Alan Lourens

Alan Lourens

Professor, BEd WACAE, MMus DMus Indiana

  • The University of Western Australia (M413), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Professor Alan Lourens is Head of the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia, a university ranked in the top 100 in the world by the QS rankings. Dr. Lourens teaches conducting, and directs the Orchestra, and other ensembles. Previously, he has held Professorial positions in Singapore, Dubai and Australia at leading arts institutions.    A performer on Euphonium, Professor Lourens is active in the Brass Band movement as conductor, composer and soloist.  He has appeared as a soloist and ensemble member under such conductors as Frederick Fennell, Harry Begian, Vernon Handley, Paul Daniels, Ray E. Cramer and Simone Young.   His Euphonium Concerto was premiered by Riki McDonnell in 2016, and his compositions are arrangements have been released by Connecticut based Cimarron Music and Matt Klohs Music in Australia.

 

Prof. Lourens holds a Doctorate and Masters from the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied conducting with Ray E. Cramer and Euphonium with Daniel Perantoni, M. Dee Stewart and Harvey G. Phillips.   He received a coveted Performers Certificate for the quality of his Masters recital.

 

Professor Lourens earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education. Dr. Lourens taught high school music for 5 years where he directed award-winning ensembles, before being appointed as the Conducting Support Teacher for the state of Western Australia.

 

Prof. Lourens has many articles and music publications to his credit, including analysis contributions to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series of booksand the Journal of the California Music Educators. He has also co-authored several books on the planning, policy and development of Universities.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of the UWA Conservatorium of Music

Previous positions

Lecturer in Music / Head of the Department of Classical Music, WA Academy of Performing Arts
Vice-President (Academic), Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

Teaching overview

Conducting
Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy
Euphonium & Tuba Performance

Research

Composition
Wind Ensemble Conducting and Repertoire
Brass Band Conducting and Repertoire
Instrumental Pedagogy
University Arts Administration

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