Cathy Chan

Cathy Chan is a freelance conductor and music educator working in Sydney’s Inner West. She has a Masters degree in Conducting from the NSW Conservatorium of Music and works regularly with school and community groups. Cathy conducts and coordinates the Sydney Southeast Orchestra, which runs annually, and is also a member of the Create East team, and regularly works with the Department of Education Arts Unit. She studied composition with Peter Sculthorpe, Ann Boyd and Ross Edwards and regularly writes and arranges music for schools and students. She has also been NSW President and National Secretary of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Cathy was a guest lecturer in conducting at the University of NSW for over a decade and remains a passionate advocate for conductor development. Cathy was musical director of the Sydney Homotones for 21 years. She has conducted performances at the Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Conservatorium and on a ferry that cruised around Sydney Harbour. Cathy plays many instruments but especially loves the euphonium and tuba and has helped coordinate International Tuba Day events and International Tuba Conferences. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys walking her dog, baking cakes, vegetarian yum cha and chocolate.