NSW) for over 30 years and was Syllabus Advisor for both the NSW and Federal Board of AMEB responsible for the 1995 Singing Syllabus as well as being editor of the Singing Books Grades 2–4 for that Syllabus. In 2005 he was presented with an AMEB Examiner Award for 25 years of service. Richard is an Honorary Life Member of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW and served on the council of the association for over 25 years holding the executive positions of president and treasurer.