JUNE 24th – JUNE 27th


Our conductor for the Cairns Winter Music School is Mark Eager, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Welsh Sinfonia. Mark is a highly experienced conductor with a wealth of knowledge in the orchestral field. Underpinning this is his experience as a world class player, having worked full time with the BBC National Orchestra, Wales as Principal Trombonist and soloist for 14 years. We are privileged that he has committed himself to a long term involvement with the Cairns Winter Music School. Mark’s Website –

“It was a privilege to play with musicians of such high calibre. Mark was inspiring… I play in two orchestras in Melbourne, but don’t have the opportunity to work at that level. It was an insight into the professional workings of an orchestra and a valuable experience to have extended in depth tuition of that nature…an experience of a lifetime to have the opportunity to play with such a group”.




The Cairns Winter Music School is the development of the Director, Sue Stitt. An experienced organiser and manager of regional orchestras, musical events and music tours, Sue directed the inaugural 2012 cairns Winter Music School to a successful outcome.

“The magnificent organisation of the whole event from start to finishing concert was so professional, every detail was attended to. Every person attending would have agreed that it was a great effort by the Director”




Emily began playing the violin at the age of 5, taught by her father, the late Dr Daniel Sun, a recognised Australian composer. Emily received her AMUSA for piano at the age of 13 and her LMUSA for violin at 14. At the age of 10, Emily made her debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland, and since then has been soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, Emily was the winner of the annual Royal College of Music Violin Competition, a soloist at the Lourve Auditorium Paris, soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a guest soloist for the Berlin Philharmonie Lunchtime Concerts.
She has won numerous national competitions, including the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition, The Perry Hart Memorial Prize, Marcus Edwards Violin Prize and the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition. In 2011, Emily was named the strings winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year, following her performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel. Emily featured in the Australian feature-length documentary ‘Mrs Carey’s Concert’ which premiered at the opening night of the 2011 Big Pond Adelaide Film Festival, and has screened in cinemas across Australia, New Zealand, UK and Europe to outstanding reviews.


1st Violin – Amy Stevens

Amy commenced her musical studies in regional NSW and is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has presented several solo recitals and worked with a number of orchestras across NSW. In 2008, Amy attended the prestigious International Musician’s Seminar, Prussia Cove, UK as a soloist. After working abroad for a year with her string quartet, Quartet Australis, Amy settled in Cairns where she is furthering her teaching and performing career.

2nd Violin – Caroline Lloyd Doolan

Caroline has enjoyed a rich tapestry of performance and teaching over her career. She was a founding member of the Orpheus String Quartet and the Barrier Reef Orchestra, where she has held the positions of Concert Master, Principal Viola and Principal Second as well as being a soloist.
For the past 16 years, Caroline has run a successful multi string program with Education Queensland and teaches nearly 200 students annually the art of string playing. She has also written a number of orchestral works and solos for young string players.

Viola – Jenny Compton

Jenny studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and completed a Graduate Diploma in performance at the Australian Institute of Music. She has been engaged in freelance work in and around Sydney with a variety of operas, movie sound tracks and chamber music events. She is a passionate teacher, conductor and mentor of viola students. Jenny currently performs with the Metropolitan Orchestra and the Lennox Quartet.

Cello – Ivy Wu

Ivy graduated at the Conservatoire National de Rueil-Malmaison in France with Jean-Marie Gamard and graduated with 1st Prize in cello and chamber music. She later specialised in orchestral playing with Daniel Raclot, Principal Cello of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and graduated from the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris CNR in 2007. During her studies in France, Ivy also participated in numerous master classes and performed in various concert venues such as Theatre de Champs-Elysee and Radio France in Paris. Currently, Ivy enjoys being involved in the music scene in North Queensland.

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