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Ms Aleta King

School: School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Position: Lecturer
Location: Music Hall
Phone: (02) 4980 2207
Extension: #207
Qualifications: A.Mus.A (Piano); B.A.Mus (Honours) Queensland Conservatorium of Music; P.G.Dip.Ed.(Music) University of Queensland; Adv.Dip. (Choral Conducting & Music Pedagogy), Kodály Institute, Liszt Academy, Hungary; M.Mus.St. (Choral Conducting & Musicianship Education) University of Queensland; Doctor of Musical Arts (Conducting) Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney (candidate).
Research: Musicianship education
Choral & Chamber vocal ensemble education and performance
Conducting education and performance
Doctoral Thesis: The conductor as musicianship mentor
About: Aleta King is director of the Conservatorium of Music at Avondale College of Higher Education. She is also artistic director of Avondale vocal ensemble The Promise, and conductor and director of Avondale Choirs and Orchestras. Aleta lecturers in musicianship and conducting. She is a former lecturer at The University of Queensland and The University of Melbourne, and a former sessional lecturer at Queensland Conservatorium. Aleta is a sought after guest presenter, speaker and adjudicator for the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME), the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA), Australian National Choral Association (ANCA), Music Teachers Association (MTA), Brisbane International Summer Music Program, Kambala School and Conservatorium High School. Aleta has rehearsed, performed, directed and conducted choirs from The Conservatorium High School, Sydney Conservatorium Choir, Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Choir and also rehearsed and conducted Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. Aleta has also traveled extensively, studying in Hungary at the Liszt Academy's Kodály Institute where she received the International Kodály Society's Sarolta Kodály Scholarship, the Kodály Institute's Sarolta Kodály Foundation Scholarship and the Hungarian Government Scholarship. While in Europe, Aleta accepted an invitation to become musical director for the London Adventist Chorale, which gave her the experience of performing for Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace and the foundation for forming Brisbane Adventist Voices upon her return. Aleta is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting with Associate Professor Dr Neil McEwan and Associate Professor Dr Jennifer Rowley at Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney. Doctoral studies have enabled Aleta the opportunity to present a research paper at the Internal Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference in Edinborough, Scotland, and present her doctoral research at the Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference (OCIICSC) in 2016 and again in 2018. In 2019 The University of Sydney will be hosting the 2019 OCIICSC at Sydney Conservatorium and Aleta is one of the team of organisers for this prestigious event.
Select Publications: Journal Articles

"30 Years of Pilgrimage: Australians at the Kodaly Institute, Hungary," Australian Kodaly Journal, 2010 (Journal article)

'Australians at the Kodály Institute', Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, Vol.33 no.1, Spring 2008.

Australians at the Kodaly Institute: Reflections on the Journey, 2007 (MMusST thesis)

Conference Papers & Conference Proceedings

"Handing on the Baton: When Mentee becomes Mentor." Conference paper presented at Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference, Oxford, England, June 2018.

"The Conductor's Role as Musicianship Mentor." Conference paper presented at the inaugural Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference, Oxford, England, June 2016.

"That's a lot of dots!" Paper presented at the Australian Society for Music Education conference in Melbourne, Australia. Published in ASME conference proceedings, July 2017.

"Insight or Insanity: Musicians as Researchers." Paper presented at the International Society for Music Education conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. Published in ISME Conference proceedings, July 2016.


Give Thanks, The Promise Songbook 2016 (CD)

Jesus: HIStory, The Promise with David Pudney and Avondale Jazz Ensemble, 2014 (CD)

Give Thanks, The Promise, 2013 (CD)

Messiah, Avondale Singers and Avondale Chamber Orchestra, 2013 (DVD, live recording)

Higher Degree Research Thesis Supervision

Melissa Rogers, A reflective and quantitative investigation of relationships between aural dictation, sight singing, performance and composition skills. Master of Arts, associate supervisor, 2012.

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