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 woodwind teaching. Evan has toured internationally with the Logan Youth Music Exchange as principal clarinettist and tutor and has been guest conductor for various camps and workshops throughout Queensland.

Evan has previously worked within the Sunshine Coast region for both Education Queensland and Matthew Flinders Anglican College.  More recently, Evan has resided in London where he was the Head of Music at Holy Trinity Primary School. During this time, he directed ensembles and performed at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. He has played with the award winning Kew Wind Orchestra, a semi-professional ensemble who have performed live on the BBC.  

Evan is currently working alongside Mr Purtle & Mr Fodor at Park Ridge SHS. Park Ridge SHS is a leading music program with the recently launched Music Excellence program and regional winners of Education Queensland's Fanfare.

This is Evan’s fifteenth Bel Canto Camp as Musical Director. He is once again delighted to work with such passionate and enthusiastic students and teachers. 

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.  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.


More staff details & photo's coming very soon!!