Accomplished musician new Head of the School of Arts

Published 16 June 2011

dp-bloggUNE has welcomed a highly accomplished musician and academic as the new Head of the School of Arts.

Professor Darryl Poulsen comes to UNE from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University, where he was Professor of Music and Associate Dean (Academic). Previously, he was Winthrop Professor of Music and Head of the School of Music at The University of Western Australia. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Music and Master of Music from the University of Western Australia.

Having also graduated from the Conservatoria of Luxembourg, and Liège, Belgium, Professor Poulsen is a highly accomplished musician committed to historically-informed early music performance, playing both baroque and classical natural horns.

He is Principal Horn with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Sydney and has held Principal Horn positions in European and Australian orchestras and performed throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia as well as touring internationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Professor Poulsen’s research is predominantly in creative work: researching and performing repertoire of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras on period instruments, as well as the commissioning and premiering of new works. As a teacher, he has given master classes throughout Australia, Sweden and Asia and the United States of America and taught horn students from every major Australian city.

In coming to UNE, Professor Poulsen says he was attracted by the University’s strong engagement with the community and the multi-disciplinary and collegial character of the School of Arts, which combines English, Asian and European Languages, Communications and Theatre Studies as well as Music.

He looks forward to encouraging opportunities for teaching and research synergies within and outside of the School of Arts, as well as contributing to some of the Music discipline’s performance activities. While his three adult children are pursuing their own careers and interests, Professor Poulsen’s wife Linnette, who trained as an English Teacher, joins him in Armidale.

In welcoming Professor Poulsen, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Jennie Shaw, said she was delighted to have someone of Professor Poulsen’s ‘professional and personal calibre join us at UNE.’

‘His leadership experience at the University of Sydney and at the University of Western Australia, as well as his outstanding international research and creative profiles as a performer and musician, have put him in an excellent position to contribute in many valuable ways to the School of Arts, UNE and the community.’ Professor Shaw said.