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Teaching Staff - Percussion

Amanda Grigg

Amanda Grigg is a graduate of the South Australian College of Advanced Education where she studied percussion under the tutelage of James Bailey. In 1995 Amanda was a recipient of an Australia Council grant to study in New York with renowned marimba soloists William Moersch and Nancy Zeltsman. On her return to Adelaide she completed her Masters Degree in Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Since then, Amanda has enjoyed a diverse musical career. She has worked regularly as a percussionist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, highlights including tours to Asia and the US and the Australian premiere of Wagner's Ring Cycle. She has also performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and numerous opera and ballet productions. Her chamber music credits include performances with Graham Ashton, The Australia Ensemble, N-Tet and Kegelstatt Ensemble. She has also recorded for television with the Australian Dance Theatre and for national radio broadcast as a marimba soloist.

As an educator, Amanda has taught percussion at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She first joined the staff of the Elder Conservatorium as a part-time lecturer, teaching in the Jazz and Classical areas in 1991. After many years of teaching privately and in secondary schools, Amanda completed her Graduate Diploma in Education and is currently the Head of Percussion Studies at the University of Adelaide.

Jamie Adam

Jamie completed his studies with a first class Honours Music degree under the guidance of Jim Bailey at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

From drumming with Jessica Mauboy to the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, Jamie has proven to be one of the country's top percussionists by way of winning awards such as the Australian Marimba Competition, David Galliver Memorial Award, John "Slick" Osborne scholarship and the Adelaide Bank Arts Award.

Concerts on the international stage include Slavko Suklar’s concerto for marimba titled The Corridors. This world premier performance was accompanied by the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Slovenia. Jamie has also performed in Malaysia, England, Germany and the United States of America.

On home soil he gave the Australian debut performance of Keiko Abe’s Prism Rhapsody alongside The Queensland Orchestra. He was fortunate enough to play it once again in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House accompanied by none other than the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic’s Marimba Concerto No. 2 was also another Australian premier and this time Jamie performed the work with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Age is no obstacle! Jamie has taught many students over the years from the very young to those most mature. He loves sharing his musical knowledge with the next generation so they too may experience the wonders music has brought his way.

Sami Butler

Sami Butler is an Adelaide-born percussionist and began his lifelong involvement in classical music performance through his parents who are both musicians in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.   He began percussion lessons at the age of ten and at 21, graduated from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music with first class Honours, having studied with Amanda Grigg.

Sami’s work in the field of classical music has led to many performances with the Adelaide, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Soundstream Collective, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Momentum Ensemble.  Other highlights have included winning the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award in 2013, performing as a soloist in Elder Hall lunchtime recitals and receiving the EMR Travel Scholarship, which allowed him to travel to America to study with renowned percussionists Greg Zuber, Tim Genis, Pius Cheung and Raynor Carroll.  More recently, Sami was twice a recipient of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship in 2017 and 2018.

A passionate educator, Sami currently teaches students both privately and through the Elder Conservatorium’s Open Music Academy.

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