Gold Coast Youth Orchestra

Celebrating 50 Years of Music Excellence in 2019

Conductors

Bruce Davidson BMus, ATCL

Bruce Davidson graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1983 with a BMus, majoring in violin after studying for four years with Gretchen Schieblich, sister of Frank Schieblich. At the Conservatorium he was an active member of the Conservatorium Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Big Band. He was also trained through the Queensland Youth Orchestra and considers himself influenced by the style of John Curro of the Queensland Youth Orchestra. Bruce began at the GCYO as Deputy Conductor in 1984.

 Nick Stefan

Nick commenced study on the violin at age 6-years under the tutelage of Stephen Chin. After being accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium, Nick decided to explore other educational avenues and commenced study of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Queensland. In 2006 Nick moved to the Gold Coast and returned to his true passion, accepting the offer to develop a Strings Program for St. Kevin’s Catholic Primary School. Nick has extensive orchestral and chamber music experience, being a former member of QYS and a regular performer with several orchestras and chamber ensembles in Brisbane. In 2009, Nick took up a position teaching violin and viola at The Southport School and began his engagement with the GCYO as tutor for violin and viola.

Matt Armstrong BEd, BA, AMusA

Matthew has been working with Education Queensland teaching wind and percussion to students aged from ten to eighteen along with conducting numerous concert bands, big bands, orchestras and musicals. He has participated in a conducting workshop with Symphony Australia and been a mentor at SHEP with Griffith University. Matthew has conducted various groups at Gold Coast Youth Orchestra since 2003, including Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Little Big Band and Big Band.  In his spare time Matthew performs with several corporate bands including 8 piece band, Madison Kat.

Eddie Bray BMus, BEd, AMusA

Eddie is King’s Christian College, Bands Coordinator and Instrumental Music Coordinator. He brings a dynamic enthusiasm to music-making and commence with GCYO in 2018. He has a large private studio on the Gold Coast.