2021 PARTICIPANTS

Meet the Marimbafest Class of 2021, coming from all over Australia

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ADAM AHMADAVI

Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

Perth Modern School (WA)

Principal Teacher: Despina Prastides-Brown

Adam Ahmadavi is a student at Perth Modern School.

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SARAH CAMPBELL

Solo and Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

St Thomas More College / J Percussion (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Paul Lin

At the age of 7, Sarah began learning and playing percussion at J Percussion Music School. She has since participated in various music competitions such as the Beenleigh Quota Eisteddfod, the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod and Musica Viva and have received awards both as a soloist and as an ensemble member. She is currently working towards completing AMEB Grade 7, and is involved in multiple ensembles within her music school. She is the Percussion Leader at her high school where she learns drumkit and plays percussion in 6 ensembles.

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BEN CROMIE

Solo Participant (A CLASS)

Willetton Senior High School (WA)

Principal Teacher: Iain Robbie

Ben has been playing drums for most of his life and started percussion lessons with Mr Iain Robbie in year 7. He is now a year 12 ATAR music student at Willetton Senior High School playing in his school’s percussion ensemble, concert band and jazz band and is a member of the Western Australian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Ben is also enjoying the challenge of building a 5-octave marimba for his final year 12 material design and technology project.

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MONICA DE SNOO

Solo Participant (A CLASS)

John Calvin Christian College (WA)

Principal Teacher: Mercedes Slack-Smith

Monica has been playing percussion for 6 years, and (4 mallet) marimba for 3 years. Monica studies the ATAR music program at her current school, and have been principal percussionist in the school band for 3 years. Monica has played with WA Wind Symphony, and has future performances with West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra. 
Monica plans to attend university next year and study percussion. 

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SARAH FEW

Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

PLC Perth (WA)

Principal Teacher: Carissa Soares

Sarah is a year 11 student and studies at Presbyterian Ladies College in Peppermint Grove, WA. She has been learning percussion for around 8 months and has Carissa Soares as her percussion teacher. She is a member of percussion ensemble at school. Sarah also learns snare drum and has been involved in PLC Perth pipe band for a few years.

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THEODORUS HIDAJAT

Solo and Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

J Percussion (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Paul Lin

Theo has been an active member of J Percussion Music School's program since a young age. He has also been an active member of ensembles at school and various state-wide music programs such as the State Honours Ensemble Program. As a solo performer, he has won several awards in the Beenleigh Quota, Queensland Percussive Arts, Australian Percussion Eisteddfods. He has also been awarded prizes for his work as an ensemble performer in Musica Viva's Strike A Chord competition, as well as eisteddfods around Australia.

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JULIETTE JARRETT

Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

PLC Perth (WA)

Principal Teacher: Carissa Soares

Juliette is in Year 11 and studies at Presbyterian Ladies College in Peppermint Grove, WA. Juliette has been learning percussion since year 6.  She has had Paul Tanner and Carissa Soares as her percussion teachers, and is now taught by Jackson Vickery. She has been involved in various percussion ensembles like WAYPG. Juliette also learns the Piano and is involved in numerous ensembles at school. 

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GABRIELLE LEE

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Gabrielle Lee is a Perth-based percussionist and composer, working also in orchestral management. Gabby has performed with several orchestras including the Australian Youth Orchestra NMC, WAAPA Symphony Orchestra and in the orchestral pit for the WAAPA opera productions, the West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, and the West Australian Youth Orchestra. 

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ETHAN LIN

Solo and Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

Holland Park State HS / J Percussion (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Paul Lin

Ethan has been passionate about percussion since being introduced through Ju Percussion Music School in Taiwan at a young age. Ethan is a member of the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble for the Young Conservatorium at Griffith University. Ethan has been awarded prizes, both as a soloist as well as an ensemble member in the Beenleigh Quota Eisteddfod, Australian percussion Eisteddfod and Musica Viva Strike A Chord competition. Ethan aims to complete the AMEB Grade 7 examination by the end of this year.

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HAMISH MACDONALD

Solo Participant (A CLASS)

Wesley College (WA)

Principal Teacher: Jesse Vivante

Hamish Macdonald has been playing music since the age of 6. Across this time, he has always enjoyed exploring many different styles and genres. Hamish has been intrigued by learning new instruments which has led him to learn piano, guitar, trumpet and percussion, being his primary instrument. Under the tutelage of Jesse Vivante, Hamish has been learning percussion for 5 years at Wesley College in South Perth, and he enjoys percussion for its diverse range of sounds and textures. 

