Adjudicators in 2021
Jerard Heffernan studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the Late Sonja Hanke, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction.
After winning numerous piano scholarships and competitions, he travelled to the United States of America where he completed a Master of Music in Piano Performance at the prestigious Peabody Institute, where he won the school’s memorial award for outstanding achievement. Major teachers at this time included Julian Martin and Marc Durand, whilst also participating in the Master Classes of Leon Flesiher, Vladimir Feltsman and Ann Schein. Jerard has also participated in many international festivals including Aspen, Calgary, Banff and Orford and recently visited the Juilliard School of Music in New York, attending lessons and Doctoral seminars.
In Australia, he has taught successfully at all levels, with past posts including piano faculty of the New Castle Conservatorium and the Australian Institute of Music.
I am a music educator with qualifications as a performer in singing and piano (LMusA) awarded by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB), and as a secondary school specialist music teacher with the New South Wales (Australia) Department of Education. I am also accredited with the Music Teacher's Association of New South Wales (Austral) as a private teacher of singing and piano. In addition to Australian music teaching qualifications I also hold a Certificate of Attainment from the Orff Schulwerk Association of London (UK).
I am an examiner in piano and singing for the AMEB, and have extensive experience as a music adjudicator at eisteddfods and music festivals.
My special area of interest is the teaching of singing to young children, and I have carried out research in this field throughout Australia, England and USA, and have published reports and presented papers at international conferences in England and USA.
I live in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales situated 100 kms West of Sydney.
Dr. Christine Logan
Dr Christine Logan has performed, broadcast and recorded as piano soloist, duo-pianist, chamber musician and fortepianist in Australia, USA and Canada. With pianist Julie Adam, she recorded the complete duo piano music of Frank Martin for ABC Classics.
She taught music at UNSW, Sydney for over 30 years, both as Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media and Head of the former School of Music and Music Education.
Christine is a contributor to the Revised New Grove and Oxford Music Online, and has published articles and book chapters on aspects of Australian music, the piano music of Frank Martin, Beethoven, Gabriel Fauré, Messiaen, piano pedagogy and music education.
Following studies at Sydney Conservatorium (DSCM Teacher’s and Performer’s Diplomas), Uni of Sydney (BMus and MMus Hons) she was awarded the Sydney Moss Travelling Scholarship from U Sydney and teaching assistantships that enabled her to complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, USA where she studied piano with the Hungarian pianist, Béla Siki. Formative teachers were Marjorie Docherty and Elizabeth Kozma. She was also coached by Menahem Pressler in Banff and Malcolm Bilson (fortepiano). Christine is currently a Federal examiner and NSW Keyboard Advisor for the AMEB. She has frequently been an adjudicator for scholarships, eisteddfodau and other competitions.
Rob Nijs (violin/viola) studied at the conservatories of Tilburg (the Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium) and holds both teaching and performance diplomas. Rob Nijs has had extensive experience playing in Europe before coming to Australia, where he has been working as concerto soloist, concertmaster and leader, and in recitals and chamber music. He has made many recordings for radio, television and on disc. He continues to perform with the various chamber and symphony orchestras in Sydney as well as session work. As a fine and recognised teacher he has been teaching pupils in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. He also has been in demand as examiner and adjudicator for Eisteddfods and String competitions. Rob Nijs is heavily involved in coaching chamber music as well as workshops and master classes throughout Australia. He studied conducting in Amsterdam and has had broad experience as Conductor and Musical Director. Rob Nijs is currently Head of Strings at the Music Department of Sydney Grammar School.
After completing Year 12 at the Conservatorium High School, Gina Henery studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before moving to London to further her violin studies.
While in the United Kingdom, Mrs Henery was a regular performer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She held a full-time first violin position with the English National Ballet. Since returning to Australia in 1998, she has worked with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and is a regular player and director of the Sydney Scoring Orchestra. She has recorded notable movie soundtracks, including Happy Feet, Australia and Mad Max: Fury Road.
For many years, Mrs Henery was a violin teacher and tutor at St Andrew’s Cathedral School. She was also a regular performer and chamber music tutor at the Riverina Summer School for Strings. Mrs Henery tutored the East Lindfield Primary School String Ensemble, which she conducted in numerous competitions.
In addition to her performing and examining commitments, Mrs Henery teaches string students at her private studio in Sydney.