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Among the thousands of students who studied with and/or came under the influence of Professor Constable is a significant list of ‘high achievers’, many of whom are listed below.

Sydney Conservatorium- 1974-1984


Professor Gary McPherson - Ormond Professor of Music, University of Melbourne

Professor Anna Reid - Dean, Sydney Conservatorium.

Professor Geoffrey Lancaster- concert pianist and early music researcher- Edith Cowan University

Elena Kats-Chernin – well-known freelance composer and pianist

Simone Young – international orchestral conductor and chief conductor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Richard Tognetti - artistic director and leader Australian Chamber Orchestra

Paul Dyer- founder and artistic director Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Jane Rutter – international flutist and recording artist

Associate Professor Peter McCallum - music critic, Sydney Morning Herald

Lisa Moore - concert pianist, New York.

Michael Kieran-Harvey – Australian and international concert pianist

Dimity Hall - concert violinist, Goldner String Quartet and Australia Ensemble

Kirsten Williams – leader, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and former Associate Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Dr Stephen Mould – conductor, Opera Australia, Head Opera School, Sydney Conservatorium. 

Graham Abbott- broadcaster, conductor, music educationalist

Mairi Nicholson - ABC Classic FM broadcaster and music journalist

Newcastle Conservatorium (1984-2005) 


Christopher Moore – Former Principal Viola Australian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Viola, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Tristram Williams – former Principal Trumpet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet, Australian World Orchestra

The late Dr David Jones – Lecturer Newcastle Conservatorium

Associate Professor Kim Cunio – Composer and Head of ANU School of Music

Philip Green, former Principal Clarinet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Dr Gian-Franco Ricci – former Lecturer, Newcastle Conservatorium, pianist and piano teacher

Natalia Ricci- Concert Pianist and Lecturer, Sydney Conservatorium

Timothy Constable – Artistic Director Synergy Percussion, Jane Mathews Chair of Percussion, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

John Foreman – Conductor, composer, arranger, music director

Dr Antony Ernst - Executive Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne

Miriam Allan – Leading international early music soprano now residing in the UK

The late Michael “Didge” Davison- leading Indigenous musician/composer

Dr Kevin Cameron- Australian orchestral and choral conductor; the first PhD graduate of Newcastle Conservatorium.

Peter Guy – Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, NSW

Daniel Dries M.Mus (N’ctle) – Music Director and now Rector of Christ Church St Lawrence, Sydney

New Zealand (2006-2017)


Tianyi Lu- international orchestral conductor, Assistant conductor, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019, winner Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition 2020.

Dr Joong Han Jung – Assistant Professor of Piano at Lee University, Tennessee, USA

Dr Morag Atchison – soprano and teacher University of Auckland School of Music

Eugene Lee – Assistant Concertmaster, Philharmonia Orchestra, London.

Dr Olivier Holland- lecturer University of Auckland, School of Music

Dr Kevin Field – lecturer, University of Auckland, School of Music

Christopher Artley - Internationally successful composer of choral music 

Dr Deng Liang – pianist and Professor, Art Faculty, Southwest University for Nationalities, SiChuan Province, China

Todd Gibson Cornish – Principal Bassoon, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Dr Helen Renaud – Conductor Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Head of Music, Burnside High School, New Zealand

Dr Andrew Withington - Conductor New Zealand Secondary School Choir, Associate Professor of Choral Conducting, Westminster College, Pennsylvania, USA.

Michael Weiss, Lecturer, New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, New Zealand.

University Teaching Expertise


Professor Constable has been active across a number of university teaching areas including:

  • piano performance

  • instrumental pedagogy

  • composition and improvisation

  • conducting

  • music theory 

  • music history and musicology

Honours and Postgraduate Supervision 


  • Andrew Withington PhD (Cant) (2013-2016) (thesis) Just Intonation in Choral Conducting

  • Helen Renaud DMA (Cant) (2013-2016) (exegesis) Orchestral Conducting Pedagogy

  • Stephen Watson B Mus Hons (Cant)(2013) (minor thesis) The Nature of Cantabile in Piano Performance

  • Deng Liang DMA Auckland (2008-2011) (exegesis) Performance Techniques in Modern Piano Music

  • Edward McDonald M Mus Auckland (2007-2009) (thesis) Creating the Classical Gig - exploring new contexts and values for classical music performance.

  • Claire Wackrow. B Mus Hon, Auckland (2007) (minor thesis) Beirut and the Flying Cup Carnival

  • Nathan Scott MA (Music (N’ctle) 2002-2005) (thesis) - Course Design in Music Technology - a distance education model

  • Gian-Franco Ricci-PhD (N’ctle) (2006) (thesis): A Computer-Assisted Interactive Music Theory Course

  • Michael Davison. Master of Creative Arts (N’ctle 2005) Didgeridu Journey - compositions, improvisations, a notation system for the didjeridu and an exegesis

  • Steven Lavis. B Mus Hons (N’ctle 2003) minor thesis Videoconferencing of Instrumental Lessons - a series of case studies

  • Nicole Edwards. B Mus Hons (N’ctle) (2000) (minor thesis) The Piano Etudes of Ligeti*
    Note: Nicole Edwards, won a University Medal for this thesis and a section of her work was subsequently published in  Musicology Australia   

Doctoral and Masters Thesis Examiner


University of New England

University of Newcastle

University of Western Australia

University of Western Sydney

University of Auckland

University of Canterbury

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