MemberDuncan Gardiner

…I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in music performance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006, where I was the recipient of the Helen Court Scholarship and the Faculty Medal. In 2004 I was awarded a Licentiate of Music Diploma with distinction from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), where I also won the J.B. Vincent Memorial Prize for being the most outstanding candidate that year. More recently, in 2017, I won the coveted Queensland Conservatorium ‘Guitar Prize’. 


I am currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University) studying under internationally renowned guitarist, Karin Schaupp, where I am researching guitar activities in colonial Queensland. From this research has sprung the Enoggera Ensemble, a quartet comprising guitars (Duncan Gardiner and Dominic Ward), mandolin (Marissa Carroll), and banjo (Joel Woods), which is dedicated to the revival and reinterpretation of historical works that were once performed by plucked string ensembles in Queensland. I currently teach guitar and run guitar ensembles for the Young and Open Conservatorium programs at Griffith University and I am a trainee examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board in Queensland.

MemberLeighton Harold Geoffrey Triplow

Australian high tenor Dr Leighton Triplow specialises in the performance and study of early music, particularly that of the English Baroque. A confident, diligent, and enthusiastic young man, he works tirelessly with excellence in practical, theoretical, and administrative realms of the music craft. Leighton completed his PhD (Musicology and Vocal Performance) in his mid-20s at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. His graduate research explored constructs of gender, performance styles, and character realisation in the vocal music of Restoration composer Henry Purcell (1659–1695). 

MemberJessica Carniel

Jessica Carniel is a Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Southern Queensland, where she teaches on the history of Western ideas, ethics and human rights, and global migration. Her broad research interests include Australian and global immigration, cosmopolitan cultures, sporting communities and identities, cultural studies and gender studies. She has published widely on gender and ethnic identities in literature and sports cultures in multicultural Australia. Her study of Eurovision in Australia will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2018.