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Dr Graham Sattler is Executive Director/CEO of Mitchell Conservatorium, in the central west of NSW (Australia). He was Director/CEO of the Orange Regional Conservatorium from 2001 to 2012, executive committee member of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums from 2003 to 2016, and adjunct lecturer with Charles Sturt University from 2007-2011. Graham teaches voice, brass, conducting, and delivers professional learning in music for generalist teachers. He holds a Diploma in Opera, Master’s degree in Conducting, and PhD, all from the University of Sydney. Graham has been a casual academic with Central Queensland University since 2015 and his principal research focus is sociocultural development in and through community music activity.
Graham began his career as an orchestral trombonist, became a singer specialising in opera and music theatre, then consolidated with a move into conducting and artistic direction prior to commencing research in the field of community music activity. He holds a Diploma of Operatic Art and Music Theatre, a Master of Performance in Conducting, and a PhD, all from the University of Sydney. From 2001 to 2012 Graham was Director of the Orange Regional Conservatorium, and from 2007 to 2011 he was engaged in the design and delivery of the Associate Degree in Music Education at Charles Sturt University, at which he held appointments as Adjunct Lecturer and Subject Coordinator. Graham regularly presents at Music Education and Arts Health conferences, and has carried out fieldwork in Australia, North America and Bolivia. Graham has worked as trombonist and singer with the Australian Opera, vocal soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Tasmania, West Australia and Auckland, and extensively as a choral, orchestral and music theatre conductor. Appointed in 2014 as Executive Director/CEO of Mitchell Conservatorium, Graham’s education activity includes vocal, brass and conducting coaching, and the delivery of professional learning courses in curriculum delivery and ensemble direction. His current performance focus is on original Australian music, collaborating since 2013 with Stephen O’Connell as partners in SOQ.