SCYO Director & Conductors

Maria Salmon 
Director of Music
Conductor - Chamber Strings and Amati Strings

Maria is a dedicated string teacher who has spent her career developing string programs and students in the many schools and countries that she has lived. She has recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast with her family and is
immensely excited to join the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra as Music Director in 2011.

Maria was born in Brisbane, briefly learnt the trumpet from her father, who was a well known performer, before attending All Hallows’ where she learnt the violin and piano. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music in 1986.

After teaching at many Melbourne schools she became Head of Strings at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School and was a founding teacher with the Victorian Education Dept. Western Suburbs String Program. During this period she appeared with the Melbourne Camerata Orchestra as Concert Master and soloist and performed regularly with the Bella String Quartet.

She conducted the Western Australian Youth Orchestra’s String Orchestra from 1991 and was instrumental in growing the string program at All Saints’ College. Maria returned to Melbourne in 1996 where she was one of the head String teachers at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.

In 2001 she followed her husband overseas with her young family to America, Switzerland and finally Singapore. For five years Maria lived in Singapore where she started the String Program at the German European School and was the head of Strings at the Australian International School where her duties included conducting both secondary and junior ensembles as well as developing the string program. She performed regularly on viola with the modern String Orchestra Remix for many concerts.
Since moving to the Sunshine Coast Maria  has become heavily involved in the local music scene. Teaching within the schools of Stella Maris, Siena Primary and College,  as well as performing with local orchestra's and Chamber Groups. In 2016 she was awarded the Sunshine Coast Council's Australia Day Cultural Award for her work with SCYO and the community.
As the Conductor of the Chamber Strings and the Amati ensemble, Maria will be responsible for the ongoing musical and technical development of all SCYO ensembles. She is delighted to be the Director of Music of the SCYO.

Chelsey Eunson 
Conductor - Youth Symphony 

Chelsey is a local Sunshine Coast girl who grew up in a highly musical family and was surrounded by the wonderful Music Community here on the Coast. She completed high school at Matthew Flinders Anglican College and completed a double degree, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education at the Queensland University of Technology.


Chelsey has worked as a private Instrumental Music Teacher for the past 15 years teaching Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone and Theory at St Andrew’s Anglican College, Matthew Flinders Anglican College and Immanuel Lutheran College. She has been based at St Andrew’s Anglican College since 2009 and works with the students in many musical areas from classroom music, to band director and accompanist for soloists and choral ensembles. In 2017 she has been appointed the Acting Director of Co-curricular Music and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge of guiding the Co-curricular Music department at St Andrew’s.


Chelsey also enjoys performing and aside from playing the Piano on a regular basis she has also played percussion in 2 of the leading A-grade Brass Bands in Brisbane, competing at both State and National level with the ensembles in capital cities all across Australia and New Zealand. As a student, Chelsey regularly competed in the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod and now as an adult and teacher she is heavily involved in volunteering at the event each year since 2005.


Chelsey is passionate about working with young people and helping the grow the profile of music on the Sunshine Coast.

Andrew Eunson

Conductor - Stage Band

Andrew Eunson has been teaching & directing music over 15 years. Andrew studied under Martin Crook and is the Head of People & Organisational Engagement at St. Andrew’s Anglican College in Peregian Springs on the Sunshine Coast. Previous to this Andrew taught at Toowoomba Grammar School and was tutor at the McGregor Summer School for a period of 7 years where he  tutored students in the areas of saxophone, clarinet and Big Band.  During his time the School attracted nationally and internationally renowned artists to its fold and allowed Andrew to work and perform with such artists as Pat Marchisella, Phil Ryan, John Parker, Martin Kay, Kerin Baily, Sharny Russell van Herp, John Zappia, Greg Aitkin.

