PTTGV General Committee 2019 -
PTTGV Provisional Member Representative 2017 - 2019
We are celebrating something very special. In 2017 we introduced the first female member to be elected on the committee of the Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild of Victoria. As a special feature we are pleased to bring to you the profile on Christine McCrae, PTTGV general committee.
What year & where did you study to be a Piano Tuner/ Technician?
I studied 2013-2014 at the Australasian School of Piano Technology to become a piano technician.
Do you have any musical background?
Yes, I started with violin at about age 9, and then after 3 years of begging my parents, I also started piano. I dabbled with flute for a year as well, but found 3 instruments a bit too much. So I scaled back to two instruments and kept up with lessons until I hit year 12.
Why did you want to become a Piano Tuner?
I was always fascinated whenever I had my piano tuned growing up. I also thought it would be wonderful to work with pianos and meet fellow musicians that play them.
Why did you join the P.T.T.G.V Inc?
To be part of a community of tuners, a support network, receive professional representation, industry news and education.
What do you love best about this Industry?
It's great fun! Whether it's the challenge of fixing a problem, or discovering the stories behind the piano and or its owner. 1000 times better than a desk job!
What are your aspirations as a Technician?
I am quite excited by tone and playing feel. Therefore, I hope to fine tune my skills in tuning, voicing and regulation. I also feel sad about all the old pianos that are on their way to the tip and would like to get involved in a bit of piano repurposing.
How do you hope to help on the committee and serve the members of the P.T.T.G.V?
As a committee member, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to supporting new members, as well as help with the convention and other events.