DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Heather Cummins currently holds the positions of Violin and Viola teacher at Castlemaine Secondary College. She has an extensive private teaching practice. Her teaching philosophy places an emphasis on establishing a comfortable technique and ease with the instrument, and on developing students’ musicianship through a holistic approach to the study of musical concepts, based on her training in Orff and Kodaly methodologies. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Pedagogy and Ethnomusicology, and has studied violin with Deborah Fox, Andrea Keeble and William Hennessy. She is an occasional member of Melbourne Opera Company, and is pursuing her passion for chamber music though her work with the Castlemaine Chamber Players and Quartet Conspirito.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Emma has performed on viola as a member of orchestras, chamber ensembles, folk groups and string quartets in Sydney, Northern England and now Central Victoria. She was a founding member of the Bachetal String Quartet, Co-Principal Violist of the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic and TOPS Orchestras, and member of the Sydney Chamber Players. In the UK, she founded the Corroboree String Quartet, was Co-Principal Violist of both the Stockport Symphony and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestras from 2006-2008, formed The Heatons Chamber Players and Cheshire Ceilidh, and toured the concert halls of Northern England as a soloist and chamber performer. Returning to Australia, Emma now resides in Central Victoria where she performs regularly with local chamber groups and Quartet Conspirito.
Aleksandra (Sasha) completed her education as a classically trained violinist in Lithuania in 1993 with qualifications of violin tutor, orchestral artist, and conductor of string orchestras. She is currently working as a violin teacher at Woodend, Riddells Creek, Princess Hill and Glenhuntly Primary Schools, as well as playing with Melbourne Opera Company.
Sam has been teaching cello in Melbourne and Central Victoria for several years. Settled in Castlemaine, he enjoys a schedule of teaching and performing as a chamber and orchestral musician. Sam completed his Masters of Music Performance in 2006 at the Victorian College of the Arts, including 16 months of specialised cello tuition in Germany under Tilmann Wick at the Hannover Hochschule fur Musik und Theater. During his undergraduate study, Sam was awarded numerous Scholarships and Awards for his solo and chamber music performances. In 2000, with a Queens Trust Grant, he, as part of the Abraxas Trio travelled to Singapore, London and Wales for concerts and lessons. Sam toured with the Cologne Youth Philharmonic through Wales and Northern France later the same year, in part as soloist. In late 2006 he was invited to England to audition and then trial for a position with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Heather, Emma, Sasha and Sam all perform together regularly as Quartet Conspirito.
The Executive Committee
President: Heather Cummins
Vice-President: Emma Wade
Secretary: Gemma Rayner
Treasurer: Karlana Williamson
Ordinary Members: Sam Slicer and Gavin Green