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Graeme Skinner

B. Mus. (Hons) (Melbourne), Ph.D. (Sydney)

Honorary Associate in Musicology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

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Graeme Skinner is an independent scholar, writer, musicologist, and historian of Australian music.

He is currently (2011-2017) an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney, in the Musicology Unit, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He is author of the biography Peter Sculthorpe: the making of an Australian composer (University of New South Wales Press 2007), which covers the first half of the composer's career to 1974. The book was reissued as in paperback and ebook formats (and print-on-demand hardback) in 2015.

He has published books, academic book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles in both his main areas of his scholarly research to date, the history of Australian music and musical composition, and the historical sacred liturgical music sources, plainsong and polyphony, of Toledo Cathedral in Spain.

He was a 2007 Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia, and a featured author at the 2008 Sydney Writers Festival. His research and publications have been supported by major funding from the Australian Council of the Arts and the University of Sydney.

He is curator of the online research resource Australharmony in which he continues documentation, begun in his doctoral thesis, of Australian music and musicians of the colonial and early Federation eras.

He also curates a public virtual resource on Australian colonial music inside Trove (, under the profile australharmony.

With co-author Michael Noone, he is completing for forthcoming publication a catalogue of the 16th-century polyphonic choirbooks of Toledo Cathedral, Spain.

While continuing to work on these projects he is researching toward the second and final volume of his Sculthorpe biography.

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