Brian Ayos is from Columbia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with Honours, majoring in Classical Flute. He began his music career at the Pedagogical University of Columbia in Bogota and has been studying the flute for 13 years. He has written a thesis on Music Pedagogy and the Research of Music Educative Programs in the schools in Bogota and has performed in various places around Columbia. He has played with three orchestras, of which he was principal flautist. Brian actively plays at private events such as weddings, church masses, public events and recordings and has been known to greatly improve the practical and theoretical skills of his students, from beginner to advanced levels. Brian is a very experienced teacher, having taught tertiary courses and private lessons, and comes very well recommended from his students.
Shana Hoshino is an oboist and undergraduate student of the Queensland Conservatorium. Originally from Cairns, Far North Queensland, Shana has been studying the oboe for the past 10 years and the cor anglais for 6 years under the tutelage of Eve Newsome. During her last two years of high school, she worked at the Edge Hill State School Music Academy, teaching beginner woodwind, brass and string students. In 2019, Shana began studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, where she was awarded the Nora Baird Scholarship for her outstanding audition. Shana is the Principle Oboist of the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which she has been a member of since 2019. Shana has also performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony, Wind Symphony and Musical Orchestras. For the past 6 years, she has had masterclasses with world-renowned oboists including Diana Doherty, Maurice Borgue and Jeff Crellin. In her first year of study, Shana became a member of the Acetaria Wind Quintet, who have worked with the LA Phil Wind Quintet and were semi-finalists in the 2019 Queensland International Chamber Music Competition. Shana is passionate about music and the power it has to touch and bring people together!
Amy Kuskopf is currently undergoing her second year of a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, hoping to pursue a life-long career with the clarinet. She has been learning the clarinet for 10 years and has had a wide range of playing experience, including successful completion of AMEB exams, performing concertos in her final year of high school, and performances with the Queensland Youth Orchestra and Young Conservatorium programs. She has also had the opportunity to travel to America, where she participated in the Western International Band Clinic. Graduating from St Aidans Anglican Girls School in 2018, Amy hopes to pass on her knowledge and love of the clarinet to younger players as she embarks on her journey of learning what it takes to be a professional clarinettist.