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Jeanette Douglas

Bands Adjudicator

Central Queensland based Music Educator, Jeanette Douglas, has been associated with school and community bands for more than fifty years as either a musician or a conductor. Following almost 30 years as an Instrumental Teacher with Education Queensland, Jeanette now pursues her passion for music and music education through ensemble workshops, adjudication and professional development for other instrumental music teachers in both the state and private sectors throughout Queensland.  Since 2016, Jeanette has been appointed as Musical Director for major musical productions by the Rockhampton Performing Arts Centre, including Wicked, Kinky Boots, We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia. In 2015, Jeanette established Capricornia Winds and Capricornia Academy Band, both flourishing and active community wind bands in Rockhampton.   In 2018 Jeanette received a Queensland Life Membership of  ‘The Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association’ in recognition of her outstanding service to Queensland, through her career in music teaching and ensemble direction.

Kate Albury

Choral Adjudicator

Kate AlburyKate Albury has a reputation as a dynamic and sensitive choral conductor.  Along with her degrees in Music and Masters in Choral Conducting, she counts her years as Choral Director at Brisbane Grammar School as invaluable in fostering her passion for conducting choirs.  In addition to her school choirs, Kate has conducted choirs for the Celtic Connection Chorus and the Qld Conservatorium of Music.  Most significantly, she is regularly invited to join the elite conductors from around Australia and overseas to be part of the Artistic Team of the National Gondwana Choral School.

Since July 2016, Kate has been the Head of Faculty for the Creative and Performing Arts Department at St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe.  In this time, she has built the choral program in both numbers and reputation.  Choral membership at the Catholic boys-only school has grown from twelve in number to over eighty, with all choirs receiving Gold Awards at the most recent Qld Catholic Colleges Festival.  In 2020 Kate is conducting the Secondary School Vocal Ensembles for the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) in Cairns and Toowoomba.  Her greatest passion is to encourage young people to be involved in Choral Music, and she is thrilled to return to the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, to witness once again the outstanding performances of the Gold Coast school programs.

Aimee Whittaker

Dance Adjudicator

Aimee WhittakerAimee is a versatile dancer & well-respected teacher in the Australian Dance Industry. She prides herself on her strong work ethic & passion for her art form which has afforded her many opportunities across different facets of the dance industry.

Aimee has trained under the guidance of, & assisted some of Australia’s most well-respected choreographers, & the knowledge they have imparted has allowed her to create a fulfilling career for herself as a Ballet Teacher, Pilates Instructor, Performer and Adjudicator.

Early in her career Aimee was afforded the opportunity to assist Sarah Boulter with her choreography on hit TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Australia & UK. She was also selected from her Fulltime cohort to perform at the Sydney Opera House in ‘My Mutation’ choreographed by Kelley Abbey.

Aimee’s passion for Contemporary dance found her a place in Contemporary company ‘YouMove’ directed by Kay Armstrong, where Aimee enjoyed the opportunity to work with renowned choreographer Anton.

It was after a late-night game of charades in which Aimee posed as a very convincing cat that she was cast in Phly Crew’s first show. With an eagerness to give something new a try, & an ability to flex the funny bone, Aimee quickly earnt a place as a core member of the beloved comedy, hip hop group & now holds a position as their event coordinator in addition to performing. Aimee has been a featured performer in all three theatre shows & was a part of the group who earnt a place in the International finals of ‘World of Dance’ in 2017 & the Grand Final of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ in 2016.

Aimee is a very passionate teacher who is dedicated to not only teaching the next generation of dancers but also the next generation of teachers holding a RAD RTS, Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management, TAE qualification & Pilates instructor certificates.

Aimee continues to explore different opportunities within the dance industry to grow as a performer & teacher. She finds the most satisfaction in being able to make her audience & students feel the same amount of joy in dance as she does.

