Sydney Con Scores Top Brass


The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has attracted three leading conductors in the search for a new wind symphony director, including two applicants from the United States of America.

Each candidate will take a two week residency at the Conservatorium culminating in a large-scale performance, as the basis of the selection process.

“Alongside the recently appointed high-profile international conductor, Eduardo Diazmuñoz, as the new director of the Conservatorium Orchestra and professor of orchestral conducting; the wind symphony director will play a key role in the ongoing strengthening of our highly regarded winds, brass, percussion program, as well as developing a wind track in our graduate conducting program.” said Dr Karl Kramer, Dean of the Conservatorium.

Stephen Williams (Australia)
Stephen Williams is one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In addition to conducting most of the Orchestras for Symphony Services International he has conducted, recorded and toured with many of Australia’s finest Symphonic Bands and Jazz Ensembles. He has directed and performed with Australian groups at the North Sea, Montreux, Edinburgh and Monterey Jazz Festivals, has conducted concerts in Carnegie Hall and taken Australian orchestras, symphonic bands and jazz ensembles to conferences in the U.S.A, Japan, Europe, the U.K, Singapore and China.

Stephen Williams will be in residence between 19 August and 30 August 2013.

Christopher Anderson (USA)
Dr. Christopher Anderson serves as the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Arkansas Tech University. As Program Director, he is responsible for all aspects of instrumental Music Education and ensembles. He conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble which has recently been selected to perform at the 2014 CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference. Christopher is also the Executive Director of the ATU summer music programs that provide music education to over 1000 student musicians each year. His former students hold positions in prestigious Middle School, High School, and Collegiate music programs all over the United States.

Christopher Anderson will be in residence between 17 September and 28 September 2013.

John Lynch (USA)
Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia, John Lynch is an active clinician and published composer, and has held a number of similar directorial positions at universities across North America. He has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. An advocate for new music, he has commissioned and recorded numerous new works for winds and has received grants to research contemporary wind band and chamber music in Scandinavia, Spain, and Portugal.

John Lynch will be in residence between 16 October and 30 October 2013.


  • Friday 30 August, 2013 – 6.30pm
    Stephen Williams
  • Friday 27 September, 2013 – 6.30pm
    Christopher Anderson
  • Thursday 31 October, 2013 – 6.30pm
    John Lynch

All performances will be held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and are open to the public. Concert repertoire to be advised.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is Australia’s leading tertiary music institution, playing a pivotal role in the Australian musical landscape with increasing presence in the Asia Pacific region. With highly dedicated and world-leading teachers, performers and scholars on staff, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides students with a comprehensive musical education across the four key areas of performance, composition, music education and musicology.

More information
For more information about the three shortlisted candidates visit our Featured Artists page or contact:

Office of the Dean and Principal
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
T +61 2 9351 1255