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DEAN MURRAY

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Dean Murray currently studies at WAAPA.

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JONATHAN PARKER

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Jonathan Parker currently studies at WAAPA.

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TAYLA RATTRAY

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Tayla Rattray is a Perth-based percussionist, teacher and performer whose time as a musician over the years has allowed her gain a wide range of musical experience and skills. 

Tayla is apart of a number of ensembles around Perth including the WA Youth Orchestra, Defying Gravity and the WA Wind Symphony. Some of Tayla's most memorable moments include performing Steve Reichs’ ‘Drumming’ (2019), competing in the Generations in Jazz festival in South Australia and more recently being apart of the online concert ‘Defying Gravity Flies Solo’ reaching an audience of over 26,000.  
 

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LAURA SAXON

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Laura Saxon is a freelance percussionist
based in Perth, Western Australia. Laura is
a passionate performer who strives to
perform music that moves people, whether
that is through a major orchestral work or a
small, intimate performance.
Laura has been a member of many musical
groups, both orchestral and contemporary.
Orchestrally, she has performed with the
West Australian Youth Orchestra, West
Coast Philharmonic and the
WAAPA Symphony Orchestra. She also
performs regularly with the percussion
ensemble Defying Gravity, playing a large
array of percussion based music. Laura is a
also a founding member of the percussion
group, Subito Percussion.

 
 

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ZAC SKELTON

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Zac Skelton has been playing percussion for
little over 6 years. His percussion playing began as he taught himself how to play triangle and other auxiliary percussion with community orchestras and bands such as Classic Sounds Orchestra and Armadale City Concert Band.  Now studying percussion at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Zac is very much looking forward to what his degree will teach him, and
where his career will take him.

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MISCHA WONG

Solo and Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

Perth Modern School (WA)

Principal Teacher: Adam Tan

Mischa is a year 11 student at Perth Modern School and has been learning percussion since year 5. She studies with Despina Prastides, Marcus Perrozzi and Adam Tan. In addition to being a member of her school’s wind band, orchestra, and percussion ensemble, she regularly participates in Percussion All Stars Concerts at UWA, Kaboom Percussion summer camps, and Marimbafest. 
 

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ANOUSHKA BRIMS

Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

PLC Perth (WA)

Principal Teacher: Carissa Soares

Anoushka is in Year 10 and studies at Presbyterian Ladies College in Peppermint Grove, WA. Anoushka has been learning Percussion for 5 years and was awarded a Bursary in 2018. She has had Paul Tanner and Carissa Soares as her Percussion teachers. Anoushka also learns the Bagpipes and is involved in numerous bands and ensembles at school. 

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CHLOE CHRISTOFAN

Solo and Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

Brisbane State High School / J Percussion (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Paul Lin

Chloe has been passionate about music since a young age. Chloe has participated in various competitions such as the Beenleigh Quota Eisteddfod, Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, along with Musica Viva’s Strike A Chord. Not only has she won several awards across these events, but the stage also became a place she loved. Chloe also immerses herself in the Instrumental music program at school, as an avid member of the percussion ensemble, symphonic band and symphony orchestra. After being awarded with a distinction in AMusA last year, she hopes to continue growing as a percussionist –– further fuelling her musical journey with Marimbafest experiences.

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CARA DAILY

Solo and Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

Queensland Con Griffith University (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Nozomi Omote, Thomas O'Kelly

Cara Daily is an emerging orchestral percussionist, who has been extensively involved in both Conservatorium orchestras and the Australian Youth Orchestras. Cara has been a part of the percussion scene in Brisbane for seven years now, as a performer, teacher and listener. During her time at the Queensland Conservatorium, Cara was guided by five of Australia's most renowned percussionists; Professor Vanessa Tomlinson, Tom O'Kelly, Nozomi Omote, Michael Askill and Brent Miller.
 

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JOEY ENG

Solo and Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

4TH PRIZE, 2019 MARIMBAFEST MARIMBA COMPETITION

Joey Eng is a freelance percussionist and composer based in Perth, Western Australia. As a soloist, Joey was a semi-finalist in the 2020 WAAPA Warana Concerto Competition, a semi-finalist in the inaugural 2019 Marimbafest solo marimba
competition and was a performer for the 23rd Performing Arts Perspectives in 2019.

