Adrian Alexander – Chairman
Adrian is a musician, educator, arts and educational manager, a consultant, an inventor, and a specialist in digital technologies as they apply to live sound, recording and educational pedagogy. His teaching career spanned 19 years in the classroom, and involved many disciplines, including music, physics, electronics, and mathematics. Adrian was also heavily engaged in educational leadership and management in secondary schools. Adrian’s involvement in Soundhouse commenced in 1991, and in 1992, he was appointed the manager of the Alfred Brash SoundHouse at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, growing that facility into the Digital Learning Hub, over another 19 years. During that time he has overseen the expansion of Soundhouse facilities projects, and networks across Australia and internationally, having also delivered projects in Ireland and the United States. He has presented at AMAC, NAMM and the World Music Therapy Congress in Buenos Aires. Adrian has forged many partnerships with the music industry, in the education and community sectors, and with philanthropists. His current focus is on building the breadth of the Soundhouse community through the development of the new Soundhouse Music Alliance website, and following up on the successes of mtec2013. Adrian enjoys delivering professional development, teaching, recording, playing, and working on his jazz guitar skills.
Andrew Martin – Deputy Chairman
Andrew is a freelance actor, teacher, writer, producer, arts administrator and corporate trainer. He studied drama and media at Rusden College (now Deakin University) then attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), graduating in 1980. He has performed extensively with many of Australia’s leading theatre companies, has over fifty film, television and radio credits to his name and has been a guest lecturer, sessional teacher and director at a wide range of tertiary institutes. He joined the Victorian Arts Centre (VAC) as Theatrical Field Officer in 1989, was appointed Manager of Education Programs (Art Ed) in 1992 and Producer – Creative and Project Development in 1997/98. He has held numerous board and advisory committee positions including Arts Victoria (Chair, Drama Advisory Panel), Next Wave Festival (Board member), Victorian College of the Arts (Course Advisory Committee) and the Association of Institutes for Aesthetic Education – USA (Board member). In 2004 he co-created Dramatic Change Solutions a company focussing on Electronic Simulations, Role Training and Multi-Media Programs. When not acting or teaching he continues his work as a corporate trainer and coach. He has been on the board of Soundhouse since 2006.
Even before he left school Tony has been part of the music industry, working in both retail and wholesale in his native England. Eventually he was selected to run a digital piano department for the Roland Corporation at Harrods of Knightsbridge before going on to represent sales for Roland for the south of England and Wales. In 1996 he moved to Melbourne and his first job was to run the musical instrument department at Brashs Melbourne. After various other roles in retail he moved to wholesale and now he is National Sales Manager at the Resource Corporation, a company which imports and distributes products for the Music, Audio and AV industries.
In addition to the ‘day job’ he has works as a freelance musician, keyboard demonstrator and serves on the Australian Music Association board.
The SoundHouse Music Alliance has been a topic of interest and when the opportunity came to be part of it Tony leapt at the chance. Having previously worked for Brashs and the Roland Corporation who were both sponsors of the SMA, it seems only natural that he should be on board.
After a short stint as a radio DJ (2GN Goulburn) Brendan joined Oz rock icons The Radiators as keyboard player. Over the next 12 years they recorded multi-platinum selling albums and toured Australia relentlessly before Brendan departed in 1990 to travel overseas with his wife and young family. On returning to Australia in 1992 he joined Roland Corporation Australia as an Account Manager. After 12 years as National Sales and Marketing Manager, he is now Managing Director of Roland Australia, overseeing their operations in Australia and New Zealand. A strong advocate for music education, he is a past President of the Australian Music Association.
Rob Walker has been involved in events and organisation management and in the marketing and promotions fields for over 30 years. He was central in the development of major events such as the St Kilda Festival, Melbourne Music Festival, Melbourne Guitar Shows, Australian International Music Shows, AMAC Conventions, The Audio Engineering Society Convention among others. Until 2000 he was the executive director of the Australian Music Association and Australian Music Retailers Association, after which time he took a position in San Diego, California as director of market development at NAMM, the International Music Products Association. This position also encompassed acting as Executive Director of the American Music Conference, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the benefits of music making and music education. Upon his return to Australia in 2005, he was appointed National Marketing Manager of Allans Music Group, Australia's leading full-line music retailer. Rob is currently executive officer for the Australian Music Association, and the producer of the Melbourne Guitar Show, the Sydney Drum and Percussion Show and the Amp Conference. He is a past president of the Australian Music Association. Rob is also an active musician, playing with acts such as The Manikins, Crakajak, Spiff Rouch, Jack Howard and many others.