Samantha Raftery

  • BMus (Performance and Pedagogy)
  • BMus (Hons) Composition
  • MMET (Secondary)
  • MPhil (Composition)

Samantha is a private instrumental music teacher, currently residing in Tusmore. She has over 10 years of experience in this field.

In 2014, Samantha graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music, specialising in Performance and Pedagogy. In 2015, Samantha graduated with Honours in Composition. In 2018, Samantha graduated with a High Distinction for an MPhil in Composition, and was subsequently offered a divisional scholarship for further study at a PhD level. In 2019, Samantha was awarded the Elder Conservatorium prize for excellence in Postgraduate Study.

Samantha also graduated with a Masters in Teaching (Secondary) in 2018. As part of her Masters in Teaching, Samantha completed a teaching internship at Gleeson College and was a UniMentor at UniSA. Samantha has worked as a music teacher and TRT at Heritage College, Pedare College, Loxton High School and Xavier College.

Samantha has been involved in numerous ensembles, including the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber orchestras, the Norwood Symphony Orchestra and many more. She is currently the President of the Australian String Association's (AUSTA) South Australian branch. In 2015, Samantha successfully applied to be a learning trainee with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has had the privilege of meeting and working with international artists.

In 2016, Samantha completed the Scoil Eigse program as part of the Ennis Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland, as well as attending workshops with Eileen O'Brien and Martin Hayes in Feakle, Ireland. She has also attended the Birmingham Tradfest, where she completed workshops with Tola Custy.

At the end of 2016, Samantha performed as part of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Tasmania.

Samantha also has a strong background in composition. She has composed for film and tv, as well as collaborating with dancers for performances as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Samantha is currently studying composition and plans to create music for educational purposes. In 2015 she created a collaborative work with dancers based upon the story of the Velveteen Rabbit and in 2018, Samantha completed a series of string chamber works inspired by Irish Ceol. Samantha has also created and presented compositions performed through Soundstream New Music. Samantha would like to bring creative approaches from her composition studies into the teaching of instrumental music to students.

16 Barr Smith Street
Tusmore, SA
0416 381 256 or (08) 8332 3959


Details last updated on June 10, 2021