Freya List

Dance Adjudicator

Freya ListFreya List is an innovative Australian choreographer with a unique approach to story telling. Having trained and created works in Melbourne, New York and Europe, Freya’s choreography can most recently be seen in the Australian Premier of Bright Star (Pursued By Bear), The Children (Dir. Sarah Goodes, Melbourne Theatre Company & Sydney Theatre Company), RENT (Dir. Mark Taylor, James Terry Collective), A View From The Bridge (Dir. Iain Sinclair, Melbourne Theatre Company), Kabaret Dietrich (Fringe Festival), Woodes Tour, Astroman (Dir. Sarah Goodes, Melbourne Theatre Company), Melbourne Spring Fashion Week & Chelsea Wilson Album Launch.

Freya’s screen choreography and credits involve: Utopia (Dir. Rob Sitch, ABC), The Doctor Blake Mysteries (ABC/ Seven Network), Good Morning America, The Pacific (Dreamworks), the Australian Dance feature film UP HERE (Project Y), Neighbours (Network Ten), and has been involved in music videos for Hopium, Sex on Toast, Thelma Plum, Dustin Tebbutt and Braille Face. Freya loves the relationship between music and dance, resulting in the event series Playing Field. Freya has creatively been involved with many festivals, music launches, charity events, corporate performances & creative projects, including the premier of own show Half Full (Collaboration The Project). Freya has performed, taught & choreographed throughout Australia, Europe, America, Singapore, Cambodia and India, where Freya works with CERES Global to create trips and opportunities to teach dance for relationship development in different communities.

Freya teaches at many training institutes across Melbourne as both a faculty member and guest teacher including: VCA Music Theatre Bachelor, Spectrum Dance, ShowFit, Transit PA and Transit Origins. Freya has extensive experience as an adjudicator for competitions around Australia including Follow Your Dreams Nationals, Jump Nationals, Southern Federation, Casey Competitions Scholarship and Dance Off Challenge. Freya loves being involved with providing platforms and opportunities for dancers to learn and perform.

Nathan Sheens

Dance Adjudicator

Nathan Sheens

Nathan has worked within the entertainment industry for over 3 decades. Starting in film and television as a young actor.

Television credits: Young Doctors, A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Belamy, Sons and Daughters.

This led Nathan onto continued work in theatre at home in Australia & Internationally.

Theatre credits: Conrad Jupiters Casino, Original cast member of Dein Perry's Tap Dogs. Starred in the original cast of 'Shout' the musical Australian Tour starring David Campbell. Cast member of Mamma Mia at the Lyric Theatre Star City Casino Sydney (role of “EDDIE”). Original cast member of Billy Elliot the musical. In the year 2000 Nathan was the assistant to Dein Perry for Opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and worked with Kylie Minogue closing ceremony of the Olympics choreographed by William Forsythe. Created and Directed the national tour of his own concept show BPM beatsperminute and Co-Directed Tap Works at NIDA.

Nathan has also worked with Steve Wonder for the Quincy Jones 25th Anniversary Concert, performed at The Prince of Wales Royal Gala Performance, Jerry Lewis Benefit Telethon Los Angeles C.A, Opening of the Models Cafe NYC and has performed on both the West End and New York City Radio City Music Hall, the iconic Sydney Opera House and all of Australia's capital city theatres.

He has worked at Australia Zoo as a presenter and entertainer. Australia's Wonderland, Warner Bros Movie World and, Disney World Tours Australia/New Zealand, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The QE2 and many corporate shows and launches throughout Australia and overseas.

Film credits: Bootmen and Happy Feet 2

In the year 2020, Nathan was appointed tap trainer for the 10 year anniversary tour of Billy Elliot, and for the past 5 years continues to work for ED5 international in Sydney as a talent scout and teacher for their Diploma course in Performing Arts.

Nathan has been appointed as a national and international adjudicator for over the past 10 years.

Adjudication Summary:

City of Sydney (Mc Donald’s Challenge) Dance Upon A Dream, Dance Blitz, The Ultimate Dance Challenge, Feel The Beat, Capricorn Dance Festival, Perth Annual Dance Championships, Southern Tasmania Dance Eisteddfod, Dance Magic, Dance Quest, Nowra Dance festival, Illawara Flame Eisteddfod, Penrith City Eisteddfod, Wollongong City Eisteddfod, Bathurst Eisteddfod, Ipswich Eisteddfod, Evolution Dance Competition, Extreme, In the Spotlight, The Hills Dance Spectacular, Auckland West Dance Festival, Just Dance Extravagance, Launceston Festival of Dance, Inspire Arts Challenge, Talent Tribe Dance Festival.

