Conducting Workshop Mentors July 2016

The following are mentors for the Conducting Workshop II on 20th July 2016. If you prefer to work with a mentor, please inform Roland during the application process.

Lynette Bridgland

Simon Brown mentor and seminar presenter

Jo Heaton

Dr Ingrid Martin

Dr Andrew Mathers

Andrew Mott

Amy Wert

Roland Yeung

See below for their photo and biography.


Lynette Bridgland

Lynette has studied extensively in music, having gained her Bachelor of Education in Music at Victoria College, her A. Mus. A. Piano and a Post Graduate Diploma in Music – Conducting at the University of Surrey, England, where she studied under Professor Sebastian Forbes and Nicholas Conran. During her time in England she held the position of Conductor of the University of Surrey Symphonic Wind Band and also conducted the University Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

Lynette completed the Conductors Graduate Seminar with Jerry Nowak and the Advanced Conductors Seminar with Professor Larry Wagner and was selected to participate in the Symphony Australia Conducting course, under the direction of the Finnish conductor Maestro Jorma Panula.

Lynette has a long career in music education, firstly as Music Coordinator at Canterbury Girls Secondary College. As well as teaching classroom music she conducted the Concert Band, which culminated in an invitation for the Band to participate in the 1989 International Youth Music Festival for the 2000th year celebrations for the City of Bonn (Germany), followed by an accompanying concert tour of Europe.

From 1992 to 2003 Lynette was Director of Music at Fintona Girls’ School and is currently teaching music at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, where she conducts the Symphonic Band.

Lynette’s involvement in music includes the Associate Conductor of the Eastern Youth Laureate Wind Symphony in 1992 and guest conductor in 2000. For six years Lynette conducted the Alexander Concert Band at the Border Music Camp, Albury. She was the Musical Director of the Western Region Concert Band and has been Musical Director of Theatre Productions, including Cabaret, Damn Yankees, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar and the awards night for the Victorian Theatre Guild. Lynette is often invited to be a guest conductor for schools and community groups and to adjudicate at music festivals.

In 2000 Lynette received an Excellence Award from the Australian Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, Victorian Branch.

Lynette is currently the conductor of the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 1993. She is very proud of her long association with the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. During her time with the orchestra she has conducted works from all styles and forms of orchestral music and is delighted to rehearse and perform with the regular members of the orchestra and the special guests who have appeared with the orchestra over the years.


Simon Brown seminar presenter and mentor

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Simon holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the University of Tasmania and has primarily studied conducting with Rob McWilliams, Monte Mumford, also briefly with Richard Gill OA, Graham Abbott and Craig Kirchhoff.

In a career spanning 27 years he has taught brass in Bendigo and has been the Head of Brass at Carey Baptist Grammar and Xavier College and is currently the Head of Brass at Caulfield Grammar School, a position he has held for the past 12 years. In that time he has directed various Symphonic Bands, which have toured nationally and internationally.

Simon works regularly for the Royal South Street Society, the Melbourne School Bands Festival and other eisteddfods. Simon has been the Chief Adjudicator for the Brass Solos, Concert Band and Stage Band sections of the Royal South Street Society Competitions. Over the years he has also worked with Melbourne Youth Music Saturday Music School conducted various concert bands at the Melbourne Youth Music Summer School, Border Music Camp and an orchestra Victoria’s State Music Camp.

For the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA), he has given lectures and has been a regular Conducting Mentor/Tutor for the students of the ABODA Victoria Summer Conducting School.

At the tertiary level, Simon has also taught conducting at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne and is currently teaching the conducting component and second instrument brass pedagogy of the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) degree at the University of Melbourne, Conservatorium of Music.


