Adjudicators in 2020
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 Newcastle Conservatorium and the Australian Institute of Music
LMusA (Piano and Singing) TC, MMTA
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
Bachelor of Music (Sydney University), Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Composition (Sydney University), Master of Music (Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University)
Stephen was a founding member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra. His enthusiasm and interest in music led to him to undertake further studies in music at the University of Sydney. He had formal training in violin with John Harding and composition with Peter Sculthorpe. He has performed with ensembles such as the ABC Sinfonia, the Darlington Baroque Players (directed by Winsome Evans), the Badinerie Players, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Stephen performs regularly with several professional chamber ensembles. In 1997, Stephen completed the Master of Music course at the Queensland Conservatorium of music specialising in violin performance and pedagogy. In 1999, he was also appointed an examiner for the AMEB. He has adjudicated at various eisteddfods and competitions on numerous occasions. He is also in demand as a string and orchestral clinician and has conducted a number of workshops and festivals including the Queensland Festival of Music, the Western Australian Schools Orchestra Festival, the Hobart Eisteddfod and the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. In 2011, Stephen conducted the All State senior orchestra in New Mexico in a performance of Pictures at an Exhibition and Peter Sculthorpe’s Oceana. Stephen is currently Principal String Teacher and Director of Orchestras at Brisbane Grammar School, lectures at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University), is State President for the Australian String Teachers’ Association Queensland and directs the BEL Ensemble at The University of Queensland.
Judy began her career as a violinist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra playing many performances as Concert Master. She went on to graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Joining the ABC National Training Orchestra as an Orchestral Violinist, she soon became Concert Master. In 1978 she joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and played both 1st and 2nd Violin for over a decade. Throughout this time she also played with the other ABC Orchestras around Australia. In 1985 she joined the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, playing both 1st and 2nd Violin for 17 years. Her credits also include Concert Master of Her Majesty’s Production of Annie; Associate Concert Master for the West End Production of West Side Story; Associate Concert Master for the Harlem Production of Porgy and Bess; Principal 2nd Violin with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet tour of Australia; Associate Principal Second Violin for Barry Humphries shows at the Regent Theatre. For many years Judy was a member of the Channel 9 Midday Show Orchestra String Section. She has toured with Phil Collins, Genesis, Gene Pitney, Linda Ronstadt, Barry Manilow and Barbara Streisand. She has played in the backing Orchestras of Julio Iglesias and John Denver, and has performed with the Tommy Tycho Orchestra. Her work extends to numerous recordings, film scores and TV commercials. Judy is currently Vice President of AUSTA (Australian String Teachers Association) NSW and toured to Europe in 2016 with the AUSTA Chamber Orchestra, for whom she was both Associate Concertmaster and Concertmaster. A passionate teacher and music educator, Judy has held positions as Head of Strings at the Scots College, Emanuel School, Shore School and MLC Burwood. She has also held teaching positions at the Cranbrook School, Sceggs Redlands, The John Colet School and The Hills Grammar School. She now continues to perform and teach privately. Judy will travel this year in September and October on another AUSTA tour to Europe this time as soloist as well as Associate Concertmaster.