Conducting Workshop Mentors 2017

The following are mentors for the Conducting Workshop II on 28th June 2017. If you prefer to work with a mentor, please inform Roland during the application process.

Lynette Bridgland

Simon Brown

Stephen Carpenter

Jenny Going

Jo Heaton

Matt Klohs

Ingrid Martin (added 25 May)

Andrew Mott

Roland Yeung convenor

See below for their photo and biography.

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Lynette Bridgland mentor

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 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.

Stephen Carpenter mentor

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STEPHEN CARPENTER: Is a graduate from the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts (Music) from Monash University. As an undergraduate, he completed advanced study on the pianoforte with the distinguished pianist Mack Jost and established woodwind performance studies on clarinet with the acclaimed clarinettist and teacher Isobel Carter-Stockight, with further studies on Soprano Saxophone with Dr. Peter Clinch. Stephen taught in the Victorian State School system for seven years where he held positions as an Instrumental Music Teacher at various suburban Melbourne High Schools. In 1987, he was appointed to the position of Head of Woodwind Studies at Yarra Valley Anglican School, then as Director of Music from 1990 – 1995.

He was the founding Musical Director of the Monash University Wind Symphony and principal conductor from 1993-2000. He is currently Head of Music: The Ridgeway Campus, Ivanhoe Grammar School, where he teaches classroom music and is responsible for conducting the Senior School Golden Symphony Orchestra. He is the founding Musical Director of the Heidelberg Wind Ensemble (2006), one of the ensembles of the Heidelberg Orchestras Inc., and is principal conductor of this ensemble. The HWE celebrate their 11-year anniversary in 2017.


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.


Jenny Going mentor

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Jenny is currently Musical Director of the Essendon Symphony where she has been conductor since 2008. In 2016 she founded and is Musical Director of the West Melbourne Schools Orchestra a group that is growing and improving rapidly. Jenny has conducted some of Melbourne’s leading ensembles including the Zelman Symphony and Hopkins Sinfonia. In 2016 she was rehearsal conductor for Opera NZ’s season of Sweeney Todd. Jenny is committed to supporting young musicians as concert band conductor at Melbourne Youth Music’s summer school.

Jenny was honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award in 2015 when she also completed her Masters of Music performance degree specialising in orchestral conducting at The University of Melbourne under Benjamin Northey. She also studied with Luke Dollman, Michal Dworzynski, Mark Shiell and Mark Heron.

Jenny is a successful Musical Director of musical theatre productions including Les Miserables, Buddy, Grease, and The Sound of Music. She was also Musical Director of the ZHFM Hamilton Big Band (NZ) and The Waikato Youth Orchestra (NZ).

She founded Noteable Music Education Resources in 2006. As Managing Director she has written and published nine resources for classroom music teachers. Jenny is a regular presenter of workshops at national music education conferences throughout Australia as well as presenting professional development workshops for music teachers for aMuse Victoria. She adjudicates regularly for the Victorian School Music Festival in both the concert band and orchestral sections.

Jenny has a successful track record in secondary education as a Head of Music, experienced in administration, conducting and managing performance groups, directing school productions, instrumental teaching, growing and developing her music departments and of course, teaching classes.

During her music career Jenny has worked as a professional trombonist with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, performed on stage with Randy Breaker, Arturo Sandoval, Robin Eubanks and Rob McConnell during her time studying in America, and toured extensively throughout the west coast of the USA and recorded with Ska Band ‘Ruder Than You’.

For more information go to Jenny’s website click here


Matt Klohs mentor

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Matt began his career as a Woodwind multi-instrumentalist and Pianist in the Royal Australian Navy Band at the age of 17, and has since enjoyed a long and successful professional career as a musician, conductor, clinician and composer.

Matt has served as the Officer-in-Charge and Music Director of both of the full-time RAN Bands, Melbourne and Sydney, and has managed over 1000 performances by Navy musicians to date. He was appointed in 2009 as Director of Music of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band in Devon, England, becoming the first and only foreign national to do so. Other positions held during his 26 year career have included Assistant Director of Music – Navy, Divisional Officer, Event Manager and currently Senior Instructor at the Defence Force School of Music.

Matt’s skills are in demand throughout Australia and internationally as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator, and he is a published composer of Wind Band works. Career highlights include two operational deployments to the Middle East, three Sea deployments onboard RAN ships, a Commanding Officer’s Commendation, Peter Mitchell Prize for Leadership Potential and composing the Australian National Band Championships B Grade concert band test piece in 2007.

Last year, he conducted the RAN Band Sydney at the ANBOC Conference in Sydney working in tandem with industry icon, H. Robert Reynolds. The previous year, he was utilised as a co-clinician with James F. Keene at the NSW ABODA Summer School for Conductors.

He has conducted professional and high level wind bands throughout Australia, in the UK and more recently, in the United States. He plans to return to the US later this year to conduct the New York Wind Symphony, a number of University Wind Ensembles including Columbia University and St Olaf University and a second appearance with Brooklyn Wind Symphony. Matt has also committed to guest conducting in concerts and doing clinics with some of Australia’s finest Wind Bands throughout the coming year.

A passionate advocate for the creation of new wind band music, Matt is active in commissioning works primarily from Australian composers both emerging and established. Matt’s passion for music and desire to grow the genre at all levels is evident in all he does both from the podium and behind the scenes.


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:

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 clinician, mentor and convenor

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