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Dr Rosemary Richards was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved with her family to Canberra as a child.

After graduating from Australian National University with a BA (Hons) in History, Dr Richards studied voice, bassoon and musicology at the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide. Dr Richards attended the Opera School at the Victorian College of the Arts and then completed a Diploma of Education at MCAE. She received her MA in Music from Monash University and her PhD in Musicology at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Richards’ professional appearances as a singer include performances with Melbourne’s Chamber Made Opera and Music in the Round. As a bassoonist she performed with organisations including the South Australian Opera Orchestra. She was a member of the Canberra and Australian Youth Orchestras, as well as the Australian National University, Adelaide University and Flinders University Choral Societies.

Dr Richards is a teacher and private vocal coach. Her musical compositions include works for the National Carillon in Canberra.

An avid supporter of the arts, Dr Richards has served as an office bearer for organisations including Box Hill Ballet Association Inc. She has three children and two grandchildren, and lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she is an active environmentalist, philanthropist and a campaigner for social justice.