Gold Coast Youth Orchestra

Where Music Comes Alive


With a commitment to the encouragement of personal best, the GCYO Conductors bring with them an enthusiasm and passion for instructing young musicians. They are experienced educators and recognised by their peers for being devoted to developing the benefits music can offer children and young adults.

  • Youth Symphony: Bruce Davidson
  • Junior Symphony: Nick Stefan
  • String Orchestra: Bruce Davidson
  • Big Band: Matthew Armstrong
  • Little Big Band: Eddie Bray

 Bruce Davidson BMus, ATCL

Bruce Davidson graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1983 with a BMus, majoring in violin after studying for four years with Gretchen Schieblich, IMG_1067sister of Frank Schieblich. At the Conservatorium he was an active member of the Conservatorium Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Big Band. He was also trained through the Queensland Youth Orchestra and considers himself influenced by the style of John Curro of the Queensland Youth Orchestra. Bruce began at the GCYO as Deputy Conductor in 1984. Bruce is the Music Director and also conducts String Orchestra and Junior Symphony.

 DSC_1012Nick Stefan

Nick commenced study on the violin at age 6-years under the tutelage of Stephen Chin. After being accept into the Queensland Conservatorium, Nick decided to explore other educational avenues and commenced study of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Queensland. In 2006 Nick moved to the Gold Coast and returned to his true passion, accepting the offer to develop a Strings Program for St. Kevin’s Catholic Primary School. Nick has extensive orchestral and chamber music experience, being a former member of QYS and a regular performer with several orchestras and chamber ensembles in Brisbane. In 2009, Nick took up a position teaching violin and viola at The Southport School and began his engagement with the GCYO as tutor for violin and viola. Nick conducts Junior Symphony.

Matthew Armstrong B.Ed, B.A. (Music), A.(mus)A -trpt

Matthew has been working with Education Queensland teaching wind and percussion to students aged from ten to eighteen along with conducting numerous concert bands, big bands, orchestras and musicals. Recently he has participated in a conducting workshop with Symphony Australia and been a mentor at SHEP with Griffith University. Outside school time Matthew has conducted various groups at Gold Coast Youth Orchestra since 2003, including their: Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, foundation conductor of Little Big Band and currently the director of the Big Band.  In his spare time Matthew performs with several corporate bands including 8 piece band, Madison Kat.


Eddie Bray BMus, BEd, AMusA

Eddie is King’s Christian College, Bands Coordinator and Instrumental Music Coordinator. He brings a dynamic enthusiasm to music-making and commence with GCYO in 2018. He has a large private studio on the Gold Coast.