The Constitution of the Victorian Music Teachers' Association allows for a maximum of 12 Council Members. The Executive Council comprises the President, Vice-President and Treasurer. Through the Executive and various working groups, Council members support the planning and running of the VMTA in an honorary capacity.
Council Members 2016 - 2017
Dr. Julie Haskell
Melbourne born pianist Julie Haskell began her performing career with a debut piano recital at the age of 13 at a University of Melbourne lunch-time concert, having already won many prizes and gained her Associate Diploma.
Heather was born and educated in Geelong, achieving her AMusA with Margaret Hair. She later studied piano with Stephen McIntyre at The Victorian College of the Arts, and with Ronald Farren-Price at The University of Melbourne.
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.
Siyuan (Serena) Guo
Siyuan Guo holds a Master of Music (Performance Teaching) and Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Music Education degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
David Lempriere-Laughton is a highly sought after solo and collaborative pianist who currently maintains a successful career across Europe, the USA and Australasia.
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.
Elizabeth Mitchell undertook undergraduate and postgraduate music studies at the University of Melbourne, leaving Australia in 1979 as recipient of the University's Welsford Smithers Travelling Scholarship.
Melbourne-born pianist/conductor, Glenn Riddle, studied at the Royal College of Music, London and at the Vienna Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst.
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.
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.
John Young graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours), and completed the Master of Music Performance Teaching degree through the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne.