Teaching Staff - Woodwind
Associate Professor of Flute, Head of Performance and Head of Woodwind, University of Adelaide. Elizabeth Koch AM studied piano with Clemens Leske at the Elder Conservatorium of Music for her Bachelor of Music Degree, before taking up the flute at the age of twenty with Professor David Cubbin. Elizabeth’s orchestral experience is extensive with 27 years in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She was also Principal Flute of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Principal Flute of the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and has performed as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra.
Elizabeth has been awarded several teaching prizes, including the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for teaching excellence, a Carrick Citation (national), the Stephen Cole The Elder Award for Teaching Excellence (the University of Adelaide’s highest teaching award) and in 2010 she won an Australian Learning and Teaching Award, the only one awarded in the University sector in South Australia for that year.
Elizabeth Koch is a member of the inaugural 2016 Education Academy of the University of Adelaide. She belongs to a new cohort of learning and teaching educational specialists working on various projects with colleagues from across all faculties. She was awarded an OAM in 2006 and an AM in 2016 for her services to music and music education.
Mitch began playing the clarinet at the age of eight in his childhood home of Newcastle, NSW. He attended Newcastle Conservatorium where he graduated with first class honours and the University Medal after studying with Frank Celata from the Sydney Symphony and Margery Smith. Mitch then travelled to London to take up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Mark Van der Weil of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Nicholas Rodwell of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He also had bass clarinet lessons with Richard Addison of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra during his time there. Upon returning to Australia Mitch undertook further study at the Australian National Academy of Music with David Thomas from the Melbourne Symphony and subsequently took up the position of Principal Bass Clarinet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in August, 2010.
Mitch has performed as guest Principal Clarinet with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on a number of occasions and has also been guest Principal Clarinet with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Mitch has also performed extensively with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Mitch has a strong interest in all types of performance and as such has performed chamber music at many venues throughout Australia including Melbourne's Melba Hall, Adelaide's Elder Hall and live for ABC Classic FM. Mitch also made his concerto debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2014.
Damien Hurn is an Adelaide born musician who studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
He regularly performs with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was featured as a soloist at Symphony Under the Stars 2011. He performs and tours with artists such as Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, Hugh Jackman, Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis, Natalie Cole, John Farhnam, Human Nature and Kate Ceberano. He has performed with many of the touring musicals such as Matila, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cats, Ghost, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, Wicked, The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain, Sound Of Music, Hot Shoe Shuffle and West Side Story.
Damien is currently lecturing in saxophone at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and is one of Adelaide’s most respected instrumental teachers.
Katie Marshall began studying clarinet at the age of nine, and concluded her high school studies in 2013 as Music Captain of Cardijn College, receiving the school’s Music Service Award in the same year. She was the recipient of the Kathleen McPhee Music Scholarship at the end of 2013 to commence study at the Elder Conservatorium in 2014, studying under Peter Handsworth and then Mitch Berick, Principal Bass Clarinettist of the ASO. She completed her Honours year in 2017, receiving first class honours and the Selbourne Moutray Russell, Anders and Reimers, and Mrs Arno Pontt (May Gepp) Prizes for orchestral playing. She has played in numerous ensembles around Adelaide, including the Adelaide Youth Orchestra programs (and recently, the newly formed AdYO Alumni Orchestra), the Elder Conservatorium Wind and Symphony Orchestras, and currently, the Adelaide Wind Orchestra. She also teaches clarinet and saxophone at several schools in Adelaide.