Rhonda Davidson-Irwin has been appointed by the Music Australia Board to lead the organisation after a national search attracting over 60 applicants. Rhonda will be the third CEO in Music Australia’s 25 year history, taking over from Chris Bowen who announced his retirement in October after 5 years service.
“Chris has overseen a significant transformation of Music Australia and has positioned it as a strategic contributor to the development of the sector. For this the Music Australia Board extends its thanks” said Music Australia Chair Michael Smellie.
Rhonda is a highly regarded music educator, producer, composer and performer. She has taught thousands of children, composed over 3,000 songs for multiple Australian children’s TV shows, runs her own dynamic Viva La Musica orchestra and performed for Queen Elizabeth, Bill Clinton and Muhammad Ali.
Rhonda has released over one hundred CDs worldwide, lectured in early childhood and music education at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University and written curriculum for state school music programs in Queensland and Victoria. She also advises and writes the curricula and live shows for youth programs on all five P&O Australia cruise ships. An award-winning performer, Rhonda has given keynote addresses and performances throughout the world including Singapore, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
“Rhonda brings tremendous skills as a composer, producer and entrepreneur, experienced in working across music education, live music, the entertainment sector and television,” said Music Australia Chair Michael Smellie. “She is an Australian leader in music education for young people, and this is fundamental to our mission to empower all Australians through music”, he said. “We are delighted Rhonda will take the reins to drive the next chapter in our work as a national umbrella body and champion for all music.”
Rhonda has enjoyed a long relationship with Music Australia, having been a Councillor, Education Advisory Group member, and recently joined the organisation’s Board.
In welcoming her appointment outgoing CEO Chris Bowen noted “its great to have someone so close to the Music Australia community step up to lead, Rhonda will bring a new dynamism, tremendous creativity, fresh ideas and bucket loads of energy to the role – the perfect combination!” he said.
“Under Chris’ leadership Music Australia has achieved an outstanding impact on so many core areas of music within Australia” Rhonda said. “I will continue to empower and represent all aspects of the musical landscape and to strategically lead the organisation as a viable force in Australia into future. I am honoured to be have been selected and I am looking forward to utilising my expertise in the music education and industry areas to continue to serve the diverse elements of the Australian music sector.”
Rhonda will take up her appointment from 1 February 2018.
To arrange an interview or a for comment please contact: Cara Anderson, Communications and Engagement Manager, Music Australia: Email: [email protected]