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Andrew Cichy

Choral Adjudicator

Andrew Cichy - Choral Adjudicator GCEAndrew Cichy (BCom, BMus [Hons] [UWA], MStMusic, DPhil [Oxford]) is an organist and musicologist whose published research interests include liturgical music theory and practice and organ music before 1750. As a Clarendon Scholar at Merton College, Andrew researched English Catholic music from the Reformation to 1700, focusing on English institutions in continental Europe. During this time, he continued his studies in organ playing and choral conducting. From 2013 to 2014, he undertook postdoctoral studies in Bremen, Germany. After working as an academic at ANU, Andrew is now Director of Music at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane.

Bek Lee

Dance Adjudicator

Bek’s love of dance began at the age of five when she started dance lessons in Sydney. Trained by Joanne Stevens, Lorraine Payten and Lisa-maree Barnes she completed her solo seal examinations in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Advanced Character with the British Ballet Organisation as well as studying many other genres. She also completed four years of fulltime dance and has her Level four diploma in dance teaching for classical ballet. She is now an examiner for the BBO.

Bek started teaching at the age of 15 while also working professionally in the industry doing mainly cabaret and showgirl work for many years as well as examining and adjudicating. After 28 years dancing and teaching with the same studio she made the move to small town Maclean and she now devotes her efforts to her own school, Soul Ambition Performance Studio, her students are very successful in eisteddfods gaining many achievements and also receive outstanding results in exam work. She teaches classes in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Singing and Character from ages 2 years to adults. Bek loves sharing her passion and knowledge of dance with her students.

Bethany Simons

Speech & Drama Adjudicator

Bethany Simons - Speech & Drama Adjudicator GCEBethany Simons is an award-winning writer and performer based in Melbourne. Born and raised in Dubbo, NSW, she is a graduate of BA (Acting for Screen and Stage – Honours) from Charles Sturt University. Bethany’s original works have toured with Regional Arts Victoria, Melbourne Fringe and Critical Stages, appearing at Melbourne Recital Centre, The Butterfly Club, Hayes Theatre Co., Federation Square, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and in more than 50 regional venues across Australia. Her published plays, The Weather and Your Health and Reception: The Musical, received four Green Room Award nominations and were both featured on the VCE Drama Playlist in Victoria (2012, 2015). Bethany has performed and collaborated with ensembles including Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, and the Australian National Academy of Music. As a teaching artist, she delivers theatre and playwriting workshops in communities across Australia and internationally, including Berlin Metropolitan School and Alrowwad Arts Centre in Bethlehem. Alongside her creative practice, Bethany has appeared on various industry panels, and is currently the Program Director of Theatre Network Australia.

Dr Suzanna Hlinka

Piano Adjudicator

Described by the Courier Mail as a ‘prodigious talent’, Australian-Czech Dr. Suzanna Hlinka began playing the piano at the age of three, performed her first solo recital at eight years old, and made her first concerto appearance with an orchestra at ten years old. With her multi-faceted playing style that 4MBS Classic FM called ‘pure magic’ and ‘poetry in motion’, Suzanna has been greeted by enthusiastic audiences throughout Australia, Asia, and Europe, performing in the world’s most prestigious concert venues and winning top prizes in various international competitions. Suzanna graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and a Master of Arts from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. Her research was recognised by the Czech Government with the award of the coveted Czech Head. Suzanna finalised her studies with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Western Australia with the assistance of the Hackett Postgraduate Scholarship. Suzanna has previously worked as an academic lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney working in the classical, academic, and graduate departments. She is in demand as an adjudicator and teaching artist, regularly giving masterclasses in association with numerous organisations. Suzanna currently devotes herself to her solo and chamber concert career, as well as developing young talent. She is also a sessional staff member at the Young Conservatorium Griffith University. Suzanna’s previous students have gone on to be fabulous performers, teachers, and adjudicators nationwide, and have also furthered their achievements overseas. Suzanna has released two solo CDs and two CDs for cello and piano together with her husband, cellist Christoph Blickling.

Brendan Tiernan

Celtic Dance Adjudicator

Brendan Tiernan - Celtic Dance Adjudicator GCEMr Tiernan was born and raised in Drogheda, Ireland. As a child he learnt Irish Dancing from Mr Harry McCaffrey, one of the most respected dance teachers of this time. Mr Tiernan competed and was successful in many of the major Championships during that time in both solo and team sections. He travelled with the McCaffrey Studio and performed in many folk festivals. At the age of 21 he retired from the competitive part of dancing, received his teaching degree and started a school in Drogheda. Within two years his pupils were winning All Ireland Championships.

