Peter Shaw, Conductor
Peter grew up in Gosford NSW, first learning soprano cornet in the Gosford High School Band. During his high school years he played in the Gosford Shire Brass Band, Ettalong Beach War Memorial Concert Band, Central Coast Orchestra and the Gosford Orchestral and Choral Society. In 1981 Peter continued his trumpet studies with the late Don Johnson at the Canberra School of Music.
After a career in hospitality he returned to playing trumpet joining Weston Winds in 2005. In 2013 Peter became assistant conductor of Weston Winds under the late Mike Gossage and in January 2014, with Mike’s passing, he became their Musical Director. Peter also played in the orchestra for a number of the Queanbeyan Players’ musicals including their successful 2015 production of My Fair Lady, and has performed with the National Capital Orchestra and the Brindabella Orchestra. He began conducting the Brindabella Orchestra in 2015.
Rosalie Hannink, Music Coordinator & Conductor
As a high school music trainee Rosalie majored in piano and studied cello as a second instrument. Her first posting was to Inverell High School followed by Newcastle Junior Boys’ High, Queanbeyan High, Melrose High in Canberra and lastly Lake Ginnenderra College, Canberra. As Head of Music at Melrose High for 13 years Rosalie gained invaluable experience in orchestral conducting, working with both the School’s Senior Orchestra and its Training Orchestra. The Senior Orchestra, on most occasions, took out first prize when it competed at the Sydney Eisteddfod held at the Sydney Opera House.
After retiring from the workforce Rosalie at last had the time to resume playing the cello, something she had wanted to do all through her working life, and joined the wonderfully friendly and stimulating Brindabella Orchestra. As well as playing the cello she has had occasional stints conducting this orchestra, an experience she finds both interesting and rewarding.