Woodwind

Brendan Berlach

Saxophone Teacher, Conductor (School Bands)

With over 20 years teaching and performing, Brendan draws on this depth of experience to connect with each unique student. He has performed jazz in the Sydney Opera House, and on TV for the Aria awards, studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and strives to pass on the inspiration to his pupils.

Brendan has also been on the tutoring staff at The Scots College for 8 years, conducting bands and private tuition for the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music since 2016, and still regularly performs throughout the region in diverse ensembles.

Derek J Galloway

Flute Teacher

Derek studied flute with Sheena Cochrane art Napier University Edinburgh and with Sheena Gordon (Scottish Chamber Orchestra)

Derek is an Associate of Trinity Collet of Music London, has a Diploma in Music from the Open University, is a body-minded practitioner, is the NSW representative of the “British Flute Society” and is a committee member of “The Flute Society of NSW”.

He played professionally for many years and was founder member and played with “Zonda Flutes” an award-winning flute trio based in Glasgow. He also played flute with “Glasgow Wind Band one of Europe’s premier symphonic wind orchestras.

Diane Gardiner

Clarinet Teacher

As a clarinettist and student of Deborah de Graaff, Diane’s foundational orchestral memberships included the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Wind Orchestra, the SBS Television Youth Orchestra and the Pro Musica Orchestra (Sydney University).

Diane was bass clarinettist in the Australian Wind Orchestra tour of Europe and the USA in 1991. In 1992 Diane won the prestigious Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award for Young Australians, furthering her studies as a woodwind technician in Europe. Diane is a member of NAPBIRT Association ABODA (Australian Bands & Orchestra Directors Association) and has spoken at numerous local and international conventions.

Jennifer Knight

Flute Teacher, Conductor (Conspirito CFE)

Jennifer Knight earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and her Postgraduate Diploma of Performance from the Royal College of Music (London). 

Jennifer was first prize-winner at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition (all instruments) and has performed on summer scholarships in France, Italy, Germany, Scotland, and England. She underwent her main orchestral training in London before joining the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, among other orchestras, as a regular freelancer.

Joanne Arnott

Recorder Teacher

With the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award Joanne completed her Master of Music (performance) in 2013 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she also finished her bachelor’s degree in 2010 with first class Honours. 

Joanne is a founding member of The Australian Recorder Project, where she and business partner Dr. Alana Blackburn have designed and run workshops for recorder players of all ages and levels. The Australian Recorder Project’s first album will be ready for release in 2021.

Joanne has over 20 years teaching experience and has tutored on both recorder and clarinet at orchestral and early music workshops throughout Australia. Jo spent some time in 2018-19 working as an instrumental music instructor for the Queensland department of education, and recently tutored and performed at the 2020 Orpheus Recorder Boutique in Armidale.

Kevin Smith

Clarinet & Saxophone Teacher, Conductor (PWE & School Bands)

Kevin Smith is a clarinet and saxophone teacher who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Lim and has performed and toured extensively with youth orchestras and chamber ensembles both regional and internationally including the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Knox Abbotsleigh Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic. 

Kevin accompanied the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic on their regional tour in 2008 as soloist, performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto culminating in a performance of the work at the Sydney Opera House.

PATRICK BRENNAN

Artistic Director, Conductor (CCPWE & School Bands)

Patrick Brennan attained his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and as a professional bassoonist performed with Australia’s leading orchestras for 15 years before pursuing a career as a conductor. 

He participated in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program whilst directing several school and community bands and symphonic wind ensembles. In 2020 Patrick won a coveted position in the Australian Conducting Academy, working with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra.

Rosalie Bourne

Flute Teacher

An active and committed member of the Australian Flute Community. Rosalie completed both her undergraduate and post graduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has studied with Suzie Miller, Michael Scott, James Kortum and Janet Webb, as well as participating in masterclasses with flautists including Susan Milan and Jane Rutter.

Rosalie is the creator of the Flute Technique Karate method for the study of technical work which has been adopted both in Australia and overseas.

As the co-director of the Central Coast Summer Flutation and a regular guest artist at the Flute School Sydney event, Rosalie is also regularly called upon to lead masterclasses and provide expertise at various flute events.