School of Music appoints new Open School Convenor

2 February 2017

ANU has appointed leading ACT music educator Kevin Knapp as the new Open School Convenor.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, Interim Head of the ANU School of Music said Mr Knapp has the energy, musical insight and drive to further the Open School's programs.

"Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. He will continue strengthen our existing relationships and develop new and exciting programs with secondary schools and colleges across Canberra," Professor Gillies said.

"As an accomplished performer on trumpet, Mr Knapp will be able to guide current students academically and professionally, providing them with industry knowledge."

Mr Knapp joins the ANU from St Francis Xavier where he has been teaching music since 2013.

He is a national councillor for music education and is also the immediate past president of the ACT Music Educators Network, a state chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education, where he worked as a strong advocate for the development of music in the pre-tertiary college environment.

He started in February, in preparation for the start of classes for 2017.

Professor Gillies thanked outgoing convenor Dr Alec Hunter for his excellent leadership in the role.

ANU Open School of Music, in partnership with artsACT, brings University-level tuition to primary and secondary students in the ACT region.

Professor Gillies said ANU was grateful to artsACT and the ACT Government for the support it continues to give to the pre-tertiary music programs at the ANU.