Conductors

Bruce Davidson BMus, GDipEd, ATCL

Bruce Davidson has been Director of Music since 1988 and is in his 35th year of association with the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra. He was on the staff of The Southport School as Head of Orchestral Studies (1989-2002) and Coordinator of Strings (until 2014).  From 2016, he is the String Coordinator at Trinity Lutheran College. In addition, he has taught in state and private schools in primary, secondary and tertiary environments and has been on the staff of the Young Conservatorium. Bruce gained a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium where he studied with Anthony Doheny, Michelle Walsh and Antoni Bonetti. He holds an Associate Diploma in Violin from Trinity College London and a Grad DipEd from Griffith University.

Bruce was part of the Queensland Youth Orchestra program for 12 years including 3 years in the Queensland Youth Symphony under Dr John Curro. As a member of this orchestra, Bruce toured Japan, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He is currently a violin tutor with QYO and was the conductor of QYO3 in 2019.

Bruce has conducted orchestras on tour throughout Japan, England, France, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand for The Southport School and the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, and Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic for “Sumire no Kai” (Japanese Suzuki Orchestra). He has performed on soundtracks for Australian movies and television and has been Musical Director for productions including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Dolly” for the Gold Coast Arts Centre. He is a member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia and has prepared music for the Symphony Australia Orchestras, movies and television. Prominent Australian composers including Brian May, Richard Mills, Vincent Plush, Colin Brumby, Andrew Schultz and Felix Meagher, have used his work in premieres in Australia and the United States.

In February and March 2018, Bruce was the rehearsal conductor for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Eddie Bray BMus, BEd, AMusA

ASSOC DIP APP MUS
Ex-Petty Officer ( Royal Australian Navy Band )
Ex- Sergeant ( Australian Army Band )
Australia Day Medallion & Australian Defence Medal recipient.

Eddie is an expert Woodwind tutor & Conductor and currently in demand as a professional player. He performs in numerous bands both within the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Whether it is with the Andrews Sisters Tribute Band, QLD Pops Orchestra as lead Alto Sax & Clarinet or down in Byron Bay with a renowned Funk band ( SOUL’D), Eddie thrives in his current role as the Director of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Big Band and Co-Manager of Paradise Point Music. As a veteran of more than 3000 gigs and recording sessions of various nature and being a versatile performer, Eddie is aware of the facets of professionalism required to guide students throughout their journey in Music. As a respected AMEB teacher of Saxophone & Clarinet, he is often asked for advice in many music related fields, from career options to exam programming. With a vibrant personality he loves to inspire students as they embark on their own journey of Big Band Music.

Eddie served as a professional musician for 20 years with the Australian Defence Force Bands. A career highlight was being the Big Band leader of the prestigious Royal Military College Band Duntroon ACT, where he was awarded an Australia Day Medallion for his leadership & inspiration.

Eddie brings a dynamic enthusiasm to music-making and commenced with the GCYO IN 2018.

Ryan Chislett BMus, BEd, AMusA

Ryan Chislett is a Violinist, Violist, Singer, Composer and Arranger who graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He originally studied Composition in his first year, then changed his major to Viola Performance to expand his musical opportunities. He is a member of the Gold Coast String Quartet, Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra, The Blenders and Blenders Youth Chorus and his barbershop quartet, Sunday’s Best. Ryan has had original compositions played by the Gold Coast String Quartet and arrangements performed by The Blenders (Barbershop Chorus) and Serotonin (Griffith University a cappella ensemble). Ryan currently works as a Strings Tutor at King’s Christian College teaching all year levels across two campuses conducting their ensembles and teaching private students from Preschool through to Grade 12. Ryan is proud to work with the GCYO as Conductor for the String Orchestra.