Prof Deborah Cheetham AO
DUniv, BMus Ed, AmusA

Soprano and Composer

Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and Artistic Director, has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014.

Commissions have included works for the major state orchestras and various National ensembles. Awards include Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, Merlyn Myer Prize,2019 Melbourne Prize for Music, Limelight Magazine’s Critics Choice Artist of the Year and The Helpmann JC Williamson award for lifetime service to the arts. In 2021 Deborah Cheetham was appointed as First Nations Chair of Melbourne Symphony orchestra.

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