Thornleigh Seventh-day Adventist church (NSW) member Rosalind Carlson was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in last week’s Australia Day honours.
Ms Carlson was recognised for her service to choral music and to education. Her choral work began 46 years ago with the foundation of Carlson Chorale. Her work as a composer and conductor has been recognised internationally by the American Biographical Institute, which conferred on her the Woman of the Year award. “Psalms of Joy”, “Hear the Angels Sing” and “Australian Daybreak” are among her compositions.
Ms Carlson worked for the NSW Department of Education for more than 20 years in various roles, including as a teacher, deputy principal and senior mistress.
She holds annual concerts and eisteddfods, and raises funds for charities and community projects. Her many other interests include breeding award-winning poultry and cultivating her orchard to produce $A7000 worth of jam for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
See our report on former San nursing unit manager Glenys Chapman, who was posthumously recognised with an OAM in the Australia Day honours.