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Teaching Staff - Brass

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.

Martin Phillipson

Martin Phillipson began his Trumpet studies attending the Sydney Conservatorium High School under the tutelage of Lew Campbell. He then went to study undergraduate and postgraduate studies under Daniel Mendelow and Gordon Webb during his Bachelor and Masters Degree studies. During this time he worked regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Opera and Ballet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Brass Ensemble with Paul Goodchild and formed the Australian Brass Quintet with Dan Williams, in 1994.

After touring with the Sydney Symphony to Europe in 1995, Martin moved to Germany where he studied under Max Sommerhalder at the Detmold Hochschule fur Musik, and after graduating went on to be an assistant teacher there. During this time he was a member of the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra Hereford, and performed with South West Radio Baden Baden,Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and the German Bach Soloists, and several solo concertos with Orchestras in Munster and Herford. After this time in Germany, Martin held two Principal Trumpet positions in Asia, firstly with the Malaysian Philharmonic and then the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a European Tour with this Orchestra in 2000

In 2001 Martin took up the position of Associate Principal Trumpet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has since also performed as Principal with the Queensland, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. In 2011 Martin was invited to play in the inaugural concerts for the Australian World Orchestra, a festival Orchestra with invited Australian musicians to perform at the Sydney Opera House with conductors Alex Brieger and Simone Young. The Australian World Orchestra reformed again in 2013, with Zubin Mehta conducting, and recently toured Singapore in 2016.

Martin also enjoys performing on the natural baroque trumpet, and  has been a founding member of Australian Baroque Brass (with several recently released recordings) and has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and also with Adelaide Baroque.

Sarah Byron

Sarah Byron has recently returned to Australia after graduating from her Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom.

In July 2019 Sarah performed Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone as featured soloist with the Adelaide Wind Orchestra and further highlights of her performance career include presenting a chamber recital of works for saxophone and guitar at the World Saxophone Congress in Croatia, performing as principal saxophonist with Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band, and as a soloist with the Sheffield Cathedral Choir. In 2017, Sarah was delighted to present the European premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘From Anna Magdalena’s Notebook’ at the 2017 European Saxophone Congress in Porto with the Coalesce Saxophone Quartet.

Passionate about music education, Sarah is a founder and co-director of South Australian Clarinets and Saxophones, an organisation dedicated to developing the woodwind community in South Australia. Sarah enjoys a busy teaching schedule, with her students receiving successful results in AMEB exams, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra and Special Interest Music Program auditions.

When she’s not playing saxophone, Sarah loves to travel and spend time with her very musical golden retrievers.

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