Our Adjudicators

SPEECH AND DRAMA

Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh is a teacher of Speech and Drama with many years’ experience.  She has taught at a number of schools in Sydney including Ravenswood school for girls and the Scots College.

Elizabeth also facilitates corporate and school education programs and has worked with a wide range of people to help them develop their communication skills.  She is an examiner with the Australian Speech Communication Association and has adjudicated several eisteddfods in Sydney and New South Wales.

DANCE

David Mack

Hailing from Coffs Harbour originally, David moved himself to Melbourne to complete his dance studies at the VCA.

From there, over a career of more than 15 years David has worked equally in classical ballet as a Soloist with WA ballet and as a contemporary dancer with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Sydney Dance Company. He has worked extensively as a freelance dancer, actor, teacher, choreographer and répétiteur throughout the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Throughout his dancing life, David has worked with many notable Australian and international choreographers participating in the creative process of much of this work as well as featuring inwell established soloist roles. He has received multiple nominations for dance awards and been awarded a Green Room Award and an Australian Dance Award as Best Male Dancer for his performance in Rafael Bonachela’s Frame of Mind and William Forsyth’s Quintett in 2015/16 respectively.

David most recently joined the faculty at WAAPA as a classical ballet lecturer and as Head of Contemporary at Pevnev Ballet Academy. He is an associate artist for Sydney Dance Company as well as a freelance artist and is working as répétiteur for Rafael Bonachela.

INSTRUMENTAL

Ian Cook - Woodwind/Brass/Guitar/Bands

Dr Ian Cook graduated from Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 1978 having studied clarinet with Clive Amadio being awarded the Diploma of the State Conservatorium of Music (D.S.C.M.). In 1981 Ian studied clarinet pedagogy with Pamela Weston and Colin Bradbury in London. In 1993 he was awarded a high commendation in the “Award of Excellence in Teaching” by the University of Newcastle. In 1997 Ian received for his work with the University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra the Vice Chancellor’s Award. In 2000 he gained his Master of Music majoring in conducting. Ian continued studies in conducting as a doctoral candidate at the University of Newcastle with an emphasis in opera/music theatre. His mentor has been the eminent Australian conductor Maestro Myer Fredman. Ian was awarded his PhD in 2009 from the University of Newcastle.

In 2013 Ian took up a Scholars and Artist in Residence (SAR) Fellowship at the National Sound and Film Archives in Canberra researching Mozart performances in the 20th century held by the NFSA. In the following year a further SAR Fellowship was offered researching Hector Crawford’s contribution to Australia’s cultural history in the middle of the 20th century. In December 2016 Ian retired from the University of Newcastle after teaching at the Conservatorium for 35 years. With his recent appointment as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Newcastle Youth Orchestra. Ian is currently a Senior Lecturer at Avondale Conservatorium. Next week Ian will present a paper at the Oxford Conducting Institute Conference in Oxford pertaining to his PhD research om Mozart tempi.

Lindy Reksten – Strings

After completing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music Lindy moved to Germany where she continued her cello studies at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold. She spent 10 years in Germany playing in the orchestra of the Landestheater in Detmold as well as teaching at several music schools. She also worked as a mentor for students studying cello pedagogy at the Musikakademie. Since returning to Australia, Lindy has established a busy cello teaching practice in Canberra in her own studio, at various Canberra schools and at the ANU Open
School of Music. She is also a regular tutor with the Canberra Youth Orchestra.

Lindy is a cellist in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and also performs regularly with other ensembles.
Apart from teaching and performing, Lindy has for many years been the coordinator of several instrumental programs at the ANU Open School of Music including a very successful chamber music program for pre tertiary students.

In January 2018 Lindy took over the role of Coordinator of the Kingsland Resident Artists program with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra – a program designed to bring young graduate musicians to live and work in Canberra.

Wendy Lorenz – Piano

Active as both pianist and teacher, Wendy Lorenz has performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas and appeared for many of the major radio and television networks in Europe and Asia. A ‘Student of the Year’ graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium and Beethoven Bicentenary Medallion winner (awarded internationally by the west German Government), she has also belonged to a number of successful chamber ensembles including the highly acclaimed New England Ensemble, the Australian Piano Trio, the Young Sydney Piano Trio, the Phoenix Ensemble and currently Trio Empyrean and the Lanyon Trio.

As concerto soloist she has appeared with many of Australia’s leading orchestras and in commercial releases with the Adelaide Symphony, Queensland Symphony, and Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestras.

A committed music educator, Wendy is currently a Performance Teaching Fellow at the Australian National University has also taught at the NSW Conservatorium, and the Universities of New England and Southern Queensland, where she was also Head of Music. An experienced presenter of workshops, masterclasses and seminars throughout Australia and overseas, (including China, Singapore, Malaysia and the USA), she has served as National Chair of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Committee and is an accredited Federal Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

VOCAL

Robyn Ryan OAM  B Ed. ATCL MMTA

After a lifetime of music education Robyn has retired as a Senior Executive with NSW Dept of School education. She has taught pre school to university and was music consultant and primary curriculum consultant for North Coast schools.

Robyn now works as a private teacher of Voice and Piano in her studio and as Choral Director in a primary school. She conducts 5 choirs( community and youth)  in Port Macquarie and with her training in Orff and Kodaly methodologies is often called upon for workshops and voice coaching.

As part of the state committee of the Australian  National Choral Association for 5 years Robyn played an important role in organising large conventions including Choralfest 2010.

Robyn is in demand as an organist ,accompanist , chamber musician and Eisteddfod Adjudicator.

She specialises in vocal pedagogy and is passionate about appropriate repertoire for the changing adolescent voice.

Robyn has been awarded Australia Day council medal 2000 OAM 2002 NSW Govt Community services award 2017

For relaxation Robyn plays golf, gardens, walks and is a Member of Zonta.