Instrumental Music Staff | Gippsland Grammar

Instrumental Music Staff

Instrumental Music Staff

Kevin Cameron

Director of Performing Arts

Kevin Cameron is an Australian music educator and conductor. He is Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds and Director of Performing Arts at Gippsland Grammar School.

Dr Cameron has studied with some of the world’s most renowned conducting teachers and has appeared with the Sydney, Tasmanian, West Australian, and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, and many youth and community orchestras and bands throughout Australia. He was named the inaugural winner of the ABC’s Young Conductor of the Year competition and has subsequently held numerous posts in education, including the University of Newcastle, the Upper Hunter Conservatorium, Pembroke School, and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Dr Cameron works as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout Australia. He has served as President of the National Band Council of Australia, the South Australian Band Association, and the Victorian Bands’ League. Dr Cameron is a passionate advocate for conductor development and training and continues this work as Director – Professional Development and Education at Maestros With a Mission.

Katrina Chilcott

Woodwind (Garnsey and St Anne's Campus)

Katrina Chilcott is originally from Launceston, Tasmania. Katrina received her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Music) from the University of Tasmania. With the UTCMP (University of Tasmania Community Music Program) she continued her conducting experience working with beginner to advanced ensembles while playing first clarinet in the programmes premier ensemble, the Wind Orchestra. Although Katrina’s primary instrument is the clarinet, she also enjoys playing and teaching saxophone and has also taught flute.

Tamara Warden

Flute (Garnsey Campus)

Tamara Warden grew up in Gippsland, studying flute and piano with a number of local teachers. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne in 1992, majoring in music education and in instrumental teaching and since has been delighted to be able to return home to teach in a variety of local schools. Tamara has performed as a soloist with local orchestras and has enjoyed being a member of many bands for local theatrical productions. Currently she is teaching flute at Gippsland Grammar and flute and piano at St Paul's Anglican Grammar School.

Victoria Shaw

Flute (Garnsey and St Anne's Campus)

Victoria Shaw graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 1990, from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. She won many awards in Australia including the Leslie Barklamb Flute Scholarship and 3MBS Performer of the Year. Victoria made a name as a soloist in Australia, performing concertos with Geminiani Orchestra, WASO, VCA Orchestra and appearing with the Tony Gould Trio. She was Principal Flute with Geminiani Orchestra for eight years, as well as appearing regularly with the SOV, Australian Pops Orchestra, Ensemble Zauberflote and Melbourne Philharmonic. In 1993, Victoria left for Europe and won scholarships to Lenk Summer Academy and the Salzburg Mozarteum. She studied in Europe with Peter Lukas-Graf and Robert Dick and appeared in a number of international competitions, including being a finalist in the Paris Flute Competition. Victoria has been teaching flute and woodwind ensemble programs since 1989 at schools around Melbourne, and joined the staff at Gippsland Grammar upon moving to Bairnsdale. Whilst in Europe, Victoria also completed an Honours degree in psychology, and divides her time between teaching music and working as a psychologist.

Bradley Cruickshank

Brass (Garnsey and St Anne's Campus)

Bradley Cruickshank has been with Gippsland Grammar since 2003. He teaches all brass and bass guitar from beginner to VCE level. Bradley's full time teaching career started in 2008 and he has been playing professionally since 1981 when he joined the Royal Australian Navy Band as a full time musician. Since then Bradley has played in bands and ensembles that have covered most if not all genres of music. However, his biggest professional opportunities have come from the Latin and Big Band scene in Melbourne and Gippsland. He continues to play locally and directs his own big band. Bradley has performed at most of Australia's big venues such as The Sydney Opera house, Crown Casinos, capital cities Arts Centres, plus a 4 month contract with ‘Celebrity Cruises’ in the Caribbean.

Joy Ellis

Piano (Garnsey Campus)

Joy Ellis trained as a secondary teacher and has been teaching piano and music theory/musicianship for 40 years. Joy has a studio at home, in Moe, on her family farm. She spends two days a week at Gippsland Grammar, teaching at Senior School. Joy has extensive experience teaching children and adults who are beginners at the piano, taking students through to tertiary entrance and working with adults who are currently teaching and wishing to explore different approaches to their work. Her students are encouraged to sit for examinations and take part in Eisteddfods if this is appropriate for them. Theory and Musicianship, aural training and developing an understanding of reading a score are always part of a student's experience. Joy’s teaching continues to evolve but certain fundamental approaches to creating a sound, enjoying playing, developing musical literacy and exploring repertoire are always present.

