Andrew Peachey : Represented Artist
Andrew Peachey (Sydney, 1968) first became interested in composition as a student of Marsden High School. He attended the NSW State Conservatorium of Music from 1986 to 1989, where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in composition, graduating with merit. His teachers included Graham Hair, Martin Wesley-Smith, Bozidar Kos, Greg Schiemer and Richard Toop, and, in his final year, Peachey was awarded the Don Banks Memorial Scholarship, the Raymond Hanson Memorial Scholarship and the John Antill Composition Scholarship.
After completing a Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Sydney in 1994, Peachey joined the music staff of William Clarke College, Kellyville, moving into the role of Director of Music in 2001. During his time at the College, he has been responsible for the composition program and has supervised more than 150 HSC submitted compositions. He has also been involved in the training of teachers from other schools in strategies for teaching composition.
Due to his work in education, the majority of his works have been composed for student performance, usually with specific students in mind, together with the NSW HSC Music course requirements. Recent works include after the sky, …a giant looks below for bass clarinet and piano (2002, Music 2 core performance), and Three Musical Watercolours for clarinet, horn and piano (2004, Music Extension ensemble performance).
In 2005 Peachey completed a Master of Music Technology degree through the University of Newcastle. His final specialised technology project investigated the musical and educational requirements of an electronic teaching kit, suitable for secondary senior music students, and the available technologies for the delivery of such a kit. A generic framework with a working prototype was created using acrobat and flash programming.
Peachey continues to investigate methods of teaching composition as well as fostering a composition culture amongst students. He feels that it is important that all students are provided with the opportunity and encouragement to create their own original compositions and are presented with a variety of compositional techniques and influences in order to broaden and refine their skills.
Peachey also works as an accompanist for school groups and students, and is a regular musician at St Cuthbert's Anglican Church in Naremburn.
Peachey combines his interests in composition and education, composing for student performance, and fostering a composition culture amongst his students as he assists them in producing their own original works.
Biography provided by the composer — current to November 2006