Nathan has a wealth of experience within the entertainment industry with a career expanding over 35years.

Nathan has worked within the entertainment industry for over 3 decades. Starting in film and television as a young actor.

Television credits: Young Doctors, A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Belamy, Sons and Daughters.

This led Nathan onto continued work in theatre at home in Australia & Internationally.

Theatre credits: Conrad Jupiters Casino, Original cast member of Dein Perry's Tap Dogs. Starred in the original cast of 'Shout' the musical Australian Tour starring David Campbell. Cast member of Mamma Mia at the Lyric Theatre Star City Casino Sydney (role of “EDDIE”). Original cast member of Billy Elliot the musical. In the year 2000 Nathan was the assistant to Dein Perry for Opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and worked with Kylie Minogue closing ceremony of the Olympics choreographed by William Forsythe. Created and Directed the national tour of his own concept show BPM beatsperminute and Co-Directed Tap Works at NIDA.

Nathan has also worked with Steve Wonder for the Quincy Jones 25th Anniversary Concert, performed at The Prince of Wales Royal Gala Performance, Jerry Lewis Benefit Telethon Los Angeles C.A, Opening of the Models Cafe NYC and has performed on both the West End and New York City Radio City Music Hall, the iconic Sydney Opera House and all of Australia's capital city theatres.

He has worked at Australia Zoo as a presenter and entertainer. Australia's Wonderland, Warner Bros Movie World and, Disney World Tours Australia/New Zealand, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The QE2 and many corporate shows and launches throughout Australia and overseas.

Film credits: Bootmen and Happy Feet 2

In the year 2020, Nathan was appointed tap trainer for the 10 year anniversary tour of Billy Elliot, and for the past 5 years continues to work for ED5 international in Sydney as a talent scout and teacher for their Diploma course in Performing Arts.

Nathan has been appointed as a national and international adjudicator for over the past 10 years.

Adjudication Summary:

City of Sydney (Mc Donald’s Challenge) Dance Upon A Dream, Dance Blitz, The Ultimate Dance Challenge, Feel The Beat, Capricorn Dance Festival, Perth Annual Dance Championships, Southern Tasmania Dance Eisteddfod, Dance Magic, Dance Quest, Nowra Dance festival, Illawara Flame Eisteddfod, Penrith City Eisteddfod, Wollongong City Eisteddfod, Bathurst Eisteddfod, Ipswich Eisteddfod, Evolution Dance Competition, Extreme, In the Spotlight, The Hills Dance Spectacular, Auckland West Dance Festival, Just Dance Extravagance, Launceston Festival of Dance, Inspire Arts Challenge, Talent Tribe Dance Festival.

Nathan has a wealth of experience within the entertainment industry with a career expanding over 35years.

Kathryn Connors

Piano Adjudicator

Kathryn Connors began her career by founding the Klaviermusik school of music for piano, violin and music theory, in 2003 and continues her position as principal teacher to this day. Her students range from 3 years old to adult and she prepares students for AMEB examinations up to and including diploma. She has a special interest in teaching ESL and gifted students, students with learning difficulties as well as ongoing education and mentoring for other teachers. She is an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and adjudicated the piano section of the 2019 Sunshine Coast eisteddfod and will be adjudicating the piano section of the 2022 Gold Coast Eisteddfod. Previously she has worked at multiple primary and secondary colleges and for the past 7 years has enjoyed her current role as a specialist lecturer at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with the Young Conservatorium Developing Musicians program. Kathryn studied music at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland, along with studying education at the University of Southern Queensland. She feels that music is a gift for life and should be enjoyed and nurtured at all ages.

Katrina Roberts

Speech & Drama Adjudicator

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Arts (Drama and Writing) from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) from the University of Southern Queensland as well as a Graduate Certificate of Voice Studies from the Victorian College of the Arts. She also holds a Level 4 Diploma in Teaching - Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Speech and Drama, as well as Licentiate (LDPA) and Associate (ADPA) Diplomas in Drama and Performance from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Katrina achieved the highest mark in QLD for both her AMEB Associate and Licentiate diplomas.

