Tracy is Symphonia Jubilate’s Co-founder and Chief Conductor, having been in the post since the formation of the orchestra in early 2013. She graduated from the Conservatorium High School in 1980 on the clarinet, piano and composition with Ross Edwards. She continued her studies in singing and jazz harmony.
Tracy has played and sung with many professional ensembles, including Reel Matilda, Kith and Kin (an Irish band) and Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, a 9 piece swing band, which she led with her husband Paul (who co-writes music with her).
Tracy has been teaching in the public school system for 17 years. She has created her own music programs and teaching style, which have been implemented into the Jellybeans in Schools Music Program. She has also written music for school bands and orchestras. Working with people in a creative field is her forte and she has written, directed, appeared in and composed the music for five short films for Tropfest.
Tracy has written a number of musicals for schools; recently completing a family musical called “Posey and Prickle”. Tracy wrote Expanding Horizons – Along the Silk Road for the Sydney Region Gala Concert featuring schools from the Sydney Region and China in 2009; and Kameruka for the Candelo Music Festival in 2011. This is Tracy’s sixth year writing for the Festival of Instrumental Music. Her pieces this year are Galliard Irrégulier and an arrangement of Mango Walk. SJ's landmark piece in the 2013 Season was Lieto composed by Tracy, which has achieved acclaim from the public since its inception.
She shares Symphonia Jubilate’s vision of expanding musical talent beyond virtuosity and remains a strong advocate for the promotion of music education in every public school. Tracy is the orchestra's resident composer.
Born in Aichi, Japan and based in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Sadaharu Muramatsu (Sada) is the artistic director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, lecturer and conductor at Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), conductor of Suzuki Cello Ensemble and artistic director of Sydney Sakura Choir.
In Sydney, Sada has conducted the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Rockdale Opera Company, Sydney Camerata and many other ensembles. He was a Choirmaster of Willoughby Symphony Choir from 2013 to 2015. Recently, he also conducted the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra in Japan, and has concerts planned in Japan for 2020.
Sada completed a Masters of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. Subsequently, he was granted a fellowship to study conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists. Sada resides in Australia under a Distinguished Talent visa granted by the Australian Government for his achievements as a conductor.
His accomplishments include Consul-General’s Commendation Award in Sydney (2018), an Honorary Doctorate in Music from his alumnus Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK (2011); second prize in the Vienna Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival with the Wesley Institute Choir in the Golden Hall, Musikverein, Austria (2011); finalist and awarded Special Prize of the Jury at the Emmerich Kalman International Conductor’s Competition at the Budapest Operetta Theatre, Hungary (2007); semi-finalist in the 2nd Bartok Bela International Opera-Conducting Competition in Romania (2007); Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in Manchester, UK (2005); and First prize at the ISIS Conducting Competition in Cambridge, UK (2001).
Sada studied conducting under Imre Pallo, Kurt Masur, Sir Mark Elder CBE, Hirofumi Misawa and Kazuki Sawa.
Susan Sukkar has had a long and varied career as a music educator working across early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. This includes an extensive association with the recorder, performing professionally with many ensembles in Australia and overseas. Susan holds Bachelor and Master of Education degrees and studied recorder at post graduate level at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Conservatorium Den Haag, Holland.
Susan has been an active supporter of school music programs for many years, directing ensembles in infants’ schools through to mentoring high school students studying for the Higher School Certificate. Susan was a Lecturer in Primary Music Education for several years at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean, and more recently the University of Technology, Sydney, and has conducted professional learning workshops for Musica Viva. In 2014, Susan was awarded the Alan Laughlan Award for Outstanding leadership in Education by the Australian College of Educators, and in 2016 an award for outstanding leadership as an executive teacher.
Susan is currently the Arts Coordination Officer and Lead Mentor- National Music Teacher Mentoring Program for the NSW Department of Education.
Hans-Dieter Michatz has had a long career as a performer and educator. A reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many Orchestras and Early Music groups, e.g.: as founding member and principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus, Melbourne, The Sydney Consort, - including European tours; Sydney Philharmonia Orchestras, Sydney Opera and Ballet Orchestra. His recordings include: Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche', and 6 Concerti, (both published by MOVE Records), principal recorder soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti (ABC), several of Salut!, Sydney Consort, and Brandenburg Orchestra CD’s.
As conductor, he pioneered premier performances of Handel Oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, was conductor/chorus master of the Sydney Chamber Choir and Sydney Philhamonia Choirs, and led the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter was Classical Coordinator and Performance Studies lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music (2009 to 2018), and has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since the early 1990’s. He is Patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players. His arrangments of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany.
Recent ventures include premier performances and recordings on the Csakan, (SALUT! BAROQUE – The Special Collection); Collaboration with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras for their Harry Potter live performances; concerts and masterclasses with the ‘Folkwang Recorders’ Essen, Germany; lecturing at AMPA, the Orpheus Music Course 2020, and the Brisbane Festival of Early Music 2020.
Hans-Dieter has been a faculty member of the NSW Education Department’s State Recorder Camp, and the Festival of Instrumental Music at the Sydney Opera House. He is looking forward to conducting Sydney’s first Teenage Recorder Orchestra, ‘Symphonia Jubilate Recorders’, from 2020.