Dr Warwick Potter was invited to work with our MSY Bands through a day of workshops at The Wendy Ashley-Cooper Performing Art Centre. Dr Warwick Potter is one of Australia’s leading freelance musicians and music educators. Previously Lecturer of Conducting at The University of Queensland, he is one of Australia's leading portfolio conductors, equally at home conducting a professional ensemble as he is a youth orchestra. Whilst at UQ, he lectured in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance, chamber music, and woodwind performance classes.
Professionally, he has conducted the Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Queensland (QSO), Tasmanian, West Australian Symphony Orchestras (WASO) and Camerata of St. John's across a range of orchestral portfolios. In the youth ensemble sector, he has conducted the Queensland Youth Symphony (including The Planets at the express invitation of the late John Curro), Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony, Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (Brisbane), MOST Symphony Orchestra (Education Queensland), and the Great Public Schools Symphony Orchestra since his move to Brisbane in 2010. He has commissioned multiple world premieres from Brisbane-based composers in recent years and he currently holds a consultancy at Albany Creek SHS where he is Director, Music Excellence Ensembles. His community and youth music ensemble research outputs are prodigious in terms of quality and quantity, including many such engagements in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Warwick was responsible for the technical part of the Australian Music Examinations Board's (AMEB) bassoon syllabus released in 2011. He has extensively examined for the AMEB and adjudicated for multiple eisteddfods in Queensland as well as for Education Queensland's Fanfare program in 2014, the latter a role that he was engaged to return to prior to Covid-19 lockdown. As a bassoonist, he has played for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, QSO and WASO within Australia, the latter two orchestras as Guest Principal. A former recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, Warwick successfully completed a PhD in Music Performance (conducting) at UQ in 2015.
It was an outstanding day for staff and girls and a wonderful opportunity to work with a guest conductor of this level.
Mrs Jayne Davidson
Director of Performance - Middle and Senior Years