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Dr Nicole Canham

Churchill Fellow, Nicole Canham (clarinet and tarogato), is an award-winning and versatile artist scholar who is committed to creating transformative arts experiences, and to supporting the sustainable career development of future artists. Her expansive and unique artistic practice reflects her diverse creative interests which include championing Australian new music, chamber music performance and collaboration with diverse artists from outside the world of music including theatre, film, photography, visual art and dance. Nicole has performed at festivals around Australia including the Castlemaine State Festival, Four Winds, Canberra International Music Festival, and overseas in France, Germany, the UK, USA, Mexico and Belgium. Her discography includes recordings for Move Records, ABC Classics, The Anthology of Australian Music and Tall Poppies.  She has presented her research at leading conferences around the world, and in 2016 gave the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, Australia’s most prestigious public lecture on Australian music.

In 2020, Nicole joined the faculty of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, as Wind Program Coordinator.  In this role, she focuses on performance, teaching and scholarship, which has become an integral aspect of her artistic practice.  In addition to her PhD in classically trained musicians’ self-directed career development, Nicole is a qualified career development practitioner, completing a Graduate Diploma of Career Education and Development through RMIT in 2019.  Her new book published by Routledge in September 2021, Preparing Musicians for Precarious Work, explores transformational approaches to music careers education.