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Bachelor of Music Studies (Trumpet)

Ryley GillenRyley Gillen is a freelance trumpeter, conductor and brass tutor. He completed his Bachelor of Music Studies (Trumpet) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the end of 2015. During his time at the Sydney Conservatorium, Ryley studied trumpet under the direction of Andrew Evans (Head of Brass Department) and learnt the most recently taught methods of teaching for music education.

Ryley’s performance experience stretches across all genres. Between 2008 and 2010 Ryley was a part of the Illawarra and South East Regional Performing Ensemble which produced four national tours along the East-Coast each year and toured internationally to Malaysia in 2009, playing popular and big band standards. Ryley performed as Lead trumpeter and soloist during his time with the ensemble. He was also an active member of the South Coast Big Band between 2010 up until 2014 as lead trumpeter. He had the opportunity of performing at the 21st Annual Dubbo Jazz Festival in 2011 and the 2012 Wollongong Jazz Festival. Most recently Ryley was the Trumpet and Piccolo Trumpet soloist for the Nowra Lydian Singers’ performance of Karl Jenkin’s “Stella Natalis” in December 2014. Ryley has also performed as principle trumpet for the Illawarra Choral Society for a number of their orchestral concerts including their Mozart Requiem (2013) and Brahms Requiem (2014). Ryley also appears on the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra’s “Sums of the Parts” CD. In 2014 Ryley won the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod “Les Crosby” Jazz Scholarship after successfully winning the open brass instrumental section. Ryley also has a long history of musical theatre performances playing in pit orchestras from Sydney down through the South Coast. As 1st trumpet and section leader, Ryley has played for productions including “West Side Story”, “The Producers”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Chorus Line”, “Cats”, “Chicago”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Boy from Oz”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and many more.

Ryley has been teaching brass instruments since 2010 and finds that the more he teaches the more he learns about his own playing, the capabilities of the brass instruments that he teaches and the endless possibilities students have to reach their full musical potential. Ryley recognises the need for a positive and musically active teacher to encourage students and he strives to deliver this.

When Ryley isn’t playing the trumpet or tutoring brass instruments he is working as a conductor and musical producer. Most recently Ryley was commissioned to musically direct Nowra Anglican College’s production of “Hairspray”. Ryley has musically directed several other musicals including “Gypsy” at Roo Theatre in Shellharbour (2013), “Next to Normal” at Arcadians Theatre (2014) and “La Cage Aux Folles” at Phoenix Theatre (2015). In 2015 Ryley was guest artist and conductor for the “Big Band Blast” concert at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Late 2015 Ryley conducted a forty-piece orchestra of South Coast and Sydney musicians in a Halloween tributed concert for the Illawarra community. In 2016 Ryley will conduct another large orchestra for a ballet production of Tchaikovksy’s “The Nutcracker” in Wollongong.

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