Conductors

Bruce Davidson BMus, ATCL, DipEd

Bruce Davidson graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium in 1983 with a BMus, majoring in violin after studying for four years with Gretchen 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 Orchestras and considers himself influenced by the style of John Curro of the Queensland Youth Orchestras. Bruce began at the GCYO as Deputy Conductor in 1984. He is a Strings Tutor at Trinity Lutheran College on the Gold Coast.

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.

Matt Armstrong BEd, BA, AMusA

Matthew has been working with Education Queensland teaching wind and percussion to students aged from ten to eighteen years as well as 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. Matt 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 the 8-piece band, Madison Kat.

Nick Stefan

Nick was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium, however decided to explore other 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 Queensland Youth Symphony and a regular performer with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Brisbane. In 2009, Nick took up a position teaching violin and viola at The Southport School.