Janet Brewer (Artistic Director)
Janet is a regular performer, accompanist and teacher on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Her most recent achievements include a Master of Music Studies (2004) and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Research (2007), Queensland Conservatorium. In addition to performing with Pacific Chamber Players she has performed piano concertos by Grieg and Mozart with the Sunshine Symphony and Pacific Chamber Orchestras, and was solo piano recitalist for Norfolk’s “Opera in the Ruins” Music Festival in 2009. Janet was also official accompanist for Oriana Concert Choir 2007 – 2009.
An avid harpsichordist, Janet has performed with the Queensland Symphony Chamber and Tulipwood Chamber Orchestras. In 2012 she performed with Alchemy, a Baroque ensemble specialising in period instruments, at the New England Bach Festival and was soloist with Noosa Orchestra. 2013 saw Janet travel to Trondheim and Cambridge to study under Professors Ketil Haugsand and Peter Holman respectively and to subsequently perform at the St Olav Festival Trondheim and in Cambridge as part of the 2013 Cambridge Early Music concert Series.
In addition to Pacific Chamber Player commitments, 2014 has seen Janet perform at Music by the Sea Festival and record music to the trailer for the children's book "Hasel and Rose" by local artist/illustrator Caroline Magerl.
In 1965, Anne completed her 5 year Master Diploma of Music at the Qld. Conservatorium of Music majoring in piano with Larry Sitsky. Cello was Anne’s second instrument and the instrument she now decided to focus on. In 1967, she moved to Sydney to join the newly formed National Training Orchestra. After 3 years in Sydney, and working as freelance cellist, Anne moved to Melbourne teaching piano and playing cello with J.C. Williamson’s Theatre Orchestra. In ’73, Anne joined the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as a permanent member. In ’76 she returned to Melbourne, married and started a family.
Caloundra became their home in 1980, and since then Anne has taught cello and piano both at private schools and home. In ’85 Anne with two colleagues founded the Sarberan Piano Trio, to provide the only classical music performed in Caloundra. The only orchestral music on the coast south of Noosa at that time was the Sunshine Coast Orchestra under the baton of its founder Olive Frame. Unfortunately Olive’s sight deteriorated, so Anne took over the baton for a few years, performing concerts in the rather new Nambour Civic Centre. She has also performed with Rita Paczian and Dr. John Green as a member of the Cantabile Trio and continues to perform with many other ensembles on the Sunshine Coast. Chamber music is Anne’s passion in music, so Anne has been fortunate to follow this passion, and to have the opportunity to perform many of her favourite chamber works as a member of the Pacific Chamber Players, of which she is a founding member.
Flautist, Sharelle Guest, lives in Coolum. She began her flute playing career in Cairns and continued her studies with Edgar Kariks in Toowoomba whilst finishing her Diploma in Teaching. Sharelle began working for the Education department in Cairns in 1992 and since then has taught in over 50 schools. She has played with Suncoast Sinfonia, Pacific Chamber Orchestra and with the occasional orchestra accompanying Noosa Chorale productions. Sharelle currently teaches both instrumental and classroom music at Coolum Schools, is an Instrumental Music Project Officer for Education Queensland and also performs in local Irish band, "Buckley's Chance".
Neil studied bassoon at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Peter Musson and graduated with High Distinction in Bassoon and Contrabassoon performance. He then undertook further studies with a number of players in the Netherlands and Germany. Since playing clarinet in primary school and later the bassoon, Neil has had a strong interest in chamber music and formed a woodwind trio which continued until the end of high school. As an undergraduate student he was a member of the QCM Wind Octet and the Whirlwind Quintet which won the 1994 Gertrude Langer Chamber Music Prize. As an orchestral musician Neil has performed with the Queensland Symphony and Queensland Pops orchestras, the Northern Rivers Symphony and Sinfonia of St. Andrews as well as orchestras in Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. He continues to perform regularly with groups such as Pacific Chamber Players and the Queensland Pops Orchestra as well as in local choral performances. He is proficient on other reed instruments as well as bassoon and is an Instrumental Music Teacher with Education Queensland as well as teaching at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, St. Andrew's Anglican College and privately from home.
In her primary school years, Sue began learning the piano and mellophone then started the oboe at age 11. This sparked a life long love of the instrument and throughout her studies and career as a pharmacist, she has continued to play, perform and teach the oboe. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast in 1994, Sue has played in many orchestras, including the Suncoast Sinfonia, Pacific Chamber Orchestra and orchestras performing with the Noosa Chorale, Sunshine Coast Choral Society and The Maleny singers.
In addition, Sue plays recorders and shawm in the early music instrumental ensemble Musica Prima, who have been featured on ABC Classic FM, and are regularly invited to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival.
Andrew Paszkowski commenced his musical studies in Woy Woy on the piano at age 5 then violin from age 7. At the age of 16 Andrew commenced violin and viola tuition under Alex Todicescu (violist with the Sydney String Quartet). Over the next few years he was lead violist at the National Music Camp and Sydney Youth Orchestra and performed several seasons with the Australian Youth Orchestra, including their 20th Anniversary Tour of Europe in 1984. Since that time Andrew has remained active in music as a performer, teacher and conductor. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast 11 years ago Andrew has been a regular performer with The Suncoast Sinfonia and Pacific Chamber players. He has also performed with numerous other groups including Camerata Qld, the Queensland Pops Orchestra and Oriana Choir. He has also been involved with education and instruction of young musicians, being conductor of the Junior Strings of the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra for several years and private teaching. Andrew’s day job is as a Nuclear Medicine Physician. He started his own practice ‘Lakeview Imaging’ 4 years ago at Warana and recently opened a second site at Gympie.
