Vincent Plush
Born 18th April 1950 in Hindmarsh, Adelaide, South Australia


Harkness Fellowship, 1981-83
including post-Doctoral studies at:
• Yale University, New Haven, CT 1981: Charles Ives research / American Music: Oral History project
• University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. 1982: Pacific Rim music festival
• University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA. 1982-83: Computer music research / Music technology

Bachelor of Music, 1967-71
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Composition and Music Education majors


Current & Continuing Positions

May 2009
Curator, The Voss Journey, for the NFSA and 15 other national institutions

December 2008, continuing
Head, National Cultural Programmes, National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra

July 2008, continuing
Artistic Director, Encounters III (China, 2010), Encounters IV (India, 2012), Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre

February 2007, continuing
Manager, Recorded Sound Branch and Director, Sounds Alive program, National Film & Sound Archive, Canberra

March 2005, continuing
Special Projects for National Library of Australia
Canberra’s Calling, ABC Classic FM series, Oct 2005;
Grainger as Folk Collector, ABC Classic FM, Aug 2006
Oral History Interviews

April 2005, continuing
Encounters – Meetings in Australian Music, (Originator, curator and writer)
I.The Indigenous Encounter (April 2005)*
II.The Asia-Pacific Encounter (November 2007)
Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD
Awarded Most Significant Contribution by an Organization,National Division, AMC-APRA Awards, August 2006

May 2000, continuing
Freelance writer
Reviewer & feature contributor to The Australian
The Courier-Mail, BRISBANE Qld Australia

February 1999, continuing
Creative Fellow, The Commonwealth Institute, LONDON UK

December 1992, continuing
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center, University of Hawai'i, HONOLULU Hawai'i USA

Previous Experience


August 2006
Beyond Percy’s Gardens, The folksong collecting of Percy Grainger
Direct Broadcast ABC Classic FM/NLA, Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne, 12th August.

May/August 2006
Visiting Artist, Bundanon, NSW

July 2006
The Cricket Show!, Songs and Music from the 1930’s Cricket Tests, (Curator, compere and writer), Brisbane Festival, 22nd July.

July 2006
Great Conversations Dinner and Address, Where is Australia’s Music?, Manning Clark House, Canberra, ACT

November 2005
Visiting Composer, Graduate School of Music, Universty of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Visiting Composer, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington, USA

October 2005 – November 2007
Artistic Advisor, 50th Anniversary Celebrations (2007), Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.

July 2005
Chair, Singing the Desert Forum, National Museum of Australia, Canberra

September 2004
Curator, Voices series. Four concerts of new Australian music and verse. Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Awarded Most Significant Contribution by an Individual, National Division, AMC-APRA Awards, July 2005

March 2003 – February 2007
Lecturer in Musicology, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.

July-August 2002
Artistic Director and Curator, Mini^Max festival of Postminimalism, The Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD.

February 2002
Consultant to American Student Recruitment Program , Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle

November 2001-2005
Australian Correspondent for Gramophone Online, Gramophone magazine, London

October 2001
Convener and organizer, Music Council of Australia National Conference, The Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

August 2001-July 2005
Freelance on-air announcer/presenter, ABC Classic FM, for all live broadcasts from Brisbane


September 1999 - February 2000
Adjunct Professor, School of Contemporary Arts, Southern Cross University, LIMSORE NSW Australia

August 1999
Visiting Composer, Department of Music, University of Western Australia, NEDLANDS WA Australia

July 1999
Visiting Artist/Composer- Qld Biennial Festival, Central Queensland University, MACKAY Qld Australia

March - June 1999
Visiting MacGeorge Fellow, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, MELBOURNE Vic Australia

September 1997 - December 1999
Adjunct Professor in Music, Cornish College of the Arts, SEATTLE WA USA

Visiting Fellow in Music, University of Washington, SEATTLE WA USA

Artistic Director, Sonora ensemble, SEATTLE WA USA

September 1995 - October 1996
Adjunct Professor in Music, The College of Charleston, CHARLESTON SC USA

Music/Dance/Theater Critic, The Post & Courier, CHARLESTON SC USA

September 1994 - June 1995
Visiting Professor-Graduate School of Liberal Studies, Wesleyan University, MIDDLETOWN CT USA

September 1993 - September 1995
Music Adviser, Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, SACRAMENTO CA USA

February 1992 - September 1993
Visiting Professor in Music, Georgia State University, ATLANTA GA USA

Consultant to the Director of the Cultural Olympiad, ATLANTA GA USA

September 1989 - January 1992
Visiting Professor & Artist, School of Music/Asian-Pacific Studies, The Colorado College, COLORADO SPRINGS CO USA

July 1991 - December 1991
Visiting Lecturer, Newcastle Conservatorium, NEWCASTLE NSW Australia


September 1988 - June 1989
Visiting Professor, Department of Music, Rollins College, ORLANDO FL USA

July - August 1988
Visiting Composer, Aspen Music Festival, ASPEN CO USA

Participating Composer, Composer-to-Composer Conference, TELLURIDE CO USA

January 1987 - June 1988
Consultant, International Promotions Unit, Australian Music Centre, SYDNEY NSW Australia

November 1987 - January 1988
Composer-in-Residence, ABC Radio, SYDNEY NSW Australia

June 1986 - June 1988
International Consultant, Arts & Entertainment Division, Australian Bicentennial Authority, SYDNEY NSW Australia

October-November 1986
Diplomatic visitor to Mexico teaching at UNAM, Mexico City
Appearances at Cervantino festival

January - December 1985
Composer-in-Residence, Musica Viva Australia, SYDNEY NSW Australia

January 1985, onwards
Artistic Director, The Magpie Musicians, SYDNEY NSW Australia

July 1984 - December 1984
Visiting Lecturer, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, BRISBANE Qld Australia

January - September 1981
Composer-in-the-Community, Shire of Sherbrooke/City of Knox, THE DANDENONG RANGES Vic Australia

September 1979 - September 1981
Consultant, Arts Victoria - Music 81, Victorian Ministry for the Arts, MELBOURNE Vic Australia


February - November 1979
Visiting Lecturer, School of Music, University of New South Wales, SYDNEY NSW Australia

May 1976 - November 1980
Artistic Director, The Seymour Group, University of Sydney, SYDNEY NSW Australia

March 1973 - July 1980
Lecturer in Music, School of Composition Studies, NSW State Conservatorium of Music, SYDNEY NSW Australia

March 1975 - 1980
Sessional lecturer, Australian Film (Radio) and Television School, NORTH RYDE Sydney NSW Australia

November 1971 - March 1973
Music Assistant, Federal Music Department, Australian Broadcasting Commission, SYDNEY NSW Australia