2018 Ensemble Conductors

Bishop Orchestra Ingrid Martin
Shephard Concert Band Rob Chenoweth
Alexander Orchestra Bryan Griffiths
Marcus String Orchestra Mitch Brunsden OAM
Hawkes Wind Ensemble Ben Fuller


Ingrid Martin

Ingrid Martin is one of Australia’s brightest young conductors, with a reputation for inspiring performances that move players and audiences alike.  A fervent advocate of wind music, she has led national and international tours and given premieres in Australia, China and the United States.

Passionate about introducing music to new audiences and melding different art forms Ingrid has collaborated with galleries, artists, dancers, actors and directors to create immersive artistic experiences. Her projects have seen a painter work live on stage in performance alongside the Monash Concert Band during their Sound of Art concerts, and Shakespearean actors recite soliloquies with the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra. In Masquerade the Crosswinds Ensemble performed music of Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera amongst images and paintings of Melbourne’s cabaret scene in the 1930s at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. 

Since 2015 she has led sell-out performances of everything from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Leigh Harrold to Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 as Music Director of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has worked regularly with professional orchestras in Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Symphony Services International Conductor Program, and was chosen to participate in the inaugural Stonnington Symphony Emerging Artist Program in 2014. 

Ingrid completed her Master of Music in Conducting at the University of Minnesota under Craig Kirchhoff.  As President of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors' Association in Victoria she oversees state wide professional development activities conductors and teachers. She appears regularly as a workshop clinician, conducting teacher, adjudicator and guest conductor across Australia.

Bryan Griffiths

Bryan GriffithsBryan Griffiths joined the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in 2010 as a member of the horn section. Prior to his appointment, Bryan performed regularly as a casual musician with the ASO, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, Unley Symphony and Burnside Symphony orchestras performing Mozart’s Horn concerti and Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.

Bryan is active as a conductor and has held positions with the Adelaide Youth Orchestras as director of the Wind Orchestra, the Adelaide Summer Orchestra, Burnside Symphony Orchestra and was the inaugural conductor of the Adelaide University Medical Orchestra. In June, 2015 Bryan made his conducting debut with the ASO, directing performances of ABC classic-fm’s Keys to Music program. He has regularly appeared as a conductor with the South Australian Music Camp and has been guest lecturer in brass and wind performance classes at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Bryan has also actively participated in conducting workshops and masterclasses, including with Joseph Swenson and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and at Northwestern University in Chicago with Dr Mallory Thompson and Professor H Robert Reynolds.

In 2009, Bryan was awarded the EMR travel scholarship from the University of Adelaide which enabled him to travel to Europe and study with Hector McDonald and other renowned horn players. In 2011 he received a Bachelor of Music with first class honours from the Elder Conservatorium, where he majored in horn with Philip Hall and Philip Paine. Bryan is currently on leave from the ASO to pursue a Masters of Music in wind conducting at the University of Sydney with conductor Dr John Lynch.


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