President, Music Teacher’s Association of NSW, Deputy Chair of the AMEB (NSW)
Dr Rita Crews OAM is currently President of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, editor of The Studio journal and Deputy Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board (NSW) where she represents private music teachers. She has over 30 years teaching experience at private and tertiary levels, has been an AMEB examiner since 1988 and is currently Chief Examiner for written subjects in NSW and for On-line examinations for the Federal AMEB.
Rita has published many articles and reviews, some of her piano works are included in the AMEB syllabus and her biography appears in several international dictionaries. She is currently writing the history of the AMEB for the 2018 Centenary.
Rita was named International Woman of the Year for services to music education by the Cambridge Biographical Centre in 1992-93 and in 2002 created a Fellow of the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition for her contribution to Australian music and composers. The 2008 inaugural edition of Who’s Who in NSW contained her biography as does the 2017 edition of Who's Who of Australian Women. In 2014 Rita was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2015, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of New England.