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 conductor of QYO 3.
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.
Nigel Bardsley began violin studies at the age of 10 at the Stoliarsky School of Music, Brisbane. He continued his studies with Harry Curby and David Matthews at the University of Queensland. Nigel has also performed in master-classes with many pedagogues including Dorothy Delay, Felix Andreivsky and Nelli Scholnikova. He was a founding member of the Stoliarsky String Quartet, Ensemble 440, the Moreton and Refraction Trios, and has performed with local orchestras including Camerata Australia, Chamber Ensemble Queensland, the Queensland Pops Orchestra, Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra and the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra. Nigel was teacher of violin and viola, ensembles, theory and history of music at the Stoliarsky School of Music for thirteen years until 2003 when he moved to the Gold Coast to become Head of Strings at All Saints Anglican School. There he coordinates a biennial Concerto Competition, the Chamber Music and Music Honours programs. As well as his work at All Saints, Nigel has been a member of faculty at the Cremona International Academy of Music (Italy) since 2015 performing, coaching chamber music, teaching violin and viola and conducting. He has regularly conducted for the Qld Young Conservatorium’s State Honours Programs throughout regional Queensland. This year Nigel will conduct the string orchestra for SHEP South-East QLD. He is delighted to work with the GCYO Junior Symphony in 2019.
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.
Brent Mills completed his Bachelor of Music (Saxophone Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium and a Graduate Diploma of Education at Griffith University, Mt Gravatt. He currently serves as the Head of Bands at Emmanuel College, where he has worked since 2010 in various roles of classroom teaching, ensemble conducting and instrumental tuition. During this time, Brent spent two years on leave in London, UK, enjoying a successful time of teaching and performing. He brings a wide range of education and performance experience, having performed with a variety of Big Bands, Orchestras and ensembles across Australia and abroad. Brent is very excited about sharing his experience with the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Big Band in 2019.