Her teaching history is extensive and diverse, having worked for many years as an acting coach at various national talent agencies while also teaching private speech and drama at a number of Brisbane schools. She has a specialist teaching interest in voice studies: in addition to undertaking a post-graduate Voice Studies certification from the Victorian College of Arts, she is trained in the principles of the Estill Voice Training Model and the Alexander Technique. Katrina has recently been accepted into the Patsy Rodenburg Associate Program.

Katrina currently teaches speech and drama at All Hallows’ School in Brisbane. She also operates a private coaching business (Simply Speech) for actors, presenters, and public speakers, and delivers group training sessions on vocal health and presentation skills to corporate clients. Katrina served on the Management Committee of the Communication, Speech, and Performance Teachers (CSPT) Inc. for a number of years and was Co-Editor of the Association’s publication, The Quarterly Voice.

Katrina is an accomplished public speaker, and an active member of the Toastmasters International community. She serves as President for her local Club, and regularly presents masterclasses to members of the wider community. Katrina enjoys competing in prepared, impromptu, humorous, and evaluation contests and she has received a number of awards and accolades for her performances on the competitive circuit. She regularly presents speeches and keynotes at conferences and was featured twice as a special guest on ABC Radio Brisbane to discuss debate and communication skills in Australian politics.

Katrina has worked with a number of national talent agencies, leading a variety of acting and screen courses. She continues to enjoy performing on camera and providing voiceovers, regularly hosting and presenting content for a variety of corporate and advertising clients.

Tricia Biggs

Speech & Drama Adjudicator

Tricia Biggs

Tricia has over 25 years’ experience in the Performing Arts and Education sector as a performer, in school leadership and teaching. Her specialty areas are performing arts, literacy, elocution, inclusive education, voice and drama. Tricia has shared her knowledge with young people and professionals as a consultant and tutor in the corporate sector and at Performing Arts Academies and Private schools. Tricia is currently devoted to the development and application of performing arts within the curriculum for Preschool-aged children. Her experience and skills range from teaching, curriculum development, writing, producing, directing and adjudicating through to stage management, singing and acting performance. Tricia's students have enjoyed success in amateur and professional performance arenas including, musicals, music performances, circus, plays, television shows, commercials and feature films. They have also successfully auditioned for entry into tertiary study of performing arts at leading institutions including QUT, VCA and WAAPA. Tricia attained her Performing Arts qualification from Trinity College London in 1990. She also holds a Certificate III in Performance (Acting) and a Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen.

Dr Karen Lonsdale

Strings, Wind & Brass & String Orchestras Adjudicator

Dr Karen Anne Lonsdale holds a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, a Meisterklassendiplom from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, a Graduate Certificate in Education from the Queensland University of Technology and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Griffith University.

She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony, Munich Symphony, North West German Philharmonic, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Camerata and X-Collective Cabaret Ensemble.As a solo and chamber musician, she has performed in Australia, Germany, Malaysia and the USA. She was a guest artist at the 2017 Australian Flute Festival, and Ipoh Music Festival, and performed with the Nakasari Ensemble (Malaysia) at the 2018 Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research in Melaka, and the 2018 BrisAsia Festival.

Dr Lonsdale has adjudicated for instrumental and/or vocal eisteddfods and competitions in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.  She is also an AMEB Woodwind Examiner.

Dr Lonsdale was a Senior Lecturer at Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia from 2012-2018. Since returning to Australia, she has presented workshops for the Queensland Conservatorium and the Queensland Music Teachers’ Association, and collaborated with pianist Dr Hila Yusupov for the Australian premiere of Georgi Mushel’s Flute Sonatina in July 2019 at the University of Queensland.

In 2022, she will be an Artist in Residence at the Butterbox Theatre, Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct, where she will perform with Topology.

Debbie Landel

Young People with Disabilities Adjudicator

Debbie LandelDebbie comes to us with a wealth of experience.

Having trained at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, Debbie has also studied in Russia, London, Europe & America.

With a passion for Musical Theatre, Debbie made her professional debut in the musical "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum".

Debbie has been a Mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance & has trained many student teachers to obtain their Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate.

