Jodie Blackshaw (b. 1971) grew up in the south-east of rural Australia and formed a very personal relationship with music early in life through the creative application of her imagination to musical colours and movement. Today, she continues to seek creative experiences for students through her teaching, conducting and composing so they, too, may enjoy the personal relationship she discovered in her formative years.

In 2019 Blackshaw will complete her PhD in Composition at the Australian National University (supervisor Dr. Christopher Sainsbury) with a portfolio of works exclusively written for the wind band genus. As part of her study, Blackshaw has unearthed fresh colours from the medium through a series of works, particularly her first Symphony Leunig’s Prayer Book, and related these to sensitive and often challenging life experiences.

Jodie desires that her music not just be “another piece”, but an imaginative and spiritual journey for performers and audience alike. To find out more about this Australian composer from the bush, please visit: