Acclaimed composer and musician Catherine (Cat) Hope is appointed Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

Leading composer and musician Catherine (Cat) Hope has been appointed as Professor and Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University in Melbourne.

An accomplished composer, sound artist and musician, Professor Hope has toured with her work throughout Australia and internationally, and is the artistic director of the award-winning new music ensemble Decibel. A noise, installation and performance artist, she is known for her conceptually driven music, which uses mostly graphic scores, acoustic/electronic combinations and new score reading technologies. Her compositions range from works for laptop duet to orchestra, with a focus on chamber works.

Catherine (Cat) Hope. Photo courtesy of Synergy Percussion

Professor Hope is currently based at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, where she lectures in classical music and music technology. She begins her new role at Monash in January next year and said she was “thrilled to be leading the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash toward an exciting and dynamic future.”

Professor Hope’s interdisciplinary practice crosses over into film, performance, video and installation. Her composition and performance practices explore the physicality of sound in different media and are discussed in books such as Loading the Silence (Kouvaras, 2013), Women of Note (Appleby, 2012) and Sounding Postmodernism (Bennett, 2011). She is also the co-author of Digital Art – An introduction to New Media (Bloomsbury Academic).

Her extensive funded research has focused on digital archives, low-frequency sound, animated notations, new music performance and Australian music, while her works have been recorded for Australian, German and Australian national radio.

Professor Hope’s works have also been recognised in a range of prizes including the APRA|AMC Award for Excellence in Experimental Music in 2011 and 2014, and the Peggy Glanville Hicks residency in 2014. She is a Churchill and Civitella Ranieri Fellow, and has been resident at the Visby International Composers Centre in Sweden. She has collaborated with Australian visual artists such as Tracey Moffat, Kate McMillan, Erin Coates and Tina Havelock-Stevens and has created work for the London Improvisers Orchestra.