Shilong Ye - CANBERRA CITY BAND MD

A sought after musical director, conductor, soloist and event manager, Shilong Ye regularly travels between Canberra, Sydney, Wollongong, and China to work on multiple musical projects each year. A top student in music from Narrabundah College, Shilong went on to complete a Bachelor of Music with Honours at ANU School of Music and later completed his Master of Music Studies in Conducting at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He’s the recipient of “Alan Bellhouse Award for a Young Conductor” and has conducted in all major performance venues in Canberra, the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Townhall, Chatswood Concourse Concert Hall and enjoyed concertizing in Shanghai, Taiwan and Czech Republic.  

Shilong is known to the Canberra community for years of directing community and professional ensembles in local music events. Shilong also appeared as a soloist and emcee at the National Multicultural Festival, and has performed at the Canberra International Music Festival, Floriade, Lanyon Homestead Christmas Carols, Australian National Eisteddfod, Marimbula Jazz Festival and World Harp Congress.  

Shilong’s previous MD and conductor roles include Tuggeranong Valley Band, Canberra City Band, Ashfield Community Band, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Steel City Strings, Musica da Camera, Forrest National Chamber Orchestra, James McCusker Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, Arco Music Academy Chamber Orchestra (co-founder), Kuringai Youth Orchestra, Australian New Goldburg Orchestra, Australian Chinese Musicians Association Orchestra and Choir, Rhythm Syndicate Choir, ANU School of Music Orchestra, and Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orchestra.

 

Neille Williams - JOHN AGNEW BAND MD

Neille grew up in Sydney as the daughter of a successful jazz musician and learnt to play just about anything she could get her hands on. She completed a Bachelors Degree in Music with Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and undertook further study with Ros Dunlop and Mark Walton (clarinet), Kerrie Biddell (singing) and David Birks in Seattle (saxophone). She also completed an ABODA-certified conducting qualification through the Jerry Nowak School of Conducting. 

After graduating, Neille worked in Sydney as an in-demand musician and singer, performing with such notable musicians as Jon English and Natalie Bassingthwaite. She also conducted several school, college and community ensembles and wrote music for productions such as “When I Get My Name In Lights” and ad campaigns such as the “National Clean Up Australia Day”. Neille also designed and wrote an early-years music program to introduce pre-school children to music in a fun and creative way.  After more than a decade in Sydney, Neille took her talents abroad, completing several international contracts on cruise ships and in hotels throughout Asia. 

In 2013, Neille moved to Canberra, where she currently maintains a busy schedule of performing, teaching, conducting and composing as well as being a mother to two rambunctious boys.

Andrew Kimber SPECTRUM BIG BAND MD

Saxophonist, composer and Band Leader Andrew Kimber was raised on a farm near Canberra. Andrew started learning piano at the age of 5, learning folk and classical music, then took up the saxophone at 10. Andrew began studying his formal musical training completing a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University. 

As a saxophonist and woodwind player, Andrew has performed and/or recorded with a diverse schedule of artists across Australia and the USA. Including Baker Boy, Dallas Woods, Art Vs Science, DAEM, Fun Machine, Party Gravy, The Neo, NONIE, Spectrum Big Band, Imogen Spong, and Victor Rufus. 

In his early studies and career, Andrew became interested in the inner workings of the music industry. This led to professional work for the Canberra International Music Festival, Melbourne Improvisers Collective, The Australian Ballet, and Orchestra Victoria. Andrew started his own company Blue Groove Industries, the company managed artists, national and international tours. In collaboration with the Melbourne Improvisers Collective, Andrew produced the New Orleans Street Party for Melbourne Music Week in 2015.  

Across Andrew’s career he has consistently wanted to provide performance opportunities, and career progression for emerging artists.