Ms Katharine Parton

Bye Fellow
Music interaction, gesture, cognition, epistemic marking.

Ms Katharine Parton

Ms Katharine Parton
Ms Katharine Parton


Katharine Parton read music at the University of Melbourne, completing graduate studies with a focus on clarinet performance. She studied conducting with Professor John Hopkins OBE through the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Youth Music, and was Musical Director of the University of Melbourne's Apollo Chamber Orchestra, comprised of medical and music students, for six years. She made her professional conducting debut with Lyric Opera of Melbourne as Musical Director for Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène to critical acclaim. Since 2011, Katharine has focused on her doctoral research into conductor gesture, orchestral cognition and interaction. As Director of Music, Katharine will be taking an active role in conducting and composing for the Chapel Choir, Orchestra on the Hill and other college-based ensembles as well creating bespoke opportunities for graduate involvement in college music-making. Katharine holds degrees in music, linguistics and education from the University of Melbourne.


  • 29 August 2017
    In July 2017, Fitzwilliam College was proud to welcome 12 young musicians from the Cambridgeshire area for a free violin workshop with Akiko Ono.
  • 16 June 2017
    Blue Plaque marking where singer/songwriter/poet, and Fitz alum (English 1967), Nick Drake grew up unveiled on 15 June as part of BBC Music Day.
  • 25 May 2017
    Innovative music sessions in Chapel organised by Musicology student in collaboration with Chaplain.
  • 12 May 2017
    Fitzwilliam College is inviting young state school women musicians aged 12-15 to a free, pioneering conducting workshop on Sunday May 28.
  • 24 February 2017
    Katharine Parton will be stepping down at the end of a successful 3-year term, and the College is on the lookout for her successor.
  • 02 February 2017
    Early career researchers at Fitzwilliam take part in innovative choral conducting workshop designed to develop critical academic skills.
  • 07 March 2016
    Katharine Parton, Director of Music, has organised a series of musical events in celebration of former Honorary Fellow Yehudi Menuhin.