Caroline Crawford

Piano (Garnsey and St Anne's Campus)

Caroline Crawford graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance in Piano, from the Australian Catholic University. While at University, she was involved in many choirs, performing all over Melbourne. She then went on to study education and gained her Diploma of Education, also from the ACU. She was rehearsal pianist and lead keyboard player for the Latrobe Theatre Company for many years. She has a passion for composition, having written many pieces for piano and other instruments. She has lead and worked in various Performing Arts Departments across Gippsland over the past 10 years, and really enjoys teaching piano at Gippsland Grammar.

Karen Phelps

Piano (St Anne's Campus)

Karen Phelps grew up in Maffra, where she attended Maffra Primary School and Maffra Secondary College. Karen began piano lessons at the age of ten with a local teacher, Dulcie May, and at the age of fifteen knew she wanted to become a piano teacher. She continued private tuition and teacher training with Judy Hall of Newborough, who helped her achieve an A.Mus.A. (Associate In Music, Australia) Diploma at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1987. Karen has over 30 years teaching experience, from prep children to adults.

Laura Evans

Violin (Garnsey, St Anne's and Bairnsdale Campus)

Laura Evans studied music at Gippsland Grammar before furthering her studies at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. During her studies Laura held leadership positions with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist in the Beta Sigma Phi Competition. She has also enjoyed positions with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute. Laura studied with members of the Australian String Quartet and is passionate about chamber music. While in Adelaide, Laura was a founding member of the TriAd Piano Trio, worked with the Adelaide Art Orchestra and held a traineeship position with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Laura graduated from the Elder Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours and is currently completing her Master of Teaching with Deakin University.

Colin Iversen

Violin and Viola (Garnsey Campus)

Colin Iversen graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. After beginning his teaching career at Kingswood College in Grahamstown, Colin went on to study at the Dartington College of the Arts in Devon, UK before taking a Masters Degree in American Music at the University of Keele. He taught in schools and was Head of Strings for the WA Department of Education before becoming the first CEO of the WA Youth Orchestra Association, a post he held for 16 years, before relocating to Sale to lead the Gippsland Grammar’s Music Department for 17 years. In semi-retirement he is continuing his passion for music teaching as a string specialist in Gippsland.

Rosemary Iversen

Violoncello (Garnsey, St Anne's and Bairnsdale Campus)

Rosemary Iversen was born in Kenya and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English and a Diploma in Education at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. Attained Grade 8 on Piano and Cello (with Distinction) and also an Advanced Certificate on Cello through the Royal Schools of Music. Other musical interests include choral singing, acoustic guitar, steel band playing (with Andrew Tracey in South Africa), Baroque cello with the ensemble ‘Mostly Baroque’ in Perth, conducting junior and senior string groups and quartet playing with ‘Simply Classical’. Rosemary enjoys playing the cello and more recently the bass in chamber and full orchestral ensembles and musicals. Highlights are a masterclass with Pierre Fournier when she was 14, singing in the Sydney Opera house and playing lead cello with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra. Rosemary teaches cello, piano and double bass in various school in the area and enjoys teaching young children from the age of 4 upwards using the Suzuki method and mature age students.

Paul Van Eekelen

Percussion (Garnsey and St Anne's Campus)

Paul Van Eekelen received his first drum and drum lessons at the age of 11 and drum kit at age 12. He began playing in garage bands at the age of 15 and professionally by the age of 17, mostly at weddings, restaurants and bar-mitzvah’s. During this time he was also studying at Box Hill College of TAFE, which really opened up the world of music performance and musicianship for him. Paul went on to study at RMIT and Monash universities where he received his teaching degree. Paul has been teaching percussion, drum kit, class music and music technology for 32 years and has performed professionally in many ensembles during this time. These include Top 40 bands, original rock bands, percussion, experimental and small jazz ensembles. Paul has been a teacher at Gippsland Grammar since 1989.

Don Cook

Guitar (Garnsey and St Anne's Campus)

Don Cook grew up in the 60’s listening to the Beatles and Rolling Stones. He quickly developed an interest in the electric guitar. Learning the piano at an early age put his knowledge of music to the guitar and taught himself the chords and scales needed to play the songs by the above bands. As the years went on Don started becoming interested in classical and jazz guitar and studied with a number of teachers who taught him reading and improvising skills. Guitarists he admires are Segovia, Joe Pass, Django Rinehart, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Don enjoys playing music as a solo performer or with a band playing jazz, rock and blues. Don also enjoys teaching and passing on knowledge acquired over the many years of playing. Don completed his Bachelor of Arts in 20002 at RMIT and Diploma of Education in 2005 at Monash University.