Howard Munro, BA(Hons) (UQ), LL.M (QUT), PhD (GU), is a member of the Royal College of Organists and holds a CertRCO.
Howard began his musical journey as a youth in Canberra. His formative influences were his piano teacher Ann Thompson and organist and choirmaster John Barrett, at St Paul’s Anglican Church Manuka.
Thompson instilled a love of fundamental technical practice as the bedrock of consistent piano technique. Barrett trained Howard in choral music (in the RSCM tradition), as well as teaching the art of liturgical organ playing. Howard was also a member of the then newly formed Canberra Children’s Choir under the direction of Judith Clingan.
In adult life, Howard’s musical mentors include organists Christopher Cook and Michael Fulcher (Melbourne), Robert Boughen (Brisbane), Anne Marsden Thomas, Gerard Brooks, James Parsons, Simon Williams and Marilyn Harper (RCO Academy, UK).
Howard was Dean of College at St John’s College within The University of Queensland (1988-1994 and 1998-2013) where he spent many years living among students in a College community where music was highly valued. He worked closely alongside the musical directors of the St John’s College Choral Scholars.