Open Music Academy Teaching Staff
The Open Music Academy is staffed by some of South Australia’s leading instrumental pedagogy and performance experts.
Our staff lead by example through their commitment to the highest standards of instrumental performance, with backgrounds as international chamber music artists, soloists, and members of professional orchestras. All our teachers share a keen commitment to passing on their skills to the next generation, with a focus on helping young musicians to fulfil their musical potential. This is achieved through a supportive yet challenging program of study that fully develops each student’s general musicianship, creativity, technique and performance skills, allowing each student to establish their personal musical voice.
Professor Graeme Koehne AO, Director, Elder Conservatorium of Music
Dr Emily Dollman, Artistic Director, Open Music Academy
Charlie Thomas is an enthusiastic versatile trombonist, currently freelancing in Adelaide. He graduated from the Elder Conservatorium in 2017, completing an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. Within the Conservatorium, Charlie studied classical trombone but sought opportunities to perform with a range of ensembles from both Classical and Jazz fields.
Charlie has being performing professionally since the age of 13 in numerous ensembles. He regularly performs with the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Unley Concert Band & K&N Brass Band in a principle role and also spent many years performing on the Bass Trombone with K&N Brass. Charlie also performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and the Adelaide Summer Orchestra as a section player. He also performs frequently with 10-piece Latin Band “Ah Hum!”.
Teaching others has always been a passion of Charlie’s, dedicated to spreading the wealth of knowledge he has gathered over his years as a performer. Charlie has taught trombone privately and at primary and secondary schools for a number of years.
Sarah Byron has recently returned to Australia after graduating from her Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom.
In July 2019 Sarah performed Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone as featured soloist with the Adelaide Wind Orchestra and further highlights of her performance career include presenting a chamber recital of works for saxophone and guitar at the World Saxophone Congress in Croatia, performing as principal saxophonist with Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band, and as a soloist with the Sheffield Cathedral Choir. In 2017, Sarah was delighted to present the European premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook’ at the 2017 European Saxophone Congress in Porto with the Coalesce Saxophone Quartet.
Passionate about music education, Sarah is a founder and co-director of South Australian Clarinets and Saxophones, an organisation dedicated to developing the woodwind community in South Australia. Sarah enjoys a busy teaching schedule, with her students receiving successful results in AMEB exams, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra and Special Interest Music Program auditions.
When she’s not playing saxophone, Sarah loves to travel and spend time with her very musical golden retrievers.
Amanda Grigg is a graduate of the South Australian College of Advanced Education where she studied percussion under the tutelage of James Bailey. In 1995 Amanda was a recipient of an Australia Council grant to study in New York with renowned marimba soloists William Moersch and Nancy Zeltsman. On her return to Adelaide she completed her Masters Degree in Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
Since then, Amanda has enjoyed a diverse musical career. She has worked regularly as a percussionist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, highlights including tours to Asia and the US and the Australian premiere of Wagner's Ring Cycle. She has also performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and numerous opera and ballet productions. Her chamber music credits include performances with Graham Ashton, The Australia Ensemble, N-Tet and Kegelstatt Ensemble. She has also recorded for television with the Australian Dance Theatre and for national radio broadcast as a marimba soloist.
As an educator, Amanda has taught percussion at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She first joined the staff of the Elder Conservatorium as a part-time lecturer, teaching in the Jazz and Classical areas in 1991. After many years of teaching privately and in secondary schools, Amanda completed her Graduate Diploma in Education and is currently the Head of Percussion Studies at the University of Adelaide.
Jamie completed his studies with a first class Honours Music degree under the guidance of Jim Bailey at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
From drumming with Jessica Mauboy to the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, Jamie has proven to be one of the country's top percussionists by way of winning awards such as the Australian Marimba Competition, David Galliver Memorial Award, John "Slick" Osborne scholarship and the Adelaide Bank Arts Award.
Concerts on the international stage include Slavko Suklar’s concerto for marimba titled The Corridors. This world premier performance was accompanied by the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Slovenia. Jamie has also performed in Malaysia, England, Germany and the United States of America.
