Peter Campbell

Dr Peter Campbell

Registrar of the Theological School

Headshot of Dr Peter Campbell, Registrar of the Theological School


Peter Campbell is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. Apart from a brief period as a corporate accountant, he has spent his career in tertiary administration and student support roles at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. He joined Trinity College in 2003, where he worked in Foundation Studies, Chaplaincy, the Residential College and the Warden’s Office before joining the Theological School in 2014. His doctoral research centred on the contribution of University choirs to Australian musical culture, and he has published widely on aspects of music in Australia. 

Current Research Areas 

  • Practice and change in Australian Anglican liturgical music, both colonial and contemporary
  • The historical development of music in Canberra, particularly in regard to amateur music-making such as by choirs and choral societies
  • The history of Trinity College, the University of Melbourne

Areas of Supervision

  • Choral music traditions in Australia
  • Church music and liturgy


  • ‘“Thou Shall Not Chant”: The Prayer Book, Musical Authority and Parish Practice’, The Future of Common Prayer, ed. Robert Gribben and Stephen Burns [forthcoming]
  • ‘Historically Informed Bach Performance in Canberra: Problems and Progress’, Bach in Australia, ed. Sue Robinson (Melbourne: Lyrebird Press, 2018)
  •  ‘The Politics of Music in a New Society: Musical and Social Development in Canberra’s First 100 Years’, Diversity in Australia’s Music: Themes Past, Present and for the Future, ed. Dorottya Fabian and John Napier (Newcastle UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018), 22–54
  •  ‘Australien, II. Kunstmusik’, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 3rd ed. [MGG Online], ed. Laurenz Lütteken, 2016
  • ‘Crusade for a Lost Reputation: G.W.L. Marshall-Hall and the Restitution of Alexander Leeper’, Musicology Australia, 37.2 (2015): 280–88
  •  ‘Glass, Dudley Jack’ and ‘Kennedy, Irvine Robert Lauri(e)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2007), 442, 617–18
  • ‘“And There Came all Manner of Choirs”: Melbourne’s Burgeoning Choral Scene since 1950,’ Context 25 (Autumn 2003): 41–54
  • ‘Reception, Recognition and Reputation: Australia’s Intervarsity Choral Festivals in Mainstream Press Criticism since 1950,’ Australasian Music Research 8 (2003): 73-90
  •  ‘“Unfurl the Flag and Federate:” Flags as a Representation of Patriotism and Nationalism in Australian Federation Songs, 1880–1906,’ ch. 8 of Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies3 (2002), ed. Peter Horton and Bennett Zon (London: Ashgate, 2003), 153–69
  • Canberra Choral Society: A Capital Choir for a Capital City—A Fiftieth Anniversary History, 1952–2002 (Canberra: PC Publishing on behalf of the Canberra Choral Society, 2002)
  • ‘Laudate’: The First 50 Years of the Australian Intervarsity Choral Movement, Canberra (PC Publishing/Australian Intervarsity Choral Societies Association (AICSA), 1999)
  • R.F. Holmes, P. Shaw and P.J. Campbell. Larry Sitsky: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies in Music, no.65 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997)

Community Engagement 

  • Justice of the Peace for Victoria
  • Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Editorial Committee, Context: A Journal of Music Research, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • Treasurer, Musicological Society of Australia, Victorian Chapter
  • Treasurer, Ensemble Gombert Inc.
  • Member, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Chair, Student Services Committee, University of Divinity