Due to his success as a teacher, he became a guest teacher at many schools throughout Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia. This started the trend that we now have with teachers travelling all over the world to give dance workshops.

After spending some time in the USA, Brendan eventually decided to settle in Australia where he lived for 39 years. During this time, he taught Competitive Irish dancing in every Australian State, the ACT, New Zealand and parts of USA. Mr Tiernan trained many champions including the first Australian woman competitor to ever win the premier award: the World Championship in Solo Dancing in Ireland.

Mr Tiernan has 40 years of adjudicator experience. He is a highly respected judge and over the years was part of panels at State and Australian Championships as well as local competitions. He judges in the USA, New Zealand and Ireland. He is an active member of the Australian Irish Dancing Association and contributes to the continuation advancement and success of Irish dancing here and overseas. Five Years ago he returned to Ireland and lived in Clogherhead from where he continued to judge locally as well as the UK, USA and Australia In 2018, Brendan came back to Australia and now lives in Adelaide.

Teagan Lowe

Dance Adjudicator

Teagan Lowe - Dance Adjudicator GCEUpon graduation from The Australian Ballet School, Teagan was invited to join Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under the Artistic Direction of Graeme Murphy & Janet Vernon. Throughout Teagan’s years with Sydney Dance Company she performed much of Graeme Murphy’s repertoire (both Nationally & Internationally) as a Principal Artist. Teagan’s position with SDC opened up wonderful opportunities for her to perform at International Galas, Festivals, The Australian Dance Awards, Greenroom Awards, Helpmann Awards, blockbuster Movies & also many TV Series. Teagan was an Artist with The Australian Ballet Company from 2011-2014, which saw her performing a variety of classical & contemporary seasons. Teagan has also performed as a guest Principal Artist for the Tasmanian Classical Ballet Company, Liquid Skin and Vertical Shadows Dance Company. Teagan has worked and collaborated with numerous choreographers and most recently been the Dance Captain & Principal dancer for Opera Australia. Teagan was also appointed Associate Artistic Director of a newly formed Dance Company - a role that delved into the other side of theatre, management & staging. This allowed Teagan to advance her knowledge in all areas of Arts Management. In addition to her performance & directorial career, she has been a guest teacher, examiner and adjudicator throughout Australia & America. Teagan is currently teaching in Melbourne at Transit Dance in conjunction with studying a Bachelor of Sports Psychology with Swinburne University.

Jodie Davis

Strings Wind Brass Adjudicator

Jodie Davis - Strings Wind Brass Adjudicator GCEJodie Davis is a very experienced performer, adjudicator, educator, and Conductor. She has taught strings, piano and percussion as well as directed a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles at several schools across South East Queensland. At present she holds the position of Director of the Marching Band and Drumline, and Director of Strings, Percussion and Piano at St Thomas More College in Brisbane; and is also Director of Percussion and Strings at St Joseph's Nudgee College in Brisbane.

Jodie has tutored at numerous music camps and was heavily involved in co-ordinating the student ensemble used to promote "The World's Biggest Orchestra Challenge" held in 2014 at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, in which she also participated.

She completed her undergraduate studies at the Conservatorium of Music in music education, and later completed her Master of Music course at QUT specialising in instrumental conducting. She has been invited numerous times to adjudicate various eisteddfods and competitions. Jodie is also in demand as a vocalist, and string and band clinician, and has conducted a number of workshops and festivals.

Being proficient on a wide variety of instruments, Jodie is also in high demand as a performer, and is a successful backing musician for a wide variety of recording artists. She is currently a member of the percussion stage show Bang, several corporate covers bands, as well as working as a session musician for international touring artists and shows. Jodie is also a widely respected Celtic Musician, having performed as a featured soloist and band member for many professional touring dance shows, and played with many celtic bands and artists such as Spot the Dog, Alison Brown, and The Furies. Jodie is also in demand as a musical repetiteur, and as a piano accompanist for various choirs, and also for vocal and instrumental soloists.

She also has a love of musical theatre, having worked as both pit musician, and music director for many musical productions.

Greg Aitken

Band Adjudicator

Greg Aitken - Band Adjudicator GCEGreg is well known throughout Australia as an adjudicator, educator, conductor and low brass player. He has played with the Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and over the years has been heard in the orchestra pit at QPAC performing for the many touring musical productions for many years. He is also a member of the Brass Quintet – BoB (Best of Brass) which performs regularly for Musica Viva in Schools as well commissioning new Australian works for their annual 'Australian Brass' concert series. Greg is the owner of the Brass Music Specialists store at Graceville. He is a life member of the Australian Trombone, and the Brisbane Brass Music Associations. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, he conducted on-field at the opening ceremony.

