Heather Gell, in her will, left a bequest to the then Dalcroze Society of Australia for the establishment of teacher training courses, and it is to this end that the Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation was established.
Please contact the above address if you wish to be considered for funding, and the appropriate form will be sent to you.
HEATHER GELL TRUSTEES 2011
A Trust has been set up to manage this bequest.
Carol-ann Bentley has been a secondary school music teacher and voice teacher for many years, and became a Music Co-ordinator in a Sydney school.
She took in-service courses in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and used aspects of the approach in her classroom teaching and voice studio work.
Carol-ann has been involved in committee work with Dalcroze in NSW for many years and is currently Secretary/Treasurer for Dalcroze Australia.
Lee Christofis became curator of Dance at the National Library of Australia, after many years involved in dance and the print and broadcast media . Lee has wound a circuitous path through other careers, via interior design and fashion, early childhood education, family therapy and settlement programs for immigrants and refugees. Here movement and dance were central to his practice.
For nine years Lee coordinated and taught dance history, arts criticism and arts management at the University of Melbourne.
Susanne James commenced her professional career in music education as a state secondary music teacher. She has been Education Manager for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy. Currently, Susanne is Director, New England Conservatorium of Music.
Susanne's interest in Dalcroze commenced in the late 1970s when she was fortunate to meet and attend classes with Heather Gell in Cremorne.
Kent Logie retired recently after spending 26 years as a Lecturer in Music Education at Curtin University in Perth. Previously Kent was a Primary Principal and Music Specialist.
He has served the Australian Society for Music Education as Chairperson and was Convenor for the 2007 A.S.M.E Conference in Perth.
Margaret Smith was very involved with the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia and with the spreading of this approach in this country. She was also a member of Dalcroze Australia and a former student of Heather Gell.
Margaret [now retired] was a lecturer in Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Dr. Jane Southcott is Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Education, at Monash University.
She is president of the Australian Association for Research in Music Education and her main research focus is the history of music curricula in Australia, America and Europe.
She oversees the Master of Education [Music], teaches in pre-service programs and supervises several post graduate research students.
Jane also had Dalcroze Eurhythmics lessons for at least 10 years in her youth.
Rev. Geoffrey Usher, as nephew of Lesley Cox, had many years of exposure to Dalcroze Eurhythmics. This helped provide the foundation for his training to become a performer on stage.
He has been a high school English and drama teacher, teacher of Business Communication at a TAFE college and worked as a professional actor.
As a Minister of the Unitarian Church, Geoffrey has served in Sydney and England.
For a large part of his adult life he was on the South Australian Dalcroze committee and later was Treasurer for NSW Dalcroze Society.
After 19 years in England, he has returned, and is happy to renew his involvement with Dalcroze in an administrative capacity.