Guest Speaker Dinner Meeting

Date(s) - March 24, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Batemans Bay Soldiers Club


Guest Speaker Dinner Meeting for Rotarians, guests and partners most welcome.

Welcome Guest Speaker, Stephen OConnell,

From the Rotary Club of Albury Hume.

Stephen is a well known tenor and soprano saxophonists who has a broad background and training in classical music traditions and has specialized in the fields of jazz, blues, funk, rock and pop with extensive recording and live experience. He has toured, played and recorded with many well-known artists including Ross Wilson, Phil Manning (Chain), Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, Steve Arvey, Kamahl, Rolf Harris, Four Kinsmen, The Drifters, The Platters and JW Jones. Stephen had a long involvement with the highly regraded Sydney based blues band, “The Bellhops” playing with them since 1990 and winning three Chain Awards at the Australian Blues Music Festival.

In 2008 and 2009, along with 14 visual artists, he travelled to Illara Rockhole in Central Australia in order write new works related to the unique environment he encountered there. Stephen has composed many songs and other musical works over the years and is now focussed on creating a unique canon of Australian instrumental music. Stephen is currently the Director of the Murray Conservatorium in NSW, Australia.

Albury Hume member Stephen was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in this year’s Australia Day honours for services to the performing arts. Stephen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Murray Conservatorium of Music, a major provider of Music education and performance for the region. Stephen has been  regional conservatorium CEO for over 16 years. Some of his achievements over this period have included securing an additional $2.41 million in recurrent funding for a state wide program and the formation of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, representing over 30,000 students and 600 staff. As CEO, Stephen has reinvigorated the Murray Conservatorium from being technically insolvent to now having investment accounts totalling in excess of $400,000. Stephen has also implemented the Music in the Gardens series with Albury City which attracts 12,000 audience members to six separate concerts each year … a venture in which Albury Hume is also involved with catering.

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Door Team- Graham & Deborah Invocation and toast- Helen
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