Musicians

Timothy Sexton President and Chief Conductor

Timothy Sexton

Timothy Sexton works as a freelance composer, conductor, arranger, singer, writer and adjudicator and over the last thirty years has become one of the most prominent musicians in South Australia. Timothy has composed more than 200 works, mostly for the theatre and choirs, including operas and musicals. He has worked with many of SA’s performing arts companies including the State Theatre, Jumbuck Theatre Company, Junction Theatre Company, Patch Theatre, Windmill Performing Arts and Slingsy Productions as well as producing work for... Read More »

Carolyn Lam Co-founder, Vice President and Concertmaster

Carolyn Lam

Carolyn is a professional violinist and pianist. Since the age of 8, she has won more than 60 Australian Music Examinations Board, Eisteddfod and Elder Conservatorium prizes and scholarships on violin and piano. In 1995, Carolyn graduated with first class Honours in violin performance from the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. Carolyn has given numerous public performances on both instruments each year and has performed throughout Australia, Europe, England and South East Asia. Her solo appearances with professional orchestras... Read More »

Asha Stephenson Principal Violist

Asha Stephenson

Asha began learning the violin at the age of 4 after her mother noticed that she would climb up to sit at the piano to mimic her older siblings after they finished their practice. As her hands were quite small, it was recommended that she learn the violin. She had her first television performance on the Curiosity Show as part of the Silver Strings Ensemble. Asha learnt from several teachers in Adelaide and participated in eisteddfods and musical activities. Asha moved to Sydney to study with two further teachers and graduated from the Sydney... Read More »

Jacqui Finlay Principal Cellist

Jacqui Finlay

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jacqui holds a BMus degree from the University of Pretoria. She has extensive experience as principal cellist in numerous orchestras, including the South African National Youth Orchestra, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. Currently, she performs as principal cellist with the Adelaide Art Orchestra. She was a member of several other orchestras in South Africa, including the New Arts Philharmonic in Pretoria, the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, and the... Read More »

Geoff Bradley Principal Trumpet and AdAO Committee Member

Geoff Bradley

Geoff began playing trumpet at school in Victor Harbor, South Australia and went on to receive an Honours degree from the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.  Since completing his tertiary studies, Geoff has worked with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, toured as principal trumpet with the Australian Youth Orchestra, performed in professional musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and South Pacific, as well as performing in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival supporting international guest artists.  During this time he... Read More »

David Polain Principal Bass Trombone and AdAO Committee Member

David Polain

Dave (DP) started his music life as a drummer (oxymoron) from whatever age it was the he could sit up on his own at his father’s drum kit, playing in dixie jazz bands with local legendary performers Normie Cosh and Blair Schwartz from the age of 13. He started playing the trombone at age 14 and  was appointed 2nd trombone of the State Opera of South Australia Orchestra at age 17. DP then went on to perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as well as working on professional musicals such as “Guys and Dolls”,... Read More »

Gareth Davis Principal Trombone

Gareth Davis

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Suzanne Sexton Treasurer/Secretary

Suzanne Sexton

Suzanne works behind the scenes on the administration for the orchestra. Her previous experience as a bank officer for 22 years has given her the skills to process musicians’ performance fees as well as their superannuation contributions and insurance levies. She is also responsible for secretarial duties at committee meetings and preparing and collating documents and financial statements for auditing at the end of each financial year. Married to Tim for over 30 years, Suzanne prides herself on providing valuable support to all members... Read More »