There are many generous and inspired individuals and institutions that support the work of the ANU School of Music, and above all, its commitment to educate and empower students to contribute to Australian musical culture at the highest levels. One of the most important is the Friends of the School of Music, an organisation that connects the School to networks of supporters in the local community and which materially assists our students in realising their educational goals.
Since taking up the position of Head of School in August 2012 I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to work closely with the Friends, which was until last month under the supremely professional leadership of Ms Christine Goode. A very generous benefactor in her own right, Christine has also given most graciously of her time to guide the Friends to great success with total assuredness and quiet charm. She has also provided me on many occasions with much welcome and sage advice.
It is testament to the quality of the organisation that she has left at the end of her tenure as President that it was able to attract, in Tony Henshaw, a successor of prodigious standing in the Canberra business and wider community. The support of music and musicians runs deep in the Henshaw family, and the Friends and the School alike are fortunate indeed to be able to benefit from his leadership.