The St Cecilia South Coast Music Society Committee members are privileged in many ways to be involved with the talented applicants of the Scholarships. The Committee is comprised of volunteers who are committed to supporting young musicians from the South Coast region.
Chris is currently President of St Cecilia Music Scholarships Inc. a position he has held since 2017. Chris has had a lifelong interest in music and has been an active performer as an amateur singer, guitarist and pianist. He has long been associated with church music as a chorister, music director and song writer.
Chris’ son James is a professional jazz musician having studied at Sydney Conservatorium, New England Conservatory of Music and Brandeis University in Massechusetts USA.
Chris understands some of the challenges of pursuing music as a career, and involvement in the South Coast Youth Music Scholarships is one way Chris has chosen to encourage young people who aspire to pursue music as a profession or as an interest in their future lives.
Vice President and Media and Archives
Marion undertook her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Musicology and Classical Literature at the University of New England, where she studied under Professor Cecil Hill and the composer Graeme Koehne.
She furthered her music studies gaining a Master of Music from University of NSW where she feels privileged to have been guided by Musicologist, Professor Emeritus Roger Covell.
Marion also has a Master of Arts (Management) from University of Technology Sydney.
Marion worked at the State Library of NSW from 1988 to 2011, in the Events Marketing and Business Development section, working in Event Concept, Management, Promotion and Presentation for the last thirteen of those years. As well as undertaking literary events, lifestyle events, and events promoting the State and Mitchell Library collections, Marion also managed the occasional music event at the Library.
Marion feels that music ‘runs in the family’. Her grandfather was a singer and Conductor at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. Her great uncle was an organist in Crathie Church in Deeside, Scotland, where the royal family go while at Balmoral.
Music was, and still plays, a big part of her life, firstly thanks to the love of piano and ballet studies when younger; and secondly her modern dance studies and ongoing support and love of opera, ballet and concerts during her adult life. She feels fortunate and privileged to be working with the amazing talents involved with the South Coast Youth Music Scholarships.
Wendy joined St Cecilia in 2008 after being approached by a friend, Val Kolderie, who had been on the committee for a couple of years. Having lived in country towns all her life where musical opportunities for kids are fairly limited she saw this as a way for her to contribute in a small way. Over the years Wendy has seen such amazing talent and commitment from the young people and has seen some of them go on to excel in their careers in the music field. This to Wendy is why she continues working with St Cecilia and every year the musical talent reaches a new standard of excellence.
Committee Member, Media
Richard has been the Publicity Officer for the South Coast Youth Music Scholarships for the past 10 years. He enjoys working to assist young people to develop their musical skills and their personal growth. He loves hearing the students play each year at the auditions and the concert.
Richard was a Primary School Teacher for more than 40 years and is now retired, spending much time with his wife, three adult children and five wonderful grandchildren. He enjoys the ‘great outdoors’, travel and listening to most music genres.
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Committee Member, Fundraising
John grew up in the shadow of the family grocery shop in the then industrial western Melbourne suburb of Yarraville. He enjoyed primary school at Hyde Street State and then onto secondary at Brighton Grammar where he was School Captain before going on to graduate in Law and Commerce from Melbourne University.
Then newly married to Canberra for a stint in the Public Service, then in a law firm to become a partner, then five years in Federal Parliament as Member for Canberra 1975-1980.
After that back to the law, building practices and culminating in being National Chairman of a top 10 National firm.
He and his late wife Caryl were very active in the community, particularly music and the arts, creating award winning food and wine establishments, investing in real estate, and being deeply involved in the schools educating their three children.
In 2000 they ‘retired’ to their holiday house at the south coast where again they busied themselves in the community and in real estate.
Committee Member and Concert Compere
Ian was in a band in the 1960s and 70s playing drums.
From the late 70s he started a career in radio which again kept him close to music. That career lasted more than 30 years.
Ian believes the South Coast Youthj Music Scholarship is a wonderful initiative for our area as it allows young people with a love of music ― in all its forms ― the opportunity to win a substantial scholarship to further their music ambitions.
Lou joined St Cecilia in 2017, and was very interested in seeing the talents of the young musicians rewarded for their hard work. For the children to be able to perform, even if they don’t win a prize is a wonderful experience.
Lou’s love of music came from her childhood. Her Dad played in several bands, including a brass band and a Scottish band. Lou loves most music genres, even though she doesn’t play an instrument.
Lindy Connelly is a retired primary school teacher with a love of music. One of her most valued responsibilities as a teacher was to be the mentor and ‘manager’ of the school band. This entailed the performance of all administrative tasks concerning the band, and conducting two separate practices each week. The highly successful Instrumental Music Program has operated in ACT schools for a number of decades, giving (for a nominal fee) students tuition, the personal use of an instrument (either brass, woodwind or percussion) and sheet music for the two years of their membership of the program. The culmination of the program is a combined performance by all students (in groups of 120 performers) for their families at Llewellyn Hall at the ANU. It was Lindy’s privilege to conduct at one of the concerts.
Lindy particularly enjoys working with children and is in awe of the talents that many young people have. Lindy is privileged to be able in some small way to help in the further development of talented students and welcomes the opportunity to encourage students at auditions and performances.
Lindy believes that the St Cecilia Scholarships are a marvelous way of ensuring that musical talent in students is nurtured and developed.
Past President and Committee Member
Dave Harding was born and grew up in a town in North Wales. His father was the Mathematics master at the local Grammar School, who also had a number of classical LPs including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony which influenced his love of music. Dave learnt the violin and reached Grade 5. In the summer before he went to University he was asked to join the North Wales Youth Orchestra for the summer.
Dave’s father and his sister had both obtained Mathematics degrees at Cambridge University and so Dave went down there to undertake the Mathematics entrance exam, but failed. He had also applied and been accepted at University College London and completed his three years there. UCL is currently ranked 16th in the list of world universities. In the February of the final year his wife Jan saw a statement that Graduates could move to Australia and be employed. Dave applied and was interviewed at Australia House and was accepted.
The Australian Government had purchased three large computers for CSIRO, Defence and the Bureau of Statistics and it was the Bureau where Dave was employed. He progressed there and reached the position of Senior Executive. Out of the blue he was advised he no longer had a job, a decision of the new Deputy Statistician. So for the next ten years Dave operated as a consultant or contractor. This had an advantage in terms of income but a disadvantage in terms of from where and when the next job was coming.