On home soil he gave the Australian debut performance of Keiko Abe’s Prism Rhapsody alongside The Queensland Orchestra. He was fortunate enough to play it once again in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House accompanied by none other than the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic’s Marimba Concerto No. 2 was also another Australian premier and this time Jamie performed the work with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Age is no obstacle! Jamie has taught many students over the years from the very young to those most mature. He loves sharing his musical knowledge with the next generation so they too may experience the wonders music has brought his way.
Sami Butler is an Adelaide-born percussionist and began his lifelong involvement in classical music performance through his parents who are both musicians in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He began percussion lessons at the age of ten and at 21, graduated from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music with first class Honours, having studied with Amanda Grigg.
Sami’s work in the field of classical music has led to many performances with the Adelaide, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Soundstream Collective, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Momentum Ensemble. Other highlights have included winning the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award in 2013, performing as a soloist in Elder Hall lunchtime recitals and receiving the EMR Travel Scholarship, which allowed him to travel to America to study with renowned percussionists Greg Zuber, Tim Genis, Pius Cheung and Raynor Carroll. More recently, Sami was twice a recipient of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship in 2017 and 2018.
A passionate educator, Sami currently teaches students both privately and through the Elder Conservatorium’s Open Music Academy.
Described by The Australian as a ‘musical ambassador,’ Anna Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and versatile musicians. As a piano soloist, she has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally, and as a chamber musician she is a founding member of Seraphim Trio. Anna’s literary publications include the memoirs Piano Lessons and Welcome to Your New Life, as well as the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business. Anna records for the ABC Classics label. Her most recent CD is ‘Beethoven Piano Trios’ with Seraphim Trio, released in February 2016. She is currently a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Ensemble at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and the Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar at Janet Clarke Hall.
Musical highlights of 2017-18 include solo appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra; a nine-city solo piano tour of China; Seraphim Trio’s Australian concert season celebrating the history of the piano trio; and Seraphim Trio’s London debut. Anna curated the mini-festival ‘Chamber Landscapes’ for the 2017 Adelaide Festival, and edited Best Australian Essays 2017.
Kenan Henderson is a First Class Honours graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studying with Lucinda Collins. Kenan has been the recipient of many awards and prizes including the inaugural Peter Schodde Memorial Scholarship, presented by Recitals Australia and the Helpmann Academy. Kenan is also the recipient of the Emirates Artist's Development Award, presented by the Adelaide Festival. Kenan was also nominated for the prestigious Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award in 2014: the sole candidate from the University of Adelaide. Kenan also received the City of Adelaide Award at the inaugural Helpmann Academy Classical Music Awards and has won First Prize among other prizes within Recitals Australia's Lunch Hour concert series.
With a focus on chamber music performance, Kenan regularly performs with members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Benaud Trio and with former members of the Australian String Quartet among others. As soloist, Kenan has performed with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, the Unley Symphony Orchestra and the Burnside Symphony Orchestra. With a strong passion for the arts, Kenan has worked as Artistic Administrator with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed producing and presenting a number of highly-successful productions that combine written word with musical performance; inviting new audiences to experience and enjoy the history and profound artistry within the world of Classical music.
Lucinda Collins has performed widely throughout Australia, as well as giving numerous broadcasts for ABC Classic FM. After undergraduate study at the Elder Conservatorium under German pianist Professor Stefan Ammer, in 1984 she was awarded the Elder Overseas Scholarship in Music by the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. She has given concerts in the United Kingdom and Korea.
By July 1997 Collins was a lecturer in piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Since 2000 she has held the position of Head of Piano and coordinates the chamber music program.
In addition to solo repertoire, Collins has worked extensively as a chamber musician and has partnered many distinguished artists including internationally acclaimed cellists David Geringas and Lynn Harrell. She has also performed with William Hennessy on violin: The Age's Clive O'Connell described Collins and Hennessy's playing of César Franck's Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano in July 1997, "[it] is well, suited to a player of his character, the slashing strokes and powerful chromatic colours getting a solid hearing, in which Collins took equal honors."
Collins performed with the Australian String Quartet and they toured nationally in March 2010. She collaborated with the quartet in 2017 to perform Ernő Dohnányi's Piano Quintet No. 1, Op. 1 in C minor, alongside appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart's G major Concerto, K.
