Cairns Music Conference 2012
Cairns Music Conference 2012
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6th to 8th July 2012

Professional Development for Music Teachers and Students

The Cairns Music Conference is now over for 2012 - and an amazing time was had by all who attended. You can still read about our presenters and sponsors below and the Session Details here, or delegates can request a link to access some of the session handouts from the conference. Click on General Info for conference venue maps.

Special Webinars from USA:

  • Bob Phillips (Michigan) string specialist
  • Peter Boonshaft (New York) woodwind specialist
(sponsored by Alfred)

Guest Speakers:

  • Andy Firth - Clarinet virtuoso, composer and arranger * Keynote *
  • Andrew Berrington - Band Instrument specialist from Brisbane Brass and Woodwind
  • Andrew Robertson - Jozzbeat 'Jelly Beans' primary music software
  • Anna Zerner - Choral specialist from Alfred Publishing
  • Barry Walmsley - Teacher and National Manager for Trinity College London
  • Chris Henzgen - Teacher, Publisher, composer, and arranger
  • Drew Parsons - Pro Tools specialist with Avid Technology
  • Evan Williams - String specialist with Payton's
  • Gwyn Roberts - Respected cellist, teacher, and conductor
  • Jon Carson - Professional touring drummer
  • Kate Whitney - Director of the Keyboard Evolution program
  • Katie Wardrobe - Music Technology educator
  • Mike Jackson - Ukulele Evangelist, Performer & Entertainer
  • Nikki Cox & Bethany Rowe - Primary Teachers and Orff Schulwerk specialists * Keynote *
  • Peter Lee - Software author of 'Auralia' and 'Musition' * Keynote *
  • Shane Tooley - Secondary classroom music teacher and ICT integration educator

  • Who Should Attend CMC12?

    • Primary music teachers
    • Secondary music teachers
    • Instrumental teachers
    • Choral Specialists
    • Trainee Teachers
    • Composers and arrangers
    • Music Students

    Conference highlights

    • Guest speakers from around Australia with backgrounds in music pedagogy, technology and performance
    • Professional development that is relevant and up-to-date, to make it easy to apply new ideas and concepts.
    • Hands-on workshops in all areas, including pedagogy, arranging, performance with technology, all with a focus on creating connections and celebrating our role as music educators.
    • Technology sessions explaining the latest developments and computer tools.
    • Trade show with representatives from major music companies to explain the latest products and answer your questions.

    Preliminary Program

    Friday 6th July

    9:30amWelcome and Introduction (15 min)
    9:45am Keynote Address 1 (45 min)
    10:30amMorning Tea / Trade
    11:00amBreakout Sessions 1 (90 min)
    12:30pmLunch / Trade
    1:30pmBreakout Sessions 2 (60 min)
    2:40pmBreakout Sessions 3 (60 min)
    3:40pmAfternoon Tea / Trade
    Evening: Free Time
    Cairns Winter School Finale Concert
    Venue: Cairns Centre of Contemporary Art
    Time: 7:30pm Soloist: Andy Firth
    Tickets available through ticketlink

    Saturday 7th July

    9:30amKeynote Address 2 (60 min)
    10:30amMorning Tea / Trade
    11:00amBreakout Sessions 4 (90 min)
    12:30pmLunch / Trade
    1:30pmBreakout Sessions 5 (60 min)
    2:40pmBreakout Sessions 6 (60 min)
    3:40pmAfternoon Tea / Trade
    4:30pmFree Time
    6:00pm'Connect' Conference Social

    Sunday 8th July

    9:30amKeynote Address 3 (30 min)
    10:00amMorning Tea / Trade
    10:30amBreakout Sessions 7 (90 min)
    12:10pmBreakout Sessions 8 (60 min)
    1:10pmLunch / Prize Draws / Trade
    2:00pmBreakout Sessions 9 (60 min)

    Platinum Sponsors:

    Allans Billy Hyde
    Alfred Publishing
    Avid Technology

    CMC12 supporters

  • Alfred Publishing * Platinum Sponsor *
  • Allans Music + Billy Hyde * Platinum Sponsor *
  • Ausmidi
  • Avid Technology/Sibelius * Platinum Sponsor *
  • Brisbane Brass and Woodwind
  • Bushfire Press
  • Casio
  • Ellaways
  • Encore Music Distributors
  • Flying Wombat Music
  • Jozzbeat Interactive
  • Middle C Associates
  • Midnight Music
  • Music Edu
  • Paytons
  • Pro Music Australia
  • Rising Software
  • Roland Corporation
  • Superscope Technologies
  • Trinity College London
  • World Projects
  • Binary Music