Greg Aitken

Band Adjudicator

Greg Aitken - Band Adjudicator GCEGreg is well known throughout Australia as an adjudicator, educator, conductor and low brass player. He has played with the Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and over the years has been heard in the orchestra pit at QPAC performing for the many touring musical productions for many years. He is also a member of the Brass Quintet – BoB (Best of Brass) which performs regularly for Musica Viva in Schools as well commissioning new Australian works for their annual 'Australian Brass' concert series. Greg is the owner of the Brass Music Specialists store at Graceville. He is a life member of the Australian Trombone, and the Brisbane Brass Music Associations. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, he conducted on-field at the opening ceremony.

Sean Andrews

Vocal Adjudicator

Sean Andrews - Vocal Adjudicator GCESean has performed, produced, musically directed, directed and taught since 1996. His performance credits are extensive and include a national tour of Pirates of Penzance and more than 40 operas with Opera Australia and Opera Queensland. Most recently with Opera Queensland he has performed in Candide and understudied the main role of Candide. Other performance with Opera Queensland include Barber of Serville, Kiss me Kate and Ruddigore for which he was resident director for its Queensland tour in 2018.

Performance credits also include ensemble and over 80 performances of Piangi for Phantom of the Opera throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe and also Australian Premier performances of the roles of Chauvalin in The Scarlet Pimpernel and Mr. Andrews in Titanic-the musical.

Sean has completed his Maters of Music in vocal crossover – the study of classical, musical theatre and jazz/contemporary concurrently, which is understood to be a world first. The study of this subject has brought international attention to the techniques used to cross between styles. This can be seen in his peer review article, The World of Vocal Crossover, for the Voice and Speech Review, USA. He has also given a paper for the National Convention for ANATS.

Ros McIvor

Speech & Drama Adjudicator

Ros McIvor - Speech & Drama Adjudicator GCERoslyn has been teaching at the Toowoomba Anglican School for sixteen years, and has taught for many years in her own private studio, teaching students from Year 1 to adult. She has also taught in many other private schools in Toowoomba.

She has the following Speech and Drama qualifications - Associate Diploma from the Australian Music Examination Board (A.S.D.A.), an Associate Diploma for Performance from the Australian College of Music (A.A.C.M.), Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of London (L.T.C.L.), and a Licentiate Diploma for Teaching from the Australian College of Music (L.A.C.M. (T.D).

She is the Vice President and Coordinator of Speech Subjects for the Australian College of Music (A.C.M.). She is also an examiner with the A.C.M. for Speech and Drama, Speaking & Communicating, Public Speaking and Performance Skills. She is a Life Member of the City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod Inc. and a Member of the Communication, Speech & Performance Teachers Inc.

During the past twenty four years she has adjudicated both small and large Eisteddfodau and Drama Festivals in many centres in Queensland, as well as in other States.

Roslyn strongly supports the Eisteddfod movement and is of the opinion that the experience of performing in front of an audience is invaluable for confidence building. Competitors also receive helpful constructive criticism and encouragement from someone who is not their own teacher or family member.

Jacqui Carroll

Classical Repertoire Adjudicator

Jacqui Carroll - Classical Repertoire Adjudicator GCEAs dancer Jacqui has danced the role of Columbine in Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire, as well as in works by Anna Sokolow, Jaap Flier and John Butler among others. Carroll's choreographic repertoire includes Fragments, The Lotos Eaters and Missing Film for ADT; Summer Dances, Night Songs, Stabat Mater and Night of the Full Moon for WA Ballet. While Resident Choreographer for Queensland Ballet Carroll created Persephone, Carmina Burana, A Christmas Carol (2 acts) (commissioned score by Carl Vine), Scheherazade, Firebird, Transfigured Night, Four Seasons, Othello, The Tempest and Bolero and for The Australian Ballet, Canzona. Since the mid-1990s she has concentrated on developing theatre that includes such movement-inspired works as The Romance of Orpheus, Doll Seventeen, Up Jumped the Devil, Motel of Memory and Briefings for a Descent into Hell. Jacqui recently judged the Sydney Eisteddfod Classical Scholarship. Jacqui is currently creating a new film adaptation of Carl Orff's exotic cantata Carmina Burana with a mixed company of young and mature dancers. Jacqui Carroll ARAD (Solo Seal); M.A. (Research) QUT Choreographer/Theatre Director/DanceTeacher

Christopher Wood

Dance Adjudicator

Christopher Wood - Dance Adjudicator GCE“Woody”

Christopher is the Principal and Artistic Director of In Rhythm Dance Co which he created in 2003. Since then he has successfully sent hundreds of students through their BAL Exams.

