AGQ Committee 2022-2023

PATRON: Piers Lane – B Mus (Dist) ARCM (Hons) Hon RAM L Mus A
PRESIDENT: DR Robert Manley – PhD BMus(Hons) LMusA(Dist) LMusA AMusA(cello)

Dr Robert Manley is a piano accompanist, cellist, and recorder player. Rob recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland. His sociological research explores audience engagement for classical music in regional Australia and arts/cultural policy frameworks for local government. Rob has worked as a pianist at Queensland Ballet since 2015 and thrice as official accompanist for the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition. Rob joined the committee of the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland in 2021, playing a key role (pardon the pun) in composing official letters, designing surveys, and instigating social gatherings. Elected President one year later, he aims to enhance the Guild’s industry profile by maintaining strong relationships with key institutions, reviewing engagement strategies with internal/external stakeholders, and fiercely upholding the professional and artistic integrity of Queensland accompanists. 

Rob studied the piano with Veronica Berry in Rockhampton, Joyce Skelton in Brisbane, and later the cello with Howard Penny in Melbourne at the Australian National Academy of Music. As a cellist, Rob has worked with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Rob has performed in the Queensland Music Festival and BrisAsia Festival in recent years. In an earlier life, Rob performed a Vivaldi recorder concerto with the QSO, after studying with virtuoso Dr Barnaby Ralph for several years. No stranger to innovative work contexts, Rob recently co-created and premiered the first work for recorder and whipper snipper (2021) in an apple evaporator shed in Franklin, Tasmania. N.B. No grass or apples were harmed in this cutting-edge performance.

  • Secretary:  Kathleen Clifford
  • Treasurer:   Sarah Stranger
  • Committee: Valerie Dickson, Julian Wade & Maree Kilpatrick


Robert Boughen – OBE Mmus Hon Dmus (Qld) Dmus (Cantuar) FRCO FTCL LRSM L Mus A A Mus A FRSCM

Diana Harris – OAM Mus Bac (Melb) BMus Hons Perf (Adel) AUA School Music (Adel) MIMT

Rita Miles

Rhonda Vickers

Pamela Page

Kevin Power


Nella Crellin

Thelma Loving

Kevin Siddell

John Stehbens

Nancy Weir

Christine Boughen

Donald Britton

Max Olding


 Kevin Power 1994 - 1996
 Sue Witham 1997 - 1999
 Rita Miles 2000 - 2002
 Sue Witham 2003 - 2005
 Mitchell Leigh 2006 - 2008
 Lynne Sterling Jordan 2009 -2011
 Regis Danillon 2012-2016
 Katie Zhukov 2017-2019
 Valerie Dickson 2019-2022


AUSTA Queensland

The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA) is a professional association of players and makers of bowed string instruments which promotes excellence in all aspects of performance, teaching, conducting and string instrument making. AUSTA aims to inspire and support students, amateurs and professionals and also to facilitate communication at local, national and international levels


ANATS Queensland is the Queensland arm of our National Body ANATS – Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing Limited. ANATS is the professional association dedicated to serving all those who teach singing in Australia. ANATS was established to encourage the highest standards in the art of both singing and the teaching of singing.


The QMTA, founded in 1921, is a professional body representing almost 500 members throughout Queensland. Amongst many other things, it aims to promote a high standard of music teaching in the state. The Association enjoys a close liaison with examination bodies, tertiary institutions and other similar Associations both nationally and internationally.


Accompanists’ Guild of NSW

The Accompanists’ Guild of SA