  • [Alfred logo] [Allans logo] [AusMIDI logo]
    [AVID logo] [Brass & Woodwind logo] [Bushfire Press logo]
    [Casio logo] [Ellaways logo] [Encore logo]
    [Flying Wombat logo] [Jozzbeat logo] [Middle C logo]
    [Music Edu logo] [Paytons logo] [Pro Music logo]
    [QOSA logo] [Rising Software logo] [Roland logo]
    [Superscope logo] [Trinity logo] [World Projects logo]
    [Binary logo] [Binary logo] [Binary logo]

    Our Presenters

    [Andy Firth] Andy Firth is not only one of the finest clarinet and saxophone players on the music scene today, but he is also a gifted composer and a dedicated educator. Wherever he performs, he leaves critics and fellow players gasping in awe of his ability to either dazzle with his blindingly fast, fluent technique or his soulful, beautiful tone. In short, a musician of extraordinary technique and finesse.
    Andy maintains a philosophy that compels him to contribute as much as possible to the education of future musicians. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Diploma of Education, has lectured in public/private schools as well as universities both in Australia and overseas. Andy believes that music is a universal language and as such should have no barriers or limits - everyone should have the chance to enjoy the uniting qualities of music.
    Andy can be contacted via his website at
    [Andrew Berrington] Andrew Berrington trained as a woodwind instrument maker in Germany and then worked for Trevor J James in London and John Lehner flutes in Sydney before starting 'For Winds' in 1991. Since selling the company For Winds to Musicorp in 2004, and working as manager of retail and repairs for the company, Andrew has now gone back to doing what he loves doing best - Instrument repairs.
    Andrew is sponsored by Brisbane Brass and Woodwind.

    [Andrew Robertson] Andrew Robertson NSW Conservatorium graduate Andrew has followed a career as a professional muso, composer/arranger, publisher and educator. He’s performed with artists such as Michael Buble, James Morrison, Tom Burlinson, Hugh Jackman, Jerry Lewis and major Broadway shows. He has also recorded many well known jingles for television. (Next time you see the Mortein Flies being sprayed, it's Andrew's clarinet accompanying!)
    Andrew is well known through his involvement with JozzBeat Music Publishing - the Primary Music Resources, Print Music and “Jellybeans In-Schools Music Program” company. Andrew is in strong demand as an Arranger, writing for Australian Idol, Eurovision Song Contest, television ads and “Battle Of The Choirs” on Australian TV. He was Director of the NSW Dept. of Education Performing Arts Unit Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble 1997-2006 and conducts workshops and lectures throughout Australia and abroad in Primary Music teaching and Improvisation and Arranging.
    Andrew is sponsored by Jozzbeat Interactive.

      [Anna Zerner] Anna Zerner is a choral musician and teacher currently working as National Sales Manager for Alfred Music Publishing Australia.
    Her interest in innovative and new choral music was developed at St Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane; as a member of The Australian Voices and later at Morton Music as Choral and Print Music Manager.
    Anna spent three years as Operations Manager/Artistic Administrator of Gondwana Voices and The Sydney Children's Choir. Anna sings professionally as a member of the vocal ensemble Cantillation. She has been a member of The Song Company as part of the Musica Viva In Schools programme, and performs as a freelance artist with a number of choral groups.
    Along with her professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm Anna brings to her work a passion for choral music, a love of children and a wacky sense of humour!
    Anna is sponsored by Alfred Publishing.

      [Barry Walmsley] Barry Walmsley MMus, AMusA, ATCL, LTCL, LGSMD, DSCM, BEd, MACE, MACEL, FAIM, Hon TCL.
    Barry Walmsley has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a music educator, lecturer, arts journalist, music critic, pianist, vocal coach, conductor, adjudicator and administrator. At the Sydney Conservatorium, he studied for the DSCM in piano with Eunice Gardiner and Gordon Watson, as well as organ with Robert Ampt at Sydney, and Sharon Raschke at Newcastle. He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the Australian Society for Music Education, Music Teachers' Association of NSW (current Vice-President), Guild of Church Musicians (UK) (current Vice-President). He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of both the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
    He has worked for Trinity College London since 1990, and was awarded Honorary Membership to the College by the College's patron, HRH The Duke of Kent at a ceremony in London's Wigmore Hall in 1995, in recognition of his contribution to music education and Trinity's work in Australia. He was appointed State Manager in 1998 and National Manager in 2000. In 2002 in London, he was again the recipient of an award: the Chairman's Award from Lord Geddes (Chair, Board of Governors).
    He has been Musical Director for a number of productions and events. For the Gold Coast Arts Centre, he was the MD for the Australian premiere of Jekyll & Hyde starring Rob Guest (2004) as well as a special Tsunami Benefit Concert. For nearly five years he was Director of Music at The Southport School on Queensland's Gold Coast. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Music at The King's School, Sydney. He serves also as the National Manager for Trinity College London.

