Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Mary Jo Capps

Mary Jo Capps AM has worked in the Australian cultural industry for more than 30 years after graduating with an MA in Musicology from the University of Toronto, Canada.

She has been a consultant to major Australian arts companies and orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Company B Belvoir Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

In her time as CEO of Musica Viva, she worked towards broadening the access to and understanding of fine music throughout Australia, supported by strong community partnerships.

(Photo Keith Saunders)


Current Tours:

Australian Festival of Chamber Music  |  23–27 July 2021 (5 days)



“Mary Jo went above and beyond the call of duty. We would love to travel with her again.”
Rick C.  |  Trasimeno Music Festival, 2019


“Always approachable and particularly well informed – especially at her presentations before performances!”
John C.  |  Sydney Theatre and Opera Weekend, 2019


Managed the group efficiently, with decorum and tact. Good fun to be with, very helpful and informative. Her summaries were just right.”
Kerrie N.  |  Summer Festivals of Italy, 2015


“Mary Jo was excellent, a good tour leader with a good sense of humour and good knowledge of the program allocated.”
Christina B.  |  Summer Festivals of Italy, 2015