Andrew was also the inaugural Musical Director and Managing Director of the Cool Nights Big Band. In this band, which performed over 40 shows a year, Andrew worked with leading national and international artists including John Zappia (Ray Charles Band), Mal Wood (Gold Coast Jazz Orchestra), Sharny Russell van Herp (ABC Jazz Recording Artist), George Golla (Don Burrows Band), Craig Atkinson (Ten Tenors), Bob Montgomery (USA), Al Hermann (USA) Kerien Konru, Ross Irwin (Cat Empire), Danny Faragia (Ross Irwin Soul Special) and many more.

Andrew enjoys mainly freelance work now both playing and directing.  In 2012, he was the Guest Clinician at the annual Gladstone Music Conference and he has also enjoyed Melbourne tours with ‘The Funaddicts’; a Brisbane based ska band. Other highlights include a live show recording with Deni Hines and performances / workshops alongside James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, John Morrison, Vincent Gardner & Reggie Thomas. Andrew is currently the Chairperson for the Anglican Schools Music Festival which occurs at QPAC in Brisbane every two years.

Isabel McCafferty Conductor in Training - Strings Isabel is currently a third year Queensland Conservatorium student studying Viola within her B. Mus course. She currently studies viola under QYO YS maestro John Curro and is a member of the conservatorium symphony orchestra. She attended Matthew Flinders Anglican College for schooling where she was a member of the College Strings, College Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of Chamber voices.

Izzy is a past and founding member of the SCYO Chamber Strings ensemble. She will be working closely with Maria and Jo with the younger string ensembles as well as tutoring the violas in Youth Symphony, developing her conducting skills and education work with young string players.

Besides her studies at the conservatorium she teaches violin and viola at Stella Maris Primary School and assists with their String Program. In 2017 she was chosen to be an RA ( Resident Assistant ) at the Womens' College UQ where she mentors the first year students living on campus.

Jo Ramsey 
Conductor - Sinfonia Strings 
Jo grew up in North Queensland amidst a thriving music community and was involved in a diverse range of musical and theatrical experiences, from Youth Orchestras  and Music Camps, to folk and rock bands, and musical theatre and opera. 
Jo’s first paid job as a musician was in a bush band at age 12. She took the position of Strings Instructor at Stella Maris College in Geraldton, Western Australia in 1985. Since 1988 she has taught at many Schools in Brisbane for Education Queensland, as well as at Christian Outreach College and John Paul College. 

In 2005 Jo moved to the Sunshine Coast with her family. She taught Strings at Nambour Christian College for a couple of years before deciding to concentrate her energies on her private studio. She also developed a Music Theory and Appreciation course which she taught for the local Homeschool Community. In 2015, Jo started teaching at the Sunshine Coast Grammar School as the school's violin tutor, conducting and developing the String Ensemble program, as well as the Yr 4 Immersion Strings program.

She particularly enjoys teaching beginner musicians of all ages.  Jo has been delighted to become a part of the SCYO community.  She brings with her a passion for joyful learning and her commitment to the importance of normalising musical literacy for all.  
Jodie Lutherborrow 
Conductor - Wind Symphony and Concert Band
“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education”


Jodie has been employed as a multi-instrumental music teacher with Education Queensland since 1989. She currently resides on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland. In her role she teaches and conducts primary and high school concert bands, stage bands and orchestras. She is a sessional lecturer in Instrumental Music Education and Conducting at the Queensland University of Technology and works freelance as a Music Education Consultant for school, university and community organisations.  

Jodie has vast experience in conducting and has been the recipient of various scholarships and awards. Her studies have enabled her to travel internationally and work with some of the world’s leading music educators and conductors. 

Jodie has taken a number of international conducting engagements including the University of Southern Mississippi High School Honours Band Program and Assistant Conductor and Manager of the Australian Youth All Star Big Band on their Californian Performance Tour including performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival. 

Jodie plays an active role in community music programs both locally and interstate. She is regularly engaged as a conductor and specialist instrumental clinician and regularly adjudicates for Festivals throughout Australia. 

Jodie is the conductor for Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra Associations’ acclaimed Concert Band and Wind Symphony.