John Fennell

John Fennell

I am particularly interested in postgraduate arts management practice and theory and believe this degree will enhance my current career practice and future arts employment opportunities. “I would like to work as an arts and culture advisor in a council or community education setting,” says John Fennell, professional violinist and musical director.

An active figure in the world of music, John has a diverse background. He is currently the leader and musical director for the Starlight String Quartet, a professional ensemble with a national and international performance profile. He also works as an administrator for a large music school for primary and intermediate age children. John played in the New Zealand Symphony and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras. He has travelled extensively as a chamber musician throughout South East Asia, Australasia and Canada. John was the leader of the Camerata Pasifika chamber ensemble in the Kingdom of Tonga for five years where he was made a Member of the Order of the Crown and Commander of the Order of the Royal Household of Tonga for services to music.

John started researching arts management courses and after a meeting with Dr. Williams, Arts Management HOD, he decided that the Whitecliffe MA in Arts Management would meet his requirements.

“I have known about Whitecliffe’s growing reputation for some years and I believe this postgraduate programme is a good fit for my music career and employment aspirations.”

The programme content, which he describes as “cutting edge”, is expanding his theoretical knowledge and honing his practical management skills.

“To date, I am impressed with the academic challenge, content, service and facilities at Whitecliffe. I really like the interaction with other arts professionals in a stimulating academic environment. We have engaging modules on specified weekends featuring inspirational guest lecturers who are leading practitioners in various areas of arts management.”