Emma Wade


Emma hails from Sydney. After completing a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in viola performance at the University of Newcastle she returned to Sydney and worked as a peripatetic music teacher and performer, setting up several primary school string programs, string ensembles, Celtic ensembles and her String Quartet Bachetal. In 2006-08, Emma completed a Master of Music with Specialist Strings Study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK), while performing across the concert halls of northern England with a variety of ensembles including her String Quartet Corroboree, the Stockport and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestras, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Chamber Players and Halle Players. Emma now lives in Castlemaine and works across the region as an instrumental teacher in schools, and as a violist with Quartet Conspirito and Castlemaine Chamber Players. Together with colleague Heather Cummins she began the student string orchestra Resonance, now in its sixth year.

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Frances Gall

violin, viola

At the University of Melbourne Frances finished a B.A. in history and art while playing viola in the Australian Youth Orchestra and at National Music camps. She then studied viola with Robert Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium, followed by Paul O’Brien, Marco van Pagee and Janet Mason at the Victorian College of the Arts. Suzuki and Kodaly method studies and a Diploma of Education developed her interest in music education. Most recently Frances taught violin and viola at Castlemaine Secondary College for the past six years, where she enjoyed directing ensembles and teaching VCE. From 2018 she now concentrates on teaching Suzuki method violin in her home studio in Castlemaine.

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Heather Cummins


Heather attained a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the Faculty of Music, the University of Melbourne, where she studied violin with Deborah Fox, Andrea Keeble and William Hennessy. Her degree included majors in Ethnomusicology and Pedagogy. She performs occasionally with orchestras such as the Melbourne Opera company, and is a founding member of Quartet Conspirito. She has enjoyed playing with the Castlemaine Chamber Players since moving to Castlemaine in 2013. She is Co-Director of Music for Resonance String Orchestra, Strings Co-ordinator at Woodend Primary and violin teacher at Castlemaine Secondary College.

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Elisabeth Anderson


Elisabeth studied at the Victorian College of the Arts under Miriam Morris completing her degree in 1989. She did further postgraduate studies with Nelson Cooke (London Symphony Orchestra) and David Berlin (Melbourne Symphony) and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in and around Melbourne before coming to live in Castlemaine with her three children. She is passionate about music education and teaches cello at Castlemaine Secondary College, Girton Grammar School and Alice Miller School. As often as possible Elisabeth performs with chamber ensembles and as soloist. Elisabeth sings soprano in an 8 piece vocal group, 37 Degrees South that focuses on 20th and 21st century vocal repertoire. She has completed a Masters of Primary Teaching.

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