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.
Luke is a dynamic and enthusiastic string teacher and music educator. In 2011 he completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying violin with Caron Chan and Janet Davies. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Australian Catholic University.
Luke has conducted the Combined Primary Schools String Ensemble at the Festival of Instrumental Music for the past four years. In 2014 he travelled to China with 30 students from Symphonia Jubilate to perform as part of a combined ensemble representing Public Schools NSW.
Luke currently works at Concord West Public School as a music specialist and violin tutor, teaching classroom music and directing ensembles. He is also a highly sought after violin tutor who is passionate about developing strong technique and musicianship in the early years of instrumental learning.
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 a currently the Arts Coordination Officer for Ultimo Operational Directorate, and Artistic Director of the Festival of instrumental Music at the Sydney Opera House, for the NSW Department of Education.
Georgina started choral singing at her family’s church when she was five years old, having played violin since 2 and half years. It was evident Georgina would be a lover and sharer of music.
After completing her BMus in Viola Performance and Graduate Diploma in Music Education at Sydney University, she attended The Konenklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she extended her studies in Early Music and Collaborative Composition in Communities, respectively.
Georgina has sung with Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Contemporary Singers, Sydney Philharmonic Motet Choir, St James King Street Choir, and Cantillation, and has put on numerous of her own productions focusing on Historical Performance Practice. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, and on numerous movie and gaming soundtracks.
Today Georgina is a Specialist Music Teacher with Jellybeans Music in Sydney. She is the Music and Choral Teacher at Darlington Public School, and assists the Regional Voices of Sydney Choir run by the NSW Arts Unit. Georgina thrives on the joy of bringing music to young minds, watching them grow in confidence, intellect, creativity and contentment.
Outside school hours, Georgina conducts the adult community choir, “Friends of Symphonia Jubilate Chorale” which is attached to a wonderful group, “Symphonia Jubilate” based in Strathfield NSW.
In 2016 Georgina is excited to take up the role of Music director for the mid-morning congregation at St Mark’s Darling Point.
When Georgina is home she enjoys a lively family life, with three active and creative children! And a dog called Lucy.