Advanced musicians are invited to join the Summer School Symphonic Wind Band, led by phenomenal conductor and educator, Stephen Williams. This ensemble will bring together 60 of Victoria’s best young wind, brass and percussion players who understand why band music is exciting to play, and challenge themselves beyond their existing participation in school or community bands.
Those who are accepted into this high-standard ensemble will develop advanced rehearsal skills supported by our team of tutors. This is a chance to play in a band with all instruments represented, full sections, and demanding repertoire, reserved for the most elite ensembles.
|STANDARD||AMEB Grade 7+|
|AGE||13 years +|
|INSTRUMENTS||Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, double bass.|
NOTE: AMEB levels indicated are not a formal requirement, but are provided as a guide to the skills required.
Symphonic Wind Band Conductor
Stephen Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest symphonic bands and jazz ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences and festivals in the USA, Japan, Europe, the UK, Singapore and China. On three separate occasions Stephen has been invited to conduct symphonic bands at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the world’s largest music educator’s conference. He is the recipient of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s highest honour, the Citation of Excellence, an award he received in 2014.
In 1989 Stephen was awarded a conducting scholarship by Symphony Australia and for three years studied orchestral conducting under Werner Andreas Albert, during which time he conducted concerts and made recordings with many of the Symphony Australia Orchestras. In 1994 he was awarded the Harry Begian Conducting Scholarship, which enabled him to study advanced Symphonic Band conducting at the University of Illinois under Professor James Keene. In 1995 he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and Research from the University of Queensland.
Stephen is currently Student Music Programs Officer 5-12, Conducting Coordinator for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the NSW Department of Education, taking up this position at the beginning of 1999. He is the Music Director for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show and has been since 1991. He is also the founding Music Director of the Northern Beaches Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to this Stephen had a full time position as conducting coordinator for the School of Instrumental Music in Perth. He was also a member of staff at the WA Conservatorium of Music, Edith Cowan University, lecturing and conducting in the Classical, Jazz and Education departments. Between 1992 and 1995, Stephen was a full time member of staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, occupying the position of Director of the Wind Symphony as well as lecturing in Conducting, Instrumental Pedagogy and Jazz studies.