Mark Dipnall was awarded the Austral Salon prize together with Bradford, Kefford and Commonwealth University Scholarships at the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music. Graduated with a Bachelor of Music in performance and Diploma in Education. Participated with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Appointed as full time Principal Clarinet to the Sydney Opera House Australian Opera and Australian Ballet Companies. Recently completed a Master of Music Studies at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music studying conducting under Professor John Hopkins. Currently completing a Master of Education with research in to the teaching of improvisation with the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Mark recently presented a paper on improvisation at the Gold Coast Australian National ASME Conference.
Mark is also the Vice President with the Victorian Music Teacher’s Association (VMTA) and Treasurer with the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME). He was formerly the Vice President with the Clarinet and Saxophone Society and is currently a Music Team Leader and Coordinator with the Department of Education and Early Childhood. He is a dedicated musician, teacher, conductor and performer in many genres of music. He often adjudicates eisteddfods recognising and encouraging excellence in all matters of music.