Professor Anne Boyd

Hon DUniv (York), DPhil (York), BA (Sydney)

J09 - Seymour Centre
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6947

Website Anne Boyd

Biographical details

Anne Boyd is one of Australia’s most distinguished composers and music educators. Her research focuses on the influences of landscape and Asian music on Australian composers. Recent publications include: ‘Landscape, Spirit and Music–An Australian Story’ in The Soundscapes of Australia (ed. Fiona Richards, Ashgate: 2007) and ‘Dreaming Voices: Australia and Japan’ in Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation (ed. Macarthur, Crossman and Morelos, Australian Music Centre: 2006).

In 1990, Boyd became the first Australian (and the first woman) to be appointed Professor of Music at the University of Sydney. Before this, Boyd was the Foundation Head of the Department of Music at the University of Hong Kong from 1981–90 and taught at the University of Sussex from 1972–77.

Professor Boyd’s music is published by Faber Music in London and the University of York Music Press. Two solo CDs of her music are Meditations on a Chinese Character (ABC Classics, 1997) and Crossing a Bridge of Dreams (Tall Poppies, 2000). Her most recently commissioned works include Gate of Water for the ‘Kammer Ensemble’; Angry Earth, a concerto for shakuhachi (Riley Lee) and the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Ex Deo Lux for the 2007 SSO Fellows.

Professor Boyd was honoured with an AM in the Order of Australia in 1996, and an Hon DUniv from York for her services to composition and music education in 2003. In 2005 she received the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award at the APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards.

Current research students

Project title Research student
"Between Time and Eternity: Reimagining Spiritual Complexity through Musical Meaning and the Cinematic Human Figure" Angie CONTINI

Selected grants

2015

  • Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship; Boyd A; Arts NSW/Arts and Cultural Development Program.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Boyd, A. (2011). "To Didj or Not to Didj": Exploring Indigenous Representation in Australian Music Theatre Works by Margaret Sutherland and Andrew Schultz. In Pamela Karantonis and Dylan Robinson (Eds.), Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures, (pp. 93-113). Farnham: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Boyd, A. (2007). Landscape, Spirit and Music: An Australian Story. In Fiona Richards (Eds.), The Soundscapes of Australia - Music, Place and Spirituality, (pp. 11-33). United Kingdom: Ashgate.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Dreaming Voices: Australia and Japan. In Sally Macarthur; Bruss Crossman; Ronaldo Morelos (Eds.), Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, (pp. 9-13). Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Boyd, A. (2005). Intercultural Expressions and Creative Ethnomusicology in the Music of Peter Sculthorpe. In Bode Omojola and George Dor (Eds.), Multiple Interpretations of Dynamics of Creativity and Knowledge in African Music Traditions, (pp. 99-117). Point Richmond, California: Music Research Institute, MRI Press.

Journals

  • Boyd, A. (2006). Writing the Wrongs? A Composer Reflects. Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, 67(2), 18-22.
  • Boyd, A., Koehne, G., Stanhope, P. (2005). The Best Job in the World. Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, 66, 48-51.
  • Boyd, A. (2002). Landscape, Spirit and Music: An Australian Story. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 24, 50-66.

Conferences

  • Boyd, A., Reece, B. (2010). The Sounding of Australian History: Kabbarli at Ooldea - a new opera. 4th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religon, Nature and Culture "Living on the Edge", Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Music as the Voice of God? A composer reflects. Celebrating the 160th Anniversary of Christ Church St Laurence 1845 - 2005, Sydney: St Laurence Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Becoming Australian through music: an analysis of works (1977-1990) by Peter Sculthorpe. Australian Society for Music Education XIV National Conference, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.

Musical Compositions

  • Boyd, A. (2015). String Quartet No. 3. York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A., Reece, B. (2012). Daisy Bates at Ooldea. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Boyd, A. (2012). Kabarli Meditation (Dawn). York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2011). Ganba. UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2011). My Little White Tent in the Never Never. United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2010). Market Garden and Musicians (for Chamber Ensemble) [Portfolio; Boyd, Anne: Market Gardens and Musicians]. UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2010). Market Gardens and Musicians (for Piano). UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2009). Cum Rex Gloriae. Sydney Australia: State University of New York Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2008). Lament of the Pious Women of Jerusalem. Heslington, York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2008). Missa Pacifica. York England: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2008). Seraphim Canticles: Holy Love. York England: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2007). Angry Earth. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2007). Ex Deo Lux. York, England: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Angry Earth. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Jade Flower Song. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). St Elmo's Fire. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Yuya 3. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2005). Gate of Water. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2005). Yuya 2. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2004). A Feather on the Breath of God. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2004). Yuya. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). A Lullaby for the Nativity. Australia: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Esgid Mair. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Glwydd Melyn Mair. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Mairen Mair. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Uluru Dances. Heslington, York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Uluru Mourns. Heslington, York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2002). The Quiet Place.

