Dr Chris Hawkins is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She majored in string playing, composition and conducting. She also has a Masters Degree and 2 Doctorates.
She began her career in the National Youth Orchestra at the age of 12, won a Scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the age of 18 and at the age of 19 became a well-known conductor, helping to form and conduct new youth orchestras in Sydney. She has played the pipe organ for several churches and directed their choirs.
She taught for 40 years in schools for NSW Education Department and was responsible for the professional development of music teachers across NSW.
Chris has played violin and viola in many professional orchestras and chamber groups. She started a professional string quartet which performed successfully for 10 years.
In the Sydney area she has conducted many Master Classes in performance.
She has written many published vocal works.
Chris also had a music studio at her home where she taught students violin, viola, piano, flute, ‘cello and composition and prepared them for AMEB and HSC exams and orchestral performances.
In 2010 as a conductor, she founded a community orchestra which was invited to perform at the Premiers’ Concert in Darling Harbour for the FIFA Fan Fest.
In 2012 she travelled with some opera singers, the NBSO orchestra and combined with a variety of choirs from rural NSW where she conducted a variety of operatic performances at the Prince of Wales Opera House in Gulgong.
Her career has been vast including work in radio and TV, consultancy work and teaching.
Chris lives in the Bay and is the founder and musical director of the Bay String Orchestra and String Quartet. It is Chris’s intention to develop a solid musical environment in the Port Stephens area which enables members of the community to participate in a wide variety of musical ensembles.
It has been her pleasure to accept the role of Musical Director of Port Harmony.