Bachelor of Music (Hons I), Bachelor of Music Specialising in Composition
Christopher Healey has enjoyed a great start to a promising career as a professional composer of art/concert music. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, receiving several encouraging awards along the way, such as the Alan Lane and A.G. Francis prizes for his compositions, as well as several academic awards. While still studying at Griffith, Chris started an annual concert series called Colours of Creation which showcases the work of young Brisbane composers, and the Dare CD Project which raised several thousand dollars via Pozible to produce a recording of the works of nine emerging Brisbane composers.
In 2011, Chris was given the privilege to attended the International Youth Leadership Forum in Prague with full sponsorship from Griffith University’s ‘Honours College’, where he gained a greater appreciation for the value of community leadership and contribution in a global context.
He is now completing an Honours Year at the University of Queensland with a GPA of 6.85 (7 being the highest), making him highly likely to receive First-Class Honours upon graduation in June, 2014. His academic hard work has been recognised by the university though the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Despite being a young composer, Chris’s music has been performed and recorded all around Brisbane as well as interstate at the Melbourne Recital Centre. His professional work includes commissions from private supporters as well as the Australian Piano Duo Festival, Queensland Conservatorium’s Percussion Department, and Brisbane City Council’s Street Reads project.
Chris’ work has already begun to receive awards, such as 2nd place from Sydney Eisteddfod for his ‘Sonatina for Cello and Piano’ and the MTAQ Audio-Visual Award for his work on a short film and more. Also, in 2013, Chris received the Queensland Government’s Creative Young Stars grant.
As a collaborator, his work, Matrix, was recorded by Ensemble Fabrique and broadcast on ABC’s New Music Up Late program, and his piece Myths for Timpani has been performed in both Brisbane and Melbourne by timpanist, Brent Miller.
Beyond composing Chris also operates a blog Musiking by Nurture, and recently contributed to the Australian Music Centre’s Resonate blog. Chris is currently writing lots of music by request (pro-bono) for various ensembles which includes works for Queensland Philhamonia, a Percussion Duo for ANAM percussionist, a piece for Mezzo-Soprano and Harp, a piece for piccolo and piano, a piece for Flute and Clarinet, and some works for solo piano.
These details were last updated on July 16, 2014