The new Rules of Association (2019) of the Victorian Music Teachers' Association allow for up to 6 Member Elected Board Directors and 2 Board Appointed Directors.
Member Elected Directors must be current financial members of the VMTA. Board Appointed Directors may be VMTA members or external consultants who have specialist skills and expertise of value to the association. Terms are staggered and are held for up to 3 years.
Board Directors may also nominate for the position of President, Vice-President and Treasurer in addition to serving as a regular Board Director. Through the Executive and various working groups, Board Directors support the planning and running of the VMTA in an honorary capacity and in conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer.
Board Directors & Management 2019
President & Board Director
Josie Thomas was born in the Netherlands and migrated to Australia with her family in the 1950s. She was initially taught piano by her sister, during which time she qualified as a Primary Teacher.
Vice President & Board Director
Born and raised in Melbourne's West, Lyn pursued her love of music, and the desire to share it with the next generation, through tertiary studies at the Melba Conservatorium of Music where she studied Clarinet under Paul Champion (Principal Clarinetist, Orchestra Victoria).
With 30 years’ experience and representing the fourth generation of a musical family, pianist Robin Baker enjoys a busy freelance career as piano accompanist, piano teacher and chamber musician.
David Harris is composer, broadcaster and lecturer in composition. As a composer he has been prolific and varied, ranging stylistically from ‘hardcore minimalism’ to expressive post-romanticism and many experimental shades in between. He currently lectures in Music Composition at Monash University and teaches from his private studio.
Anne Lewitzka is a graduate of The University of Melbourne. She completed a Master of Music in Piano Performance and was awarded the Marion Isobel Thomas Scholarship as well as a Melbourne University Post-graduate Scholarship, with stipend.
Bron Sozanski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Music and French and a Diploma in Education majoring in double music from Sydney University. He has an Associate Diploma in Piano Tuition from the Trinity College of London.
Chief Executive Officer
Genevieve Newton is Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association. Genevieve manages all aspects of the organisation including operations, finance, events, marketing & development, strategic planning and membership services.