Having served on the MTA Council for 32 years including President for 14 years, Rita is now a Patron of the Association. She served as Deputy Chairperson for AMEB [NSW] for 21 years and is the AMEB State and Federal Chief Examiner for theoretical subjects. For many years she lectured Professional Development courses for private music teachers through the University of New England [UNE].


Rita's publications include Kanon Kapers on the AMEB syllabus; articles in the Oxford Companion to Australian Music; the musicology courses, Music of the Classical Era and Piano Music of the 19th Century; liner notes for the CDs The Australian Album, Anthology of the Chamber Music of Miriam Hyde and The Songs of Miriam Hyde; the Introductions and text for The Six Piano Sonatas of Roy Agnew, The Piano Miniatures of Roy Agnew and Tribute to Miriam Hyde. Rita's poem Uluru has been set for voices as has the collection of Blessings. With Julie Spithill, she co-authored 100 Years: the Music Teachers' Association of NSW for the Association's centenary. For the AMEB's centenary, she wrote the monumental A Centenary Celebration: the Australian Music Examinations Board 1918-2018.


In 1992-93 the Cambridge Biographical Centre named her as  International Woman of the Year for services to music education; her biography appears in Who’s Who in NSW and Who's Who of Australian Women. In 2014 she received UNE's Distinguished Alumni Award, the AMEB's 25 Year examining Award and the OAM. In 2019 the AMEB awarded her the Honorary Fellowship in Music, only the fourth to be awarded in NSW.




Keen on the idea of writing about Dulcie Holland AM [1913-2000],  Dr Rita Crews OAM and Dr Jeanell Carrigan AM have collaborated in a major project that has seen the first publication of a book about Dulcie Holland, her life and her music.


Despite her output of compositions for all genres, this wonderful Australian woman composer deserved to have her life and music celebrated much earlier, not twenty years after her death. Now it has been written by two musicians: one who knew Holland and had the opportunity to discuss her music with her; and one who has come to know Dulcie Holland from playing many of her remarkable compositions.


Many details of Holland's life are discussed and then each chapter examines every genre that she wrote for including orchestral, instrumental, vocal, film, chamber and educational, plus a complete list of all her compositions. The Foreword has been written by John Davis, CEO of the Australian Music Centre.


As part of the research, Jeanell Carrigan has edited six previously unpublished scores as well as recording the CD In Tribute, a selection of the composer's works. All items have been published by Wirripang and will be available at the launch or from their website.