Dr. Naomi Halls is a musician, teacher, examiner and clinical psychologist.
Naomi was Principal Flute with the Sydney Youth Orchestra (1982–1985) and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (1995–2001). She has performed internationally, on Irish television and participated in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In recent years she has become involved in the popular sphere, performing as a guest soloist with The Feathered Frog Jazz Trio and from 2006 to 2008, directed an innovative jazz-fusion concept as part of Winter At the Joan series (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre).
She was appointed as an AMEB examiner in 1988, Senior Examiner in 1995 and has examined candidates for Licentiate and Fellowship awards. Naomi received her 25 Year Service Award in 2014.
Naomi has presented papers at The National Flute Convention (2005), The Flute Teacher’s Forum of NSW (2005–2007), Wollongong Conservatorium (2006) and The World Forum for Music in Brisbane (2013) (Australian Society of Performing Arts Health Care) and has adjudicated for Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Hawksbury, Macarthur, St George, Penrith and Sydney Flute eisteddfods.
Qualifications include ASCM (NSW Conservatorium), Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Distinction), Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) (Charles Sturt University), Bachelor of Arts (English, History), Master of Philosophy (Psychology) and Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Macquarie University). Under the supervision of Professors Dianna Kenny (University of Sydney) and Bill Thompson (Macquarie University) her research has focused on understanding and developing strategies for music performance anxiety. In 2012 in conjunction with The Emotional Health Centre at Macquarie University Naomi developed an effective treatment for music performance anxiety using cognitive behavioural therapy.
Combining experience as a teacher, examiner and clinical psychologist Naomi presents workshops to strengthen performance skills and to support musicians to overcome music performance anxiety.