Adjudicators in 2022
Phillida Green studied at the junior schools of both Juilliard in New York and the Royal College of Music in London, and after a B. Mus degree at Sydney University completed two years of post-graduate study in piano at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She has performed widely as a soloist, in both England and Italy as well as in Australia, including a number of appearances as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the performance of the complete "Well-tempered Klavier". She has adjudicated at many eisteddfods including the City of Sydney and the National Eisteddfods, and was on the selection panel for the Sydney auditions of the World Power International Piano Competition held in London. Phillida teaches at Ascham School as well as privately in Sydney and was on the staff of Wollongong Conservatorium of Music from 1983 to 2009, as Head of Keyboard from 2008.
Bradley Evans musical education commenced in Sydney with Annette Erskine-Smith. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1981, studying with Elizabeth Powell. In 1982 he was the successful state winner and finalist in the Commonwealth for the A.B.C. Concerto Competition. He was also the winner of the Inaugural Yamaha National Piano Competition. The Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Award enabled him to continue his studies in London with Benjamin Kaplan where he was a Prize winner in the Overseas League Competition.
In 1989 he completed his graduate Diploma in Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying with David Miller. From 1991 to 2001 he lived and taught in Germany where he frequently performed in a two piano duo with Hugo Seebach. Since returning to Australia in 2001 Bradley has taught at the Conservatorium Access Centre, St. Catherine's School Waverley, and Sydney Grammar School.
Bradley has a thriving and successful Private Teaching studio, being the recipient of the A.M.E.B. Shield (7th Grade to Diploma) in 2012.
Dr. Mark Griffiths
Dr. Mark Griffiths has established a distinguished portfolio career in teaching, examining, adjudication and music research. He is a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where he has been a tertiary and pre-tertiary lecturer for twenty-five years. His professional activities are informed by ongoing reflective practice with cohorts from early childhood to postgraduate level. His current focus areas are one-to-one piano pedagogy, group teaching and teacher mentoring. Mark’s doctoral research, completed in 2017, investigated pedagogical strategies used to foster expressive performance skills within pre-tertiary pianists. Dr. Griffiths has led piano masterclasses in Queensland and Victoria and enjoys sharing his ideas and experiences with students and their teachers, speaking at pedagogy symposia, and adjudicating competitions and eisteddfodau across Australia.
PhD (QCGU), BMus (Hons), Grad Dip Mus, L.mus.A
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.
Bachelor of Music (Sydney University), Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Composition (Sydney University), Master of Music (Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University)
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.
Cecilia Bersée is a freelance violinist, teacher and an AMEB examiner. She has played with the SSO, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and predominately for Opera Australia Orchestra, where she played for more than 20 years. Her career highlight was performing a concerto as soloist with the SSO as state winner of the ABC Instrumental and vocal Competition (school aged division). She has had much success as a teacher, with many of her students accepted into the Rising Stars Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and awarded full music scholarships at many elite private schools. She is a past president of AUSTA NSW and travels frequently across the state to examine for the AMEB and to adjudicate various eisteddfods. She is currently on the staff of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.