After weeks of whispers and anxieties, the Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Huib Schippers, has confirmed, in a mail to Slipped Disc (below), that he is leaving his position and reverting to his former post in research. That’s quite a relief and, as he points out, a stark contrast from the wretched situation in the nation’s capital.
The latest at the Australian National University is that it has gone on a round of panic charity-raising to save its stumbling school of music. The Canberra Times reports officials as being quite confident that they can sustain one-on-one music teaching the the next year, at least. One way or other, ANU’s reputation is not what it was.
Rumours of my vanishing have been greatly exaggerated. I will be stepping sideways in Queensland Conservatorium from 1 August to devote a little more time to my passion for research and -believe to or not- making music. Unlike the deplorable situation in Canberra, I feel I’m leaving behind a very vibrant conservatoire with a fabulous executive team and strong support from Griffith University. We’re communicating this carefully planned and timed transition calmly to the various people involved. Thought staff, students and the organisations we work with should know first. Nice rumour, though; makes me feel quite important