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Founding patron Emeritus Professor David Tunley is a musicologist and composer noted for his work on French music in the 17th and 18th centuries. He was trained initially as a pianist at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but after being appointed as Lecturer in Music at the University of Western Australia in 1958, turned his energies more towards choral conducting, composition and research.

It has been musicology that established his international reputation with the publication of numerous books and journal articles, including contributions to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the New Oxford History of Music. He has taken up research fellowships at Oxford and the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio in Italy.

He was eventually appointed to a Personal Chair before moving to the Chair of Music after the retirement of Sir Frank Callaway. He is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Music at UWA.

Merlyn Quaife has performed in opera, oratorio, lieder and chamber music to acclaim throughout Australia and Europe.

Currently Associate Professor at the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University where she is Co-ordinator of Voice, Merlyn also has a busy performing schedule. Among other things, she is a member of 'Songmakers Australia', a Melbourne-based group specialising in art song repertoire and inspired by Graham Johnson's 'Songmakers Almanac.'

Merlyn has had many works composed for and dedicated to her. Many will remember Fortune My Foe composed by Roger Heagney to poems by Graeme Ellis performed by Merlyn and her associate artist, Andrea Katz in February 2012 at Loreto College, Nedlands, to raise funds and awareness for ACRATH who assist victims of human trafficking.

In 2013 she was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen's birthday honors for her services to music.

British-based pianist and Lieder accompanist Graham Johnson is Senior Professor of Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is internationally acclaimed for his performances and recordings of art song repertoire as well as for his scholarship.

Graham is particularly noted for his commercial recordings of Lieder, most notably for the Hyperion label. His single largest and most renowned project for Hyperion was a series of 37 CDs of the complete Lieder of Franz Schubert.

In April 2013 Graham Johnson was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal "in recognition of his unstinting championing of Song and his extraordinary achievements on the concert platform and in the recording studio."

Graham was the Master Teacher for the inaugural WAAPA International Art Song Festival held in Perth in July 2014.



David Tunley


Merlyn Quaife


Graham Johnson