    Barry is sponsored by Trinity College London.

      [Bob Phillips] Bob Phillips Pedagogue, composer, and teacher trainer, Bob Phillips is an innovator in string education. During his 27 years of teaching strings in Saline, Michigan, Bob built a thriving string program of over 700 students and was honored as teacher of the year 9 times by regional, state and national organizations. A recognized expert in the use of large group pedagogy and alternative styles, he has presented clinics throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Phillips has authored over 18 book series that include118 books for use in the classroom including Alfred’s revolutionary new method, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra and Sound Innovations for Concert Band as well as the ground breaking Philharmonic series. He has had over 100 works published for orchestras and bands and is an award winning ASCAP composer. His conducting resume includes professional, All-state, and youth orchestras. Currently Bob is the Director of String Publications for Alfred Music Publishing and is the President-elect of the American String Teachers Association.
    Bob is sponsored by Alfred Publishing.

      [Chris Henzgen] Chris Henzgen is currently teaching instrumental music at two secondary schools in Geelong, Victoria. The rest of the week is spent working for a music publishing company wearing several hats. Chris has directed secondary school concert bands and percussion ensembles for many years but has also had experience working with primary school bands, community bands and orchestras, school choirs, and various brass and woodwind chamber groups. Several of his former students have pursued careers in music themselves. Although Chris's compositional output is only moderate, his arrangements and compositions are performed on five continents. The Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association's Victorian branch awarded Chris an ABODA Excellence Award in 2004 and he recently received a 35 Years of Service certificate from the Education Department in Victoria.
    Chris is sponsored by Middle C Associates.

      [Drew Parsons] Drew Parsons After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Drew began working as an audio engineer at a number of high end studios in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Byron Bay. Relocating to Melbourne, he began lecturing audio and managed the audio facilities department at a creative industries institute. Drew has also worked as an operational support specialist for some of the largest musical instrument manufacturers and software developers.
    Since commencing his role as an Applications Specialist at Avid, he has engaged with the retail and professional audio community throughout Australia and New Zealand to deliver technical advice in relation to Avid audio solutions. Drew is also a pianist and bass player. He's played bass with numerous touring International acts and has also performed at the Big Day Out.
    Drew is sponsored by Avid Technology.

      [Evan Williams] Evan Williams began his working life at the tender age of 15 when he took a position in the family retail music store in Brisbane in 1970. The Classic Music Shop was a specialist retail operation which also imported instruments and accessories from around the world. It was during this period that Evan began his training in the repair and restoration of orchestral stringed instruments. For 4 years, Evan worked music retail, taught guitar, and repaired and sold violins. In 1991, he took up a position as State Sales Manager with specialist importer F. Payton & Son. Payton’s catalogue of fine musical instruments and accessories enjoys broad support from music retailers throughout Australia.
    Evan is sponsored by Paytons.

    [Gwyn Roberts] Gwyn Roberts. A Churchill Fellow, Gwyn was for a number of years the Principal Cellist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Adelaide, Auckland and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
    Gwyn has been a member of a number of respected chamber music groups including the Mayne String Trio, the Queensland Piano Trio, Ensemble I, and the contemporary ensemble Perihelion. He is regularly invited, both as a cellist and conductor, for concerts, vacation workshops and seminars with youth orchestras, community orchestras and professional organisations throughout Australia, and his past cello and conducting students hold teaching and performing positions in Australia and internationally.
    In 2008 Gwyn celebrated 25 years as the Musical Director of the eighty-member Queensland University Symphony Orchestra, and in 2011 retired from a Senior Lecturer position in the School of Music at UQ to embark on a free-lance career. He continues to be active as a cellist in a variety of solo and chamber music concerts in Australia. Current projects include researching early cello history in Australia, and recording an educational CD of cello repertoire from the AMEB syllabus, together with pianist Jenni Flemming.

