MEDIA RELEASE: Montsalvat Appoints New Executive Director


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Monday October 22, 2018

Montsalvat today announced the appointment of a new Executive Director, Dr Jacqueline Ogeil.

Dr Ogeil is the Founder/director of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, the inaugural Director of Duneira and the Founder/Director of the ARIA finalist baroque ensemble Accademia Arcadia.

Montsalvat Chair, Morag Fraser AM, said the appointment signals a fresh new era for Montsalvat and the Board is looking forward to assisting Dr Ogeil in her exciting new role.

Dr Ogeil said “I relish the challenge of making Montsalvat a player on the international artistic stage. Montsalvat has held a place in the hearts and psyche of the creative scene since its formation. I am delighted and honoured to join its community”.

Having formed not-for-profit organisations, Ogeil has directed relationship building, advocacy and communication, collaborative initiatives, fundraising, marketing, governance, strategic planning, administration and staffing, as well as maintaining her performance profile. Her creativity and wide-ranging experience have resulted in an ability to problem-solve with ingenuity.

In 2014 Dr Ogeil was a recipient of a Margaret Lawrence Bequest for Women in Arts Leadership, and in 2015 was named by Westpac and the Financial Review as one of the 100 Women of Influence.

Dr Ogeil is an internationally respected artistic leader, performer and musicologist, specialising in historical keyboards (fortepiano, harpsichord, organ) with critically-acclaimed CDs (11 in total) including world première recordings of Buxtehude cantatas, and Scarlatti sonatas performed on the world’s oldest piano (Portugal, c1750) and the historic organ in San Vicente de Fora in Lisbon. Many of her CDs have being named CD of the week by ABC Classic FM and 3MBS. Her Patrons have included Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Sir Rupert Hamer and Barry Jones.


“In Dr. Ogeil I believe you have something of a national treasure.” Edward L. Kottick Professor Emeritus, School of Music, The University of Iowa, USA.

Jacky Ogeil will be performing with Accademia Arcadia at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 23rd November 2018, 6pm

Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
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Jacky Ogeil will be performing with the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra on Sunday 25th November 2018, 3pm.

Church of All Nations
180 Palmerston St, Carlton VIC 3053
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About Montsalvat:

Montsalvat is a National Trust Listed property, located in Eltham, where emerging and established artists create, present and perform their work. It is Australia’s oldest continuing artist colony, with studios being occupied by a wide variety of artists including painters, ceramicists, jewellers, glass artists, textile artists, sculptors, writers, musicians and woodworkers. Established by Justus Jörgensen in 1934, the 48,500 m2 property is home to over a dozen buildings, houses, halls and richly-established gardens. It is loved by locals and tourists alike and hosts a rich calendar of artistic events including concerts, exhibitions and festivals. It is also a place to learn – with a newly opened ceramics centre offering beginner to master classes, plus jewellery-making and painting courses.

Montsalvat is a not-for-profit entity and since 2006 has been managed by Montsalvat Limited, governed by a Board of Directors working on an honorary basis.