Musical Chairs



"The ASO's Musical Chair Program has become an increasingly important way for the community to support the orchestra. All of the funds raised go directly to the ASO; at the same time, the program recognises the skills and the contribution of our brilliant players.
The scheme provides a great opportunity for donors to form personal connections with the playing group and is also great fun."

Chris Michelmore, chair supporter of Julia Grenfell since 2012. 





The Musical Chair program enables donors to form a deeper relationship with the orchestra through associations with particular musicians. Donors are invited to attend events throughout the year and provide significant support to the orchestra in achieving its artistic and community vision. Musical Chairs start from $2,500 and are renewable annually.

For more information about this program, please contact Alexandra Bassett, Donor Relations Manager on 08 8233 6221 or


Concertmaster - Natsuko Yoshimoto
Supported by Colin Dunsford AM & Lib Dunsford

Associate Concertmaster - Cameron Hill
Supported by The Baska Family

Principal 1st Violin - Shirin Lim
Supported by Bob Croser

Principal 2nd Violin - Michael Milton
Supported by The Friends of the ASO in memory of Ann Belmont OAM, former Secretary of The Friends

Associate Principal 2nd Violin - Lachlan Bramble
Supported in memory of Deborah Pontifex

Violin - Janet Anderson
Supported in memory of Gweneth Willing

Violin - Ann Axelby
Supported by David & Linnett Turner

Violin - Minas Berberyan
Supported by Merry Wickes

Violin - Gillian Braithwaite
Supported by Mary Dawes BEM

Violin - Hilary Bruer
Supported by John & Jenny Pike

Violin - Judith Coombe
Supported in memory of Don Creedy

Violin - Danielle Jaquillard
Supported by K & K Palmer

Violin - Julie Newman
Supported by Graeme & Susan Bethune

Violin - Emma Perkins
Supported by Peter & Pamela McKee

Section Leader Viola - Caleb Wright
Supported in memory of Mrs JJ Holden

Viola - Martin Butler
Supported by John & Emmanuelle Pratt

Section Principal Cello - Simon Cobcroft
Supported by an anonymous donor

Cello - Sarah Denbigh
Supported by an anonymous donor

Cello - Christopher Handley
Supported by Bruce & Pam Debelle

Cello - Sherrilyn Handley
Supported by Johanna & Terry McGuirk

Cello - Gemma Phillips
Supported by an anonymous donor

Cello - David Sharp
Supported by Dr Aileen F Connon AM

Cello - Cameron Waters
Supported by Peter & Pamela McKee

Bass - Harley Gray
Supported by Bob Croser

Bass - Belinda Kendall-Smith
Supported in memory of Dr Nandor Ballai and Dr Georgette Straznicky

Bass - David Phillips
Supported for ‘a great Bass player, with lots of spirit – love Betsy’

Section Leader Flute - Geoffrey Collins
Supported by Pauline Menz

Flute - Lisa Gill
Supported by Dr Tom & Sharron Stubbs

Principal Piccolo - Julia Grenfell
Supported by Chris & Julie Michelmore

Section Leader Oboe - Vacancy
Supported by Matthew Norton

Oboe - Renae Stavely
Supported by Roderick Shire & Judy Hargrave

Principal Cor Anglais - Peter Duggan
Supported by Dr Ben Robinson

Section Leader Clarinet - Dean Newcomb
Supported by Hon David Wotton AM & Jill Wotton

Clarinet - Darren Skelton
Supported in memory of Keith and Susie Langley

Principal Bass Clarinet - Mitchell Berick
Supported by Nigel Stevenson & Glenn Ball

Section Leader Bassoon - Mark Gaydon
Supported by Pamela Yule

Bassoon - Leah Stephenson
Supported by Liz Ampt

Principal Contra Bassoon - Jackie Newcomb
Supported by Norman Etherington AM & Peggy Brock

Section Leader Horn - Adrian Uren
Supported by Roderick Shire & Judy Hargrave

Associate Principal Horn - Sarah Barrett
Supported by Margaret Lehmann

Horn - Emma Gregan
Supported by The Richard Wagner Society of South Australia Inc

Section Leader Trumpet - Owen Morris
Supported by David Leon

Section Principal Trombone - Colin Prichard
Supported by Andrew & Barbara Fergusson

Trombone - Ian Denbigh
Supported by an anonymous donor

Principal Bass Trombone - Howard Parkinson
Supported by Ian Kowalick AM & Helen Kowalick

Principal Tuba - Peter Whish-Wilson
Supported by Joan & Ollie Clark AM

Principal Timpani - Vacancy
Supported by Drs Kristine Gebbie & Lester Wright

Section Leader Percussion - Steven Peterka
Supported by The Friends of the ASO in memory of Bev McMahon