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New conductor brings change of wind to the Con


26 May 2014

Dr John Lynch, the phenomenal American wind conductor of international repute, has arrived in Australia to take up his new teaching role at the University of Sydney's Conservatorium of Music and lead the Con's Wind Symphony in their first concert together on Thursday, 29 May.

Dr Lynch hails from New York State and has led some of the finest university band programs in the United States before coming to Sydney.

"I'm very excited to be joining the music faculty of the University of Sydney and building a world-class wind symphony program with the very talented Australian students here. My role in Sydney should prove to be remarkable, if not life changing!" said Dr John Lynch.

With more than 25 years teaching and conducting experience, Dr Lynch is the first wind conductor to assume a full-time position in a tertiary music school in Australia, signaling a new dawn in the wind band movement in this country.

"Dr Lynch is an exceptional musician with a deep knowledge of wind repertoire and vast international experience in teaching music and performing. He will play a key role in shaping Australia's next conductors and growing our post-graduate wind band programs at the Con. I could not think of a better mentor for our conducting and wind musicians in this country," said Dr Karl Kramer, Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The much-anticipated concert this Thursday will see John Lynch and the Conservatorium Wind Symphony stage an intriguing program, which presents historically-significant composers through the lens of contemporary composition. Highlights include award-winning masterworks by Dana Wilson, Ron Nelson, and Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky, alongside Purcell, Bach and Strauss.

Following an Australian and international search last year, Dr Lynch was appointed Associate Professor of Music and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Conservatorium's Wind Symphony in November 2013. He comes from the University of Georgia where he was Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Hodgson School of Music, overseeing an extensive band and graduate wind conducting programs for the last seven years.

During his international career, Dr Lynch has toured and performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia, including invited tours of China and Argentina. He has held prestigious residencies at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, Italy, the Conservatory in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the University of Costa Rica.

With several recordings to his name, including the Naxos label's Wind Band Classics Series, his music has been widely broadcasted across the United States, Europe and Japan. He is also an advocate of new music, which has seen him obtain grants to research contemporary compositions in Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal.

Dr Lynch's love of wind music can be traced back to his childhood when he took up his first instruments, the clarinet and the piano, which he played throughout his school years.

"I'm very fortunate to have had inspiring role models throughout my life and career, and I look forward to giving that back to the future generations of Australian musicians," he said.

Event details:

What: Greenway Series: Conservatorium Wind Symphony conducted by Dr John Lynch

Where: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Verbrugghen Hall
When: Thursday, 29 May, 6.30pm
Cost: $20 adult, $10 concession/student
Tickets: Online at Sydney Conservatorium of Music or City Recital Hall, Angel Place on (02) 8256 2222

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