Matthew is a graduate from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, receiving his Bachelor of Music with Honours, under the tutelage of Dr David Lockett and Lucinda Collins. Matthew is head of education and manager at the Allenby Gardens Forte School of Music, an examiner for the AMEB, and is a respected educator and accompanist at leading schools throughout South Australia.
At the commencement of his studies, Matthew was awarded the D.B. Salotti Scholarship for his first year at the Conservatorium, and in his second year was awarded the Maude Harriett Riley Scholarship for piano. He was awarded Young Citizen of the Year for the City of Adelaide, receiving his award on Australia Day in 2008. In 2012 he won the annual Lance Dosser Memorial Prize at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
In 2006 Matthew was accompanist for Adelaide Voices, for which he received the Norman Chinner Scholarship. Matthew has performed in master classes for many distinguished artists including Bart van Oort, Angela Hewitt, Malcolm Martineau, Roy Howat, Clemens Leske.
During Matthew’s residential time at Lincoln College in 2006-08, he was music co-ordinator and musical ambassador for the College, which included organising concerts for various relief funds in Sudan. He received the Lincoln College Marion Kuechen music prize in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Matthew has and continues to work extensively with a variety of artists in Adelaide and nationwide, as both an accompanist and repetiteur.
Adelaide-born pianist Mekhla Kumar is a prize-winning solo artist and chamber musician. Her formal music training was undertaken at the Elder Conservatorium of Music under Professor Stefan Ammer, where she graduated with first class honours in 2012. She completed her Masters and Postgraduate Advanced Diploma at the Hochschule für Music Freiburg, Germany, under the tutelage of Professor Tibor Szasz, where she became one of the few students to receive a perfect score for both degrees.
Mekhla has been awarded many prestigious scholarships and awards, including the Geoffrey Parson’s Award, Patrick Cecil Greenland Scholarship, the EMR Travelling Scholarship and the Carpe Diem Trust. Through these awards, Mekhla has performed across Europe and around Australia, including a tour of Europe performing Alexander Scriabin’s ten piano sonatas on the 100th anniversary of his death.
Although based in Australia, Mekhla’s career continues to take her overseas where she frequently plays in Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain and America. She has collaborated with internationally renowned musicians such as Bernd Glemser, Imogen Cooper, Claudio Martinez Mahner, Bart van Oort, Robert Hill and Marc-André Hamelin. Her live performance broadcasts on German radio have seen her perform some of her favourite composers; including Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Mekhla has given masterclasses in Luxembourg, Austria and Germany and is currently teaching at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
Pianist and harpsichordist Monika Laczofy graduated from both Australian and Austrian universities. She has performed and broadcast both here and overseas as soloist and chamber musician.
During several years of post-graduate study (piano and harpsichord) in her native Austria, she took part in courses at the Salzburg Mozarteum, also in numerous performances for the International Chamber Music Festival of Oberschützen. She was engaged as coach and repetiteur for singers, as solo and ensemble recitalist, concerto soloist, as well as for studio recording in England and for Austrian Radio.
In Australia she has broadcast for the ABC as soloist, accompanist, concerto soloist and orchestra member with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. As Harpsichordist, Laczofy performed for several years with the Melbourne-based Bach Players, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Musicians, touring and recording much of the Elizabethan & Baroque repertoire, including the keyboard concertos of Bach and his sons. She has appeared with ensembles for the “Music in the Round” and Barossa Festivals, also the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra.
Since joining the staff of the Elder Conservatorium in 1985 as Staff Accompanist and Part-time Lecturer in Piano, she has accompanied regular student masterclasses, examination recitals and performed with a long list of renowned overseas artists as well as interstate and local soloists, in recital and broadcast. She has also toured much of south and eastern Australia with the Fleurieu Ensemble and more recently performed also with the visiting Swiss “Aura” String Quartet in a series of city and country concerts. An experienced teacher of music at all levels, she has been Chamber Music Tutor and Adjudicator for national competitions.
