MSE orchestras are run by the Melbourne String Ensembles Incorporated, a not for profit organisation formed with the intent to support high-level performance opportunities for young people.
Melbourne String Ensemble Executive
President: Miranda Ferrie
Vice President: Janice Wong
Secretary: Andrew Westcott
Treasurer: Glenn Middleton
The Melbourne String Ensemble committee has the following members:
Miranda Ferrie is the president of The Melbourne String Ensemble. Her daughter has been a member of both IMSE and MSE since 2014. Currently completing a Master of Education (Research), Miranda has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education. Over the past twenty years, Miranda has taught at a variety of secondary schools throughout Melbourne, and for many years was head of Performing Arts at East Doncaster Secondary College. She currently tutors privately and runs Drama and writing workshops in schools and corporate venues.
Janice Wong is the vice president of the Melbourne String Ensemble. Janice began her involvement with the Melbourne String Ensemble in 2012 when her son joined the Junior Melbourne String Ensemble. Her children now play viola and cello in the Melbourne String Ensemble. Janice holds Bachelor of Banking and Finance and Master of Finance from R.M.I.T. Janice has extensive experience in risk and compliance and is currently working in the compliance area for a major bank.
Andrew Westcott is the secretary of Melbourne String Ensembles Inc. Andrew has been involved with Melbourne String Ensembles since 2017. Andrew has children in the Intermediate Melbourne String Ensemble and the Junior Melbourne String Ensemble. He holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne. Andrew was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2001 and is currently a senior lawyer at global law firm, Ashurst. Andrew is a member of the Council of Law Reporting in Victoria and a director and secretary of the Australian Boys Choir.
Glenn Middleton is the treasurer of Melbourne String Ensembles Inc. Glenn has had an association with Melbourne String Ensembles since 2010 and his daughter is a violin player in The Melbourne String Ensemble. Glenn holds Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from R.M.I.T and is a Certified Practising Accountant and registered tax agent. Glenn is currently a Senior Accountant in public practice and has over 20 years’ experience in public practice and corporate accounting.
Joo Sing Chiu
Joo Sing Chiu is a general committee member of Melbourne String Ensembles and orchestra manager of MSE Joo Sing has been involved with the Melbourne String Ensembles since her children began playing in 2012, joining the committee in 2016. Joo Sing holds Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Computing degrees from Monash University and was admitted as an associate member of CPA Australia in 1996, working as a CPA since 2000. She is currently employed as a Finance Manager. Her other passion is classical music: She strongly believes in the benefits of music education and enjoys supporting the pursuit of excellence in music
Fiona Richardson holds the position of concert coordinator for Melbourne String Ensembles. Fiona began her involvement with MSE in 2014. Her daughter plays Cello in the IMSE. Fiona is a Registered Nurse and holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Health Education. She currently works at the National Ageing Research Institute as an HR manager and Research Governance manager.
Helen Mountfort is a general committee member and immediate past president of Melbourne String Ensembles Inc. Helen became involved with Melbourne String Ensemble in 2015 when her daughter joined. Helen is a cellist, composer and teacher of the Alexander Technique and studied music and English Literature at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Helen currently teaches ‘cello and the Alexander Technique, writes music for film and television, and performs with a number of ensembles including Fine Blue Thread and My Friend the Chocolate Cake.
Christobel Say is a General Committee Member of MSE from 2018. Her older son joined MSE on Cello in 2016 and her younger son joined IMSE in 2018 on Violin. Christobel has a Bachelor of Music and a keen interest in elementary piano technique has lead her to specialise in teaching piano to younger children. She teaches piano at a local primary school.
John Hua is the manager of the Intermediate Melbourne String Ensemble (IMSE). John has been involved in Melbourne String Ensemble since Feb 2015. Before the role of IMSE, John was the manger for Junior Melbourne String Ensemble (JMSE). John currently has children in the IMSE and JMSE. John holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and Master of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems. John has worked in a number of global companies including General Motors (GM) Holden, IBM Australia prior to his current role in Energy Australia in commercial and IT areas.
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