Willem Van der Vis – Conductor
New Zealand born, Willem gained a B.Sc (Hons) in physics, before going on to play principal cello with the New Zealand Symphony Training Orchestra, and Southern Sinfonia (Dunedin).
In 1979 Willem moved to Australia, joining the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with Orchestra Victoria, the New Zealand, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.
After completing his B.Mus (conducting) at WAAPA and the VCA (Robert Rosen), he enjoyed further conducting studies in Moscow, England, and the Czech Republic, and with Professor John Hopkins in Melbourne.
He has conducted Stonnington, Heidleberg, Preston, New Monash, Ballarat, Derwent (Hobart), and U3A Symphony Orchestras, and was Musical Director of the Murray Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra (Albury, NSW).
Willem is now musical Director of the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra. He conducts at orchestral workshops and music camps around Australia, is also in demand as an adjudicator, and holds workshops in orchestral conducting.
Jody Heald is a Hobart-based successful pianist, private studio teacher, accompanist, lecturer and examiner.
She is a specialist consultant to the Australian Music Examinations Board Federal Office on piano and pedagogy syllabus matters. A former member of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board she is currently a council member of Music Australia, a committee member of Musica Viva Tasmania and a committee member of the Australian Music Examinations Board State Committee.
Jody has been the President of the Tasmanian Music Teachers' Association for more than 20 years, and Chairman of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association since 2005.
She is often invited to adjudicate competitions throughout the country and examines for the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Peter Hurley has had a broad and lengthy career contemplating aural training. During a 25 year period, he has been involved in primary, secondary and tertiary music programs as a teacher, assessor and curriculum developer. Peter is currently lecturer in Aural Studies and Topics in Musicology – Music Theatre and Cabaret at the University of Melbourne. He continues to be involved in curriculum development and as an assessor with the AMEB, the VCAA and the Yamaha Music Foundation. Peter has also lectured at the VCA, Box Hill Institute, Melba Memorial Conservatorium, the VMTA, and the Suzuki Talent Education Association and continues associations with these institutions.
He is currently engaged in post-graduate research in audio cognition, specifically relating to pitch and memory.
Oboist Anne Gilby has a distinguished career as performer and educator. She studied in Europe with Leon Goossens, Helmut Winschermann and Maurice Bourgue, achieving her Reifeprüfung (Performance) Diploma with Distinction in Detmold (Germany). Anne held the position of Principal Oboist with orchestras in Germany and Australia. She performed as soloist and Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has been guest Principal with all six Symphony Australia orchestras. Academic positions include Head of Woodwind of the Victorian College of the Arts and Lecturer in the Edith Cowan University and the Monash University School of Music Conservatorium. Anne is a past Chair of the Artistic Committee of the Australian Youth Orchestra Ltd. She served on the Music Board of the Australia Council and was the founding President of the Australasian Double Reed Society.
She currently sits on the Board of the Victorian Opera Company, chairing the Artistic Committee. Anne’s commitment to music pedagogy has seen her teach in such diverse countries as Afghanistan and Taiwan and her contribution as a judge includes the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Awards.
Curtis teaches is currently the Director of Singing at Melbourne High School and is also a voice teacher Camberwell Grammar School. Curtis is responsible for the massed singing program at Melbourne High School and coaches boys for solo and ensemble performances, musical theatre, rock band singing and cadet commanding. Curtis is in demand nationally as an adjudicator and presenter of music theatre and vocal training.
His private voice practice, Voicematters, is largely dedicated to tertiary and semi-professional music theatre practitioners.
Formerly a Director Of The Australian Children’s Choir,
Curtis has also been a presenter for the Association of Teachers of Singing and a facilitator for state education departments wishing to encourage greater numbers of young men in joining singing programmes.
A diverse performer he has played keyboards in theatre and rock bands but also appeared as a tenor soloist with State Opera of Victoria, an ensemble member with Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet, and he most regularly appears with Melbourne Acappella group BOPeRA.
He is a frequent adjudicator of the young vocal and contemporary vocal sections competitions.