Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO served as Governor of NSW from 2001 to 2014 and was the first woman to be appointed to the role. Born in Narrandera in the Riverina district of NSW, and educated at the Narrandera Public School and Sydney Girls High School, Marie Bashir completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Sydney in 1956.
Professor Bashir has a strong interest in music and studied violin for many years at the NSW Conservatorium of Music where she experienced the joy of playing in the student orchestra and in chamber music classes. She continues to play a major role in the cultural life of the State, and is also a patron of the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia. She has been a patron of Symphonia Jubilate since 2015.
Lyn Williams OAM
Lyn Williams OAM is Australia’s leading director of choirs for young people, having founded two internationally renowned choirs: Sydney Children’s Choir in 1989 and the national children’s choir, Gondwana Voices, in 1997. Under her inspirational leadership, the Gondwana Choirs organisation has grown to include 23 ensembles of the Sydney Children’s Choir; five choirs, Composer School and Conducting Academy in Gondwana National Choirs; and, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, with regional hubs in Cairns and Campbelltown.