    [Jon Carson] Jon Carson is a professional touring drummer with 35 years industry experience, having toured with the likes of Joe Cocker, Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Angry Anderson and Cotton, Keays and Morris, and has featured on Aussie rock albums. He grew up in a very classically oriented music household, where his father James was for many years principal flute with the QSO, and his mother Joyce first violin with the Cairns Symphony Orchestra, seconded to the QSO as a foundation member in 1955.
    Jon started teaching drums when he was 15, and now teaches when he can, juggling committments as area manager with Pro Music, a Brisbane music distribution company, and his live performances across Australia.
    Jon is sponsored by Pro Music Australia.

      [Kate Whitney] Kate Whitney (Grad Cert (AGSM), B.Mus., A.Mus.A.) Having graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium High School, Kate continued her studies at the Con and completed a Bachelor Music Performance (BMUS) majoring in Trombone. Throughout her playing career, Kate performed with the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Wind Orchestra, Australian Blues Brothers Show and various freelance shows and engagements. Additionally Kate taught brass and conducted wind orchestras, brass ensembles and symphony orchestras at multiple Sydney schools including Trinity Grammar, St. Aloysius, Barrenjoey High, Beacon Hill High and Bilgola Primary.
    Kate opted for a more corporate career and worked for Yamaha Music Australia and more recently as the Divisional Manager for Casio Keyboards and Digital Pianos in Australia.
    Kate was also the Vice President of the Australian Music Association (2009 & 2010) and a member of the CEO Institutes Transitional Leadership Program. Additionally Kate holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the prestigious Australian Graduate School of Management.
    With a vision to engage students in classroom music, Kate created MusicEDU, a company whose vision is to "give every child the opportunity to enjoy music in the classroom by creating affordable and relevant curriculum solutions that support teachers." MusicEDU's flagship program, Keyboard Evolution, aims to increase the retention rates of students into elective music classes and the overall numbers of students having the opportunity to enjoy music within the classroom environment.

    Kate is sponsored by Music Edu.

      [Katie Wardrobe] Katie Wardrobe is a qualified teacher who enjoys helping people get the most out of music software programs. She runs her own business - Midnight Music - which specializes in training classroom teachers, instrumental music teachers and students, and she also run sessions for composers, songwriters and arrangers. Katie's sessions are relaxed, informative and relevant.
    Katie has worked in a variety of music and education-related workplaces, including Sibelius Australia and Orchestra Victoria. In 2011 she was the Project Manager of the Soundhouse Alliance's Music Technology in Education Conference and she has presented at more than 25 other conferences and events. In 2010 Katie set up a tutorials and tips site to support users of MuseScore - free open-source notation software - and in 2011 she released an ebook titled MuseScore: The EssentialBeginner's Guide.
    Katie has also worked as a freelance copyist, music arranger and transcriber for more than 20 years and is an Executive member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia.
    Katie is sponsored by Avid Technology.

    [Mike Jackson] Mike Jackson's concerts are joyfully intimate celebrations of life, love and music. His workshops and resources make music, dance and magic an attainable goal for all. Mike performs for both children and adults at festivals, arts venues, schools, preschools, kindergartens and daycares, corporate events, libraries, senior citizens centres, family events, holiday programs and bush dances. Many will have grown up with Mike Jackson's music. His recordings can be found in countless households in Australia and beyond.
    Mike can be contacted via his website at

    [Nikki Cox] Nikki Cox is the current president of the Queensland Orff Shulwerk Association, is a state representative on the national council (ANCOS) and is the Orff Levels Course coordinator for Queensland.
    She is currently Music and Arts Coordinator at Jindalee State School (Queensland), where she has developed an Orff-based music program that incorporates sound exploration, improvisation and composition through voice, body percussion, movement and a wide range of classroom percussion, including many marimbas.
    She has taught as a music specialist in both secondary and primary schools and has written and produced a number of school musicals. Nikki has also lectured and conducted research projects at Queensland University of Technology, and has developed her own early childhood music program "Sound Beginnings".
    She has a strong interest in providing inclusive, creative and accessible music opportunities for children and for the wider community, and has coordinated and directed numerous mass community choral and marimba events.
    Nikki was instrumental in re-forming the Queensland Orff-Schulwerk Association (QOSA) with Dr Susan Wright in 1994. She has completed her Orff-Schulwerk Levels Training (Australia) and is qualified to teach many strands of this nationally accredited course. She has also recently completed the Orff Summer School training in Salzburg, Austria.
    Nikki has presented workshops for the Musica Viva in Schools program for the performance ensembles, Makukuhan and Zeeko, and also presents their Sound Safari program in Queensland.

