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Biography

Linda Walsh is a graduate in oboe performance of the Canberra School of Music. With the award of a Swiss Government Scholarship in 1985, she continued her postgraduate studies in Switzerland under Professor Hans Elhorst in Berne and Louise Pellerin in Z├╝rich. An award from the Albert Roussel Foundation in Paris led to a very inspiring period of study with renowned French oboist Maurice Bourgue.

Linda joined the Basel Sinfonietta in 1986 and performed throughout France, Germany and Switzerland. Returning to Australia in 1987, Linda joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and over the following five years took part in three international tours and numerous recording projects with artists such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Frans Bruggen, Barry Tuckwell and Joshua Bell. Linda was also a founding member of Sydney Alpha Ensemble specialising in contemporary music. In 1998, Linda presented a recital of Australian repertoire for solo oboe at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. More recently, freelance engagements with the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera Orchestras are part of a busy schedule which also includes solo recitals, chamber music concerts and radio broadcasts.

Linda Walsh is one of Australia's most highly regarded oboe teachers. She taught at Sydney Conservatorium of Music for eleven years from 1988, joining the staff at the University of Newcastle in 1996. Publications include a multi- lingual instructional DVD on oboe reed making in 2008, and a series of music videos incorporating live performance in 2009 which were presented in Birmingham at the Conference of the International Double Reed Society. Current research interests include multimedia performance and computer based composition. Linda currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School (Drama, Fine Art and Music) University of Newcastle.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Canberra College of Advanced Education, 12/05/1978
  • Bachelor of Arts (Music), Canberra School of Music, 31/08/1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 22/04/1977

Research

Research keywords

  • Instructional video
  • Multi media collaboration
  • Music Documentary
  • Twentieth century oboe repertoire

Research expertise

Twentieth century oboe performance, extended techniques

Experimental media and composition.

Educational video

Music documentaries

Languages

  • German

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190407Music Performance100

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Coordination of Woodwind area, coordination of ensembles and chamber music.

Currently Deputy Head of School, (Academic Management)

School of Drama, Fine Art and Music

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Chamber Music
  • Oboe
  • Video
  • Woodwind

Teaching expertise

Oboe, chamber music, ensemble collaboration skills.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Walsh LS, The Oboe Reed Making DVD, - (2008) [J1]

The Oboe Reed Making DVD is a 96 minute instructional DVD in English, French, German and Spanish which demonstrates the techniques for making reeds for the oboe. Learning to make oboe reeds (the replaceable mouthpiece of the oboe) is an essential part of an oboists professional training. This is the first DVD of its kind, as books have been the traditional source of information on this topic such as The Oboe Reed Book (Jay Light, 1983). Video has obvious advantages as a visual training medium including the use of recorded sound examples to demonstrate the changes in a reeds response and characteristics during its construction. This DVD investigates and explains the techniques used in reed making and shows how each part of the reed has a particular function in sound production which can be purposefully adjusted by scraping the reed. It demonstrates the engineering tools and machines required for processing the cane used for reed making. A significant part of the DVD consists of interviews with 11 prominent international oboists who discuss individual approaches to the topic. It is a unique collection of this body of knowledge which explores national trends and historic background to current national styles. The multilingual soundtrack of the DVD gives it a wide international audience, leading to reviews in the British Double Reed Magazine and The French Oboists Association Journal. It disseminates information from acclaimed experts to students and teachers and it is used internationally as a teaching resource.

Publications

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Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Vella RJ, Walsh L, Scott NB, Redhead T, 'A Report on Collaborative Music Making at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music', Redefining the musical landscape: Inspired learning and innovation in music education - XIX National Conference Proceedings, Canberra (2013) [E1]
2013Johnston A, Walsh LS, 'Sound Stream', Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition, Sydney (2013) [E2]

Creative Work (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Walsh LS, Johnston A, Bluff A, Airflow for oboe and interactive system v2, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2014)
2013Walsh LS, Johnston A, Bluff A, Airflow for oboe and interactive visual system, Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall (2013) [J2]
2012Walsh LS, Visions of Fernleigh, Sonic Arts Lab, Belfast (2012) [J1]
2012Walsh LS, Edwards R, Yanada 2012 for oboe, sound processing and video, Sonic Arts Lab, Belfast (2012) [J1]
2011Walsh LS, Drummond J, Aquarelle, The Lockup, Newcastle (2011) [J1]
2008Walsh LS, The Oboe Reed Making DVD, - (2008) [J1]

The Oboe Reed Making DVD is a 96 minute instructional DVD in English, French, German and Spanish which demonstrates the techniques for making reeds for the oboe. Learning to make oboe reeds (the replaceable mouthpiece of the oboe) is an essential part of an oboists professional training. This is the first DVD of its kind, as books have been the traditional source of information on this topic such as The Oboe Reed Book (Jay Light, 1983). Video has obvious advantages as a visual training medium including the use of recorded sound examples to demonstrate the changes in a reeds response and characteristics during its construction. This DVD investigates and explains the techniques used in reed making and shows how each part of the reed has a particular function in sound production which can be purposefully adjusted by scraping the reed. It demonstrates the engineering tools and machines required for processing the cane used for reed making. A significant part of the DVD consists of interviews with 11 prominent international oboists who discuss individual approaches to the topic. It is a unique collection of this body of knowledge which explores national trends and historic background to current national styles. The multilingual soundtrack of the DVD gives it a wide international audience, leading to reviews in the British Double Reed Magazine and The French Oboists Association Journal. It disseminates information from acclaimed experts to students and teachers and it is used internationally as a teaching resource.

2002Spiers CJ, Walsh LS, Concert September 12th 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Linda Walsh (Oboe), Dorati - Duo Concertante, Holland - Last Light, Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton - The Tango Book, Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]

Co-authors: Colin Spiers

2002Spiers CJ, Walsh LS, Concert September 22nd 2002 Colin Spiers (Piano) Linda Walsh (Oboe), Dorati - Duo Concertante, Holland - Last Light, Spiers/Parker/Pring/Woods/Thornton - The Tango Book, Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe and Piano, ABC, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]

Co-authors: Colin Spiers

1999Walsh LS, Double Concerto J S Bach, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Mass by Mozart, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Opera House (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Music of Telemann and Handel, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Sonata ansd Sextet by F Poulenc, Faculty of Music, University of newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Walsh LS, Nelson Mass by Haydn, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Opera House 4/3/99 (1999) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$1,396

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1998 (1 grants)

International Double Reed Society Conference, Tempe, USA$1,396
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Linda Walsh
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,39619981998
GNo:G0180625
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

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Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2009M Creative Arts (Music) [R]Co-SupervisorThe Flute and Mythology
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Ms Linda Walsh

Work Phone(02) 4921 8932
Fax(02) 4921 8958
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMusic
Office
CON 413,
The Conservatorium of Music,
The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle NSW 2300
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/linda-walsh