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Festival for Young Performers

Tutor and Workshop Information

We are delighted to once again welcome to Somerset a wonderful group of tutors who are looking forward to meeting and working with students from the Gold Coast area. Below is listed a very short bio about each of our current tutors.

Raquel Bastos

Violin and Viola

This year we are delighted to welcome Raquel as our tutor for the workshops for violin and viola. Raquel has worked with various orchestras internationally and performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, South Africa, United States and China. Graduating with distinction from Porto University, she furthered studies at the University of North Texas completing a Doctoral Graduate Artist Certificate. Raquel performed at New York University for Kim Kashkashian and has recently presented lecture-recitals in Portugal and New Zealand at the International Viola Conferences alongside the most renowned violists of her generation. After moving to Australia, Raquel has been an active musician, performing regularly in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and as principal violist with the Queensland Festival Orchestra. She also appeared as a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic and Corda Spiritus orchestras. As a chamber musician, Raquel performs in the QSO Chamber Players Series; Camerata Chamber Orchestra; Collusion Contemporary Ensemble; Southern Cross Soloists, and The Badinerie Players. In 2017, she released her first CD Essentia Urbana, an album of Australian compositions for viola and piano, which has been regularly featured on ABC Classic FM Australia wide, and 4MBS.

Denise Collins

F.A.C.M., DIP.P.P. Music GUILD, A.Mus.A., A.T.Mus.A.


All the fun with the flirty flutes. Come and join in the fun with some great insights from Denise Collins, a national and international flute player. Get a chance to think about tone production, embouchure, and pitch, and explore beautiful music written for the flute.

Denise has been involved in music for many years working as a teacher, performer, conductor, adjudicator and examiner. She has taught at Anglican Church Grammar School, St. Aidan’s Anglican College, John Paul College, in Brisbane, and more recently on the Gold Coast at Coomera Anglican College, St. Stephen’s College, A.B.Paterson College, and Somerset College.

Some career highlights were working with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and playing as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the State Finals of the A.B.C. Instrumental and Vocal Competition.

Brendan Glanville

Drama Workshops

Somerset College is delighted to invite the remarkable Brendan Glanville from Brisbane's Australian Acting Academy to return this year to conduct drama workshops throughout the day on Saturday 27th July. This is a great opportunity for all our young students to have fun and learn new skills in a friendly workshop environment.


This will be a fun filled two hour workshop and I understand that Brendan is bringing down the Green Screen – so get ready!! Learn how different acting skills are required when preparing a scene for the camera. Don’t miss out on this valuable workshop!! Sounds terrific!!


This will be quite an exciting workshop that will challenge every student’s imagination. Experience the magic of creating stories spontaneously without a script in hand. I am sure there will be lots of laughter.


This will also be a wonderfully inspired workshop where young students will be encouraged to create a variety of different characters and enact their stories from scratch.

You can book your child/rens spot by going to the school website; and click for Workshops under Somerset Festival of Young Performers. I encourage all students to jump at this chance to work with a man as experienced as Brendan. You won't be disappointed!!

Helen Masson


Helen is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) majoring in two principal instruments, Piano and Flute. She has been an examiner for 18 years. She has been Keyboard Advisor to AMEB Queensland for the past 6 years and is a senior member of the Examining Panel. In 2010 she was the Queensland representative on the Syllabus Committee for the selection of material for the Series 3 Leisure books and accompanying Syllabus, and in 2013 worked with the AMEB to help select the material for the new Series 17 Piano books. Her teaching experience is extensive. She has taught for over 35 years privately and in several colleges in Brisbane. She has a large private practice, and her students range from 3 to 76 years of age. She is the owner and Director of Music Schools Australia in Brisbane and Five Dock Music School in Sydney. Helen has always enjoyed accompanying. For the past 40 years she has worked as an accompanist, and has accompanied solo performances throughout Europe and Australia, in many different genres of music and performing arts. In 2014 she formed, and was the accompanist for an SATB choir that was invited to perform in the International Choral Festival in Vienna between 12 - 16 December.

John Masson


John has worked as a Professional Musician, Teacher and Composer for the past 35 years. During that time he has toured extensively for global keyboard manufacturers on piano and organ as concert artist, consultant and product specialist. He has given many performances here in Australia and overseas promoting new products to the dealer networks and the general public.

His musical qualifications extend to both Piano and Organ and with his vast teaching experience he covers all genres from Classical to Contemporary music. In the area of Organ he has been fortunate to be involved in both Classical and Theatre organ, being a past patron of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia Queensland division. Over this period he has given many charity concerts, benefitting many worthwhile organizations. Apart from Piano Organ and Voice, John has played other Brass, Wind, and Stringed instruments.

John has also been a prominent Vocalist and Voice teacher, having studied this instrument like the others from a child. Like the Keyboards, John has been performing and touring not only as a Soloist but also a chorister. In 2013 John was instrumental in forming a choir from Australia to perform at the Advent Festival in Vienna (Austria). Here, he was Soloist and Chorister. The program presented included some of his choral arrangements.

He has recently completed a study tour following in the footsteps of the great classical composers throughout Europe.

Piano A – for the younger age group who have had perhaps at least one year on piano. School years 1-3 This workshop is for the young budding pianists who are not quite ready for the higher grade workshops just yet. Each child will still need to bring along a piece for performance for this fun workshop where we will work on not only our piano technique but some fun things to strengthen note recognition, rhythmic and aural skills.

Dave Pollack

Clarinet and Saxophone

One of the strongest young saxophonist’s in today’s jazz scene, Dave Pollack is quickly making a name for himself as a performer, educator, and composer. He received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies/Music Education from William Paterson University studying under Mulgrew Miller, Vincent Herring, Gary Smulyan, David Demsey, and James Weidman.

Dave has had the pleasure of performing with such musical greats as the Mingus Big Band and Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole and his Also Madness Orchestra, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and many others. Along with performing in the New York City area with his own band as well as in other groups, Dave has had the opportunity to perform around the world. He has toured Europe, Asia, and Australia performing with a wide variety of musical ensembles.

Along with being a performer, Dave is also passionate about teaching music. He continues to be an in-demand clinician and master class presenter at schools of all ages, and works as both a guest artist and faculty member at various jazz camps. From 2010-2011 Dave was the Director of Jazz at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, and is currently the Instrumental Woodwind Specialist at the Cranbury School in Cranbury, NJ.

Gwyn Roberts


Gwyn Roberts has had a very active career as a cellist, conductor and music educator. He was Musical Director of the Queensland University Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Music. His varied career as a cellist has seen him play principal cello with Tasmanian, Adelaide, Auckland and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and with Mayne String Trio, the Queensland Piano Trio, Ensemble I, and the contemporary ensemble Perihelion. Since retiring from UQ, he continues to be involved in music education at all levels from student to professional as performer, teacher, conductor, examiner and researcher.

Kellie Wilson


Kellie Wilson has a broad range of experience in arts management, as well as performance and teaching. She has worked as the Capital Campaign Officer of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Artistic Program Manager of West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), Assistant Chorus Conductor of the WASO Chorus and Marketing Manager of Queensland Conservatorium. Kellie was also a regular presenter of "Daybreak Classics" with 4MBS Classics FM and performer and administrator with the contemporary orchestra, DeepBlue.

Having attained AMusA in both violin and singing she has played in many orchestras but since 2012 has concentrated on her singing studio and choral conducting, taking many students through to success in advanced levels. Kellie brings not only her expertise, but a wealth of enthusiasm for our young singers.