Diana Tolmie

Woodwind specialist Diana Tolmie has had a wonderful time for the past 27 years with her career performing in a multitude of musical genres instigated by a Churchill Fellowship and a Queen Elizabeth Trust Award. As a soloist, Diana has performed and recorded with the Melbourne Sinfonietta, the Collusion Chamber Orchestra, Corda Spiritus Orchestra, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Symphony. Consistent session work has included the Queensland Symphony, Philharmonic and Pops Orchestras in addition to the Tasmanian Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic and Orchestra Victoria. Past membership includes the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Queensland Youth Symphony as well as editor of the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine for the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society Incorporated.

Award winning lecturer of the saxophone, clarinet and  bass clarinet at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and University of Queensland, she is also QCGU course convenor for the professional industry preparation strand My Life As A Musician, Pedagogy 1, and is the founder and conductor of the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra. Diana loves sharing her passion for music and business with her students and led the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra on a 20-day European tour July 2012 where they performed to great acclaim at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in Scotland and the International Society of Music Education in Greece. Keen for her students to travel and experience an array of saxophone education, she has prepared the QCSO tour to RNCM Manchester, Paris, and the 17th World Saxophone Congress, Strasbourg, in addition to directing the Australian Saxophone Orchestra.

With well over 40 professional musicals under her belt allowing her national and international travel, Diana most recently worked on Wicked the Musical (Brisbane’s second season).  Unafraid to cross genres, Diana is as comfortable in Clint Allen’s Frank Zappa Big Band as she is with the Doch Gypsy Orchestra and is employed for many contemporary and mainstream live, television and recording events such as Tom Burlison’s Frank Sinatra show, James Morrison in Concert, David Campbell, Australian Outback Spectacular, Brisbane City Carols,  the Cool Change tours of Glenn Shorrock, Doug Parkinson, Wendy Matthews and more. As an Australian Music Examinations Board examiner, Diana has also acted as an AMEB consultant and editor with 3 publications in her bibliography.

Chamber music skills are further employed as a member of Collusion, a QCGU and Judith Wright Centre Ensemble-in-Residence recording several CDs of standard chamber and Australian works http://www.collusion.com.au/cds.html and is looking forward to finalising an all Australian contemporary chamber ballet Desirelines for the Brisbane Festival this September.

In 2013 she was an official featured artist at the Australian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference in Sydney where she also delivered her academic paper The portfolio single-reed musician. Other related conference performance appearances include the Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference 2002, 2011 and the 2013 International World Music Forum.

Diana’s diverse career has included touring throughout the USA, UK, and Asia as well as her home country of Australia in all genres including musical theatre, rock, pop and jazz. As Director of the next Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Brisbane she is very much looking forward to bringing all the wonderful saxophonists she has met and admired during her travels together for this exciting event. Diana’s academic research can be accessed via Sense, Springer and University of Hawaii Press publications. Diana is a D’Addario International Artist, and will be performing in Strasbourg with the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra with the government support of Arts Queensland.