Fiona Lucas began her music studies after a successful audition into the Sydney Conservatorium Extension Studies Program (now known as The Rising Stars program), studying recorder and later baroque flute with Howard Oberg, and won the John Ellyard Memorial Scholarship twice. Fiona went on to do her BMus (Mus Ed) at the Sydney Conservatorium, and was the first student to complete this degree in baroque flute. She was also a recipient of an Australia Day award from the Australian Council for Women during this time, and completed her LMusA and LTCL diplomas on flute and recorder.
After being accepted into the elite Northwestern University Conducting Symposium three times, Fiona has studied wind band conducting with some of the field’s leading teachers, including Dr Mallory Thompson, Prof H. Robert Reynolds, Prof Steven Davis and Prof Eugene Corporon, and in Australia with Prof Craig Kirchhoff, Prof James Keene, Prof Larry Curtis and the late Jerry Nowak, and she has studied orchestral conducting with Dr Luke Dollman and Ben Northey. She is currently finishing her MMus (Performance) in Wind Band Conducting by research with the internationally acclaimed Dr John P. Lynch at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Fiona is the Director of Concert Band, Training Band, Advanced Recorder Consort and Recorder Ensemble at Chatswood Public School, and was appointed this year as the conductor of the Junior Wind Ensemble at the Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensembles (NSSWE). As well as teaching flute and recorder, Fiona regularly freelances professionally, including the Korean World Orchestra for the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War in 2018.
Fiona has guest conducted the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, the Sydney University Wind Orchestra, the Conservatorium High School Wind Orchestra and The Arts Unit Festival of Instrumental Music, and was also fortunate to co-present a paper at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) World Conference in Glasgow. After assisting as a guest conductor, it is with great excitement that Fiona has been appointed the new Musical Director of the Sydney Wind Symphony. She is the first female conductor in the history of the band, and one of the very few female Musical Directors of an A Grade concert band in Australia.