Ms Anthea Scott-Mitchell

Senior Lecturer

School of Creative Arts (Music)

Career Summary


After obtaining the A.S.C.M. with Merit from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying cello with John Painter, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance with High Distinction at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, studying cello with Fritz Magg and Janos Starker. Anthea was also invited to join the highly prestigious Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda, for academic excellence at the University. Returning to Australia she joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with which she played as principal cellist and soloist,touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

In 1984 she joined the Camerata Lysy Gstaad, while furthering her studies with Radu Aldulescu and Pierre Fournier at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. From 1986 to 1994 she was a member of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Italy, where she often performed and toured with various chamber ensembles and was principal cellist with the Camerata Strumentale di Santa Cecilia, appearing as soloist on several recordings.

She is presently Senior Lecturer in Cello at The University of Newcastle Conservatorium, where she has been teaching cello, chamber music, chamber orchestra and cello ensemble since 1995. From 1995 to 2003, Anthea also had a continuing presence as a senior teacher of cello and chamber music in the Young Artists Programme at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.

Research Expertise
Since her return to Australia, Anthea has been engaged regularly as a chamber musician with groups such as the Sydney Alpha Ensemble, as guest cellist with the Australia Ensemble, and as Guest Principal Cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Anthea also performs regularly her own compositions for solo cello, and has appeared several times with pianist Natalia Ricci on ABC Classic FM Sunday Live Broadcast series from the University of Newcastle, Conservatorium Concert Hall.

Teaching Expertise
A Holistic Approach to Cello Playing and Technique Circles, Spheres, Spirals and the Cello Inner Listening, Outer Listening and Cello Physics

Administrative Expertise
Strand Coordinator Strings, BMUS Course Coordinator,Principal Study, Music


  • Bachelor of Science in Music (Cello Performance), Indiana University - USA
  • Associate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW Conservatorium


  • Australian history and literature
  • Music education and history
  • Music, Meaning and Mythology
  • Music, Sound and Spirituality
  • Music,Communication and Listening

Fields of Research

199999Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Creative Work (12 outputs)

2011Walker SKA, Scott-Mitchell, Cook I, Ricci G, Allan C, A recital of the music and reading of letters of Ludwig van Beethoven, celebrating the installation of Beethoven¿s Death Mask, generously donated to the Conservatorium by Sir William Bowmore MBE AO, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW (2011)
Co-authorsGianfranco Ricci, Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Ian Cook, Sally Walker, Christopher Allan
2011Scott-Mitchell AM, Twilight Mood (2011)
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
2008Walker SKA, Walsh L, Anthea S-M, Scott-Mitchell A, Smith M, "Mozart Chamber Works" a concert by Newcastle Conservatorium staff members featuring some of Mozart's chamber masterpieces: Oboe Quartet K370, Flute Quartet K285 and Clarinet Quintet K581., Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (2008)
Co-authorsSally Walker, Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Linda Walsh
2000Scott-Mitchell AM, Music by Nin, Schumann, Debussy, de Falla, Lake Macquarie Council, Lake Macquarie Gallery (2000) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
2000Scott-Mitchell AM, Transfigured Night by Schoenberg, UNSW, Sydney (2000) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
1999Scott-Mitchell AM, 2 Compositions for Solo Cello, University of Newcastle Faculty of Music, South Pacific Seminar Brisbane (1999) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
1999Scott-Mitchell AM, Sonata by Faure, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
1999Scott-Mitchell AM, Schumann Piano Quartet, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
1999Scott-Mitchell AM, Prokofiev and Franck Sonatas, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
1999Scott-Mitchell AM, Roussel Trio and works by Margery Smith and Karol Husa, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
1999Scott-Mitchell AM, Vivaldi Double Concerto, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
1999Scott-Mitchell AM, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Balmain Sinfonia (1999) [J1]
Co-authorsAnthea Scott-Mitchell
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants1
Total funding$2,000

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19981 grants / $2,000

Australian Cello Repertoire by Women Composers$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Anthea Scott-Mitchell
SchemeSpecial Project Grant
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
Type Of FundingInternal

Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011The Investigative Cellist and the Informed Audition
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor

Ms Anthea Scott-Mitchell


Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Casual Non-Tertiary Music Teacher
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area


Contact Details
Phone(02) 4921 8927
Fax(02) 4921 8958


BuildingThe Conservatorium of Music
LocationThe Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300