Jo Heaton mentor


Joanne has worked as a music educator in many varied environments in Australia and in the USA and, until 2014, served as the Director of Music at Camberwell High School. She completed a Bachelor of Education – Music and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Studies at Melbourne University. Joanne then received an assistantship to complete a Masters of Music majoring in Conducting Performance at the University of Utah, USA. Before returning to Australia, Joanne undertook the position of Band Director at Eastmont Middle School at Sandy, Utah. Joanne is in demand as an adjudicator, conductor, guest lecturer and educative consultant in the USA and Australia and has served as the music education representative for the curriculum writing project; Schools to Careers for the Utah State Office of Education. Joanne has been a guest lecturer and conductor at Monash University and in 2000 she was awarded the Jordan Education Foundation’s Outstanding Educator of the Year for her work in Utah schools. Joanne was invited to be a guest conductor of the Southern Mississippi University Honor Band in February 2007, clinician at the 2012 Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and guest conductor of the International Association of Southeast Asian Schools Honour Band in Kuala Lumpur in 2014.  Joanne currently serves as the National President of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (ABODA) and commenced a DMA specialising in Wind Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in July of 2014.


Dr Ingrid Martin mentor

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Ingrid Martin is one of Australia’s brightest young conductors, and has a reputation for performances that move players and audiences alike. A passionate advocate of wind music, she has led national and international tours and given premieres of Australian works as a past conductor of the Eltham High School Symphonic Band, Monash Symphonic Winds and the University of Minnesota’s North Star Campus Band.

As music director of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2015, she has led sell-out performances of everything from Dvorak symphonies to Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra. She works regularly with professional orchestras in Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Symphony Services International Conductor Program, and was chosen to participate in the inaugural Stonnington Symphony Emerging Artist Program in 2014.

Ingrid completed her Master of Music in Conducting at the University of Minnesota under Craig Kirchhoff. After returning to Melbourne, she founded the Crosswinds Ensemble, a wind chamber group that collaborates with other art forms in unexpected ways. She is also the music director of the Monash Concert Band and appears regularly as a workshop clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor across Australia.

For more information about Ingrid, visit her website:


Dr Andrew Mathers mentor

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Andrew Mathers is currently Assistant Head of Music – Ensembles and Coordinator of Woodwind at St. Kevin’s College, Melbourne. He holds a PhD in music from Monash University, as well as a MMusEd from Florida State University, where he studied conducting with James Croft and Rodney Eichenberger. Andrew has held numerous positions with ABODA, including three terms as National President and two as Victorian Branch President. He also served as a lecturer in conducting and Applied Music at Monash University. Andrew was the Coordinator of Bands for Melbourne Youth Music and the conductor of the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band from 2003-08.


Andrew Mott mentor

Andrew Mott

Andrew Mott has been involved in music education for 30 years with experience in both regional and metropolitan schools and across numerous government and independent school music programs.

He completed a Masters in Performance & Conducting in Michigan, USA in 1990 and since then, has served as Head of Brass/Percussion at Scotch College, Director of Music at Blackburn High School and as the Head of Music, Caulfield Campus, Caulfield Grammar.

He has a particular interest in the development of music ensemble performance and has worked with a diversity of ensembles from symphony orchestras, wind ensembles and jazz big bands.

In 2008 Andrew conceived and staged the 80th birthday celebrations for Australian jazz luminary, Don Burrows, which was filmed by ABC TV.

He has also served as a member of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Music Board and on the AMEB Examinations Advisory Board, as a representative of Government schools. He continues to be active in the field of Australian music education and pursuing opportunities for young musicians.


Roland Yeung mentor clinician, mentor and convenor

Roland Yeung March 2015 hi

For Roland’s biography Click here 


Amy Wert mentor

Amy Wert

Amy Wert is the Head of Music at Glen Waverley Secondary College and holds a Masters of Music Performance in Conducting from Syracuse University, New York. During her time at Syracuse, Amy conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Choir and Concert Band. She was awarded the graduate music prize from Syracuse University for her studies and worked as an adjunct lecturer teaching the undergraduate course, and music directed the University’s musical for the Drama department. She was awarded the Theatre Guild of Victoria award for her music direction in 2001 and a Lyrebird Award in 2012. Amy has been a guest clinician and conductor for MYM, ABODA, Geelong Concert Band, Geelong Summer Music Camp, as well as many orchestras, bands, choirs and schools throughout Victoria.