Sarah Jane is a graduate of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra. From playing flute and piccolo in her school years, Sarah Jane renewed her friendship with the GCYO in 2009 when her eldest daughter joined the Junior Strings Orchestra. She is an experienced Principal with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in P-7 Education, Coaching, Staff Development, Educational Leadership, and Leadership Development. Sarah Jane has held School Principal positions with Education Queensland, is currently in a management role. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education as well as an MBA. She is passionate about music and views her work with the GCYO as integral to her commitment to the benefits of music education and education in general. Sarah Jane is an experienced Chair and has substantial governance experience in the not-for-profit environment.
Som is the current Treasurer and brings to the Committee substantial expertise in management, finance and organisational strategies. He is tireless in his efforts for GCYO. He is a man of with high professional standards and a dedication to the benefits of music-making for young people.
He runs his own business and is a Tertiary educator in tourism, hospitality and events industry for past 24 years in various private and public training organisations. Som has two talented daughters at GCYO they perform with Youth Symphony, Junior Symphony and Little Big Band.
Som holds an MBA, MTD from Griffith University and BBus from University of South Australia.
Bruce Davidson 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. 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.
Belinda Manwaring is one of the most highly credentialed musicians in Australia. The GCYO is fortunate to have her willingness and interest in serving on the Management Committee.
She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with distinguished cellist Lois Simpson. In 1982 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth 11 Silver Jubilee Award to study with Radu Aldulescu and Pierre Fournier in Switzerland, at the International Menuhin Music Academy. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the ACO, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, where she was lucky enough to be playing at the last public performance of Dame Joan Sutherland. In 1988 she toured the USA as a member of The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and between 1985-88 performed frequently at the Newcastle Conservatorium where she taught cello and chamber music. Belinda has performed in numerous solo and duo recitals, on both baroque and modern cello.
Her chamber music concerts in Queensland frequently include performances at Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gold Coast and The Channon Winery concert series in Stanthorpe. On previous occasions Belinda has given baroque cello concerts in Toowoomba and Brisbane, performing with the distinguished organist Phillip Gearing. Recent performances on the baroque cello this year have been with the Early Music Society QLD.
Belinda now divides her time between private teaching and chamber and solo music concerts. She regularly travels to New Zealand and interstate, examining for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB), tutoring and training Suzuki teachers and performing in chamber music concerts. In 2012 Belinda performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival with her chamber music groups ‘Duo Armonico’ with classical guitarist Daniel Cunnington and ‘East West Trio’, with mezzo Soprano Jill Sullivan and continues to develop diverse chamber music concerts on the Gold Coast with her friends and colleagues.
Alessandro was a recent performing member of the Youth Symphony and Camerata. He has performed with the GCYO for more than 10 years and brings a performing-member perspective to the governance role on the Management Committee. He possesses a strong background in music performance, information technology and finance. Alessandro is an analytical thinker and always ready to challenge dogma. His dedication to the members of the GCYO is steadfast and he relishes opportunities to further music-making potential for the organisation. He is an enthusiastic and highly valued member of the Committee.