Former Canberra Symphony Orchestra artistic director, and eminent music educator, Richard Gill, today commences as Artistic Advisor of Musica Viva In Schools, Australia’s largest school music education program.
Gill has had a long association with Musica Viva, but will now will be guiding the development of the finest Australian classroom resources in music. His appointment comes at a pivotal time in the company’s history, as Musica Viva enters its 70th Anniversary year.
Both Gill and the company believe that every child has the right to receive a quality music education, and together they will champion this message across the country.
“We now stand on the cusp of a dynamic new era in Musica Viva Education, expanding our reach to nearly half a million children with innovative use of new technologies,” says Musica Viva CEO, Mary Jo Capps.
Gill, for his part, says, “It’s an exciting time in the field of music education, with digital technologies both helping to expand reach and heighten the experience and appreciation of music…In order for Australia to remain a leader of innovation in the 21st century, it is vital that we invest in the creative and cultural learning of our children. Musica Viva In Schools has been unswerving in its commitment to this mission for over 30 years. With the exciting new possibilities opened to us through digital technologies, we are currently in the midst of a major education transformation. I look forward to working with Musica Viva as they lead Australian music education in the next 30 years.”