2019 Conductors

Bishop Orchestra Joanna Drimatis
Shephard Concert Band Ingrid Martin
Alexander Orchestra David Saffir
Marcus String Orchestra Mitch Brunsden OAM
Stimson Wind Ensemble Ben Fuller


Ingrid Martin

Ingrid Martin is one of Australia’s brightest young conductors, with a reputation for inspiring performances that move players and audiences alike.  A fervent advocate of wind music, she has led national and international tours and given premieres in Australia, China and the United States.

Passionate about introducing music to new audiences and melding different art forms Ingrid has collaborated with galleries, artists, dancers, actors and directors to create immersive artistic experiences. Her projects have seen a painter work live on stage in performance alongside the Monash Concert Band during their Sound of Art concerts, and Shakespearean actors recite soliloquies with the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra. In Masquerade the Crosswinds Ensemble performed music of Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera amongst images and paintings of Melbourne’s cabaret scene in the 1930s at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. 

Since 2015 she has led sell-out performances of everything from Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with soloist Leigh Harrold to Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 as Music Director of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has worked regularly with professional orchestras in Australia and New Zealand as a member of the Symphony Services International Conductor Program, and was chosen to participate in the inaugural Stonnington Symphony Emerging Artist Program in 2014. 

Ingrid completed her Master of Music in Conducting at the University of Minnesota under Craig Kirchhoff.  As President of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors' Association in Victoria she oversees state wide professional development activities conductors and teachers. She appears regularly as a workshop clinician, conducting teacher, adjudicator and guest conductor across Australia.

Mitch Brunsden OAM

Mitch conducted his first State Music Camp in 1967. He has conducted all of the orchestras including the Marcus String Orchestra at Camp’s 40th birthday concert, and has tutored and held the position of Music Camp Director. Mitch spent 27 years as a senior string teacher with the Education Department Music Branch, has conducted AdYO’s Adelaide Youth Strings, and now runs a very successful private teaching practice.

In 2006 Mitch was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for services to music as a performer, teacher and conductor of student ensembles, and in the same year was recognised by the Australian String Teachers Association with a state award for distinguished services to the string community.

In 2015 he received a Life Membership by the South Australian Music Camp Association, and in 2016 Mitch was recognised for noteworthy service to music education in non-government schools.

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Ben Fuller

Ben Fuller completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in Jazz in 1996 and has performed in a range of ensembles touring across Australia and internationally. He has been a teacher with the Department for Education since 2004, beginning his career at Clare High School where he built and developed a concert band music program as well as a District Concert Band initiative within the Mid North region.

In 2014 Ben undertook a teaching exchange in Alberta, Canada including the organization of workshops, music camps and performance tours. He is also an avid composer and arranger for large ensembles having been commissioned for a number of musical works for the Jazz SA Super Band program as well as for a number of his own musical projects.

Ben conducted the formerly named Hawkes Wind Ensemble in 2018 and will take the group again in 2019 as the newly renamed Stimson Wind Ensemble, in memory of former SA Music Camp President Rosemary Stimson OAM.

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Joanna Drimatis

Bio coming soon!

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David Saffir

Bio coming soon!

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