PROFILE

Professor Alan Lourens

Started at UWA: 2012

Head of the Conservatorium of Music

Professor Alan Lourens is Head of the Conservatorium of Music at UWA, a school ranked in the Top 50 in the world by the 2017 QS rankings. Professor Lourens teaches conducting and directs the Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and other ensembles at UWA. Previously, he has held professorial positions in Singapore, Dubai and Australia at leading arts institutions.

A performer on the euphonium, Professor Lourens is the Head of Brass at UWA and is active in the brass band movement as a conductor, composer and soloist. He has appeared as a soloist and ensemble member under such conductors as Frederick Fennell, Harry Begian, Vernon Handley, Paul Daniels, Ray E. Cramer and Simone Young. His Euphonium Concerto was premiered by Riki McDonnell in 2016, and his compositions and arrangements have been released by Connecticut-based Cimarron Music.

Professor Lourens received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education and has had significant experience, both nationally and internationally in education.

Professor Lourens holds a doctorate and master’s from the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied conducting with Ray E. Cramer and euphonium with Daniel Perantoni, M. Dee Stewart and Harvey G. Phillips. He received a coveted Performers Certificate for the quality of his master’s recital.

Professor Lourens has many articles and music publications to his credit, including analysis contributions to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series of books, recent contributions to the Manhattan Beach Music Times, and the Journal of the California Music Educators. He has also co-authored several books, published in Singapore, on the planning, policy and development of universities.

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Appointed as a full Professor of Music, 2016

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Appointed Head of the UWA Conservatorium of Music, 2012

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Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, 2009

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