MAMU team

Professor Margaret Kartomi

Professor Kartomi is a specialist on the ethnomusicology of Indonesia and Southeast Asia and the world authority on the music of Sumatra.

She has won numerous awards and honours in Australia, Indonesia and worldwide, as well as many ARC grants.

Her research output ranges widely over such fields as the music of Indonesia, Jewish Music in the Asia-Pacific Region, organology/musical instruments, Australian Aboriginal Music, Chinese music and the world’s youth orchestras – especially the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Bronia Kornhauser MA

Bronia Kornhauser's main research interest as an ethnomusicologist was the music of Indonesia, particularly the Kroncong genre performed in the urban areas of Java. Her thesis on Kroncong music has been lauded as ‘the definitive work on that subject’.

In her role as archivist, Bronia documents and manages the music collections gathered in the field by staff and students, as well as the collections donated by members of the public. She has overseen the digitisation of some of these audio and visual materials housed in the archive, the selections being based on their fragility, rarity and uniqueness. The project was funded by two consecutive Australian Research Council grants and has established an efficient and effective means of both accessing and preserving valuable resources for future studies in the music traditions of diverse culture

Dr Anthea Skinner

Anthea is longer at MAMU; she has a position at Melbourne University.

Dr Anthea Skinner first began working at MAMU as a student intern and then as one of our Assistant Archivists. She has a PhD in musicology from Monash University and is currently completing a graduate diploma in archives and recordkeeping. Anthea’s main areas of research are organology, military bands of Australia and Indonesia and disability music culture. Her paper 'Freaks of Nature: The influence of 19th Century Freak Shows on 21st Century Crip Culture' won the Musicological Society of Australia’s 2012 Student Prize.

Anthea is also an active member of Melbourne’s disability arts community. She plays percussion in the all-disabled band the Bearbrass Asylum Orchestra, was a regular contributor to the ABC’s now defunct disability portal Ramp Up and is the performing arts columnist for Link Disability Magazine.

Dr Annette Bowie

Dr Annette Bowie’s research focus is the music of South Korea, although in recent years her fields of interest have broadened to include China and Japan in her quest to discover how the introduction of Western music was received in Northeast Asia and how this introduction infiltrated their traditional cultures and ways of life.

From 2013, Dr Bowie has assisted MAMU’s Archivist Bronia Kornhauser by sorting and cataloguing existing materials as well as new additions in the Archive and, where necessary, checking and preparing selected items for MAMU’s exhibitions and other related events. Her most rewarding experiences involve mentoring our interns and student volunteers as they work on special projects and assist in the general operations of the Archive.

Dr Karen Sri Kartomi Thomas

Dr Karen Sri Kartomi Thomas was an ARC Research Fellow in Theatre Performance studies at the Sir Zelman School of Music, Monash University, specialising in Malay-Indonesian theatre, dance and music. Her areas of research are masked performance and other theatre forms in Sumatra including Lampung and Jambi, and in the theatre of the Riau Islands, specifically mendu theatre in Indonesia's far northern region of the Natuna archipelago. In 2018, she was invited to Paris for the screening of her multi-award-winning short film documentary, 'The Biola of the Riau Islands' about the history, function and music of the violin in the region. She has taught courses in and supervised higher degree research students in Asian theatre and performance at Monash University. As a member of the MAMU team, Dr Thomas has assisted with the preparation and mounting of exhibitions, and shares her advice and expertise regarding the Indonesian component of the Archive.