    [Bethany Rowe] Bethany Rowe is the current Vice-President of the Queensland Orff Shulwerk Association.
    After completing her Bachelor of Music and later a Bachelor of Education, Bethany now works full-time as a classroom music specialist for Education Queensland.
    Bethany regularly presents workshops throughout Queensland including the Music strand of the Cairns PanArts Conference 2011. She has also presented interstate, delivering an elective session at the Perth Music Conference this year.
    Bethany teaches Recorder and Movement for the ANCOS Level Courses and is currently being trained to teach further subjects.
    Previously Bethany has worked in Early Childhood, Special Education and Aged Care sectors, providing creative music based programs that incorporate the Orff Approach and aspects of Music Therapy. A highlight of her Orff Schulwerk training includes attending the 2010 Summer Course at the Orff-Institut in Salzburg.

    Nikki and Bethany are sponsored by ANCOS.

      [Peter Boonshaft] Peter Boonshaft. Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world. He holds Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude), Master of Music Education in Conducting, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Dr. Boonshaft was also awarded a Connecticut General Fellowship for study at the Kodály Musical Training Institute, from which he holds a Certificate. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He is Conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, professor of conducting and music education, and Director of the graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Boonshaft was on the faculty of Moravian College and the University of Hartford. He was Founder and Music Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Honors Concert Band and the Connecticut Valley Youth Wind Ensemble. In addition, he held the post of Music Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston.
    Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. As well, his first book for all educators, Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise was released in 2010. He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s new beginning method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings.
    Peter is sponsored by Alfred Publishing.

    [Peter Lee] Peter Lee. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Peter has worked in the field of Music Education and Technology for 15 years, and is one of the original authors of the Auralia and Musition programs. He has worked extensively in the USA, UK and Australia, consulting with teachers and students to better identify appropriate technology solutions for the modern music classroom.
    Auralia and Musition are widely acknowledged as leading ear training and theory programs in classrooms and studios around the world.
    Peter is sponsored by Rising Software.

    [Shane Tooley] Shane Tooley graduated from the Creative Industries Faculty of the Queensland University of Technology in 2002, with Bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting and Music Education. Post-graduate studies brought Shane a Graduate Certificate in Education (ICT Education) and a Master of Learning Innovation degree from QUT.
    Since then he has quickly established a strong reputation as a Musical Director, Choral Conductor and Music Educator. He studied Choral Conducting under Christopher Kiver and continued this study with the likes of Rodney Eichenberger and Andre Thomas. Shane has conducted choirs ranging from beginner groups through to tertiary level choirs. Shane's passion and love is Musical Theatre and he has worked extensively as a Musical Director since 2001.
    Shane is in high demand as a writer, workshop presenter and consultant on all aspects of ICT integration in Music and Performing Arts Education.

      [Karen Henderson] Karen Henderson, since completing a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and a Graduate Certificate in Music Technology from University of Newcastle, has had vast experience in music education from preschool to tertiary level. In 1990, drawing on her background in music teaching, performance and recording she formed Binary Designs, a Brisbane-based company specialising in linking music and technology. She has evangelised the use of music technology in music education and takes every opportunity to share her ideas with other music educators. In addition to her co-director role with her husband Len in Binary Designs, she has lectured in Music Technology at Griffith University in Brisbane and is a popular presenter at Music Conferences throughout Australia.
      [Len Henderson] Len Henderson (M.Sc.) is a director of Binary Music, a company focused on helping music educators get the most out of using technology in their work. Even before the company formed in 1990 he was using the latest technological innovations in his music performances and compositions. With the rapid development of computer-based music technology and its expanded use in schools, Len has provided technical advice as well as training and professional development for teachers and students throughout Australia. Len is also a keen guitarist, having performed on several contemporary music recordings in the jazz and rock genres.
    Karen & Len are sponsored by Binary Music.

    Want more information?

    Click on General Info and Session Details to read more about the conference, or phone the conference organisers on 1800 BINARY (outside Brisbane) or 3488 2230 (within the Brisbane region), or email us via the Contact link for more information.