The BSO Committee is a volunteer group elected to run the day-to-day operations of the orchestra. Committee meet on a monthly basis and comprise the following:
President: Cam Wright
Cam was introduced to the bassoon by Brenda Beck in 1983, his first year at Ballarat High School. With little idea of what a Bassoon was it was chosen principally because it was so different, and appealed to his mechanical leanings. Under the guidance of some excellent teachers Cam’s abilities grew and he grasped at opportunities to play in ensembles and musicals. Cam joined the BSO in 1989 and since then has taken part in many wonderful performances, and been mentored, conducted by, and performed amongst some truly talented people. Through his involvement on the committee, he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the BSO.
Vice-President: Madeleine Witham
At the age of 12 Madeleine started playing the flute and never wanted to stop! When she turned 17 she joined the Australian Army as a Musician and served in Brisbane, Melbourne and as an Instructor at the Defence Force School of Music. During this time she completed a Bachelor of Education (Sec) Music and AMusA (with Distinction) on Flute and when she left the Army she taught in schools and privately. After having two daughters Madeleine was trained by Vision Australia as a Music Braillist (transcribing print music directly into braille) and became a published author. Ballarat has been home for the last ten years where she started a baking business which is a full time job. Madeleine still loves playing her flute and has been a member of the BSO for about 8 years, joining the committee as Vice-President in late 2023.
Treasurer: Millie Koenders
Millie has returned to the Treasurer role in 2023 after previously holding this role for many years. She brings a wealth of experience to the role both as a member of the violin section and passionate musician, as well as from her work as a bookkeeper in a range of businesses.
Secretary: Anna Fernandes
Anna joined the orchestra in 2016 and has served as Secretary from 2018 onward. She also leads the second violins and has played the violin since she was five years old. Anna comes from a musical family and has always enjoyed playing in ensembles. She played in the Engineering Music Society Orchestra throughout her studies at The University of Melbourne and finds that music provides balance to her work as a clinical psychologist.
Photo credit: Jo Armstrong – JJ Photography
Committee Member: Frank Dyer
Frank has played trumpet / cornet with various groups and ensembles over the years including Footscray-Yarraville, Ashmore (QLD) and Creswick brass bands and Northern Rivers (NSW), Gold Coast Philharmonic (QLD) and Ballarat Symphony Orchestras. He conducted the Creswick Brass band from 1986 to 1993. Highlights include playing trumpet for the New York touring production of “Porgy & Bess” and the Seagulls Club (NSW) production of “Hair”. In addition to the orchestra, he currently plays trumpet and piccolo trumpet with The Little Brass Band and cornet with Eureka Brass.
Committee Member: Mark Witham
Mark joined the BSO with his wife Madeleine eight years ago as a trombonist and on occasions the euphonium. Mark was a commissioned officer, conductor, instructor and soloist with the Australian Army Band Corp for 14 years. Following his military career Mark spent 26 years teaching music in five independent schools as a director of music in Melbourne, Sydney and Ballarat. He now enjoys a quieter life in the family business, The Little Cupcake Ballarat. Mark is also music director of Eureka Brass and maintains an active interest in playing, conducting, adjudicating and arranging music in the community.