Conducting Workshops 2023 & One-On-One Mentors

This workshop offers two programs, both occur on the same evening. Full Participating Conductors are able to choose which program suits them.

The choice of repertoire they wish to conduct will determine which program they select.

  • In the One-On-One program, conductors will choose a few excerpts from one work to study with their mentor and conduct. They choose their own work, but must supply a full set of parts and an extra score. Have a recording for the tutorial will be helpful.
  • In the Class program conductors will conduct two or three excerpts that are set – choose from from The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky (arr. Vosbein) , First Suite by Holst (ed. Matthews). Australian Up-Country Tune by Grainger (arr. Bainum) and Symphonic Suite Studio Ghibli by Joe Hisaishi (arr. Sugimoto). Your mentor would be Roland Yeung, Music Director of The Grainger Wind Symphony. 


Full Conducting Participants may choose a mentor on a first come-first choice basis. They can discuss their choice with Roland Yeung, the convenor of the workshops as soon as they have submitted their application form. Below are all the conducting mentors – most are for the One-on-One Program.

Lynette Bridgland – available 29/3 and 5/4

Stephen Carpenter – available 29/3 and 5/4

Jo Heaton – available 29/3

Andrew Mathers – available 29/3 and 5/4

Ingrid Martin – available 29/3

Amanda Morrison – available 5/4

Shane Walterfang – available 29/3 and 5/4

Roland Yeung – mentor for Class Program available 29/3 and 5/4

See below for their musical biographies.

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 from 2008 to 2017 taught music at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, where she conducted the Symphonic and Stage Bands.

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.

Stephen Carpenter

STEPHEN CARPENTER: Is a graduate from the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts (Hons) from Monash University.
He has extensive experience as a conductor: he was the Principal Conductor of the John Antill Youth Band from 1991 to 1995 and 2000 to 2003 and was the founding Musical Director of the Monash University Wind Symphony from 1994-2000.
In 2007 Stephen established the Heidelberg Wind Ensemble, one of the performance ensembles of the Heidelberg Orchestras Inc., where he remains as the Principal Conductor and during 2019 was invited Guest-Conductor of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra. The HWE celebrate their 17th season in 2023. Stephen has been the principal or guest conductor of wind band performances internationally in America, New Zealand, Singapore, China and The Netherlands.
His professional activities include adjudication of Band competitions for the Melbourne School Bands Festival, ABODA Level Festivals, the Victorian Bands League, and the VSMA.
He retired from the position as Head of Music: The Ridgeway Campus, Ivanhoe Grammar School, at the end of 2018, where he managed the School’s Music Performance & Classroom Program and was the conductor of the Senior School – Golden Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew Mathers

Andrew Mathers holds a PhD in music from Monash University. His research interests include conducting, expressive movement theories, non-verbal communication, and music education. Andrew has had articles published in the International Journal of Music Education (2009), the WASBE Journal (2008), Australasian Music Research 9 (2007) and Dalcroze Eurhythmics from a Distance: A Miscellany of Current Research (2007).  Andrew has presented papers and workshops at international conferences in Malaysia and the UK, as well as conferences in Australia for the Australian Society for Music Education (Melbourne 2005 and Launceston 2009) and the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (Perth 2001, Melbourne 2003, 2004, 2007, and Brisbane 2011, 2012).

Andrew has many years of experience as an Instrumental Music Teacher, both in Private Schools and with the Victorian Department of Education and Training. In 2002, Andrew also worked for the Southern Region as a Conducting Consultant. He has served as a lecturer in conducting and Applied Music at Monash University and also held a position as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Music-Conservatorium. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree majoring in music from the Melbourne College of Advanced Education, and a Master of Music Education degree majoring in instrumental conducting from the Florida State University. While in Florida, he studied instrumental conducting with James Croft and choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger.

Andrew conducted the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band from 2003-08. He served three terms as National President of ABODA from 1996-97, 2000-02, and 2009-10, also serving as Victorian Branch President from 2003-05 and 1988–96.  He has also served as Vice-President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Victoria. In 1998, Andrew was chosen as one of four people to receive the first-ever Honorary Life Memberships to be awarded by the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association.

Andrew served as one of the featured clinicians at the ABODA Conducting Summer School in Melbourne in 1999, 2001, 2005-06, 2010, 2016, 2019 and 2022. He was invited to conduct the Queensland State Honours Band for two years in a row in 2001 and 2002, and the Melbourne Youth Orchestra January Music Camp in 2006, 2014 and 2016.

Andrew is currently Head of Ensemble Music at St. Kevin’s College, Melbourne, and Musical Director of the Southern Area Concert Band.

Amanda Morrison

Amanda completed a Bachelor of Music (Clarinet Performance) and a Bachelor of Education at Monash University in 2006. After five years of teaching in Nhill Amanda moved to the Yarra Valley to enable her to explore additional conducting opportunities. In 2012 she gained the position of Monash Symphonic Winds Conductor, and she has now held that position for 11 years. Conducting has been one of Amanda’s passions since her first experience of conducting at university, since then she has held a range of positions conducting orchestras, wind ensembles and directing jazz ensembles. In addition to this Amanda has mentored a number of conductors looking to further develop their skills. In 2019 Amanda completed an Honours degree in Classical Music (Conducting) at the University of Adelaide where she conducted various ensembles including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Amanda is very passionate about creating memorable musical performances with other musicians and music education. Currently, in addition to being a conductor, she is the Music Coordinator at Healesville High School, director and technician of Morrison Music Repairs and the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (ABODA) Victorian President.

Shane Walterfang

Shane as been invited by the GWS Committee to return to the role of Associate Conductor 2023 from 2016.

Shane Walterfang is a Melbourne born conductor, trumpeter, and teacher. He received his Master of Education and Grad Cert (TESOL) from Deakin University, Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Arts from the Victorian College of Arts.

As a conductor, Shane has been involved with community music for over 25 years. He believes that performances are unique occasions where audiences and musicians live in, and for the present moment. His aim is to provide innovative performances, which are engaging for both audiences and musicians. His conducting credits outside of Australia include performances in New Zealand, China, India and the USA.

As a trumpeter, Shane has played with 5 of Australia’s professional orchestras including 10 years with the Australian Pops Orchestra. He was introduced to styles ranging from Paul Whiteman to Frank Zappa while playing with the Anne and John Hawker Big Band.

Shane is also a committed educator who aims to provide a range of engaging and stimulating experiences to encourage people to pursue music as a lifelong activity. He has held the positions of Head of Brass, Director of Music and VCE Coordinator. He is also a past Chair of the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) – Victorian Chapter. Shane is also a qualified Meditation/Mindfulness teacher.

Roland Yeung

For Roland’s biography click here.