The Team

Making Waves Directors Peggy Polias and Lisa Cheney 2017

Co-directors Peggy Polias & Lisa Cheney 2017


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Lisa Cheney is an Australian composer, orchestrator and arranger based in Melbourne. She has had works performed by The Australian Voices, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Syzygy and The Australian Ballet. In 2008 and 2013 Cheney graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Music in Composition, mentored by Gerard Brophy, Dr. Gerardo Dirie and Dr. Brydie Bartleet at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She is the founder of the Brisbane Composers’ Forum and runs a twitter channel called ‘Women Composers’, dedicated to the promotion of works by female composers worldwide. Cheney is currently a PhD candidate at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, supervised by Dr. Elliot Gyger and Dr. Stuart Greenbaum.

Peggy PoliasPeggy Polias is a composer and music copyist based in Sydney. She prepares scores, instrumental parts and other print music materials for some of Australia’s leading composers. Polias has also worked for the Australian Music Centre and assisted with the start-up of publishing label Wildbird Music. In 2010 she graduated with a Master of Music (Composition), supervised by Professor Anne Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


mark-wolf-squareMark Wolf is a composer of concert and film music based in Brisbane. In the pursuit of presenting temporally obscure musical experiences, his artistic vision is being realised through the translation of architectural ‘space’ into musical ‘time’ mirroring the unconventional spatial design qualities expressed in a cutting edge contemporary architecture. Over the past few years Mark has steadily gained international exposure from performances of his music in countries including: Canada, Romania, England, America and Italy. His most recent premiere was in Adelaide by the Soundstream Collective as part of the 2016 Soundstream Emerging Composers ForumMark is currently the recipient of a Research Training Scholarshipundertaking his PhD candidature at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
Timeline: January, 2017 – Present

14692040_10208954081348233_8871267939448609385_o.jpgMarlēné Radice is a Melbourne based composer who specialises in notated electroacoustic composition. Marlēné’s music has been performed and recorded by the Sonic.Art Quartet, COUP Melbourne, Feminatronic and her electronic duo Erwartung. She has been commissioned as sound designer and composer for Canberra’s National Museum of Australia in 2017 and Questacon in 2013. Marlēné completed a double degree in Music and Arts (Italian) at the Australian National University. In 2016 she completed her Honours in Composition at Monash University with Prof Mary Finsterer. Marlene Claudine Radice Soundcloud
Timeline: September, 2016 – Present

Angus Baxter is a composer of orchestral, chamber and electronic music. Having experienced a lifelong passion for the mysteries of the distant past, Angus initially trained as an archeologist. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Music) at the University of Sydney in 2015, Angus moved to Melbourne to take up graduate study in composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where he is currently enrolled. Angus Baxter Soundcloud
Timeline: May – October, 2016