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 served as a professional musician for 20 years with the Australian Defence Force Bands. A career highlight was his posting to the Australian Defence School of Music as the Saxophone and Clarinet Woodwind Specialist Teacher. For “Outstanding service to the Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon” Canberra, Eddie was awarded an Australia Day Medalion. Eddie brings a dynamic enthusiasm to music-making and commenced with GCYO in 2018.
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.