Adjudicators

Carla Blackwood – French Horn Adjudicator

Carla Blackwood is Lecturer in French Horn Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Carla is a committed performer of both historically informed early music and contemporary repertoire, and performs regularly with ensembles and orchestras around Australia and internationally.  She is principal horn of both the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Pinchgut Opera) and the Australian Haydn Ensemble, performs regularly with the Australia Ensemble, and is a regular guest principal horn with Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Prior to taking up her current position in Melbourne, Carla spent over a decade living and working in Europe, and had contracts with orchestras across Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Sweden. Most recently she was Principal Horn of the Tiroler Symphonie Orchester and Professor for Horn at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium, in Innsbruck, Austria, before she returned to Australia in 2018.

Trevor Bremner – Cornet Adjudicator

Trevor needs no introduction in the international brass scene. He has been one of the driving forces in the brass band industry in New Zealand for well over 50 years. He has won 11 New Zealand National Cornet titles and has been 3 times New Zealand Champion of Champions.

He is the creator of the hugely successful brass mute – the sshhmute.

Stuart Brownley – Saxophone Adjudicator

Stuart is a Melbourne-based freelance woodwind musician, playing flute, clarinet and saxophone.

An extensive career in professional musical theatre has seen him perform in musicals including Chicago the Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical, Disney’s Aladdin, Matilda – the Musical, Jersey Boys, and The Wizard of Oz. On television, he was a member of Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars orchestra, and has also backed artists including Delta Goodrem, Jessica Mauboy, Hugh Jackman, Kate Ceberano, Anthony Warlow, Human Nature, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

Strongly committed to music education, Stuart performed for ten years with the Musica Viva in Schools program, playing to thousands of primary and secondary school students across Australia. For over 20 years, he was a classroom and instrumental music teacher in state, independent and Catholic schools.

Stuart is currently the Woodwind and Orchestral Product Manager at D’Addario Australia.

Tim Buzbee – Tuba Adjudicator

Tim “is a fine musician who can make his tuba variously sing like a violin and bark like an angered dog, and touch all those bases in between. His sense of phrasing is as astonishing as his sense of his instrument’s tone colouring” raved Fanfare Magazine about Tim’s debut solo cd, BUZZED. In 2011, Tim joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as principal tuba. Besides the Melbourne Symphony Tim has held the same position with many orchestras including Iceland Symphony, Malmo Symphony, Galve Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Acapulco Philharmonic.

As a soloist he has performed concerts and masterclasses around the world including the most prestigious universities and conservatories. Currently Tim has three solo cds on the Albany Record label including “Raw Emotions”, consisting of 4 concertos from North America with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Tim also recorded a cd entitled Eruptions, consisting of standard excerpts for low brass section for the Albany Record label. He has been soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Acapulco Symphony, Marshall Symphony, and the “Pershing Own” Army Band in Washington D.C. Tim is currently on faculty at The University of Melbourne.

Paul Champion – Clarinet & Bass
Clarinet Adjudicator

Paul has been Principal clarinetist with Orchestra Victoria since 2004. During this time he has appeared as a soloist with OV in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations and Weber’s Concertino. 

He has studied in London with teachers including Andrew Marriner, Anthony Pike and Julian Farrell and with French virtuoso Paul Meyer. In 1998 and 1999 played in the Sydney Symphony’s Sinfonia program and from 1999 as a casual player with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO), Sydney Philharmonia, Sydney Opera House Orchestra, Sydney Concert Orchestra, and in many recording sessions for movie soundtracks and TV and radio advertisements.

He has been Guest Principal Clarinet with the Australian World Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Paul is a Yamaha Artist and currently teaches at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and is co-founder of the Online Virtuoso.

