Two new faces for the Canberra International Music Festival

 Krista Vincent

Krista Vincent

The Canberra International Music Festival welcomes two new key staff with the hiring of Production Manager Rachel Gould and Marketing Coordinator Krista Vincent. Rachel and Krista bring a wealth of arts sector experience as well as an international perspective that will strengthen and enhance the festival team. These two new positions are made possible in part by substantial public investments following the success of the 2016 season. Defying industry trends, the 2016 Festival enjoyed record attendance with sell-out concerts and attracted over 6,400 attendees with its reputation for excellence and sense of adventure.

Rachel Gould is well known in Canberra, where she has worked as a professional musician and arts administrator for the past 10 years. Graduating from the ANU School of Music with a BMus Performance degree in clarinet, Rachel has performed with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and also worked as the Orchestra Manager for the Canberra Pops Orchestra. Rachel has a strong background in event management, working as the Production Manager of the 2008 Pacific School Games Opening Ceremony, Operations Manager of the National Folk Festival (2009–12) and delivered hundreds of events in 2013 as part of the Centenary of Canberra team. More recently Rachel has been working for Musica Viva in an outreach role and is regularly seen backstage at Llewellyn Hall as a stage manager for various local and touring productions.

I’m thrilled to be returning to CIMF, which I have had a strong association with over many years. In fact I’ll be returning to the production manager role which I held from 2005–08 with then Director Nicole Canham. It’s amazing to see how much the festival has grown and flourished over the years, and I can’t wait to be part of what is shaping up to be a very exciting 2017 program.” Rachel Gould, Production Manager.

Marketing coordinator Krista Vincent comes to us by way of St. John’s, Newfoundland. With over 20 years of performing experience throughout Canada and Europe, Krista holds music and ethnomusicology degrees from McGill University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She spent eight years in the Netherlands, working with leading composers and internationally renowned groups including Martijn Padding, Leine Roebana and ZT Hollandia. In Canada, Krista worked as a collaborative pianist and was artistic director of the Ora Ensemble, creating performance events that blended elements of new music, visual art and performance theatre. For the last two years, she held the role of General Manager of the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival.

I am so impressed with the vibrancy and sophistication of the music scene here in the ACT, and look forward to working with the staff and volunteers in attracting many more new music lovers to the wonderful adventure that is the Canberra International Music Festival.” Krista Vincent, Marketing Coordinator.

The upcoming 2017 Festival, titled Revolution: A Music Adventure from the Barricades of Time, will span 11 music-filled days and nights between 27 April and 7 May. Artistic Director Roland Peelman brings together a program of expertly curated performances that tell the story of major societal upheaval throughout history, told through the powerful, provocative, and oftentimes transcendental music these events have inspired. More information about the 2017 Festival, including complete schedule and ticket information, will be announced in December. For all the latest news, stay tuned to, join our mailing list, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

On behalf of the entire CIMF Team, we warmly welcome Rachel and Krista. We are delighted to have you with us!