Music

  • Boyd, A. (2006). Revelations of Divine Love. Cardinal Cerreti Memorial Chapel St Patrick's Estate, International performance, recorded Sydney, Australia: Song Company/ABC/BBC etc.

Digital Creative Works

  • Boyd, A. (2009). 17. Beside Bamboos. CD/DVD, Sydney, Australia: Wirripang.

2015

  • Boyd, A. (2015). String Quartet No. 3. York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.

2012

  • Boyd, A., Reece, B. (2012). Daisy Bates at Ooldea. Sydney, Australia: Self Published.
  • Boyd, A. (2012). Kabarli Meditation (Dawn). York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.

2011

  • Boyd, A. (2011). "To Didj or Not to Didj": Exploring Indigenous Representation in Australian Music Theatre Works by Margaret Sutherland and Andrew Schultz. In Pamela Karantonis and Dylan Robinson (Eds.), Opera Indigene: Re/presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures, (pp. 93-113). Farnham: Ashgate. [More Information]
  • Boyd, A. (2011). Ganba. UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2011). My Little White Tent in the Never Never. United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.

2010

  • Boyd, A. (2010). Market Garden and Musicians (for Chamber Ensemble) [Portfolio; Boyd, Anne: Market Gardens and Musicians]. UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2010). Market Gardens and Musicians (for Piano). UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A., Reece, B. (2010). The Sounding of Australian History: Kabbarli at Ooldea - a new opera. 4th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religon, Nature and Culture "Living on the Edge", Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.

2009

  • Boyd, A. (2009). 17. Beside Bamboos. CD/DVD, Sydney, Australia: Wirripang.
  • Boyd, A. (2009). Cum Rex Gloriae. Sydney Australia: State University of New York Press.

2008

  • Boyd, A. (2008). Lament of the Pious Women of Jerusalem. Heslington, York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2008). Missa Pacifica. York England: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2008). Seraphim Canticles: Holy Love. York England: University of York Music Press.

2007

  • Boyd, A. (2007). Angry Earth. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2007). Ex Deo Lux. York, England: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2007). Landscape, Spirit and Music: An Australian Story. In Fiona Richards (Eds.), The Soundscapes of Australia - Music, Place and Spirituality, (pp. 11-33). United Kingdom: Ashgate.

2006

  • Boyd, A. (2006). Angry Earth. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Dreaming Voices: Australia and Japan. In Sally Macarthur; Bruss Crossman; Ronaldo Morelos (Eds.), Intercultural Music: Creation and Interpretation, (pp. 9-13). Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Jade Flower Song. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Music as the Voice of God? A composer reflects. Celebrating the 160th Anniversary of Christ Church St Laurence 1845 - 2005, Sydney: St Laurence Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Revelations of Divine Love. Cardinal Cerreti Memorial Chapel St Patrick's Estate, International performance, recorded Sydney, Australia: Song Company/ABC/BBC etc.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). St Elmo's Fire. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Writing the Wrongs? A Composer Reflects. Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, 67(2), 18-22.
  • Boyd, A. (2006). Yuya 3. York, UK: University of York Music Press.

2005

  • Boyd, A. (2005). Gate of Water. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2005). Intercultural Expressions and Creative Ethnomusicology in the Music of Peter Sculthorpe. In Bode Omojola and George Dor (Eds.), Multiple Interpretations of Dynamics of Creativity and Knowledge in African Music Traditions, (pp. 99-117). Point Richmond, California: Music Research Institute, MRI Press.
  • Boyd, A., Koehne, G., Stanhope, P. (2005). The Best Job in the World. Resonate: engage with Australia's new music scene, 66, 48-51.
  • Boyd, A. (2005). Yuya 2. York, UK: University of York Music Press.

2004

  • Boyd, A. (2004). A Feather on the Breath of God. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2004). Yuya. York, UK: University of York Music Press.

2003

  • Boyd, A. (2003). A Lullaby for the Nativity. Australia: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Becoming Australian through music: an analysis of works (1977-1990) by Peter Sculthorpe. Australian Society for Music Education XIV National Conference, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Esgid Mair. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Glwydd Melyn Mair. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Mairen Mair. York, UK: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Uluru Dances. Heslington, York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.
  • Boyd, A. (2003). Uluru Mourns. Heslington, York, United Kingdom: University of York Music Press.

2002

  • Boyd, A. (2002). Landscape, Spirit and Music: An Australian Story. Arts: the Proceedings of the Sydney University Arts Association, 24, 50-66.
  • Boyd, A. (2002). The Quiet Place.

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