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PhD, DSCM, LMusA, BMus, MMus

Ian Cook graduated from the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 1978, having studied clarinet with Clive Amadio. He continued his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alan Vivian and Terence Stirzaker. In London, he studied clarinet pedagogy with Pamela Weston and Colin Bradbury. Dr Cook earned his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2009.

For many years, Dr Cook was actively involved with wind ensembles. Having earned his master’s degree in conducting and his PhD in opera and music theatre, he has conducted performances of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Sweeney Todd, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and many others.

Dr Cook has 35 years of tertiary teaching experience, primarily at the University of Newcastle. He is now Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Newcastle Youth Orchestra. In 2013 and again in 2014, Dr Cook accepted Artist in Residence Fellowships at the National Sound and Film Archives.

In addition to presenting workshops, Dr Cook has adjudicated for the Australian National Eisteddfod and for many other eisteddfods throughout New South Wales.