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1 February 2010

New director for SOUNZ

Julie Sperring Image: Julie Sperring  

The Centre for New Zealand Music SOUNZ has a new Executive Director as of the beginning of February. Julie Sperring takes the reins of SOUNZ from the long-term director Scilla Askew.

Sperring has a degree in music history through Canterbury and Victoria Universities and an honours degree in piano performance from the Massey University Conservatorium of Music where she studied with Richard Mapp. She worked with Chamber Music New Zealand from 1987-1995 as the coordinator of its education program and the highly popular Schools Chamber Music Contest, before moving on to a communications role with the Wellington Regional Council.

Elizabeth Kerr, Chair of the SOUNZ Board of Trustees says: 'The Board is delighted that we have been able to appoint an arts manager with Julie Sperring's skills, experience and musical background to the role of Executive Director. SOUNZ has greatly expanded its promotional activities for New Zealand music over the past decade under the leadership of Scilla Askew and we are confident that its success will continue with the energy and enthusiasm Julie is bringing to the role.'

Further links

'New SOUNZ director encourages engagement' - a news article on the SOUNZ website

The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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