Summer Intensive cancelled due to bushfires


For safety reasons we have regretfully decided to cancel the Bright Brass and Percussion Summer Intensive. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes to our participants however, as you would appreciate, the safety of all camp members is our first priority.

The bushfire situation around Bright has worsened today (Thursday 9th Jan) with a number of un-contained fires in the area. There are currently  220 firefighters in the area working to construct fire control lines in all sectors of the fire in preparation for likely increased fire activity this afternoon and all day Friday.

Friday (January 10th) is expected to be a dangerous day for fire activity. If you are in the area, enact your fire plan early.

Our thoughts are with those fighting the fires and those who have lost loved ones, property and livestock.

12th - 19th January 2020

Bright Brass & Percussion Summer intensive

Aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities  are invited to joins us for a week of fun and music in the beautiful Victorian Alps. Held each January at the Bright Chalet this week long music camp includes accommodation, meals and expert musical tuition in a fun group environment. Develop  your ensemble playing and showcase your achievements at the Bright Summer Camp Concert. Extra curricular activities include bike riding, rafting, swimming (all inclusive).

About the intensive



This residential music camp is held at the beautiful Bright Chalet, 113 Delaney Ave Bright. Bright Chalet has accommodation suitable for large groups, holidays, families, couples or the solo traveller from standard rooms to family apartments. Includes buffet style restaurant, swimming pool and sundeck, internet, bike riding, rafting, nature walks plus free parking and more.  



There are a number of ensembles for musicians to participate in from beginners to advanced. Time is also allocated for sectional practice and tuition with the relevant instrumental specialists. Individual tuition may be purchased at an extra cost. The week culminates in a concert where the fruits of your musical efforts are showcased to the public.



There are many extracurricular activities to participate in such as swimming, bike riding, nature walks and rafting as well as organised social activities. A full schedule of activities will be available in due course. 

our tutors


Phillipa Edwards

Phillipa Edwards

Phillipa Edwards


Phillipa is one of Australia's preeminent ensemble conductors. She studied trumpet at the Victorian College of the Arts and has enjoyed the teaching of brass luminaries Gordon Webb, Mark Summerbell and Rob Smithies. She has studied conducting with Professor David King and Steve Bastable (UK) as well as Dr Barry Bignell and Brett Kelly.  


Jamie Lawson

Phillipa Edwards

Phillipa Edwards


One of Australia's foremost musicians, Jamie studied at Melbourne University and  Salford University (UK) where he holds a Bachelor of Performance. His busy performance schedule sees him regularly travel to perform as a guest artist throughout Australia and NZ. Jamie is a Geneva Instruments performance artist. 


Tim Buzbee

Phillipa Edwards

Tim Buzbee


Tim Buzbee has been the Principal Tubist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Before taking his position at the MSO he held the Principal Tuba position at the Iceland Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Acapulco Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Gavle Symphony, and the Malmo Symphony. 


Jessica Buzbee

Jessica Buzbee

Jessica Buzbee


Jessica is a renowned trombonist having been a member of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and now teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne University Conservatorium. She has recently completed recording a CD called Eruptions Deuce with Tim Buzbee (MSO), Richard Shirley (MSO), Mike Szabo (MSO), Zachary Bond, Matt van Emmerik (Low Brass Clinician), Don Immel and Tak Chun Lai.


Nick Beale

Jessica Buzbee

Jessica Buzbee


Nick studied at the University of New England, NSW, and holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Teaching. Nick is Principal Euphonium with the Wonthaggi Citizens Band who are currently National Champions after winning at the National Band Championships for the second year in a row in Brisbane this year.


Katie Thomas

Jessica Buzbee

Katie Thomas


Katie Thomas is a Melbourne-based percussionist, timpanist, drummer and educator. After finishing her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia in 2015, she has gone on to tour and perform internationally and nationally with WA, Victorian and Australian orchestras.

In 2016 Katie toured with the Australian Youth Orchestra around Netherlands, Germany and China with French pianist Hélène Grimaud, finishing the Australian leg of the tour in the Sydney Opera House. Also in 2016, she toured as Principal Percussionist and Principal Timpanist of the West Australian Youth Orchestra to Singapore and Japan. In 2018 Katie completed a tour to England, France and Belgium with the A grade award-winning Footscray-Yarraville City Band. She has also performed with various international artists around Australia, including James Morrison, Margaret Haggart, and The Idea of North.

She now plays with many local and national orchestras and bands, such as the Melbourne Royal Air Force, Zelman Symphony Orchestra, Australasian orchestra, Australian Discovery Orchestra, Geelong Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra 21.

Katie is the founder and Academy Director of the Footscray-Yarraville City Percussion Academy.

She also teaches at many Melbourne high schools and primary schools, and is completing her postgraduate studies in Education from the University of Melbourne.


Caitlin Taylor

Trumpet/Cornet/Flugel Horn

Caitlin studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2018 Caitlin toured Europe and the UK as Associate Principal Cornet for the award winning production "The Silent Anzac". She currently calls the Glenferrie Band home but is in heavy demand as a solo cornet player and is frequently called upon by other bands as a guest artist. Caitlin teaches music at a number of schools in the Western suburbs of Melbourne.