At present she is widely involved in the Adelaide music scene as Chair and Artistic Coordinator for Recitals Australia Lunch Hour Concerts, President of the Accompanists’ Guild of South Australia, council member of the Music Teachers’ Association of SA, Advisor and Federal Examiner for the AMEB.
Yundi Yuan is an Australian pianist and chamber musician based in Adelaide. She is the winner of the Recitals Australia Lunch Hour Award in 2018, and was also the winner of the “SA State Final of Young Virtuoso” competition and was a national finalist in the Fine Music Network’s Young Virtuosi Award in 2016. Yundi has performed in many concert series and music festivals including Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival, Recitals Australia “Carclew” series, Elder Hall Lunchtime concert, SA Soundstream events and the “Nocturnes by Candlelight” concert at the Ukaria Cultural Centre. She will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no.1 with trumpeter Owen Morris and the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Groch at the Elder Hall Lunchtime concert in September, 2019.
Yundi is currently completing a postgraduate research degree from the Elder Con with a full-scholarship, under the supervision of Mr Stephen Whittington and Dr Anna Goldsworthy. She also has been a recipient of the William Silver Scholarship, the Daisy Burmeister Salotti Pianoforte Scholarship and the Jack de Vos Scholarship. Alongside her career as a solo pianist, Yundi is also passionate in chamber music. She is a founding member of the Baudin Trio, which has long been active in Adelaide’s chamber music scene and is now striving to bring the piano trio repertoire to new audiences. Since its debut performance in Recitals Australia’s Lunch Hour series, the Baudin trio has performed in the Elder Hall Lunchtime concert series and has participated in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.Yundi is also the artist liaison from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Caleb Lavery-Brook is currently undertaking his Postgraduate studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music on an Australian Government Scholarship after recently completing his Bachelor Degree of Music (Classical Performance - Classical Guitar) with First Class Honours (Band A) under the tuition of Dr. Oliver Fartach-Naini. He has also been fortunate to have had masterclasses and private lessons with Australian and International guitar virtuosi including Slava Grigoryan (Australia), Gary Ryan (United Kingdom), Ricardo Gallèn (Germany), Jane Curry (New Zealand), Máximo Diego Pujol (Argentina), Vincent Lindsey-Clark (United Kingdom) and Lee Song-Ou (South Korea).
Caleb recently attained his Licentiate of Music Australia Diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). In 2018 he placed first in the instrumental category of the SA final of the Young Virtuoso Award after becoming a finalist in both 2017 and 2018. In 2014, 2016 and 2018 Caleb performed in the Adelaide Guitar Festival and in 2017 performed at the 3rd Korean International Guitar Festival. Caleb has appeared on Radio Adelaide, 5MBS and KBS Radio worldwide (South Korea). A recent involvement with the South Australian State Opera saw him feature in the production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. He has competed in a number of competitions and was the winner of the open age classical guitar category of the Adelaide Eisteddfod in 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2017, Caleb also won the open age, open instrument category of the Balaklava Eisteddfod. Caleb performs regularly as a member of the Opal Guitar Quartet who placed first in the open string division of the Adelaide Eisteddfod in 2018.
In 2016 he was selected as a soloist at the Inaugural International Guitar Festival Summer School in Adelaide and in 2017 and was fortunate to be mentored by Dr. Paul Svoboda after being given the opportunity to conduct the guitar orchestra at the finale concert of the Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter School. In January 2019 Caleb undertook a teaching internship for the Sydney Classical Guitar Society Summer School. As a result of this opportunity he was awarded a scholarship through the New York based Classical Guitar Corner school. Caleb is a conductor, teacher and committee member for SAYGE (South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble).
Heather Lander graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Her teachers have included Richard Dedecius, Natalia Pavlutskaya, David Pereira, Susan Blake and Tess Remy-Schumacher.
A versatile performer, Heather plays a variety of musical styles, from rock to classical. She has performed in numerous ensembles from chamber groups to orchestras throughout Australia. Teaching is a passion for Heather. Her students include several successful music scholarship and bursary winners in South Australia.
Heather is a proponent of the Dalcroze method, and has studied with instructors around the world to offer the benefit of this valuable method. She is currently serving on the Dalcroze Australia committee.
