Helen Lancaster - Professional Guidance and Mentor

Helen Lancaster

Higher music education
Cultural policy
Leadership in the arts

About Helen

Helen trained in performance and musicology at Sydney Conservatorium and the University of Sydney and has held academic positions at both these institutions as well as the Queensland Conservatorium.

A serial Founding Director, Helen has established the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, The International Academy of Music in Bangkok and the Queensland Conservatorium Music School for gifted young musicians.

Other Asian experience includes International Examiner at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and visiting professorial positions in two Thai universities.

Helen established the first professional chamber orchestra in regional Australia, and has created festivals, performance tours and conferences. She has produced major works of music theatre, dance, drama and opera.

Her research in the fields of leadership, cultural policy, higher music education, and distance education is recognized and published internationally. She is a Research Fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre.

Ministerial appointments include policy design and funding for the arts in Queensland and gifted education in Thailand. She was Deputy Chair of the Board of the Queensland Festival and Senior International Advisor to the establishment of the Thai National Center for the Gifted.

Currently freelancing, Helen is Chair of the Music Council of Australia, and Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for SAE/QANTM (Global). In 2008 she chaired the National Review Panel overseeing the revision of the Music Training Package for the vocational education sector. For the Music Council of Australia she established the National Instrument Bank in 2008, and the Australian Youth Music Council in 2009.

Recent consultancies include Advisor to the School of Music (Australian National University) through changes of governance and curricula, and the successful development of a new jazz degree for Jazzworx!, a private higher education provider in Queensland. 

To find out about the services Helen can offer your organisation, please view the services page or contact Helen directly.