Queensland's musical heritage has a true champion in Professor Peter Roennfeldt. His research into aspects of this vast topic commenced while studying at the University of Queensland in the late 1970s, and during the past decade he has published and lectured widely on the subject. Since the mid-1980s, Peter Roennfeldt's major professional focus has been the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. A highlight of his seven year tenure as Conservatorium Director was its 50th anniversary in 2007, followed by the publication of his history of the institution, Northern Lyrebird. In addition to lecturing, he is a well-known keyboard performer and therefore has a close affinity with the subject of this book.