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Teaching Staff - Brass

Hayden King

Since receiving his Bachelors Degree from the Elder Conservatorium in 2015, Temby trumpet Artist Hayden King has fast become one of the most in demand trumpet players and educators in Adelaide.

Hayden first picked up a trumpet at the age of 8, progressing quickly and at 12 years old was awarded a scholarship to attend Marryatville High School, one of four special interest music schools in South Australia. Highlights of his high school career include playing 1 st trumpet in the award-winning Big Band One, who placed first in the Division 1 National Stage Band Competition 2 years running (2011-2012).

As an active freelance performer Hayden has had the opportunity to perform with many different groups in a wide range of positions. Ensembles he regularly performs with in a principal role include the Adelaide Wind Orchestra and the Norwood Symphony Orchestra, as well as various section positions with the Mike Stewart Big Band. Hayden also has extensive performance experience in musical theatre, having played in the pit orchestra for shows such as Wicked (Matt Byrne Media), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Northern Light Theatre Company) and Fiddler On the Roof (Therry Theatre Company).

Hayden began teaching in privately in 2014 and since 2015 has held the position of trumpet tutor at several private schools in the Adelaide. He has also had the honour of tutoring at the State Music Camp (South Australia, 2017/2018).
In conjunction with his performance and teaching career, Hayden is currently studying for his Masters Degree in classical Performance which he will complete in November 2018.

Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas is an enthusiastic versatile trombonist, currently freelancing in Adelaide. He graduated from the Elder Conservatorium in 2017, completing an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. Within the Conservatorium, Charlie studied classical trombone but sought opportunities to perform with a range of ensembles from both Classical and Jazz fields.

Charlie has being performing professionally since the age of 13 in numerous ensembles. He regularly performs with the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Unley Concert Band & K&N Brass Band in a principle role and also spent many years performing on the Bass Trombone with K&N Brass. Charlie also performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and the Adelaide Summer Orchestra as a section player. He also performs frequently with 10-piece Latin Band “Ah Hum!”.

Teaching others has always been a passion of Charlie’s, dedicated to spreading the wealth of knowledge he has gathered over his years as a performer. Charlie has taught trombone privately and at primary and secondary schools for a number of years.

Emma Gregan

Emma plays Tutti Horn with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She has appeared with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St. John’s, Opera Australia’s South Pacific, Disney’s The Lion King, and the Welsh Theatre Company for the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea.

Alongside her orchestral career, Emma has built a profile as a composer specialising in writing for horn and brass. She has had works performed across Australia, the USA, and the UK in recent years, including a prize-winning piece for the Twin Cities Horn Club in Minnesota, USA. She is enthusiastic about building and contributing to education and community programs, and to this effect runs a private teaching studio, teaches at the University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium’s Open Music Academy program, and is the Artistic Director of the Adelaide Horn Jam, one of Australia’s most active horn ensembles.

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