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 professionals 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 2020
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.
Dorian Jones is Chief Executive of Melbourne Youth Orchestras, Victoria’s largest provider of ensemble music education outside the school system. Dorian has an extensive background in the management of arts and cultural venues, events and community-based education.
Fiona is a graduate of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, having studied piano performance with Mack Jost. She also holds postgraduate qualifications in business management from Monash University.
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.
Diana Wuli is an Australian cellist, educator, and entrepreneur. Her international career as contemporary artist spans across the UK, USA, Asia, and New Zealand. She has performed with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.
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.