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STEVEN HARTLEY

Solo and Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White and Genevieve Wilkins

Steven Hartley is a freelance percussionist, multifaceted composer, and educator based in Perth, Western Australia. Steven has performed with orchestras such as the West Australian Youth Orchestra, West Coast Philharmonic, and WAAPA Symphonic Orchestra, as well as wind bands such as the West Australian Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. As well as large scale ensembles, Steven also plays in more intimate ensemble settings with the Seven Seas world music Ensemble, the multi-award winning Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble, and Subito Percussion for which he has many pieces in the works.

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DANIEL HSIEH

Solo and Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

Brisbane State High School / J Percussion (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Paul Lin

Daniel first began his musical journey with piano, completing up to AMEB grade 5, he later started his percussion journey in 2017. Over the past 4 years he has competed in various competitions such as the Beenleigh quota eisteddfod, Australian percussion eisteddfod and more recently the Music Viva Strike a Chord chamber music competition. In these competition he has won many awards both as a soloist and group member. Daniel is currently working towards completing AMEB grade 8. In his high school, he participates in wind orchestras and percussion ensembles.

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GRACE KRUGER

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

Queensland Con Griffith University (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Vanessa Tomlinson

Grace Kruger is a Brisbane-based percussionist and educator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, majoring in Classical Percussion. She is a passionate music teacher, is also a performer in the Queensland team of Kaboom Percussion, and a member of Skadakru Percussion trio, along with Kaleah Scanlon and Cara Daily. 

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KERRIE LIANG

Solo and Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

Melbourne Conservatorium / J Percussion (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Paul Lin

Kerrie has competed and won various awards in the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Prize, Queensland Percussive Arts Eisteddfod and Musica Viva's Strike A Chord. Last year, Kerrie was awarded her AMusA with distinction and is currently working towards her LMusA diploma. Moreover, Kerrie is an active member of various ensembles including the Queensland Youth Symphony and Australian Youth Orchestra. Later this year, Kerrie will be attending Princeton University on scholarship, where she hopes to study philosophy and music performance.

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CASSANDRA LOY

Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

WA Academy of Performing Arts (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Cassandra started AMEB piano in primary school and absolutely hated it, and really only practised to finish all 8 grades as quickly as possible. It was her piano background that got her into percussion in Yr7. After her ATAR Music journey I had to decide between doing Medical + Sport Science at UWA and continue competitive swimming or going to WAAPA for percussion, it was a tough decision but she is now doing what she loves.

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NEACAIL MCMILLAN

Solo Participant (OPEN CLASS)

Queensland Con Griffith University (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Vanessa Tomlinson

Neacail McMillan currently studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

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CLAIRE ORMAN

Solo Participant (OPEN CLASS)

UWA Conservatorium of Music (WA)

Principal Teacher: Tim White

Claire Orman currently studies at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.

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TIM PYE

Solo Participant (OPEN CLASS)

UWA Conservatorium of Music (WA)

Principal Teacher: Brian Maloney

Tim Pye currently studies at UWA Conservatorium of Music.

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INSIAH RIAZ

Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

PLC Perth (WA)

Principal Teacher: Carissa Soares

Insiah currently studies at PLC Perth. 

 

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KALEAH SCANLON

Solo and Ensemble Participant (OPEN CLASS)

Queensland Con Griffith University (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Vanessa Tomlinson

A recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship and runner up in the 2019 and 2020 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award, Kaleah is currently completing a Bachelor of Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Coming up this year, Kaleah is looking forward to supporting Australian music royalty Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins at Sandstone Point Hotel, as well as playing at Splendour in the Grass. Alongside her adventures in the contemporary music scene, Kaleah enjoys performing with ensembles such as Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra.  

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MIKAELA THOMSEN

Solo Participant (OPEN CLASS)

Queensland Con Griffith University (QLD)

Principal Teacher: Nozomi Omote

Recently completing her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Mikaela is currently taking further study to attain a Bachelor in Performance. Mikaela’s passion for chamber music has seen her work with Clocked Out, an ensemble in residence at the Queensland Conservatorium, Expressions Dance Company where she accompanied the choreography of award-winning Stephanie Lake and recently formed Duo Provocative Vibrations. Mikaela has played at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Tyalgum Music Festival, the Queensland Music Festival Opera at Jimbour House, the Australian Percussion Gathering and the APRA award winning Piano Mill. 

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ADRIAN YUEN

Solo and Ensemble Participant (A CLASS)

Carine Senior High School (WA)

Principal Teacher: Despina Prastides-Brown

Adrian Yuen is a student at Carine Senior High School.