Helen Ayres is a Doctoral graduate of the University of Melbourne and founding member of Seraphim Trio. She has appeared as guest with numerous Australian small ensembles including Flinders Quartet, Syzygy, the Australian Octet and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. After spending two years living in London and studying pedagogy at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Helen has now returned to Adelaide to teach violin at Elder Conservatorium’s Centre for Young Musicians.
While living in London Helen performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of these orchestras she performed across England, Scotland, Germany, Austria and China. Closer to home, Helen is a past member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Orchestra Victoria and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
With Seraphim Trio Helen has regularly performed at various festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide French Festival, the Peninsular Summer Music Festival and in 2013, Opera Australia’s Ring Festival in Melbourne. Seraphim has recorded numerous CDs for ABC Classics and are currently part way through a series of trio recordings for ABC Classic FM titled The History of the Piano Trio.
Australian born Julian Ferraretto is a highly experienced workshop leader, music educator and performer. As a workshop leader Julian has directed projects for leading organisations in Australia and internationally, including the London Music Master’s Bridge Project, Wigmore Hall Learning, the Adelaide Festival, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Learning Program. In this role, Julian has helped people of all ages to engage with music creatively, including young children, adults, workshops in hospitals and with gifted and talented students. Julian also has experience working with tertiary level music students at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide) and Goldsmith’s University (London).
As a performer, Julian has an international reputation for his virtuosic and melodically charged violin improvisational style. He has performed with many of the UK’s leading contemporary jazz and world music bands including the Neil Cowley Trio, Natacha Atlas’s Mazeeka Ensemble, Eska Mtungwazi, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and Wigmore Hall Learning’s Ignite Ensemble. Julian has played at all the major jazz festivals in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Festival and London Jazz Festival. Julian has also recently appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Lester graduated with First Class Honours in Violin performance from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studying with Wendy Heiligenberg and Keith Crellin. He is the recipient of the Elder Conservatorium Directors Award, Arved and Suzanne Kurtz Scholarship and Florence Cooke Violin Prize. Lester performs regularly at festivals and concerts around Adelaide, and has led and toured nationally in Co- Opera productions of La Boheme, Eugene Onegin, Mikado, Magic Flute, Barber of Seville, and Don Giovanni. He has also completed the Orchestral Traineeship and Professional Pathways program with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and was also invited to present at an international workshop as part of the Double dialogue Arts journal publication in 2017 at New York’s National Opera Centre.
As an active chamber musician, Lester has performed and attended various chamber music festivals and schools across Australia, most recently at the Australia Chamber Music Festival. He is also an active performer in the Baudin Trio, Maple String Quartet, Bronzewing Quartet and the Royal Commonwealth Society Instrumental Ensembles. Lester is the strings coordinator at Pembroke school and tutor strings and ensembles at St Mary’s College and the South Australian Music Camp. Born and raised in Singapore, Lester has also spent many years studying the erhu with renowned erhu player Zhang Yu Ming. In 2019, he commenced his postgraduate research Master’s in music performance under full scholarship, investigating the cultural and performance meeting points between the violin and erhu.
Born in Adelaide, Madeline commenced violin lessons at age six, and at age eleven, was accepted into the Elder Conservatorium of Music Single Studies program. Madeline continued her tertiary music studies at the same institution and completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2007. During her time at the Conservatorium, Madeline regularly performed as both concertmaster and soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, she toured as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra performing in Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and London. In 2011, Madeline completed her Masters in Music Studies with Professor Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
In January 2016, Madeline relocated back to Adelaide to commence a PhD in Music Performance. Her project involves studying and playing the Paganini 24 Caprices from a pedagogical perspective. The project explores the technical and music challenges of the Caprices and seeks to provide solutions to these challenges. Madeline was accepted into her postdoctoral studies under full scholarship and was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award presented by The University of Adelaide.
In addition to teaching her students, Madeline frequently tutors students from the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and in August 2017 was invited to adjudicate the Adelaide Eisteddfod. She is also a nationally accredited AMEB examiner and a current member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Madeline frequently performs in solo recitals, with visiting artists and members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Natalie started learning the viola at eight years old of with Max Heininger in Mount Gambier. Four years later Natalie was awarded a music scholarship at Marryatville High School in Adelaide studying viola , voice and piano, majoring in viola for her year 12 music performance. Natalie went on to complete a Music performance degree at Adelaide Conservatorium studying with Keith Crellin, and then completed her Post Graduate performance studies in Tasmania at the Conservatorium of Hobart with Dr. Jan Sedivka.
Natalie has played with the following ensembles and orchestras spanning twenty years; Elder Baroque Ensemble, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Chamber Orchestra, Michelangeli Ensemble (Melbourne),Sydney Philharmonia, Adelaide Philharmonia, Adelaide Chamber choir orchestra and since 2011 Natalie has been a casual member of the ASO.
Natalie is currently the Strings Coordinator at Saint Peters Girls School, where she directs the Senior, Intermediate, Developmental and Junior String orchestras. Natalie has been teaching at OMA since the start of 2020.
Thomas Marlin has a performance portfolio encompassing three continents, which includes concerti, recitals, chamber music, orchestral playing and improvisation. He has performed in some of the world’s most prominent concert halls including the Rudolfinum in Prague, Wigmore Hall in London, and Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in Melbourne, and has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classic FM.
Thomas has appeared at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove (Cornwall), The International Holland Music Sessions, and for Play On Music, Melbourne, and has recently performed with the Southern Cross Soloists, including at the Bangalow Music Festival, and for the National Trust of South Australia’s Signature Series at Ayers House. Thomas often works with some of Australia’s most distinguished musicians, including principal players in Australia’s leading orchestras and current and former members of some of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles, including the Australian String Quartet.
As an orchestral musician, Thomas has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Champs Elysees, and has worked regularly with the Adelaide and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. Formerly based in London, he was principal cellist of the Janus Ensemble, with whom he appeared as a soloist, and regularly performed as guest principal cellist with the Melos Sinfonia and Barbican Chamber Orchestra.
Thomas teaches cello at the Elder Conservatorium’s Open Music Academy, and cello and chamber music at St Peter’s College, and is currently training as an AMEB examiner. Born and raised in Adelaide, Thomas holds degrees from the Universities of Tasmania and Singapore, as well as a Masters with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). His principal teachers were Janis Laurs, Christian Wojtowicz, Li Wei Qin and Louise Hopkins.
Lucy Stoddart is an Adelaide based Soprano and graduate of Bachelor of Music, Classical Performance (Voice) at the Elder Conservatorium under the tutelage of Rosalind Martin. During her time at the Conservatorium, Lucy was awarded the Guli Magarey Prize (2017) for a female student of singing, the Adelaide Choral Society Prize (2018) for her work in choral music and in 2019, the Rae Cocking Memorial Prize. She has performed in the State Opera of South Australia’s productions of Don Pasquale and Dido and Aeneas. Lucy has worked regularly with the Adelaide Chamber singers, including Bach’s Johannes Passion, conducted by Stephen Layton and will be touring to Europe in July of 2020 to compete with the group in the World Choir Games. In March 2020, Lucy performed in the chorus of Romeo Castelucci’s Mozart’s Requiem. In January 2021, Lucy will participate in the Gondwana National Choral School for the fourth consecutive year and following this will tour to Europe with the ensemble for the second time.
Sara Lambert began her musical training playing the clarinet before moving to vocal studies in her final year of school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) in voice from the Elder Conservatorium and went on to graduate with a Diploma in Operatic Art from the Sydney Conservatorium.
She became a full-time company member of Opera Australia where she sang for numerous years before being awarded a company travelling scholarship to continue her professional development in London with David Harper and conductors and coaches from The Royal Opera and English National Opera.
Sara has won vocal awards in Australia and the UK, and is a critically acclaimed artist on the concert and operatic stages of Australia and Europe. She is a versatile performer having worked in radio and television, Opera, Operetta and Cabaret. She is also a popular guest vocalist at community events and a committed arts educator.
Since returning to Adelaide Sara has been a principal artist for Co-Opera in national, European and SE Asian tours and is a regular performer with the State Opera of SA. Her roles include Michaela in Carmen, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Mimi in La Bohème, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito and Tatyana in Eugene Onegin.
Having previously studied and taught fine art photography at ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels, Belgium, Charles commenced his studies of the oboe at age 30 under the guidance of Grant Dickson, Celia Craig, Peter Duggan, and Renae Stavely – the entire wonderful oboe section of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Charles is today nearing completion as a PhD candidate in Classical Oboe Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide. As well as enjoying teaching a wonderful group of budding young oboists in a variety of different Adelaide institutions, including Marryatville Special Interest Music School, and the Open Music Academy at the Elder Conservatorium, Charles is a casual oboist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Adelaide wind quintet Windsong.
Charles is currently the South Australian Representative of the Australasian Double Reed Society (ADRS), and a member of the State Music Camp Committee of South Australia.
Associate Professor of Flute, Head of Performance and Head of Woodwind, University of Adelaide. Elizabeth Koch AM studied piano with Clemens Leske at the Elder Conservatorium of Music for her Bachelor of Music Degree, before taking up the flute at the age of twenty with Professor David Cubbin. Elizabeth’s orchestral experience is extensive with 27 years in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She was also Principal Flute of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Principal Flute of the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and has performed as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra.
Elizabeth has been awarded several teaching prizes, including the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for teaching excellence, a Carrick Citation (national), the Stephen Cole The Elder Award for Teaching Excellence (the University of Adelaide’s highest teaching award) and in 2010 she won an Australian Learning and Teaching Award, the only one awarded in the University sector in South Australia for that year.
Elizabeth Koch is a member of the inaugural 2016 Education Academy of the University of Adelaide. She belongs to a new cohort of learning and teaching educational specialists working on various projects with colleagues from across all faculties. She was awarded an OAM in 2006 and an AM in 2016 for her services to music and music education.
Katie Marshall began studying clarinet at the age of nine, and concluded her high school studies in 2013 as Music Captain of Cardijn College, receiving the school’s Music Service Award in the same year. She was the recipient of the Kathleen McPhee Music Scholarship at the end of 2013 to commence study at the Elder Conservatorium in 2014, studying under Peter Handsworth and then Mitch Berick, Principal Bass Clarinettist of the ASO. She completed her Honours year in 2017, receiving first class honours and the Selbourne Moutray Russell, Anders and Reimers, and Mrs Arno Pontt (May Gepp) Prizes for orchestral playing. She has played in numerous ensembles around Adelaide, including the Adelaide Youth Orchestra programs (and recently, the newly formed AdYO Alumni Orchestra), the Elder Conservatorium Wind and Symphony Orchestras, and currently, the Adelaide Wind Orchestra. She also teaches clarinet and saxophone at several schools in Adelaide.
Mark Gaydon has been Principal Bassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2003. During this time he has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions performing solo works by Mozart, Weber, Zwilich, Williams, Franciax and Strauss. He has also appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Queensland Symphony and the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra.
As a chamber musician he has performed with Ellision Ensemble, The Southern Cross Soloists, the New London Chamber Ensemble, the Tancibudek Wind Quintet and his own group Ensemble Le Monde. An avid teacher, Mark has been Associate Instructor at the Indiana University School of Music, a guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music, bassoon tutor for the Australian Youth Orchestra, AYO National Music Camp and Young Symphonists programs, and Bassoon Instructor at the Elder Conservatorium
since 2005. Mark has a PhD in music from the University of Adelaide and was awarded a Dean of Graduate Studies Special Commendation for Thesis Excellence. In 2005 he won the ABC Young Performer of the Year wind, brass
and percussion section and in 1999 was awarded grand prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition in the USA competing against players of all instruments. Mark is a keen supporter of Australian composers and has commissioned and premiered works for the bassoon by Gerard Brophy, Andrew Schultz, Katy Abbott, James Cuddeford, Luke Altmann and Charles Bodman Rae. In December 2013 many of the commissioned works
were featured on ABC Classic Fm's New Waves Podcast series forming a bassoon odyssey into new Australian bassoon works. In 2011 he was a featured artist on 3MBS's Musical Portraits series and performed Berio's
notorious Sequenza XII for solo in a live radio broadcast. Mark's teachers include Kim Walker and Stephane Levesque.