Dr Rosemary Richards has been interested in the study of music and history for some decades. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she is a musicologist, teacher and private vocal coach. A supporter of the arts and social justice, Dr Richards has served as an office bearer for organisations including Box Hill Ballet Association Inc.
Born in Melbourne, she 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. She attended the Opera School at the Victorian College of the Arts, gained a Diploma of Education (Melbourne College of Advanced Education) and received her MA in Music (Monash University) and PhD in Musicology (University of Melbourne). Her musical compositions include works for the National Carillon in Canberra. Dr Richards’ professional appearances as a singer have included 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 past member of the Canberra and Australian Youth Orchestras, as well as the Australian National University, Adelaide University and Flinders University Choral Societies.