Nik Davey is a well known bass player in the Sunshine Coast region, who has regularly performed with local orchestras accompanying choral groups and also further afield. He is also a regular at the Woodford Folk Festival and a regular weekend performer at clubs and local venues as a member of the popular Cuban group, "Canta La Tumba". Nik has also performed with many other groups including with violinist Attilla Sautov in his many regional concerts. He teaches both double bass, electric bass and also classical guitar.
Warren began playing trumpet at age 13 and first played with the Wavell High school band. He joined Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band in 1977 and is a life member. He participated in the Band’s recent success in winning five Australian National titles in six years from 2005 to 2010, as well as two New Zealand titles. Overseas tours with Brisbane Excelsior have included to Hong Kong in 2005 and to England in 2006 for the All England Masters Championship and again in 2009 for The British Open. This is in addition to the regular success experienced by the band at Queensland State level competitions. In 1978 he was a foundation member of Topp Brass, a sextet which performed actively around Brisbane, including a series of recordings for the ABC. He has also toured to Manilla, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tonga as a member of the Queensland Concert Brass. Recent invitations to play in Brisbane have included various performances with St Andrew’s Sinfonia. On the Sunshine Coast Warren has always been an active musician since 1986. He has been both player and musical director for Noosa District Concert Band, Nambour and Maroochy District brass band and various musical theatre productions. In addition to studio recordings Warren has played with such ensembles as the TNT Big Band, SCREAM Big Band, Pacific Chamber Players, various jazz and chamber groups, and orchestras associated with performances for the Sunshine Coast Choral Society, Noosa Chorale, Sunshine Coast Orchestra, Oriana Concert Choir, Maleny Singers and Suncoast Sinfonia. Warren works in Brisbane as an Electrical Engineer and lives near Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.
Past Performers and Collaborative Artists
Deborah Tetley, flute
Chas Bromley, flute
Armin Terzer, horn
Elena Katahanas, horn
Aiden Gabriels, horn
Clare Deady, horn
Kylie Hinde, violin
Craig Nankervis, bass
Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke, soprano
Amanda Cole, mezzo-soprano
Jenny Vandenburg, violin
Robert Truman, cello
Cathie Roberts, violin, viola
Sue Coleman-Mann, violin, viola
Nathan Smith, cello
Kirsten Tong, cello
Karen Ruprecht, bassoon
Graham Evans (founding ex-member)
Graham Evans’ music career as clarinettist began with his army service in the Band of the Irish Guards in London which led to a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. He then joined the Northern Sinfonia, one of the Britain’s leading chamber orchestras which toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South Americas with the world’s leading musicians.
He first came to Australia in 1984 when he was appointed Head of Woodwind at the South Australian College of Advanced Education in Adelaide, later taking up a similar position at Tamworth Conservatorium.
He moved to Brisbane in 1993. Graham now leads a busy life as a performer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator. As well as tutoring at the University of Queensland, he performs regularly with The Sinfonia of St. Andrews, occasional orchestras for Noosa Chorale and Sunshine Coast Choral Society and the chamber groups Tavantinsuyu, Pacific Chamber Players and Brisbane Wind Soloists. He examines for the Australian Music Examinations Board and conducts a community group called Classic Clarinets.
Ronald Webb (founding ex-member)
Ronald Webb has delighted coast audiences with his beautiful oboe playing since arriving from New Zealand where he was Principal Oboe player for 27 years out of his 33 years with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He retired from that orchestra in November 1993.
He moved to Queensland where he has become a familiar face in orchestras supporting the Noosa Chorale, the Sunshine Coast Choral Society and St Andrew’s Orchestra in Brisbane. Ronald has taught part-time for several years at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and at several Sunshine Coast schools. Numbers of his past pupils hold Principal Oboe positions in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Ronald studied in London with Terence MacDonagh, in Berlin with Karl Steins, and at the Eastman School of Music Summer Session, Rochester, New York. He has played professionally in Britain, Germany, Spain, U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand. He is very well known internationally as the result of being a featured artist in the world-wide advertising of the English oboe maker Howarth of London.
Ronald Webb has played with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and has been guest principal oboe with the Sydney Symphony, the Queensland Symphony, the Melbourne Philharmonic orchestra and the Novosibirsk Ballet Orchestra.
Ronald has been a long time member of the Pacific Chamber Players which was initiated by his partner, the late Deborah Tetley - flautist - who died in 2003.
Julie-Anne O'Reilly (founding ex-member)
Julie-Anne O’Reilly graduated from the Qld Conservatorium of Music after 5 years study during which she was leader of the Conservatorium Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She was also leader of the Qld Youth Orchestra which travelled and performed extensively throughout Australia and overseas.
She then moved to London to study with the renowned Frederick Grinke and performed in numerous concerts with the London Mozart Players. Julie-Anne has played with the Qld and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and was Concert Master of the Qld Pops Orchestra from 1992 until her resignation from that position in October 2014 to pursue other musical ventures. In her time as Concert Master, Julie-Anne led the Orchestra on tours to Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand. She was guest Concert Master of the Wellington Sinfonia in New Zealand and of the State Orchestra of Victoria. She was also the leader of the orchestra for the Australian Opera’s Brisbane seasons of “My Fair Lady” and “Pirates of Penzance” held at QPAC.
Julie-Anne has had an exciting career to date spanning symphony orchestras, opera, ballet, chamber music, recordings, teaching, theatre, radio and television. She has worked with many accomplished performers and groups including Tommy Tycho, Anthony Warlow, Eric Idle, Billy Joel, Dionne Warwick, Julie Anthony, ELO, Cirque de la Symphony, Burt Bacharach, Michael Bolton, Sarah Blasko, and the late Colin Harper, Rob Guest, Glen Frey and Frank Sinatra.
Julie-Anne teaches violin and viola to numerous students of all ages and is an AMEB strings examiner in Queensland.