"I have met so many awesomely talented people with whom I know I will remain friends for the rest of my life." - Gabrielle Ruttico


The Words About Music program is a hothouse of writing, talking and thinking about music. You’ll work online, as well as through radio and print mediums – getting your passion for music out there with precisely the right words.

The program has been a starting point for many people now working in music journalism, broadcasting, publishing and diverse areas of art administration. It provides a rare opportunity for practical experience and access to professionals already working in the field.

Alistair McKean  TUTOR

Alastair McKean comes from Wangaratta. He was educated at Wangaratta High School and subsequently attended the University of Sydney, where he gained a BMus (Hons) in composition, studying under Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, and Anne Boyd. He worked at the Australian Youth Orchestra from 1997 until 2000, when he was appointed Orchestra Librarian for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has been the employee-elected member of the MSO Board since 2009.

Alastair has written program notes and given talks for, among others, the MSO, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and ABC Classic FM.

Since 1997 Alastair has been Director of Border Music Camp, Albury. He initiated the Camp’s composer-in-residence program, which in 2005 won the Australian Music Centre Award for the leading contribution to Australian music in a regional area.

A proud viola owner, Alastair has sung in choirs for many years. Highlights of his on-stage career include page-turning for Thomas Adès, and playing cannon in the MSO’s performances of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

His interests outside music include literature, the Apollo lunar landing program, politics, history, and aeroplanes.


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