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.