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Elaine Dobson


Born: 1945


Elaine Rowena Dobson was born in Loughborough, England in 1945. She studied at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and Teachers' College from 1963-66, where she was the recipient of a New South Wales State Government Scholarship. She earned her BMus (hons in composition) in 1972 and MMus (composition) in 1976, both from the University of Queensland.

From 1974-78 she served as a full-time tutor at the University of Queensland's Department of Music and from 1979-84 as a Lecturer in Composition and Writing Techniques at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she was also Chairman of Academic Studies from 1982-84.

Dobson's awards include the Newcastle Teachers' College Music Prize (1966), Commonwealth Assistance to Australian Composers Inaugural Young Composers Fellowship (1970), Australian Commonwealth Open University Scholarship (1968-71) and the Australian Commonwealth Post Graduate Award (1972-73).

Her publications include contributions on twentieth-century composition to various periodicals and "George Dreyfus" in "Australian Composition in the Twentieth Century" (Eds Frank Callaway and David Tunley). Possessing a specialised interest is in Asian music she visited Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal in 1991 to conduct ethnomusicological research.

Dobson is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury.