Melbourne String Ensemble Executive 

President:  Miranda Barby
Secretary:  Andrew Westcott

Treasurer:  Glenn Middleton

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MSE orchestras are run by the Junior Strings of Melbourne Musical Society Incorporated, a not for profit organisation formed with the intent to support high-level performance opportunities for young people. The JSM committee has the following members:


DSC_0013 (3)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.


IMG_1142Andrew 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.

pic3Glenn 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.

image1Joo 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 performance.


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.

Dr Nigel J. ParkerNigel Parker is a general committee member of the Melbourne String Ensembles Inc. Nigel has been involved with the Melbourne String Ensemble since his daughter joined MSE on the Viola in late 2016.  Nigel holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne He worked as a research scientist in various Melbourne hospitals from 1988 until 2001 when he joined a large patent and trademark attorney firm. Nigel also holds a Grad. Dip. IP Law from the University of Melbourne and is now a partner of Houlihan² Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, which he joined in 2008.

DSC_1145Helen Mountfort isa 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.

VinWelsteadVincent Welstead is a general committee member of the Melbourne String Ensembles Inc.  Vincent has a daughter in MSE who plays the Viola and has been involved since 2016.  Vincent graduated from Monash University in 1994 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been working in the field ever since.  When not acting as a taxi driver for teenagers he enjoys cycling and archery.

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Child Safety

The JSM Musical Society is committed to child safety:

  • We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and parent volunteers.
  • We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children including on all camps and tours.
  • We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
  • We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
  • Our organisation is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
  • Our organisation has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.
  • Our organisation is committed to training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
  • We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.