Welcome Maria

posted 3 Oct 2011, 20:14 by Barry Dale, SCYO
We are pleased to announce that Maria Salmon is joining SCYO as Music Director. Maria will also conduct String Orchestra and Sinfonia Strings in term 1, 2012.
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.
Maria 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.
For the past five years Maria has 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.
She has always approached each new venture with positive enthusiasm and enjoys watching students mature and grow into the best musicians they can be. Her knowledge, determination and encouragement and has seen the string programs excel in the many schools she has taught.The role of the Music Director is to set the artistic vision for SCYO and to support the committee in all musical matters. Maria has already set about making contacts and preparing to develop our musicians’ experience in exciting new directions. Stay turned.