TYO Conductors

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra will work with four outstanding guest conductors through 2017. Read more about them here.

Each ensemble has its own conductor who leads the development of their ensemble through the year, along with the support of expert tutors, professionals and music educators. Some of our ensembles will also be working with Guest Conductors across the year - click through our ensembles to find out more about our guests.

Sean Priest - Wind Ensemble

Sean is excited to be part of TYO’s program and introducing young musicians to some fantastic wind band repertoire. He was fortunate to tour with TYO's flagship orchestra as a young trumpeter in his mid-teens. Sean currently teaches at St Michael’s Collegiate, the Hutchins School and UTAS Conservatorium of Music.

As a performer Sean entered the classical music profession at the age of 16, and has held Principal trumpet positions with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as orchestral soloist with the TSO and WASO, recorded for ABC Classics, and broadcast on ABC radio. Among many recordings for radio, CD, film, TV and gaming, he can be heard on the Young Indiana Jones TV series, Dungeons and Dragons video games and movies such as Death Defying Acts and The Bank Job. In the commercial field, Sean has played lead trumpet for international and national music icons such as Michel Le Grand, Aretha Franklin, Michael Crawford, Tina Arena, Vanessa Amorosi, Marina Pryor, Anthony Warlow, and Katie Noonan.






Sarah Matthews - Camerata Strings

Sarah was awarded BA Honours in Music Education from Kingston University in 1987 where she studied cello and piano. She studied cello with Derek Simpson of the Aeolian String Quartet and Leonard Stehn at the London Guildhall School of Music, and was later awarded a Diploma in Orchestral Studies from the University of London.

After emigrating to Australia in 1992 she played with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras and was Principal Cellist of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. She was also cellist of the Orion Piano Trio, who performed regular local and national concerts. Subsequently she became a member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra then the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout her career Sarah has always maintained an interest in music education and has had her own private teaching studio. She has regularly taught in schools and other educational establishments as a string coach, cello teacher and classroom music teacher. She has conducted numerous ensembles including youth orchestras, string groups and other instrumental and vocal groups in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

Sarah was Director of Music at Calrossy School in Tamworth and has held teaching posts in three different NSW music conservatoriums, as well as the position of Head of Strings at St Michael’s Collegiate College.






Dale Brown - Academy Strings

Dale Brown began her orchestral career at the age of 12, attending Saturday morning rehearsals in youth orchestras for a further 8 years.

She has a B.Mus(Hons) in cello performance from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Dale was a member of AYO and a string finalist in the Young Performer of the Year, playing Dvoraks Cello Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

She has held positions with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked in Sydney with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

She has also done freelance work including a lengthy session of Les Miserable, film and jingle work.

Recently retired from orchestral playing , Dale now enjoys engaging with young players through extensive cello teaching and  youth orchestra conducting.






Tracey Patten - Percussion Ensemble

After completing an Honours Degree in Arts in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts, Tracey used her Willem Van Otterloo Orchestral Prize to study at the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music in Amsterdam, studying with Principals from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and various leading European freelance players.

Tracey has since been a freelance orchestral percussionist, augmenting with the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and playing in many music theatre productions. She is currently a regular casual percussionist and timpanist and guest Principal Percussionist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Chamber music has always been a passion and she spent 10 happy years playing in the Melbourne-based, Aria nominated percussion quartet “Woof!” and still plays in the duo “Mattra” with her husband, Principal Timpanist with the Tasmanian Symphony, Matthew Goddard.

Tracey has taught in various schools in Melbourne, and at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts. She currently teaches at The Friends’ School and for the Tasmanian Education Department. She also presents workshops and tutorials for various schools and groups in Hobart and has adjudicated the percussion solos for the Australian Band Championships.

As an Australian Youth Orchestra alumnae, Tracey is committed to supporting youth music and has been involved with the TYO for many years as Percussion Ensemble director, tutor, board member and Artistic Adviser. She has also tutored at AYO’s Young Symphonists Camp and been a panel member for various AYO programs.







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