School of Music Tour

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Situated in the heart of the nation's capital, the ANU School of Music has a proud and rich history. It was the first purpose-built music school facility in Australia and for nearly 50 years the School has also played a leading role in the cultural life of Canberra and our region.  

Today, the School delivers a model of music education which best supports the vocational and professional needs of music students grounded in a vision of public service. It engages positively with the fact that globalisation and the rise of the digital age are having a profound impact on musical culture in Australia, while reaffirming the profound human truth that the most immediate and powerful way we experience music remains through the act of performance. At its heart, the School affirms an ideal of musical excellence that is ethically informed, generous of spirit, intellectually rigorous, outward-looking, responsible, accountable, and receptive to new ideas.

Dr Erin Helyard will take you on a journey through the School of Music to hear, see and feel the wonderful facilities and potential the ANU School of Music has to offer. Meet us in the ANU School of Music foyer at 11:00am & 2:30pm.

About Dr Erin Helyard

Praised as a virtuosic and eloquent soloist as well as an inspired and versatile conductor, Erin Helyard is at the forefront of a new generation of young musicians who combine the latest musicological and historical enquiry with promoting live music in contemporary culture.

Erin graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and the University Medal and was additionally awarded the inaugural Lenore Buckle Scholarship for Music. Erin studied harpsichord with Paul Dyer, Ray Harvey, and Stephanie McCallum and for his postgraduate studies in Canada he was awarded five fellowships and scholarships. Erin completed his Masters in fortepiano performance with Tom Beghin at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montréal in 2005. Pursuing a passion for the music and culture of the eighteenth century and the ideals of the Enlightenment, he completed a PhD in musicology at the same institution in 2011.

Erin is a founder and co-artistic director of Sydney-based Pinchgut Opera, a central founding member of the Orchestra of the Antipodes, and music director of Brisbane Baroque.