Loreta Fin – Composer – Educator – Performer

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Loreta Fin
“Every human being is born with innate musicianship. Learning music benefits the brain and the soul. If children are taught well, they are given a life-long gift, which no-one can take away. If we can teach children to sing and play with confidence and to become adults who love and support the arts, we have given the world a good thing.”
Loreta Fin

Loreta has written many compositions for young string orchestras. These are published worldwide by Alfred Publishing. Her compositions include a series of over 90 works. Several of these pieces have been chosen as set works for the Australian Academy Festival of Music – the largest school competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

Composer of over 90 works

Loreta has written many compositions for young string orchestras. These are published worldwide by Alfred Publishing. Her compositions include a series of over 90 works. Several of these pieces have been chosen as set works for the Australian Academy Festival of Music - the largest school competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

Loreta Fin’s Bio:

Of Italian heritage, Loreta Fin is the second on Giuseppe and Patricia Fin’s eight children. Ms Fin undertook a Bachelor of Music Education and Music Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in order to specialize as an instrumental music teacher and conductor. Prior to this, she played first violin with the Sydney Youth Senior Symphony Orchestra. She then taught at Winona School and Sydney Grammar School and was a tutor and conductor of some of the ensembles within the Sydney Youth Orchestra Association.

Loreta moved to Brisbane in 1988. She has been the Principal Violist of the Qld Pops Orchestra for over ten years and she has performed at numerous freelance professional productions at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. These productions include Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, The King and I, Phantom of the Opera, and a production of Swan Lake by the English Ballet.

Loreta has also performed with many renowned artists like Dionne Warwick, Jerry Lewis, Kate Ceberano, Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole,
Shirley Bassey, Gene Pitney, Sarah Brightman and Marina Prior.

She played in the Brisbane season of The Boy from Oz, which starred Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen. She also performed in the Brisbane season of the Main Event that starred Anthony Warlow, Olivia Newton John and John Farnham.

Loreta is currently the Director of Strings and Instrumental Music at Somerville House Girls’ School in South Brisbane. She
conducts and runs the String Orchestras at the school. Somerville House has more than 600 students in their instrumental music
programme. This includes over 200 string players from Year Three to Year Twelve. Over the years, the school’s string ensembles have done exceptionally well in competitions.

Somerville Strings, the senior string group, won the 2004 Orchestra Australia Award for excellence in school orchestral music. On several occasions, they also won the String Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble sections of the Brisbane Eisteddfod. Somerville Strings were also finalists in the ABC Radio School Ensembles competition and completed a successful European Tour.

For over 25 years, Ms Fin has been a committee member of the Australian Strings Association (AUSTA). She was President of the
Australian Strings Association in Queensland from 2001 to 2004 and was their National President from 2005 to 2007. She was
presented with the AUSTA National Award for Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding Service within the String and Music
Community of Australia. Since 2000, she has been a violin and viola examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). She was the Consulting Editor for the Series 8 AMEB violin syllabus for Preliminary to Grade Four. She has lectured in String Pedagogy at the University of Queensland and QUT. She has also been on the Education Advisory Committee for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for over ten years.

As an experienced educator and adjudicator, she has been a presenter at conferences throughout Australia. She also presented at the American String Teachers’ Conferences in Atlanta and Albuquerque. She has been an adjudicator at all the major competitions and eisteddfods in SE Queensland and also at festivals in Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. She has been a tutor at many music camps, including the Education Department’s Most Outstanding Students’ Program and is sought after as a guest conductor for school festivals.