martin kay - president
Martin Kay is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Master of Music (classical saxophone performance). He is currently a doctoral candidate (composition) through Sydney University. He has an A.Mus.A and L.Mus.A from the AMEB and currently works for the organisation as a woodwind examiner. In 2001 Martin studied improvisation in New York City on a Churchill Fellowship. In 2016 he attended the Banff International workshop for Jazz and Creative Music. Martin has an interest in writing, commissioning and performing original music. He is a featured soloist on Tim Davies 2009 Grammy-nominated recording Counting To Infinity and plays tenor saxophone in Australia’s leading saxophone quartet Continuum Sax. He has performed with the Sydney, Queensland and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, the Malaysian and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestras and Opera Australia. Martin has recorded albums with The Fantastic Terrific Munkle (Music To Dance To/The Cahoots), Continuum Sax, Song Fwaa, Forage, and the Brisbane Conduction Orchestra. Martin has over twenty years’ experience at all levels of education from primary school through to tertiary, including lecturer in saxophone at the Newcastle University of Music until 2012, and giving masterclasses and workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand.
DR rianne wilschut - ACTING VICE PRESIDENT
Dr Rianne Wilschut is a Brisbane-based performer, educator, artistic director and researcher. She holds a Griffith University Doctor of Musical Arts degree, specialising in chamber music. Born and educated in The Netherlands, she obtained a postgraduate diploma in Chamber Music (Rotterdam) and a postgraduate degree in Advanced Performance ‘Uitvoerend Musicus’ studying with Walter Boeykens and Nancy Braithwaite (Rotterdam), and a ‘Docerend Musicus’ degree in Clarinet Performance and Teaching under Oscar Ramspek (Zwolle).
An active chamber musician, Rianne is co-artistic director of Artico Ensemble and founding member of Ensemble Entourage, touring under the banner of Musica Viva In Schools nationwide. As a freelance orchestral player she frequently performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and with a variety of music theatre companies.
An experienced and passionate educator, Dr Wilschut combines her performance calendar with teaching at Griffith University and Anglican Church Grammar School, and conducts independent master classes, workshops and clinics. She has presented at academic conferences in Malaysia and Australia, at the International Clarinet Conference in Louisiana (USA) and at the Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conference in Melbourne.
floyd williams - treasurer
Floyd Williams was Senior Lecturer in Clarinet at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University from 1984 to 2015. He retired from the full time position in 2006, but continued to teach and perform as a member of the part-time staff.
He has recorded for Move Records, Custom Fidelity, Crystal Records, ABC Classics, Jade Records and Vox Australis. His former students occupy positions in several major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Williams’ principal teachers were Harold Wright (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Robert McGinnis (New York Philharmonic) and Richard Waller (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra).
In recent years he has performed and taught in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Hanoi, Jinan, Europe and the United States and has been guest lecturer and recitalist at Indiana University (USA), the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), National Conservatory, Hanoi and the Rotterdam Conservatory. He was a guest lecturer at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Floyd was Founding Editor of Australian Clarinet and Saxophone magazine and served in that capacity for 10 years. He was Conference Director for the 1991, 1997 and 2002 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conferences. He is also vice-president of the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society and Australian liaison for the International Clarinet Association.
Adele hadgraft - secretary
Adele is a student at the Queensland Conservatorium. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Kodály music pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Franz Liszt Academy, Hungary. She has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from the Australian Catholic University.
Adele’s principal instrument is Clarinet. She studied saxophone at the Queensland Conservatorium, as a second study instrument. Adele studied voice at the Kodály Institute.
Adele’s key area of interest is integration of Kodály pedagogy into instrumental music teaching. In particular, the teaching sequence for beginner clarinet and beginner concert band.
Adele was a member of the QYO Wind Symphony and has played with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project on a number of occasions.
Adele is also a Chartered Accountant, with experience in both Big4 and the public sector.
Julie elvery - committee member
Julie Elvery studied clarinet at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Floyd Williams, receiving a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Instrumental Performance. She has also attained her Licentiate of Music (LMusA) Diploma on clarinet , and Associate of Music (AMusA) Diploma on both saxophone and piano.
Julie has taught for over 25 years at a number of schools in Brisbane plus in her home studio. She is currently the Reeds Specialist teacher at Citipointe Christian College and Mansfield State High School.
She has enjoyed performing as a freelance clarinetist with the Qld Philharmonic Orchestra and various chamber music groups.
Julie has played clarinet in various community ensembles, including the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra from 2006-2010, and she currently plays clarinet in Orchestra Corda Spiritus.
COURTNEY COOK - committee member
A Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) First Class Honours and University Medal recipient, Courtney Cook has a passion for bringing joy through music. As an emerging Australian artist, the Griffith University Honours College Scholar was guided by Paul Dean, current Head of Woodwind at QCGU and former Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music, through her undergraduate study.
Courtney plays and performs extensively on both clarinet and Eb clarinet in several chamber ensembles and showcases her skills in the QCGU symphony and opera orchestras. In 2018, she participated in Summer Music in Tuscany, an annual chamber music festival in Italy and in 2017, she undertook an internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and participated in an international tour to Hong Kong, China and Germany with the Queensland Youth Symphony. She has also had masterclasses and lessons from several world-renowned guest artists, including Andrew Simon, principal clarinettist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Michael Webster, Senior Clarinet Lecturer at Chicago University.
Daniel byrne - Committee member
A performing musician and educator, Daniel Byrne holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University where he majored in Classical Clarinet. Daniel has appeared with Queensland based chamber group, Ensemble Q, on two occasions, performing Leos Janacek’s Mladi (Youth) Wind Sextet and Richard Strauss’ Opera, Ariadne Auf Naxos, under Simone Young with the Lisa Gasteen Opera School. Daniel held the position of Principal Bass Clarinet of the Queensland Youth Symphony for two years, during which he toured to China and Germany with. Inspired by mentors Paul Dean and Peter Morris, Daniel has a keen interest in musical theatre. He has performed in several productions across Queensland, including: Wicked (Ipswich Musical Theatre Company), and West Side Story (Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre). In 2019 Daniel looks forward to furthering his chamber musicianship with the Byrne Harrison Scalia Trio; starting a chamber music concert series to promote emerging performers & composers; performing as Principal Bass Clarinet with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra; and working closely with the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society.