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Born: 21 October 1949
Entered on roll: 2015
Elizabeth Eden has made a major contribution to the arts in Tasmania through her dedicated work in choral music and theatre.
A University of Tasmania graduate with Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Music (Honours) degrees and a Diploma of Education, Elizabeth held teaching positions including Director of Music and Senior Teacher (Languages) during 34 years at Mt Carmel College, Hobart. She received a French Government scholarship for a French pedagogy course in France in 1994-1995.
She was the first Tasmanian Conservatorium graduate to study a double major in performance (piano) and accompaniment. As musical director, répétiteur and in other capacities, she worked intensively for many years in theatre and with soloists before re-directing her energies to choral music.
From 1988 to 2009, Elizabeth was Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart, regularly composing liturgical music. She was also Director of the Tasmanian Conservatorium Chorale and founding director of the Tasmanian Chorale, before being engaged as Assistant Director to establish Tasmania’s Festival of Voices. She passionately promotes the work of Australian composers, particularly in her regular work with Loose Canon Chamber Singers. She has commissioned or conducted several world premieres, including ‘Voices of History’ for Hobart’s bicentenary.
In 1999, Elizabeth received a Tasmanian Arts Council grant to attend the World Symposium on Choral Music in Rotterdam, Holland, and the Goddard Sapin-Jaloustre Scholarship to study Gregorian Chant at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France. A regular participant in international chant masterclasses, she was one of only 25 practitioners worldwide invited to a Colloquium celebrating the 1000th anniversary in 2010 of the Abbey of St Pierre de Solesmes, France.
For 12 years, Elizabeth was Vice-President of the City of Hobart Eisteddfod and was the driving force behind fundraising for the recently inaugurated Gwyneth Dixon Memorial Award. She also contributes generously through committee and administrative work to other local and national music groups, including Virtuosi Tasmania.
In retirement, Elizabeth enjoys playing Real Tennis, and attempts to learn basic gardening skills.