Formally the Principal of a Studio in Sydney for 10 years & also a former Principal for over 20 years on The Gold Coast, Debbie has taught in Melbourne, VIC and currently Freelancing on The Gold Coast. QLD

She regularly has been invited to Guest Teach in Japan where she is the Patron of a Ballet School in Okayama.

Debbie has adjudicated many Eisteddfods, including Hamilton, Broken Hill, Ipswich, The Melbourne Performing Arts Challenge, Starbound Competition, ATOD National Finals, “The School Aerobic, Dance and Glee National Australian Championship”, and the Brisbane Eisteddfod.

Debbie has enjoyed adjudicating the Young People with Disabilities at GCE for the past couple of years and loves to share her passion for Performance & encourage the up & coming youth of tomorrow.

Paul Boyd

Classical Repertoire Adjudicator

Born and raised in Wagga Wagga NSW, Paul trained with Beverley Waters, Robert O’Kell, The Bryan Lawrence School of Ballet in Canberra, The Australian Ballet School and Marika Besobrasova in Monte Carlo.

Paul’s professional dance career spanned over 25 years dancing as a Principal Artist in 3 German Opera Houses, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf/Duisburg, Oper der Stadt Bonn, Stadtische Buhnen Dortmund, Basel Ballet in Switzerland and Queensland Ballet.

Paul received the German Critics Award for ‘Best Up and Coming Artist in Europe’ and ‘Best Established Artist in Europe’ while as a dancer in Dusseldorf.
In 1993 Paul danced the title role of ‘Spartacus’ at the Summer Arts Festival at the famous Arena di Verona in Italy and was a Guest Artist throughout Europe during those years.
His extensive repertoire as a Principal Artist included all the major classics and works from Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, John Neumeier, Erich Walter, William Forsythe, Roland Petit, Youri Vamos, Peter Breuer, Natalie Weir, Francois Klaus, Judith Jamison amongst others.

As a choreographer his ballets have been in the repertoires Queensland Ballet, Australian Ballets Bodytorque season, Basel Ballet, Oper der Stadt Bonn and the Royal Ballet School in London performed ‘Uneven Ground’ at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2005 and 2012 and toured that work to Japan and New York.
At the invitation of John Neumeier, Paul was invited to create a new work, ‘Songs of the Auvergne’ for his Bundesjugendballett in Hamburg which was presented in Hamburg, Heidelberg and Berlin in 2013.

Paul has been a Guest Teacher and Choreographer at the Royal Ballet School in London, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Ballet, Suzhou Ballet Theatre in China, Semper Oper in Dresden, Architanz in Tokyo, Graduate College of Dance in Perth, Sydney City Youth Ballet, McDonald College, Dresden International Ballet Summer

Paul is currently Head of the Academy Program (Upper School) and Resident Choreographer at Queensland Ballet Academy and Character Artist for Queensland Ballet.

Brad Green

Dance Adjudicator

Brad has been studying all facets of Performing Arts for over 30 years, which has seen him live his life long dream as a performer and educator.

He has appeared in advertising campaigns for KFC, National Rugby League, Sky News, Flip Cameras, Big Brother, eBay as well as Ch 7, Ch 9 & Ch 10.

Brad successfully auditioned for a featured role in Dein Perry’s Bootmen as well as appearing in the feature films Happy Feet 1 & Happy Feet 2.

Brad has also had the opportunity to work alongside some of Australia’s most sort after choreographers including The Squared Division, Kelley Abbey & Cameron Mitchell which has seen him travel and perform all over the world.

As well as a performer, Brad finds his passion in teaching and inspiring tomorrow's generation of young performers.  He has a special flair for teaching and bringing the best out with every student, as seen in his show stopping choreography.  This has seen him create for events such as Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Mardi Gras, School Spectacular, Showcase National Dance Championships, World Dance Movement as well as creating awe inspiring routines that have gone on to win a multitude of awards and titles.

Brad is continually training and gaining experience to inspire and educate his students which sees him in high demand Australia & worldwide. Follow him @bradgreencreative on Instagram to keep up to date with all his adventures.

Paul Gelsumini

Vocal Adjudicator

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