Meet our Conductors
All our Conductors are highly experienced to nurture and enhance the students music journey.
Fiddle Groups - Junior Strings - Chamber Strings
Timo Jarvela has been teaching strings for Education Queensland in the Pine Rivers, Caboolture and Redcliffe districts since 1996.
During that time he has pioneered many of the strings programs in Primary and Secondary schools in the region. Timo began his own violin studies in the State Schools' instrumental Music Program before going on to study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music.
Timo has performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras including the Queensland Youth Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.
His teaching experience includes a year spent teaching violin in the Kaustinen Shire of his native Finland during 1993/1994.
In 1996 Timo founded the Pine Rivers Area String Orchestra to promote strings playing in the local community. PRASO (1996-2010 -now MYSO) was central to Timo's aim of providing young strings players with performance opportunities through a variety of ensembles, ranging from Fiddle bands to chamber orchestras in 2003. Timo was awarded the Pine Rivers Shire Council's Australia Day Cultural Award for his services to music in the community.
In addition to teaching, Timo enjoys the challenge of trying to write musically engaging pieces for young strings players to perform. In recent years he has published numerous works for strings orchestras, which have been enjoyed by students throughout Australia.
Mrs. Jenni Barnard - MYSO -
Moreton Strings Group (MSG)
Mrs Jenni Barnard took up the reins of MYSO in 2013. Jenni first became associated with the organisation when she was accepted into MYSO (formally known as “PRASO”) in 2003 on the violin, when Timo Jarvela was the director. She was a member of PRASO for seven years, and was concertmaster in her final two years. Jenni has since continued her association with the organisation by joining the Fiddle Group when it formed in 2009. She later joined MYME’s Chamber Orchestra in its inaugural year (late 2016), of which she is a current member.
Jenni’s interest in conducting sparked during her schooling years. Her first ever public appearance as a conductor was at age 16 when her former director, Timo Jarvela, offered her the opportunity to conduct a piece with Junior PRASO at the End of Year All Groups’ Concert.
After being accepted into the University of Queensland on violin in 2010, Jenni further pursued her passion for conducting. Her experience as a conductor was further fostered by her mentors: Mr Graeme Morton AM (choral conducting), and Dr Warwick Potter (orchestral conducting). From 2012-2016, Warwick offered Jenni opportunities to work with the UQ Symphony Orchestra as the Deputy Guest Conductor. Her first experience conducting the UQ Symphony Orchestra was at a dress rehearsal at QPAC where she conducted Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.
Throughout her tertiary studies, Jenni was no stranger to the Education Queensland system, having been involved with Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Instrumental Music workshops and their subsequent concerts. After four years of study, Jenni graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music, and also completed her Honours degree in her final year and was awarded First Class Honours.
In 2014, Jenni was employed by the Department of Education Queensland as an Instrumental Music teacher, teaching primary and secondary schools in the local area. Jenni continues to teach in the local area in schools, as well as privately, and has a passion for fostering youth music and growth in the community.
Liam Thomas - Concert Band - (MYCE)
Liam is an experienced Brisbane musician. He has conducted Moreton Youth Music Ensemble's Concert Band since the beginning of 2015.
Liam has just completed his final year of a Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Queensland majoring in Euphonium and Trombone performance. Liam plays in a wide range of musical settings, currently playing with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the South Brisbane Federal Band. He is also a member of the UQ Brass Ensemble performing regularly at various ceremonies and functions. They were recently awarded the Sid Page Prize in Chamber Music.
Liam selects a range of original concert band music as well as enjoyable arrangements of other material for weekly rehearsals, with performances occurring frequently throughout the year. Rehearsals are focused on making music for enjoyment, with preparation for performance a key element. New members are always welcome!