Jan Thorp

  • MA Hons.(UWS) B.Mus Ed. (Usyd) Post Graduate conducting

Jan has lectured in music education at University of Western Sydney, Instrumental Music Director at McDonald College of Performing Arts as well as Musical Director of many local high schools. She was Director of the Department of Education Metropolitan South Festival Orchestra and for many years was the musical director of the NSW State Railway Concert Band. She is also a professional singer and sang in the Philharmonia Choir and Philharmonia Motet choir for fourteen years.

Jan and her husband David, set up the St. George Players over twenty years ago with the support of Kogarah Marist High where Jan was musical director, as an opening for ordinary children to learn the skills they need to become musicians. This led to research into early music education so that the very young were given the exposure and skills they needed to succeed in music and meant St George Players could set up a class to give them those skills. Research into the skills ordinary children need to succeed in music led to Jan gaining a MA Hons. and being asked to present her work at the International Society of Music Educators in Bologna.

Details last updated on May 10, 2016