Head of Woodwind
Prem studied Flute, Piano, Saxophone and Jazz Improvisation at the Conservatorium High School. Here he also gained his Certificate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (CSCM).
Prem studied with Virginia Taylor and Vernon Hill at the Canberra School of Music, Australian National University, where he gained his Bachelor of Music (Performance).
During his time in Canberra, Prem twice recorded for the ABC’s “Young Australia” program, both as soloist with the Canberra School of Music Chamber Orchestra and as a chamber musician with the Nielsen Wind Quintet.
Prem also participated in Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) programs for three years. Typically, these programs were two week intensive courses consisting of lessons, master classes, chamber music and concerts with leading international artists.
Prem’s music education began with recorder lessons when he was six and then flute lessons from the age of nine.
Prior to taking up the position at Orange Regional Conservatorium, Prem worked in various Sydney Schools as a Flute teacher and Conductor.
As a Performer, Prem gives solo and chamber music performances throughout the year in the Orange region, as well as performing with the Macquarie Philharmonia and the Orange Symphony Orchestra
Prem leads the Orange Youth Orchestra and Symphonic Wind ensemble.
Oboe, Saxophone, Clarinet Tutor
Laith Ismail graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from Gnessin State Musical Pedagogical Institute, Moscow, where he qualified as a Concert Performer in Oboe, Music Teacher and Orchestra Conductor. He joined the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and toured Iraq, Russia and Azerbaijan. In 1991-92, Laith conducted the Jordanian String Orchestra at the National Music Conservatory, Amman, Jordan, and performed in concerts as oboe soloist in numerous symphony and chamber concerts with the above orchestras and the Baghdad Chamber Music Group.
He has taught Theory, Aural, Music Appreciation, Flute and Recorder at the Music and Ballet School, Baghdad and Musicianship at National Music Conservatory, Amman. Since coming to Australia he has played oboe with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra (1993) and Balmain Sinfonia 1994-95 and is now a resident in Orange teaching and performing in many of the concerts undertaken by Orange Regional Conservatorium.
Cassandra has been playing the flute since she was 11 years old.
Cassandra has played principal flute and piccolo in Orange Theatre Company productions of Cats (2007), Oliver (2009), 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (2010) and Singin’ in the rain (2012).
In 2009 she completed her A.Mus.A in flute performance moving on to completing her Associate Degree in Music Education in 2011.
Cass leads the Junior Woodwind Ensemble.
David Shaw is a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in flute and piano. He has extensive experience in many genres of music, from performing, arranging and teaching. As an orchestral musician, David has performed casually with several state orchestras in Australia, including Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and in conjunction with the Australian National Academy of Music with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist, David has performed predominantly flute both for and with many highly regarded international artists. At the Australian Flute Festivals in 2013 and 2015, David progressed through to the final (2013) and semi-final (2015) of the open competition. In 2016, David toured Europe and China with the Australian Youth Orchestra as principal flute, and also travelled on a scholarship to have lessons with teachers such as Felix Renggli, Andrea Lieberknecht, and Thies Roorda. The Australian National Academy of Music asked David back in 2016 to perform WA Mozart’s flute concerto in G major, under the baton of Ilych Rivas, a highlight of his solo career to date.
Clarinet, Recorder Tutor
Glenys has been involved in music since childhood learning brass instruments first, then moving on to Clarinet and Piano which became Major studies at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education in Sydney where she completed her Music teaching qualifications. She has taught piano, clarinet and recorder privately for over 40 years with students of all ages including adults.
She has worked many years with bands of different types, playing in, tutoring and directing. As a school music teacher, Glenys has had experience with all ages of students, from infants to year 12, in private and State schools, in Sydney as well as overseas. Part of this teaching has involved directing many different ensembles, choirs, bands and recorder groups.
Highland Bagpipe Tutor
John has learnt the Bagpipes from the age of 18, when he joined the Scots Guard in Stirling, Scotland. He regularly features in the ANZAC Day March in Orange. John can offer tuition in the Highland Bagpipes from 12yrs and above.
He is known for his inspirational music direction and specialist band education techniques elucidating musical expression and stylistic interpretation.
His Collaborative approach empowers and motivates musicians to achieve their best, embracing ensemble teamwork, fostering pride and cultivating creativity.
Rod simply enjoys helping musicians develop a love for quality musical performance. Rod has achieved some of Australia’s leading awards for his contribution to the music community. These include an OAM and a Gold Aria headlining the impressive list of commendations and awards.