The Faculty of the VCA & MCM has announced that Mr Oscar Hammerstein III will headline a Symposium titled, Rodgers and Hammerstein: Understanding the Phenomenon on Monday 13 August at the Victorian College of the Arts. 

This address will launch the new Australian Centre for Music Theatre Research and Development to be directed by Associate Professor Dr Peter Wyllie-Johnston at the Faculty of the VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne.

Internationally renowned music theatre expert, Oscar Hammerstein III, the grandson of Oscar Hammerstein of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame, is a distinguished author and Adjunct Professor at New York's Columbia University and is visiting Australia for the first time when he hopes to uncover some family connections in Melbourne.