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, Provisional Member Representative.
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 provisional member representative, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to supporting new members, as well as help with the convention and other events.