Michael has qualifications from NSW State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney and Newcastle Conservatorium. He is a teacher, performer, conductor and administrator. In the mid-1990’s he studied conducting with Myer Fredman whilst working with youth and community orchestras in Penrith. Michael Michael was a member of the committee for the NSW Chapter of AUSTA for six years and assisted on the steering committee of The Orchestras of Australia Network (TOAN) and was its first Administrator. Director of Strings at St Paul’s Grammar School in Penrith for seven years where, in the early stage, he also administered the Peripatetic Program. Michael currently teaches strings at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore where he is also head of the String Ensembles Program. As a performer, he is a violist with the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra.
Iris started the violin at age 7 and viola at age 12 on the Gold Coast. She has studied with Jacques Hanna, Pat Cameron, Bruce Davidson, Nigel Bardsley, and John Curro, the latter of whom saw her through her Bachelor degree at the Queensland Conservatorium, where her graduation recital included the Walton Viola Concerto. Currently her solo repertoire involves Paul Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher, Franz Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, and Max Reger’s second Solo Suite for viola. Iris has also had lessons with Elizabeth Morgan, Mark Lakirovich, and Gillian Ansell. Iris will be the soloist in 2017’s first season “String Serenade” with concertmaster Nigel Bardsley.
Byron received his Bachelor Degree in Violin and a second Bachelor Degree in Composition from the University of Missouri in 1971. He was then accepted into a conducting masters program at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. From 1977, Byron played with the Royal Opera of Turin before receiving a permanent position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, playing with them for seven years.