Queensland Youth Orchestra 3
For many of its 80 members, QYO3 offers the first experience of playing in a full-sized symphony orchestra. Conductor Bruce Davidson selects a variety of repertoire which includes original works for symphony orchestra and arrangements of film music and musicals. In 2019, QYO3 will perform three concerts in the Concert at Twilight series at the Old Museum Concert Hall, a concert at the Gold Coast and the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC. For QYO3, positions are offered ‘within the section’ and seating orders are arranged by the conductor within the first few rehearsals and finalised at camp. Section leaders may be informed of their positions upon offers.
- 80-member symphony orchestra
- Standard orchestral repertoire & arrangements
- Conductor: Bruce Davidson
- Rehearsals: Saturdays 1.15pm-4.00pm at the Old Museum Building
- Sectional tutorials: on selected Saturdays during rehearsal times
- Weekend music camp: QCCC Tamborine, Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February 2019
- Min. AMEB Grade 5 (guide only)
- Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2019: 23 years
- Violin 1 (18), violin 2 (18), viola (16), cello (14), double bass (10)
- Flute (2), piccolo (1), oboe (2), Bb clarinet (2), bassoon (2)
- French horn (5), trumpet (2), trombone (2), bass trombone (1), tuba (1)
- Percussion (2)
Bruce Davidson has been Director of Music, for the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra since 1988 and conducts the Youth Symphony, Camerata and String Orchestra. As a result of this work, he was nominated and short-listed, in 2002, for the “national regional award given to an individual who has fostered excellence, innovation and/or creativity in an Orchestra in a regional area.”
He was on the staff of The Southport School as Head of Orchestral Studies (1989-2002) and Coordinator of Strings (until 2014). From 2016, he is the String Coordinator at Trinity Lutheran College. In addition, he has taught in state and private schools in primary, secondary and tertiary environments and has been on the staff of the Young Conservatorium. Bruce gained a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium. He holds an Associate Diploma in Violin from Trinity College London and a Grad DipEd from Griffith University.
Bruce was part of the Queensland Youth Orchestra program for 12 years including 3 years in the Queensland Youth Symphony under Dr John Curro. As a member of this orchestra, Bruce toured Japan, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He is currently a violin tutor with QYO.
Bruce has conducted orchestras on tour throughout Japan, England, France, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand for The Southport School and the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, and Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic for “Sumire no Kai” (Japanese Suzuki Orchestra). He has performed on soundtracks for Australian movies and television and has been Musical Director for productions including “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Dolly” for the Gold Coast Arts Centre. He is a member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia and has prepared music for the Symphony Australia Orchestras, movies and television. Prominent Australian composers including Brian May, Richard Mills, Vincent Plush, Colin Brumby, Andrew Schultz and Felix Meagher, have used his work in premieres in Australia and the United States.
In February and March 2018, Bruce was the rehearsal conductor for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.