Paul Sarcich - composer - arranger - conductor

a potted history

a potted history

1968 - 1972

  • Private lessons with Norman Gadd (former Principal Percussion, NZ Symphony Orchestra)
  • Co‑timpanist, National Youth Orchestra of NZ [1971]
  • Percussionist, Band of the Royal NZ Air Force
  • Percussionist, Onslow Brass Band

1973 - 1976

  • Percussionist, 3rd Military District Band, Australian Army
  • Casual Percussionist: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Elizabethan Trust Orchestra, theatre orchestras, Australian Percussion Ensemble.

1976 - 1980

  • Principal Timpanist, West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Private Lessons with Karen Ervin (Los Angeles). [1978]

1981 (London)

  • Private Lessons with Michael Skinner, Michael Frye, Nicholas Cole, James Blades
  • Composition lessons with Leonard Salzedo
  • Performed with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

1982 - 1991

  • Freelance percussionist, composer/arranger & teacher in Melbourne; working with all major symphonic, chamber, contemporary and theatre organisations. 
  • Teaching appointments at Melbourne Grammar School, Victorian College of the Arts, Defence Force School of Music, Conservatorium of Music (Melbourne University); University of Melbourne Institute of Education
  • Vocal study with Victoria Watson
  • Principal Percussionist, Australian Pops Orchestra
  • Conducting engagements for Victorian Arts Centre, Victorian College of the Arts
  • Artist‑in‑Residencies and workshops for a large number of schools and music camps in Victoria and NSW.
  • Inaugural Teaching Artist, Winterarts Program, Victorian Arts Centre.


  • Lecturer in Music Craft and inaugural Coordinator of Critical Studies, School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts.

1994 - 1995 (London)

  • Studied Flamenco and Sevillianas Dance with Paco Perez, Jacqui Witham, Eduardo Lopez (Talavera, Spain)
  • Studied Harmonic Chant with Jill Purce
  • Taught GSCE Composition and Percussion at The Heathland School, Hounslow
  • Computer Music Typographer at New Notations Ltd. Responsibilities included: Typesetting, midi translation, software support to customers.

1996 -1999

  • Lecturer in Performance-Related Studies, Composition and Percussion, Victorian College of the Arts School of Music

2000 - present

  • Freelance music typographer (New Notations, Camden Music, Trinity Music, Musonix)
  • Publishing and Technical Manager, Cala Records Ltd, London.
  • Appointed Tutor in Orchestral Conducting, Sibelius (computer music) and Percussion; Morley College, London, Sept. 2000. 2001: appointed to tutor Musicianship 1 and 2, in 2008 Orchestration, in 2010 Songwriting, in 2016 Composition.
  • 2006: appointed Tutor in Music Techniques and Composition, Birkbeck College, University of London


Click here for a list of Commissions and Discography

Comedie Francaise
With the orchestra of the Comédie Française 1988

  Geoffrey, Simon and Paul
With Geoffrey Simon and Simon Callow at the
Classic Record Collector Awards 2001

Paul, Maria and Letizia
With María-Luisa Rayan-Forero and Letitzia Belmondo
at the World Harp Congress, Dublin 2004

PS, HS and GS
With Hugh Seenan and Geoffrey Simon at the recording
of Cala Records' Give It One CD 2007

Presented with the Best Work by an Australian Composer award
by NSW Premier Bob Carr, Sounds Australian Awards 1998

Paul Sarcich as Sarastro
As Sarastro in The Magic Flute
Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio

Percussion session for Taiwanese piano students
Victorian College of the Arts Summer School

 WASO solo
As percussion soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

At the recording of Cala Records' The London Harp Sound CD


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