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MSO Board welcomes violinist as Staff-Elected Director

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The Board of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is delighted to welcome violinist Lorraine Hook as the incoming MSO Staff-Elected Director.

Lorraine Hook has been a violinist with the MSO since 1986 and brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the role. She is replacing Brett Kelly (Principal Trombone) who has served on the MSO Board since 2015.

“I am honoured to accept the appointment to represent my peers on the Board of the MSO,” said Lorraine.

“I believe strongly that the current players and administration staff are custodians of our orchestra and in this position we are responsible for its reputation, direction and future.

“I will work with absolute dedication to this end.

I look forward to contributing a musician’s perspective while learning and respecting the needs of the whole organisation,” she said.

Chairman of the Board, Mr Michael Ullmer welcomed the appointment: “Lorraine is a long-term member of the MSO who is well-known and respected by all staff. She is committed to the future of the MSO and has previously served on the Social, Players and Artistic Committees.

“The Staff-Elected Director is a valued participant in the MSO Board and we all look forward to working closely with Lorraine,” said Mr Ullmer.

Lorraine joined the MSO in 1986. She studied at the VCA with Nathan Gutman, graduating with Distinction. She continued her studies in London with Professor Emanuel Hurwitz of the Royal Academy of Music after touring Europe with the AYO.

In 1993 Lorraine was awarded the Sir Elton John Scholarship (Sir Elton John is a life Member of the MSO) and studied in Cologne with Professor Franz Josef Maier and in London with David Takeno. Lorraine’s orchestral experience includes the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the London Festival Orchestra, Academy of Melbourne and Australia Pro Arte.

Lorraine is a mentor for the Master of Music Orchestral Performance course at Melbourne University and also enjoys performing chamber music, teaching and tutoring for State Music Camp, Australian Youth Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestras.