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.
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.
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.
Andrew Chan completed his musical studies specialising in Classical Percussion at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Over the years, he has enjoyed a teaching career specialising in drum and percussive studies, educating throughout several schools and institutions. Some of these include St Peter’s College, Prince Alfred College, St Andrew’s School, State Music Camp of South Australia, and the Adelaide Youth Orchestra’s.
Alongside his one-to-one tuition, Andrew has built up and established several Percussion Ensembles and Drumlines (both Junior and Senior) around the state to a competing standard, often placing strongly in events such as ABODA and the Balaklava Eisteddfods. Teaching has been a passion of Andrew’s as he welcomes the opportunity to share his musical knowledge with students from all ages!
Anna Goldsworthy is an award-winning pianist, writer, and festival director. As a pianist, Anna performs extensively throughout Australia and internationally, both as soloist and chamber musician. She has performed as soloists with orchestras around Australia, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She is a founding member of Seraphim Trio, whose most recent recordings are the ARIA-award-winning CD Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, with Paul Kelly, James Ledger, and Alice Keath, and the ambitious set Trio Through Time for the ABC, tracing the development of the piano trio from Mozart and Haydn until today.
As a writer, Anna was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards for her debut memoir, Piano Lessons, which was released in Australia, North America, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Her most recent book, the novel Melting Moments, was released in 2020 to wide acclaim and longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. In 2022, her new libretto of A Christmas Carol, with composer Graeme Koehne, will be produced by Victorian Opera.
In 2022, Anna performs her new music theatre work After Kreutzer at the Adelaide Festival; appears as concerto soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; and performs extensively around Australia with Seraphim Trio. She directs the Coriole Music Festival and the Hayllar Music and Mountains Festival in Queenstown, New Zealand, and is co-curator of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s ‘She Speaks’ festival with composer Anne Carwse. Anna is an Associate Professor at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, and Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kyle Fraser is an Australian born pianist having returned from the UK where he studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, with renowned British concert pianist Jonathan Plowright, and was awarded a Master of Arts in Music (Performance) degree with distinction.
A former student of Lucinda Collins, Kyle is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, and holds a first-class Honours degree in Music (Classical Performance). He is recipient of numerous awards and prizes, notably the Frederick E. Baxenhale Scholarship in second year of his studies and The Patrick Cecil Greenland Scholarship for Pianoforte in third year. Kyle made his Concerto debut performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra in 2016 and has performed for Recitals Australia in the Lunch Hour and Alumni Concert Series. Notably, he received the Recitals Australia Piano Scholarship in 2017, presented in memory of Peter Schodde, which enabled him to attend a series of UK masterclasses.
In 2022, Kyle has performed with the Adelaide Hills Chamber Players for the Concert Series ‘Concerto Rhapsody’ at Ukaria Cultural Centre. In addition to teaching commitments, he is an experienced accompanist and chamber musician, having performing overseas and Australia as a collaborative artist.
Jennifer Chen graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with an Honours degree in performance, and is now completing a performance-based research master’s degree under Mr. Stephen Whittington, Dr. Anna Goldsworthy, and Mrs. Eleonora Sivan. Awards were granted during Bachelor and Honours period, including The Maude Puddy Prize for Piano, Thelma Dent Memorial Prize, Recognition of High Achievement, and Piano Certificate of Performance Prize in recognition of outstanding work in AMEB. Jennifer also performed numerous concerts during this time, including solo recitals, piano duets and two pianos concerts, and piano trio concerts with Recitals Australia; ‘Nocturnes by Candlelight’ at Ukaria Cultural Centre; Chinese Music Day with Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2021 at Elder Hall; and householding concert series with Living Choice Retirement House.
Jennifer has more than ten years of teaching experience with students of all ages. She believes that every student has their personality and character, and different teaching methods should be carefully used to develop students’ interests in real music, confidence in piano performance, and skills in many musical-related aspects.
Caleb Lavery-Brook completed his Master of Philosophy in 2021 at the Elder Conservatorium while studying with Dr. Oliver Fartach-Naini. He undertook a Mentorship in 2021 with Australian ARIA award winning guitarist and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Guitar Festival Slava Grigoryan with the assistance of Helpmann Academy. Caleb also holds a Licentiate of Music (LMusA) for classical guitar performances from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).
Caleb has won numerous awards and prizes including the Classical Guitar LMusA award for outstanding achievement (2018), First Prize in the South Australian final of the Young Virtuoso Award (2018), First Place at the Adelaide Eisteddfod (in years 2015, 2017 and 2018). First Plave in the open age, open instrument category of the Balaklava Eisteddfod (2017), First Place in the open string division of the Adelaide Eisteddfod (As a member of the Opan Guitar Quartet in 2018). Alongside these awards Caleb has also received grants for numerous projects from funding agencies Helpmann Academy and Carclew.
Notable performances include appearances at the Adelaide Guitar Festival in years 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021 and at the 3rd Korean International Guitar Festival in 2017. Caleb is also a regular performer in Chamber Music Adelaide’s (CMA) annual ‘On the Terrace’ event and has also performed regularly for Recitals Australia. Other career highlights include being part of the ‘Perspectives Trilogy’ by the Adelaide-based Kegelstatt ensemble which saw a subsequent commercial release and his involvement in the production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas through the South Australian State Opera.
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.
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.
Madeline Melrose is a Doctoral graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide and was awarded the prestigious University Medal for her outstanding research. She completed her studies on full scholarship after being awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award. Her research areas of interest are closely related to her teaching and performance work and include topics that cover violin technique, music pedagogy, music performance, psychology, Australian music education, and chamber music.
Madeline’s performance career includes solo, orchestral, and chamber music performances with various organisations including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and various chamber music festivals across Australia. She is a founding member of The Academy Piano Trio which launched in 2022.
As an educator, Madeline currently holds teaching positions at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, the University Senior College, and is a nationally accredited examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board. She is passionate about teaching music in a way that creates excitement, inspiration, and enjoyment. She is enthusiastic about progress and musical direction, and inspiring a new generation of musicians.
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.
Michael has a B mus.(Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He also studied at the Elder Conservation of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music. He has been a member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2002. He has also performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael has played chamber music with many ensembles and plays regularly with Adelaide Baroque. He has taught violin and viola since 2002 and has prepared many students for SACE, IB and AMEB exams.
Paris Williams recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Advanced) with First Class Honours at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, where she studied violin under the tutelage of Dr Elizabeth Layton. Over the course of her studies, Paris received the Marnie Cowan Music Scholarship, The Franz and Catherine Anders Prize, and the John Robert Mitchell Violin Prize. She held the position of Concertmaster of the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, as well as a number of Principal and Associate Principal roles in the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. Paris also performed on a number of occasions with the Elder Music Lab, presenting contemporary classical music in a variety of venues around Adelaide.
Paris has a range of experience as an orchestral and chamber musician. She performs regularly as a casual violinist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with Adelaide Baroque, the Adelaide Festival Orchestra and the Adelaide Concert Orchestra. Paris is the violist and a founding member of Raindance Trio, who recently won the Peter Brooker Prize for Music Excellence after their performance at the Elder Lunchtimes Series Top Class concert. Paris performed as a member of the Adelaide Youth Orchestras and Australian Youth Orchestras for a number of years, and has been an active member of numerous of chamber ensembles. Paris has been honoured to perform for the Governor and Premier of South Australia on a number of occasions, as well as for Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
As a music educator, Paris teaches violin and viola at St Andrew’s School, Seymour College and St Ignatius Junior College, and also tutors a number of ensembles and immersion programs at each of these schools. She began teaching at OMA in 2021. Paris is passionate about sharing the joy of creating music with young people, and has helped to facilitate a number of creative music workshops and schools tours presented by the Open Music Academy, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Orchestras, Julian Ferraretto, and Connecting the Dots Through Music, both in Adelaide and through regional South Australia.
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.
Fiona McArdle is a professional opera singer with a Master of Music (Voice and Opera Performance) from the New England Conservatory, Boston, USA, and an Honours Degree in Classical Voice from the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
Fiona made her professional operatic debut in 2017 as La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the State Opera of South Australia. With the company she has played a number of other roles and is engaged for further principal work with them in 2022. Fiona’s performing history is extensive and global, having played numerous roles in the USA, the UK, and around Australia. She has also appeared as a recitalist internationally and locally.
Fiona is the recipient of several awards including the 2014 Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Award, the 2017 Kinnon Award, and in the Encouragement Award in the 2017 German-Australian Opera Grant competition, the Australian International Opera Awards Special Study Award in Melbourne (2017), and more.
Fiona has been placing more focus on her private singing teaching work since 2020 and is passionate about her current role as an instrumental tutor at the Open Music Academy. Fiona prioritises building a strong foundation of classical singing technique which enables students to sing a variety of repertoire healthily and with versatility. A Kodaly trained singer, Fiona believes that it is incredibly important for all singers to have some proficiency in sight-singing and includes sol-fa exercises and musicianship in lessons to build confidence in all students.
Fiona has also toured Australia as a performer with Co-Opera, and through this has been involved with outreach programs for school children in regional communities. She has a passion for developing innovative musical education programs for children, and is currently completing her Master of Teaching through the University of Adelaide.
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.
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.
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.
Anna Henwood began studying flute at the age of ten and was a Music Scholarship holder, Music Captain, and recipient of a Music Blue at High School, while studying with Mary-Anne Blades. Due to her Year 12 results in Music Performance and Performance Special Study, Anna was offered a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Flinders Street School of Music with Elizabeth Koch, later graduating with Honours from the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
While studying flute performance in Adelaide, Anna played flute and piccolo in Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra; Anna performed in Recitals Australia lunchtime concerts and, as a member of the Flutes of Adelaide, she participated in masterclasses in London and Paris with William Bennett, Michael Cox, Kirsten Spratt and Sophie Cherrier. Anna continued her flute studies at the Italian Flute Academy in Rome, Italy, where she completed a triennial postgraduate course with Raymond Guiot of the Paris Opera Orchestra, graduating with a First Prize.
Anna is also passionate about the Italian language and culture and has taught Italian in classrooms around Australia, as well as graduating with a Master of Modern Languages Education from the University of Melbourne. Anna enjoys teaching students of different ages and abilities, supporting students to achieve their personal goals.
William Branson began learning the clarinet at 9 years old and continued to learn the instrument throughout his time at school. He graduated from Trinity College in 2017, receiving the music subject prize as well as two SACE Subject Merits. From 2018 to 2020, William studied his Bachelor of Music under the guidance of Elizabeth Koch and Dean Newcomb, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Clarinettist.
William is a member of many different ensembles, including the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Wind Orchestra, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestras, and currently teaches at several schools around Adelaide. William has also travelled overseas, twice previously being the Principal Bass Clarinettist of the Honors Performance Series in Carnegie Hall, New York.