With a commitment to the encouragement of excellence (personal best), the GCYO conductors bring with them an enthusiasm and passion for instructing young musicians. These experienced educators are recognised by their peers for being devoted to developing the benefits music can offer children and young adults.
*Conductor Youth Symphony: Bruce Davidson
* Conductor Junior Symphony: Nick Stefan
* Conductor String Orchestra: Bruce Davidson
* Conductor Big Band: Mat Armstrong
* Conductor Little Big Band: Patrick Emery
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, sister 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.
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.
Patrick Emery BMus, Grad DipEd, AMusA
In 2005, Patrick completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Adelaide, majoring in Jazz Trumpet Performance, where he also performed in numerous concerts and jazz festivals with the Adelaide Uni Big Band 1. He completed his Graduate Diploma of Education through Monash University.
From 2006 Patrick taught instrumental music brass for the IMS in South Australia. From 2009 through 2015, he was employed as a classroom music, instrumental music brass and band director at Ballarat High School in Victoria.
Patrick has an extensive performance history as a trumpet player and song writer, performing in jazz, funk, hiphop and electronic bands, as well as in classical chamber groups and orchestras. One of Patrick’s earliest and most enduring passions as a musician is big band music and playing, he is therefor very excited for the opportunity to work with the Little Big Band.
Mat Armstrong BMus, BEd, AMusA
Playing trumpet has given Matt many opportunities to travel the world as well as share the stage with renowned artists and educators such as Don Burrows, James Morrison and Ralph Hultgren. This all started with lessons from Education Queensland’s Instrumental Music Program in 1984. His involvement GCYO started with playing in the Youth Symphony in 1991. In 2003, he became a GCYO conductor of the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.