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.
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.
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
Administration Officer – Clare Krier
A native of Seattle, Clare studied the trumpet with Allen Vizzutti and David Gordon at the University of Washington, where her participation in various musical ensembles allowed her to travel to Japan and Europe. After graduating in 2008, she worked in the Seattle area as a teacher and freelance piano accompanist. After completing a degree in Library and Information Studies through Florida State University in 2011, she relocated to Sydney and joined Symphony Services International soon after.
2008-Bachelor of Music (Music Education)-University of Washington
2008-Bachelor of Arts (Music)-University of Washington
2011-Master of Science (Library and Information Studies)-Florida State University
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.
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.
2000 – Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne
2003 – Master of Arts, Archaeology, University of Melbourne
Artist Services Co-ordinator – Lachlan Wright
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.
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.
2001 – Bachelor of Music (performance), Australian National University Canberra School of Music
2004 – Graduate Diploma Music (performance), University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1978 – Diploma of Music Education Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1973 – Graduate Diploma of Technical Education, Poland
1988 – English Language Diploma – Adult Education Centre, Sydney
1989 – Advanced Certificate in Secretarial Studies, Randwick College