About our Committee

The adrs achieves its aims with a team of enthusiastic committee members who generously give their time and talents voluntarily to further the cause of the adrs objectives.
Our Society is privileged to have active representatives located in major cities throughout Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.

Why not get involved? Contact any member of the committee to join us at adrs.

Mark Gaydon - President

MarkGaydenprofileMark Gaydon has been Principal Bassoonist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2003. During this time he has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions performing solo works by Mozart, Weber, Zwilich, Williams, Franciax and Strauss. He has also appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Queensland Symphony and the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra. As a chamber musician he has performed with Ellision Ensemble, The Southern Cross Soloists, the New London Chamber Ensemble, the Tancibudek Wind Quintet and his own group Ensemble Le Monde.

An avid teacher, Mark has been Associate Instructor at the Indiana University School of Music, a guest artist at the Australian National Academy of Music, bassoon tutor for the Australian Youth Orchestra, AYO National Music Camp and Young Symphonists programs, and Bassoon Instructor at the Elder Conservatorium since 2005. Mark has a PhD in music from the University of Adelaide and was awarded a Dean of Graduate Studies Special Commendation for Thesis Excellence. In 2005 he won the ABC Young Performer of the Year wind, brass and percussion section and in 1999 was awarded grand prize in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition in the USA competing against players of all instruments.

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Anne Henderson - Vice President

anneprofileAnne recently retired from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra where she was Principal Bassoonist for thirty years. She continues her involvement in music in solo appearances and with various West Australian ensembles including the Perth Symphony Orchestra and the Perth Chamber Orchestra. Anne teaches in a number of schools where she is a strong advocate for the use of the Mini-Bassoon in upper Primary Years.

Stephen Moschner - Secretary

Stephen MoschnerprofileSecretary Stephen Moschner is a founding member of the ADRS 20 years ago and studied Oboe at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Victorian College of the Arts.  He is a busy administrator as well as performer and has worked with orchestras in Australia and overseas, and on events ranging from the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games to local concerts.

Alan Greenlees - Treasurer

AlanGreenleesprofileAlan, originally from Adelaide started both oboe and bassoon in his student years; oboe initially took over after a stint in the ABC Training Orchestra in 1968 which led to playing 2nd Oboe and Cor Anglais firstly in the Elizabethan Trust Sydney Orchestra, later in 1975 moving to Hobart (yea!) and playing in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra retiring from there in 2001. In retirement (?!) there has been quite a bit more bassoonerie, both on Baroque and also his beloved Buffet.

 

Celia Craig - SA Representative

CeliaCraigProfile“Celia is not only a passionate and inspiring person, but is a world class asset for Australia in performance, and in the development of a generation of aspiring young musicians” …Norman Gillespie, CEO Unicef Australia, Board member, Pinchgut Opera.

Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony, lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, former President of Australasian Double Reed Society, Celia Craig has worked with Bernstein, Boulez, Carter, Adams, Berio, Ashkenazy, Gergiev and Haitink and many others in her distinguished orchestral career.

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Stephanie Sheridan - WA Representative

Stephanie Sheridan profileStephanie Sheridan began her musical career as an oboe player before switching to bassoon. She is currently studying her Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Stephanie is passionate about reed making and her growing reed thread collection and in the future, plans to continue her studies interstate.

Joanne Cannon - VIC Representative

JCannon profileJoanne's professional music career began in Sydney as an orchestral musician. With a desire to propel the bassoon beyond the orchestra, Joanne moved to Melbourne to study Jazz and Improvisation at the Victorian College of Arts where she completed a Masters degree in performance. Joanne has developed a number of spectacular augmented digital bassoons including the Serpentine-bassoon and the Contra-monster.

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Miriam Handsworth - QLD Representative

Miriam Butler profile

Clarinet was Miriam’s first instrument but after discovering the bassoon in her mid teens she has never looked back. After completing studies in architecture at the University of Tasmania she was awarded a Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney.

In 1998 Miriam received a Queens Trust scholarship and studied the bassoon in Germany and Italy. She was awarded a Diploma of Music in 2001 from the Conservatorium of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.

Richard Lambert has composed two works for Miriam: Humoresque, Op.33 for solo bassoon in 2008 and Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op 36 in 2012.

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Julian Bush - Tasmanian Representative

JBush profileCommenced on an old Buffet in High school learning from the Violinist music teacher.

Whilst at Agricultural college purchased a German Instrument through Archie Camden and bludged lessons from any orchestral bassoonists that penetrated into South West Wales.

Played with various groups including University of Aberystwyth Orchestra, National Youth orchestra of Wales and many other orchestras being the only Bassoon player around

Joined the ABC National Training Orchestra in 1968 studying with John Cran and Rick MacIntyre.

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Clare Payne - NSW Representative

Clare Payne profileClare began playing the bassoon in Auckland, New Zealand. After an initial career as a primary school teacher, she moved to Australia in the early 1980s to study bassoon with Peter Musson and Gordon Skinner. She was bassoonist with the Victorian Wind Quintet in Bendigo before moving back to Sydney to freelance and teach.

Clare has over 25 years of experience teaching bassoon both privately and in schools and still plays with local orchestras and chamber ensembles. She currently teaches both classroom music and bassoon at Sydney Grammar School where she has had enormous success starting young players on the fagottino and nurturing her students from beginner to diploma level.

Christina Cherry - Website Admin

ccherry profileChristina began her musical career on Oboe and Violin in England before moving to Australia in the early 1980's. WIth oboe has her primary instrument Christina joined the RAAF in 1985 becoming the first woman in an Australian Airforce Band where she stayed for seven years. After a break from music,  Christina took up the oboe again just over 3 years ago and is passionate about being a "born again oboist" playing whenever she gets the opportunity. When she isn't playing Oboe Christina enjoys playing Alto Saxophone and is learning to play jazz, a whole new experience for her and vastly different from classical.

Briana Leaman-Website Assistant

Briana Leaman ProfileAs an international artist, oboist Briana Leaman has studied, performed and taught throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

A native of South Carolina, Briana completed her Bachelor's of Music Performance at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Rebecca Nagel in 2013. Upon finishing her Master’s of Music Performance with Sébastien Giot and Christian Schmitt at the Haute École des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, France in 2016, Briana relocated to Melbourne, Australia where she currently resides with her husband, saxophonist and conductor Joseph Lallo.

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ADRS Committee

Celia Craig

SA Representative

Oboist

Mark Gaydon

ADRS President

Bassoonist

Alan Greenlees

Treasurer

Oboist & Bassoonist

Anne Henderson

Vice-President

Bassoonist

Miriam Butler

QLD Representative

Bassoonist

Stephen Moschner

Secretary

Oboist

Stephanie Sheridan

WA Representative

Bassoonist

Joanne Cannon

VIC Representative

Bassoonist

Julian Bush

Tasmanian Representative

Bassoon

Clare Payne

NSW Representative

Bassoon

Christina Cherry

Website Admin

Oboe

Briana Leaman

Website Assistant

Oboist