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Directorate

Chief Executive Officer – Kate Lidbetter

Kate oversees all areas of Symphony Services International’s business.  She is responsible for strategic planning and development of the company, and works closely with all team members to ensure smooth delivery of services and products.  

Biography

Kate Lidbetter has worked for a variety of arts organisations over the past 20 years. Roles have included General Manager of the Sydney Children’s Choir, Artistic Administrator of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Artist Development Manager of Symphony Australia. From 2005 to 2008 Kate was Director of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, the federal government’s arts funding and advisory body. She returned to Symphony Australia in the role of CEO in late 2008. Kate has sat on a number of arts panels, committees and boards and is the Company Secretary of Symphony Services International.

Qualifications

1989 – Bachelor of Arts (Music, English), University of Sydney
1994 – Graduate Diploma in Arts Management, University of Technology Sydney
1999 – Masters in Policy, University of NSW

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Artistic Administration

Artist Services Manager – Justin Boschetti

Justin is responsible for the tour organisation of all international guest artists performing with the Australian symphony orchestras. This involves the contracting, visas and travel arrangements for over 200 touring artists every year.

Biography

Justin has followed a circuitous study and career path from archaeological excavations in the Middle East to reconciling share floats before joining Symphony Services in May 2011. Most recently he spent four years working as General Manager of The Famous Spiegeltent.

Qualifications

2000 – Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne
2003 – Master of Arts, Archaeology, University of Melbourne

Artist Services Administrative Assistant – Vacant

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Artist Development Co-ordinator – Anna Howell

Anna is responsible for the coordination of Symphony Services International’s Artist Development activities.  These include projects such as the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, the Conductor and Composer Development programs and a variety of fellowships and traineeships designed to provide pathways for musicians and administrators on the brink of a career.

Biography

Anna came to the field of arts administration from a background as a performing classical musician. As a freelance bassoon player she has worked with most of the Australian symphony and opera and ballet orchestras and was a resident scholar at the National Academy of Music in Melbourne for a period of three years. In 2008 she took up the position of Orchestras Administrator with the Sydney Youth Orchestras realising a love for working with youth and the arts. She has recently joined the team at Symphony Services International as Artist Development Coordinator enabling her to continue working in this field.

Qualifications

2001 – Bachelor of Music (performance), Australian National University Canberra School of Music
2004 – Graduate Diploma Music (performance), University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Publications and Research

Publications Co-ordinator – Lorraine Neilson

Lorraine researches and coordinates content relating to concert programs, including artist biographies, program notes, and licensing of texts and images. She has an interest in contemporary music genres and has written for jazz, pop and musical theatre programs produced by the Symphony Services International Member orchestras.

Biography

Lorraine studied piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and performed and arranged for local groups before embarking on a career administering the European Social Fund in the UK. She returned to music in 2001 and taught piano before relocating to Australia in late 2005. She joined Symphony Services International in February 2006.

Qualifications

1988 – BA (Hons) Economics, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
2004 – DipABRSM (Piano Performing), Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
2005 – BA (Hons) Applied Music, Strathclyde University, Glasgow

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Music Library

Library Manager – Vi King Lim

Vi King supervises all areas of the Music Library at Symphony Services International including music hire, publishing and acquisitions. He works closely with the librarians of the member orchestras on a daily basis to serve their print music requirements.

Biography

Vi King Lim first worked at Symphony Australia as Library Assistant and Music Librarian, 2001-2004. He then went on to become the Librarian of the Australian Chamber Orchestra until 2006 and returned to Symphony Services International in 2009 as Library Manager. Vi King studied Javanese gamelan and dance in Surakarta, Indonesia from 1995 to 1997 and was Artistic Director of Langen Suka Sydney Gamelan Association for ten years. He also studied Gregorian chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, 2007-2008 and is the founder and Musical Director of Schola Caeciliana, a women’s chant choir. Vi King has been an organist at St Benedict’s Church since 2005. He speaks Italian and Indonesian.

Qualifications

1995 – Bachelor of Music with Honours (Composition), University of Sydney
2004 – Master of Music (Composition), University of Sydney

Music Librarian (Outside Hire) – Emily Whitmore

Emily provides  sheet music to community, school and professional orchestras. She also provides operational support to the Library Manager  as well as maintaining the library collection through periodical stock-take, cataloguing and repairs.      

Biography

Emily Whitmore started her career as a Library Assistant in a local government council before joining the Symphony Services International team in 2008. Since joining, Emily has acted in every role within the library, ensuring the smooth running of the operations.

Qualifications

2012 – Bachelor of Applied Science (Library and Information Management), Charles Sturt University

 Library Assistant – Mary-Ann Mead

As a part-time Library Assistant, Mary-Ann handles many aspects of the day-to-day running of the Music Library at Symphony Services International.

Biography

Mary-Ann has a Diploma in Music Education from the Sydney Conservatorium majoring in violin and piano.

After extensive experience teaching music in high schools particularly rural NSW, she decided on a career change and has worked as a full time and later part-time music librarian for the Sydney Symphony, a position which she currently still holds.

Mary-Ann has joined the Symphony Services staff as a part-time library assistant bringing her considerable experience and knowledge to the team.

Qualifications

1978 – Diploma of Music Education Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

 Library Assistant – Sharlene Sinnott

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Finance

Finance Manager – Dilek Henderson

Dilek is responsible for all the financial aspects of the organisation, also ensuring that the board’s requirements for quality financial information are met. One of her key roles is to provide support and improvement to business services.

Biography

Previously, Dilek served as the group accountant for the ABC Concerts Division, reporting to ABC Finance. She was heavily involved in the process of corporatisation and the formation of Symphony Services Australia. She has over 25 years’ experience in financial management and reporting.

Qualifications

B.Econ. (Accounting Major)
Member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants

Artist Finance Officer – Teresa Majewski

Teresa administers contract payments to international non-resident conductors and soloists, applies for and obtains their Tax File Numbers (TFNs) and Australian Business Numbers (ABNs), ensures artists’ costs are invoiced to orchestral companies and other co-presenters, and maintains all artists’ transactions in a general ledger system. Teresa is also responsible for full function payroll administration for Symphony Services International.

Biography

Teresa has over 20 years’ experience in finance and payroll. Some of her previous roles include working for Unisys Australia as Accounts Payable Supervisor; for international public relations consultancy Hill and Knowlton as Senior Accounts Payable/Payroll Administrator; as Outsourcing Payroll Administrator at Micropay; and as Senior Payroll Administrator at Bidvest. Teresa joined Symphony Australia in November 2009.

Qualifications

1975 – Diploma, College of Economics, Wroclaw, Poland
Various payroll and taxation training courses
Member of The Association for Payroll Specialists

Accounts Payable Officer – Zofia Bryla

Zofia is responsible for the control and maintenance of accounts payable and receivable. Zofia also ensures the effective storage and retrieval of financial documentation for monitoring financial information so that it can be used in conjunction with management for internal and external auditing requirements.

Biography

Zofia Bryla has seen multiple changes within the company. Twenty years ago she started out in finance with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). During this time she was employed in multiple finance positions in both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Concerts National Office, continuing with Symphony Australia, the forerunner of Symphony Services International.  Zofia is a native speaker of Polish.

Qualifications

1973 – Graduate Diploma of Technical Education, Poland
1988 – English Language Diploma – Adult Education Centre, Sydney
1989 – Advanced Certificate in Secretarial Studies, Randwick College

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