Our Team

Evan Jenkin – Director of Music

Evan has been involved with Bel Canto Music since 1998 when he began the clarinet. Since then he has completed degrees in Music and Education at the Queensland University of Technology, majoring in conducting and Multi Instrumental Music. Evan has toured internationally with the Logan Youth Music Exchange as principal clarinettist and tutor, has been guest conductor for various camps throughout Queensland and now works as a Multi-Instrumental Music Teacher for Mathew Flinders Anglican College. Evan has worked in the Sunshine Coast region for four years with three of those years as an Education Queensland Instrumental Teacher, directing one of the best primary concert bands in the Sunshine Coast. This is Evan’s eighth Bel Canto Camp as Musical Director. He is once again delighted to work with such passionate and enthusiastic students and instructors.

Michael Purtle – Concert Bands, Stage Band, Brass Tutor

Michael Purtle graduated from QUT with a double degree in Music and Education in 2007.  Whilst there he was the Principal Trombone of the Big Band, Principal Trombone and Euphonium of the Wind Symphony and also conducted the Wind Symphony on occasions.  Since then he has been working as the Music Coordinator at Park Ridge SHS.  Michael has toured to Japan, England, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Solomon Islands with his music and currently plays with Brisbane XLCR Brass Band. Michael is the current conductor of Windsor Brass, the top B grade brass band in Brisbane.  Lately Michael has been recognised by being nominated for a Pride of Australia medal for inspiration, receiving an ASH Inspirational Teaching Award under the auspices of NEiTA and also was named as the Logan West Leader’s My Favourite Teacher.  Michael’s extremely passionate about teaching music and hopes to inspire young students to take up music at every opportunity.

 

 

Paul Freer - Percussion Tutor

Paul has worked with four of the major Orchestras in Australia and five international Ballet Dance Companies as a percussionist. Paul served in the Northern Command Band of the Australian Regular Army and conducted 2/14 Light Horse Regimental Band for six years. Paul has been a valued member of Bel Canto over the last decade.

 

Tegan Allen - Woodwind Tutor

Tegan Allen is a saxophonist who completed a Bachelor of Music through USQ in 2009. Tegan also plays clarinet and flute and has performed in many operas, musicals, and jazz bands performing with such artists as Kate Cebrano and Rhonda Burchmore. She has also toured to Taiwan with the Logan Youth Music Exchange, was awarded her AmusA in 2009 and is preparing to complete her teaching in 2010.

 

Frank Fodor - Strings Ensembles

Having completed his masters in performance at the University of Queensland in 2008, Frank now works full time for Education Queensland as a Specialists Instrumental Instructor primarily in the Logan district. He is also an active member in the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, and is about to complete his Graduate Diploma in Music Studies at Griffith University.

 

Cara Taggart - Strings Ensembles

Cara has completed a Bachelor degree from the University of Queensland in music and a Graduate Diploma of Education.  She is currently working towards a Master in Music (Instrumental Pedagogy).  Cara is currently working for Education Queensland teaching strings in the South Brisbane region.  She is currently developing the string program at Faith Lutheran College.

 

Julie Schmidt - Strings Tutor

Julie is in her fourth year of a dual degree course in Music and Education, studying at the University of Queensland. She is currently studying the violin with Stephen Chin. Julie teaches violin to young students in her local area, and is involved in community ensembles.

 

CJ Nash - Percussion Tutor

CJ is currently studying at the Griffith Conservatorium of Music, studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring on Classical Percussion. Some of his highlights include winning the New Zealand A Grade Brass Band Championships and the state championships with Windsor Brass, and also travelling to China and Japan with the Logan Youth Music Exchange. Cj has also worked with the BAMS Theatre Group in Beaudesert, with the Beaudesert State High School Stage Band, and various jazz and percussion ensembles. He hopes in the future to play in an American Drum Corp, and become a world renowned percussionist.

 

Carly Glindemann - Strings Conductor

 

Carly graduated with double degrees in Music (Honours) and Education from the University of Queensland.  She is currently teaching instrumental music at Bethania Lutheran School and classroom music at St Peters Lutheran College Springfield.  Carly also teaches piano and string instruments at a private studio.  She has been involved in a number of community choirs and ensembles, including the Sola Voce choir, and has toured internationally with these groups.  Carly returns to Bel Canto after attending winter and summer camps for several years as a violin student.