guest artists

Winter 2017 Concerts

Music from Around the World

Berry School of Arts, Sunday 28th May

Wollongong Art Gallery, Saturday 3rd June

Dr Judith Stubbs

Judith Stubbs began writing incidental for theatre whilst studying opera at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and composition at the University of Sydney. Her music was featured in diverse productions including at the (then) Nimrod Theatre, Seymour Centre, New Theatre, La Mama and the Ensemble Theatre. More recently, she has written and performed on the soundtracks for Australian film projects, including for Why Documentaries’ The Dalfram Dispute: Pig Iron Bob, and has completed commissioned orchestral works including for the National Traditional Chinese Orchestra in Nanjing. As a singer, Judith has performed as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Australia and Europe, and is musical director with Eklektika and Funkier Than Alice, with whom she regularly tours, nationally and overseas.

Judith Stubbs and Rita Woolhouse (cello) after performance for 3000 people


EKLEKTIKA Vocal Ensemble members  in rehearsal with Steel City Strings

Tim Allen
Jonathon Christley
Andrew Clarke
Kate Clarkson
Anthea Gostt
Jane Lewis
Linda Meynes
Nicole Murphy
Andreja Nolan
Sally Peloquin
Natasha Russo
Tim Storer
Judy Stubbs
Eddy Weich
David Vance





Autumn 2017 Concerts

Celebration of Youth

1. at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Nowra

Sunday 12th March 2017, 2 pm

Violin Soloist

violin, Olivia Kowalik winner, Wollongong Eisteddfod SCS Concerto competition

violin, Olivia Kowalik
winner, Wollongong Eisteddfod SCS Concerto competition

15 year old Olivia Kowalik started the violin at the age of 5 with her father George Kowalik. She is one of the youngest members of the Kowalik family and follows the footsteps of her 3 elder siblings and father. She has studied the violin with Professor Zhang for the past 6 years, and for 2 years she attended the Rising Stars program in Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In previous years, Olivia has taken part and won prizes in multiple competitions such as Ryde Eisteddfod, Peter Zhang Violin Competition, Wollongong Eisteddfod, Ewa Malewicz Competition, and in March this year she will be competing in the Ku-ring-gai Concerto Competition. She is also a soloist and member of “L’estro armonico” Orchestra, and her future plan is to become a professional musician.


Violin Soloist

violin soloist Joy Liu

Joy Liu is a Wollongong-born violinist and is 18 years old. She began piano lessons with Ms Diane Waples at the age of 6, and violin lessons with Ms Sarah Hindson at 7. Thanks to the guidance of her two teachers, and the support of her parents, Joy attained her AMusA in violin in 2013, and AMusA with distinction in piano in 2014. She was also nominated twice for ENCORE for her HSC Music and Music Extension performances. Joy most loves playing in ensembles and orchestras, using her music to help fundraise for different charity organisations, and performing for the enjoyment of people in the community


Double Bass Soloist


soloist Ethan Ireland


Ethan Ireland began playing Double Bass at the age of 12. He studied music at university and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in 2016. He has been a part of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and attended the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. Ethan is a current member of Steel City Strings, and the Willoughby Symphony.


Guest Composer


Wollongong composer, Adrian WhitehallAdrian Whitehall is a promising young student of musical composition who lives in Wollongong and played Double Bass with Steel City Strings. The work performed today is the world premier of a  work newly commissioned by Steel City Strings.

Adrian  was born in 1997 and from a very young age had a passion for all things music. He played double bass at age of 11 as well as learning classical guitar, drums and composing tunes as a hobby. He commenced jazz studies under Eric Dunan after being encouraged to from within The St Michaels’ Thirroul School band. Music theory with John Spence was later commenced and he played in the Junior String Orchestra under Carlos Alvarado, all disciplines within The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. Adrian later continued his classical education with The Sydney Youth Orchestra studying classical double bass under David Potts and later Kees Boersma.  Adrian will continue his Double Bass Classical Performance Studies at the University Of Sydney / Conservatorium of Music commencing second year in March 2017 and his composition projects will no doubt be on going. He is supported by a scholarship with St Andrews College in Sydney which enables him to focus on his practice and studies during the week whilst participating in various talented College ensemble groups.




Guest Youth Orchestra –

L’Estro Armonico String Orchestra


conductor: George KowalikL'Estro Armonico, a Youth Orchestra based in Campbelltown will join with Steel city Strings in this special Youth Concert

L’Estro Armonico, a Youth Orchestra based in Campbelltown, will join with Steel City Strings in this special Celebration of Youth concert

In April 2012, a new Orchestra “L’Estro Armonico String Orchestra” was launched under the artistic leadership of Music Director Mr George Kowalik. Mr Kowalik’s aim and mission is to encourage artistic excellence by providing a high quality in string training and performance opportunities. The name of the new orchestra – derived from Vivaldi’s 12 violin concertos, is a mission statement of itself. Through the properly selected string repertoire, L’Estro Armonico will serve to develop excellence in string playing in the Macarthur area. The orchestra’s repertoire consists of Classical music with a great emphasis on Baroque Music. The founder of the orchestra, Mr. Kowalik – graduated in Warsaw from the Chopin Music Academy. L’Estro Armonico String Orchestra




  1891144_10152223003026970_1731393272_nGuest Youth Orchestra – Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra

conductor: Jacob Antonio

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The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra will join with Steel City Strings in this special Celebration  of Youth Concert

The SYO began in 2000 as a youth orchestra of string and woodwind players from the Shoalhaven, on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. It was made possible by a generous grant from the Shoalhaven Arts Board. In 2001 the SYO expanded to include The Shoalhaven Junior Strings (SJS). No audition is necessary for this group, which comprises young string players (6-12 yrs of age approximately), who have only been playing a short time. The orchestra also hosts music classes for young children. SYO and SJS are currently directed by Jacob Antonio and Jo Landstra Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra

 Guest artists for the Celebration of Youth  concert  in Wollongong  are on the following page