Associate Professor Peter McCallum

Acting Registrar and Academic Director, Education Policy and Quality

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Biographical details

Peter McCallum is Director, Education Strategy at the University of Sydney and an Associate Professor in Musicology, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He was Chair of the Academic Board of the University of Sydney 2010-2015 and previously Deputy Chair. His research areas include the music of the Classical Era, the music of Boulez and Australian music criticism. His PhD research examined the analytical significance of the sketches for Beethoven’s last string quartet in F major, Opus 135. In 2015 he published a history of the Conservatorium to celebrate its first hundred years: The Centenary of the Con: a history of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1915 -2015. He is also chief classical music critic for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Research interests

Music Analysis, Beethoven Sketches, Australian music

Teaching and supervision

Topics supervised include:

  • Schoenberg, Opus 11 (Dr Karen Lemon)
  • Beethoven and the European avant garde 1968 – 1972 (Dr Stephen Loy)
  • Polish Sonorism ( Dr Anya Maslowiec)
  • Australian colonial music, 1788 – c. 1850 (Dr Graeme Skinner)
  • Not from here, not from there. Sinfonia Opus 43. Henrique Oswald (1852-1931): Critical
  • Edition, Context and Commentary. (Dr Ulisses Amaral)
  • Roman Palester (Blake Parham – currentPhD)
  • Piano Music of Unsuk Chin (Jihyeon Lim – current DMA)
  • “In Pursuit of Authenticity?: A culturally informed performance practice of canciones españolas” (Claire Race – current PhD)

Current projects

Beethoven’s final sketchbook.

In the media

Peter McCallum is chief classical music critic for the Sydney Morning Herald

Selected grants

2015

  • Reframing the PhD for Australia's future universities; Barrie S, Peseta T, Trigwell K, McCallum P, Patridge L, Graffam J, Fyffe J, Kwan A; Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)/OLT Grants.
  • Turn Yourself In: A web-based interactive tool to facilitate students' understanding of academic honesty and originality; Lewis S, Smith-Merry J, McCallum P, Kench P, O'Loughlin K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • McCallum, P. (2015). The Centenary of the Con: a history of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 1915 - 2015. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

Book Chapters

  • McCallum, P. (2009). The Process Within the Product: Exploratory Transitional Passages in Beethoven's Late Quartet Sketches. In William Kinderman and Joseph Jones (Eds.), Genetic Criticism and the Creative Process: Essays from Music, Literature, & Theatre, (pp. 123-150). Rochester: University of Rochester Press.
  • McCallum, P. (2007). Afterword. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 143-144). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • McCallum, P. (2007). Introduction: Enhancing Support for Australia's International Arts Profile. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 120-123). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Conferences

  • Clark, J., McCallum, P., Maxwell, I. (2007). Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006. Australian Arts in an International Context: Symposium held at University of Sydney, Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Textual Creative Works

  • McCallum, P. (2003). Beethoven's Piano Concertos. CD: Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos, (pp. 10 - 30). Sydney, Australia: ABC Classics.

2015

  • McCallum, P. (2015). The Centenary of the Con: a history of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 1915 - 2015. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

2009

  • McCallum, P. (2009). The Process Within the Product: Exploratory Transitional Passages in Beethoven's Late Quartet Sketches. In William Kinderman and Joseph Jones (Eds.), Genetic Criticism and the Creative Process: Essays from Music, Literature, & Theatre, (pp. 123-150). Rochester: University of Rochester Press.

2007

  • McCallum, P. (2007). Afterword. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 143-144). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Clark, J., McCallum, P., Maxwell, I. (2007). Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006. Australian Arts in an International Context: Symposium held at University of Sydney, Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • McCallum, P. (2007). Introduction: Enhancing Support for Australia's International Arts Profile. In John Clarke, Peter Mccallum and Ian Maxwell (Eds.), Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You? Australian Arts in an International Context: Proceedings of a Symposium held at University of Sydney on 8 December 2006, (pp. 120-123). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2003

  • McCallum, P. (2003). Beethoven's Piano Concertos. CD: Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos, (pp. 10 - 30). Sydney, Australia: ABC Classics.

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