Teaching Staff - Brass
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 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.