Dr. Matthew van Emmerik – Tenor Horn, Baritone & Euphonium Adjudicator

He is the former principal euphonium player with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in London, United Kingdom and all Royal Australian Navy Bands. He has held high profile recording and principal/section positions with the world’s leading bands and orchestras including: Black Dyke, Fodens, Leyland, Desford Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick, Cory, Dalewool (NZ), Woolston (NZ), Victoria Brass, National Band of Australia and the Fountain City Band (USA) – Australian Pop’s Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Oporto National Orchestra – Portugal, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Louisville Orchestra USA.

Matthew has adjudicated contests and festivals all across Australia, New Zealand, the U.S.A and Europe. He has conducted many high-level wind and brass bands in Australia and overseas.

He completed his PhD studies and graduated as a Doctor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and University of Sydney in 2011.

Matthew is proud to be an Eastman Musical Instrument Company Brass Artist and Clinician.

Owen Morris – Trumpet & Flugel Horn Adjudicator

Owen is currently Principal Trumpet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a position which he has held since mid 2019. Prior to this he was Principal Trumpet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2016. 

Owen has had extensive orchestral experience including performing as guest Principal Trumpet with the Australian World Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Owen has also performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and with other chamber groups such as the Australian Brass Quintet, Omega Ensemble and Sydney Brass.

A passionate educator, Owen enjoys teaching at institutions such as the University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium of Music , Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). In addition to this, Owen teaches privately and also offers masterclasses to other universities and ensembles.  Owen is also an international Bach Brass performing artist.

Stephen Moschner – Oboe Adjudicator

Stephen studied Oboe at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Victorian College of the Arts and teaches the Oboe class at The University of Melbourne Conservatorium.  For over 20 years he has been the Secretary of the Australasian Double Reed Society and was the manager of Australia’s only International Oboe and Bassoon Conference at Monash University in 2004. Stephen has been published in the International Double Reed Society Journal and presented at New York University on his work teaching Circular Breathing. 

Browyn Powter – Flute & Piccolo Adjudicator

Bronwyn has taught the flute for over 25 years across Queensland, NSW and London. After completing a Bachelor of Music in 1998, Bronwyn spent time in Sydney, playing with the National Youth Orchestra before travelling to Europe to attend a number of flute schools with William Bennett and Peter Lucas Graf. During this time, Bronwyn located to London to work amongst flute players and teachers and attend a number of flute festivals. 

After returning to Australia, Bronwyn located to Brisbane where she has toured the state of Queensland with masterclasses and concerts, and taught flute and piccolo within her private studio, and directs a number of wind ensembles in a number of quality music schools across south-east Queensland. Bronwyn has been active with the Queensland Flute Guild for the past eight years and more recently, the Australian Flute Festival.

Jason Redman – Tenor & Bass Trombone Adjudicator

Jason has been the Principal Trombonist of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 1990, and has been teaching trombone to Undergraduate and Post Graduate students at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University since 1998. 

At 17, he was chosen to be Principal Trombone with the Australian Youth Orchestra for their ‘Grand Bicentennial Tour’ of Europe. He held this position, and also Principal Trombone with the Qld Youth Orchestra until August 1990 when, at the age of 19, he was appointed Principal Trombonist of the QSO. 

As a soloist Jason has performed trombone concertos by Mozart, Rouse, Creston, Bloch, Lehmann (2005 premiere) and Lovelock with the QSO. 

He has been guest Principal Trombone with the Adelaide, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. 

Jason is a Bach Brass Trombone Artist and plays a Centennial Model 42BOF Tenor Trombone. He regularly gives workshops and masterclasses around Queensland as part of the QSOvEducation and Community outreach program. 

Lyndon Watts – Bassoon Adjudicator

Lyndon Watts became principal bassoonist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 22, working closely with chief conductors Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Christian Thielemann and James Levine, as well as principal guest conductor Zubin Mehta, and performing in all the major concert halls of the world. After holding this position for 18 years, in 2016 Lyndon chose to move back to his home country Australia.

In July 2018 he became Lecturer in Music (double reed – bassoon) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University.