He has been dancing and performing professionally since the age of 5 and choreographed and performed in shows that have toured Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He has also choreographed shows in the Main Arena at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, 1000th episode of Video Hits and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Torch Relay.

His Performances include Various Cabaret Shows, ACE Awards, Variety Heart Awards, Video Hits and the Victor Chang Foundation. Television appearances include, The Young Doctors, The Restless Years, Sons & Daughters, Colour in the Creek (Mini Series) the Midday Show, Roy & HG and in excess of 50 local and international commercials.

Christopher adjudicates throughout the year for various eisteddfods and for The Australian Dance Championship. Christopher has been the head judge of Showcase for the last 12 years. Christopher is also judge of Australian Dance Idol & Australia’s Most Talented Kid Pageant.

In 2007 he was the only Australian judge at the World Dance Championships held. The organisers were so impressed with his technique that they asked him to join them again in July 2009 in Long Beach California and again in Las Vegas in 2013.

Christopher continues to actively teach, perform, choreograph and adjudicate.

Kate Wormald

Dance Adjudicator Primary School Groups

Kate Wormald - Dance Adjudicator Primary School Groups GCEKate is an Australian performer, choreographer and dance director. As a dancer she has worked with some of the world’s best choreographers, directors and music stars including George Miller, Baz Luhrmann, Wade Robson, Kelley Abbey, Jason Gilkison, The Squared Division, William Forsythe, David Atkins, Nathan Wright, Michael Gracey, Ashley Wallen, John O’Connell, KE$HA, Robbie Williams, Macy Gray, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Guy Sebastian and Ricky Martin to name a few. Her success as ‘Australia’s Favourite Female Dancer’ on So You Think You Can Dance, Australia Series 1 sky rocketed an already successful career to new highs.

Kate’s very recent credits include Associate Head of Choreography & Staging for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Feature film DORA the Explorer, TV Series THE END and HARROW. Choreographer for P&O Cruises production show SEVEN and Choreographer for Channel 7’s Dance Boss. She was also the Choreographer for the launch event for the Azerbaijan Islamic Solidarity Games and worked in Creative Management for The Squared Division on The Voice Australia working with artists Jennifer Hudson and Noah Cyrus.

Other choreography credits include HAPPY FEET 2, So You Think You Can Dance, Australia’s Got Talent, The Voice, X Factor, Dancing With The Stars, BONDS, DAVID JONES AW & SS launches plus many live events around the globe.

Kate has performed in FAME the Musical, Footloose, CARMEN, Glasgow Commonwealth Games Closing, Oh What a Night, HAPPY FEET 1 & 2, X FACTOR, Australian Idol, TV Week Logie Awards, Sir Cliff Richard tour, ROVE, Long Way to the Top, MTV Awards, ARIA Awards, Nickelodeon Awards and various corporate shows around the country.

Debbie Landel

Young People with Disabilities Adjudicator

Debbie Landel - Young People with Disabilities Adjudicator GCEDebbie 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.

Matt Lee

Dance Adjudicator

Matt Lee - Dance Adjudicator GCEMatt is a leading international dance personality and choreographer. Hailing from and training in Sydney, he has starred in television and stage productions all over the world and in the past ten years has carved out an impressive reputation as one of the top Australian creative forces in the business. Matt has worked alongside the likes of Paula Abdul, Hugh Jackman, Kenny Ortega, Ben Elton and choreographed for Hilary Duff, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Nathaniel Willemse, Gabriella Cilmi, Marcia Hines, Christine Anu, Human Nature and Ricky Martin. Matt was a permanent member of the judging panel, as well as choreographer, for the Logie Award winning TV series So You Think You Can Dance Australia. Matt worked as resident choreographer on multiple seasons of the Australian TV series The Voice and Australia's Got Talent. Matt has also choreographed multiple Australian award shows including The TV Week Logie Awards, The AACTA's and The Helpmann's. 2018 saw Matt work on Channel 7's dance series 'DANCE BOSS' and also choreographed Internationally acclaimed A cappella band The Magnets, staging their new show The Naked 80's which they performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2019 Matt continues to be in demand working as choreographer on the Network 10 reboot of Dancing with the Stars.

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