What is your role in the Bellingen Youth Orchestra Ensembles?
My role within the BYO Ensembles includes tutoring clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxophone. On the odd occasion I may even transcribe music for the bass clarinet if required.

What are some of your musical achievements?
I have held the position of Solo Clarinet with the University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra from 2004-2005, and Principal Clarinet with the Conservatorium Orchestra and Opera Hunter in 2005. In 2010 I toured New Zealand as Assistant Clarinet with the UoN Wind Orchestra as the ensemble earned the gold medal in the Aurora Festival held in Christchurch. I have also been involved with various ensembles and performers on the North Coast, including the North Coast Camerata, North Coast Performing Arts Association, and Clarence Valley Orchestra.

Outside of performance, I have previously been involved with music education as part of the NSW regional band camp circuit. This included camps in the New England, Riverina, Western, and North Coast zones, as well as involvement in preparations for the first two successful West of the NSW Divide tours to Hawaii and Hong Kong.

What do you love about playing music?
I enjoy the comradery between members of an ensemble, and moments where individual performers can take the initiative to be a risk taker in delivery. Not only do I enjoy the opportunities of being creative in performance, but also the depth of analysis and understanding history of compositions and composers.

What inspired you to teach music in Bellingen?
I was invited by Ann Phelan to teach in Bellingen in 2009 and continue to enjoy the culture and artistic appreciation of an inspiring community of knowledgeable families and artists. The community is always striving to do more and push the boundaries of education and musical ability for greater achievement.

Email: pmclarisax@hotmail.com

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