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Jon Fitzgerald : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Hymn to the ancestors : guitar trio by Jon Fitzgerald, from the CD Africussia

Jonathon Fitzgerald (b. 19t July, 1954) is a guitarist, composer and music academic.

He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland in 1974, and a Bachelor of Music (first class honours) in 1979. Between 1970 and 1982 Fitzgerald divided his time between study, freelance performance, and composition/arranging in various genres. In the early 1980s he was a part-time teacher at Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Downlands College, Concordia College, and the University of Queensland. In 1983 Fitzgerald took up a full-time position as lecturer in music at the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education - teaching guitar, music education, composition and music history. During the 1980s he performed as a guitarist in Australia, England and Europe.

During this first career phase, Fitzgerald wrote, performed and recorded numerous compositions for guitar - either solo or in combination with other instruments or voice - as well as pieces for string trio, jazz quartet, concert band, and choir. His String Trio was awarded the University of Queensland's Percy Brier Memorial Prize, and he performed and recorded his Concertino for Guitar and Orchestra with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

In the early 1990s Fitzgerald spent time in the USA conducting research towards a PhD on the development of popular songwriting. He became senior lecturer in popular music theory and history at Southern Cross University in 1994, and his PhD was awarded in 1997. Fitzgerald was appointed associate professor in 2001 and took on the leadership of the contemporary music program in 2003. During a successful career as a music academic Fitzgerald has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on aspects of popular musicology, and his music theory textbook (Popular Music Theory and Musicianship, 1999/2003) has been widely used within the tertiary education sector. Fitzgerald retired from SCU in 2010, but continues his research activity as an adjunct associate professor.

Fitzgerald's creative activity as a composer and performer was reinvigorated with the formation of contemporary acoustic-electric guitar trio "d'volv" (with fellow SCU lecturers Jim Kelly and Peter Martin) in 1999. The group performed original roots-based contemporary instrumental compositions with musical influences from Spain, Ireland, Latin America, blues and jazz. d'volv released two critically acclaimed CDs (D'volv 2000, Africussia 2003) and toured in Australia, South-East Asia and South Korea. Fitzgerald also began composing 'production' music in 2004 and he continues to write and record music for this area.

Jon Fitzgerald — current to September 2011

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample The organ grinder : for soprano and tenor solo and chorus (1986) Commissioned by Jones & Co. (ensemble).