Music & Education Specialist

David Slater is an experienced conductor, having worked under Stuart Challender, former Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted student, amateur and professional orchestras throughout Australia, Europe and Asia, and many seasons of musical theatre. Mr Slater founded and directed a number of award-winning music organisations which include contemporary music ensembles, orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras and musical theatre companies. He has been awarded the Symphony Australia Prize and the National Award of the Orchestras of Australia Network. He is a regular guest conductor of orchestras and choirs, workshop conductor for schools, music camps and festivals, and conducts masterclasses in many parts of the world, most recently in Japan and Russia.


Mr Slater is an Australian composer, a Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre. He studied Composition at the University of Sydney followed by post-graduate studies in Germany. His work, twice short-listed for Australia’s richest composition award, includes many genres from the concert hall to TV, film and advertising. It encompasses solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music from professional to student levels. He receives regular commissions – most recently for a Piano Concerto, an a-capella Magnificat and a Piano Trio. His work is performed throughout Australia and on every continent.


Mr Slater has over 35 years’ experience as a music educator at tertiary and secondary level with 25 years as Director of Music. He has taught and lectured in many places and has been a consultant on music curriculum. He is passionate about the place of music in society and in education, and has promoted the creation, study and performance of great music throughout his career. He has taken over 2000 of his own students on tour since 1980, making him eminently qualified as Gullivers Music & Education Specialist.


He is sought after as a performance adjudicator, having worked with many organisations, festivals and eisteddfods. Positions have included final year examiner in three Australian states and jury member for festivals around the world. He is a member of the International Jury of the World Choir Games and is on the faculty of the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna and the Leonardo da Vinci International Choral Festival in Florence. He has won many major awards for composition, conducting and services to music in the community, including Australia Day awards, and has published articles on music and music education. He is Australia’s current representative to the World Choir Council.

His motto is Educating for Life! He knows that there is so much more to education (and to life) than many of us will experience unless we step outside the square. Touring brings what we learn to life, and makes life richer in every way.

David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist you with every aspect of your international music tour, from planning until you return home. He is available to meet with you to begin turning your ideas into reality.