The Team

Artistic Director - Prof. Richard Vella

Richard Vella is Professor and Chair of Music at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Newcastle, and Head of School, Drama, Fine Art and Music. In 2009, Professor Vella became chair of the peak national body the National Council of Tertiary Music Schools (NACTMUS). In this capacity he oversees tertiary music issues such as higher education policy and its impact on tertiary music education.

As a composer Richard Vella's diverse output includes works for orchestra, large ensemble, choir, film, chamber music, burlesque cabaret, music theatre, site-specific performances, and popular music genres. Recent works have been "The A to Z of Spiritual Music: a user's guide", (see ) produced by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (2006) and his co-production of the Warners international release of the Ten Tenor's albums "Larger than Life" (2003) and "Tenology" (2005), internationally released through Warners Music Australia.

Vella’s film credits include "Light Years, Parklands, Renzo Piano: Piece by Piece" (for which he won the 1999 Australian Screen Composer's Award for best music for a documentary) and "Mr. Strehlow's Films". Vella received a nomination for 'Best Music for a Feature Film' from the Australian Film Institute for his score to the feature film "Travelling Light" (2003).


His book "Musical Environments: A Manual for Listening, Improvising and Composing", originally published by Currency Press (2000), has become a recognised text for secondary and tertiary music courses throughout Australia. In 2003, a new edition of this book, titled "Sounds in Space, Sounds in Time" was published by Boosey and Hawkes, UK.


Project Manager - Tracy Redhead


Tracy is a musician / composer and has been performing, recording and working in the contemporary music industry for 15 years. She has brought her highly original approach to collaborations with well-known musicians including John Butler, Brian Ritchie from ‘The Violent Femmes’ and Charlie Owen from the “Beasts of Bourbon”. She is the founder of VROOM (Venue Resource of Original Music), an online national touring network created for AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network) and now licensed to Peer Group Media.

In between touring nationally with various projects she has held positions as Executive Officer for the MMF (Music Managers Forum) and NACTMUS (National Council of Tertiary Music Schools), Administrator for Melody Management (Hoodoo Gurus) and Project Manager at MusicNSW.

She has released four albums including solo works and collaborations. Her last solo album received four stars in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' and the first single, “Where it Fits,” received 10,000+ downloads and was play-listed on Triple J, FBI, 3RRR and RTR FM.

Tracy is currently undertaking a Master of Arts by Research in interactive music application formats. She has designed her own interactive music app to release her next single and is currently investigating how audiences will interact.