Patron – Prof. Jane den Hollander
Professor Jane den Hollander is passionate about the arts and the Geelong Symphony Orchestra and has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University since July, 2010. At Deakin, Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.
Professor den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Professor den Hollander is currently a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited and UniSuper Limited. She is Chair of Skilling the Bay, an organisation focused on ensuring the skills and jobs of the future in the Geelong region’s transitional economy.
President – Wendy Galloway
Wendy first became enthralled with symphony orchestras and the music they play back in her Sydney student days. She was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and a regular participant in National Music Camps. Her career as a violinist and teacher as well as an adjudicator and examiner spans many decades in Melbourne and Sydney as a well as Sweden and Illinois USA.
Since coming to live in Geelong she has been a key member of many fine music organisations including Music at the Basilica, Geelong Friends of the MSO and the Geelong Chamber Music Society.
Wendy is certain that Geelong has the fine, qualified and experienced orchestral musicians to ensure that the Geelong Symphony Orchestra will continue to be an integral part of Geelong’s transition into a vibrant, cultured and artistic city as we proceed through the 21st century.
Deputy President and General Manager – Jon Mamonski
Jon is a senior manager at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre and also directs, curates, produces and performs in shows and events across the region. He is passionate about all things symphonic and has produced and recorded works with symphony players as diverse as Hot August Night at the Grove Pavilion and Symphony on the Beach with the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra in Cairns. Jon’s passion is to grow the GSO and its audiences.
Finance Manager – Barney Ellis
Barney studied music at university in Edinburgh followed by a post grad in performance in Frankfurt. Since, he has been a member of various choral and instrumental groups, while pursuing a career in financial advice. As Finance Manager and bassoonist for GSO Barney can combine his two passions.
Secretary – Marian McDonald
For many years, Marian has been the administrator of the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition and the National Celtic Festival. Marion also works at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre supporting the production of many events including the Geelong Schools Music and Movement and Poppykettle Festivals.
Orchestra Manager and Librarian – Suzanne Moodie
Suzanne began playing the flute at aged 11 as a founding member of The Geelong Concert Workshop Band. She studied with Mardi McSullea completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in music performance at the University of Melbourne and then later with Alan Hardy. Suzanne has performed with a variety of different ensembles throughout Melbourne and Geelong and is currently a member of Sonus Ensemble.
Community Relations Manager – Melissa Tan
Melissa is a violinist and has played with the GSO since its inception. Looking after the Friends and Partners of the GSO is Melissa’s mission.
NEXT CONCERT – Spanish Fire
Saturday 23 June 2018 7:30pm
Deakin’s Costa Hall