Here we feature one member of the orchestra.
Please meet Carmel Brown, Orchestra Leader
My story: Camel Brown
My musical journey began in Year 1 when I was given a violin for Christmas complete with ‘elves footprints’ on it and had lessons with Sister Marie. Several years later, Sr Marie recommended Fania Krel, a violinist who had recently come to Australia from Russia as a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as a teacher. What a wonderful recommendation! Mum and I would travel across Sydney for my lessons and I remained a student of hers well into my teaching career, gaining my ACTL and LCTL in violin teaching.
I always loved being part of an orchestra. I was a founding member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra and regularly attended May Camps. Throughout my junior secondary schooling I played with the State Schools Orchestra. Each year we would travel to remote areas of New South Wales, sharing our music and experiencing life outside the city. It was great.
I completed a Bachelor of Music Education at the New South Wales Conservatorium and began teaching secondary music at St Columba’s, Springwood. Whilst residing in the beautiful Blue Mountains, I continued to teach violin and play in the local Musical and Opera Societies as well as the Nepean Orchestra.
I was the Music teacher at St Paul’s Catholic College, Greystanes for many years before our family relocated to the idyllic Mid North Coast. It was at this time that I was so fortunate to join Sinfonia. This orchestra has allowed me to continue playing wonderful music at a level that is challenging, fun and rewarding. I feel very privileged to be part of such a vibrant and exciting ensemble and surrounded by fabulous musicians. I still teach Music, in the classroom and as a violin tutor. It is a wonderful gift that I love sharing. I say to all my students that “You always have a friend with Music, no matter where you are in the world”!
Viva la Musica