Mal Hewitt OAM


Mal is the founder and driving force behind Celebration Sing Out! and the TOPS orchestra, both of which he established in 1993.
Mal is highly regarded for his leadership and advocacy for music education as a right for all children. He was awarded an OAM in 2014 for his services to Music Education and the community.

He graduated from Sydney Teachers College and Conservatorium of Music in 1966 and holds a Diploma of Music. His career spanned forty years with the NSW Department of Education as a classroom music teacher, a Head Teacher, Deputy Principal, and Senior Education Officer in the Performing Arts Unit, where he was responsible for school state-wide music programs.

His focus was the development of band and orchestral programs in schools of great economic disadvantage.
On retiring in 2004, Mal teamed up with colleagues to establish the Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators (CSME) to lobby for a quality music education for every child, especially those suffering economic disadvantage.