James Koehne was Music and Dance Executive with the Victorian Ministry for the Arts for eight years, and as Policy Adviser with ABC Concerts, he managed the process of the corporatisation of the six symphony orchestras. He has worked extensively as a music administrator and programmer, and was Music Adviser to Clifford Hocking’s 1990 Adelaide Festival. From 1997 to 2010, he was Director of Artistic Planning of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and is currently a Lecturer in Music History at the Elder Conservatorium, and a freelance consultant and writer.