Caroline Anne Ellsmore Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Caroline Anne Ellsmore

Independent scholar

Caroline Anne Ellsmore completed her PhD in Musicology at the University of Melbourne, under Professors Kerry Murphy and Elizabeth Hudson. A singer and teacher of voice, Caroline has also been head of secondary school Music departments in New South Wales and Victoria. She has presented conference papers throughout Australia and also for the American Musicological Society in Vancouver, 2016. Her book, Verdi’s Exceptional Women: Giuseppina Strepponi and Teresa Stolz was released in 2018.

Subjects: Music


Caroline Ellsmore studied voice with Helen McKinnon at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and with Ronald Dowd of Opera Australia. She has performed in opera, oratorio and recital. A fellow of Trinity College, London, Dr Ellsmore has a Master of Music (Hons) from UNE and a PhD in Musicology from the University of Melbourne. She has taught music in New South Wales and more recently at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, Glen Iris. She has trained both adult and junior choirs, conducted orchestras and bands, and composed music for these groups. Caroline is currently doing further research on the letters of the soprano, Teresa Stolz and also on the Simonsen Opera Companies in Australia.


    B.A. University of New England 1995
    Dip. Ed. University of New England 1997
    M.Mus (Hons) University of New England 2010
    PhD University of Melbourne 2015

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    The life and music of Giuseppe Verdi,
    The biographies of Giuseppina Strepponi and Teresa Stolz
    The careers of Martin and Fanny Simonsen, their children and grandchild (Frances Alda), and the impact of these lives on Australian music

Personal Interests

    Keyboard practice, singing, walking Glen the dog, reading, keeping up with the family. One day, shall get back to drawing and painting.


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