Working with young musicians is passion for Owen and he has the skill and personality that enables immediate engagement, enthusiasm and motivation. Owen is in demand in a range of activities in music education and youth music. He has designed, conducted and presented school concerts with New Zealand’s professional orchestras and is engaged often as an adjudicator at band and orchestra festivals, chamber music competitions and solo contests in Australia and New Zealand.
Owen is often called upon as a Music Director or Clinician at music camps and workshops whether at a National or State level, or for individual schools, youth or amateur ensembles. He delights in assisting and building confidence within an ensemble and with musicians individually.
Owen always carries out these activities with a high degree of enthusiasm, energy and professionalism. Feedback from organisers and ensemble directors mention his detailed feedback and reports, his ability to engage students and adults, and his balance between demanding a high standard while maintaining the fun and joy of making music.
Many New Zealand and Queensland Schools have had Owen work with their students including Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Trinity Anglican School Cairns, The Glennie School Toowoomba, Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, Sheldon College, Citipoint Christian College, Ormiston College, Cannon Hill Anglican College and Villanova College.
Below are selected orchestra, band, chamber and solo festivals and competitions in New Zealand and Australia that Owen has acted as Adjudicator, Music Director or Clinician.
- State Honours Ensemble Programme (SHEP), QLD Conservatorium
- Queensland Band Association State Band and Solo Championships
- Queensland Catholic Schools Music Festival
- Rhapsody Rotorua International Youth Music Festival, NZ
- Queensland Youth Band
- New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra
- New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds
- Toowoomba Eisteddfod
- KBB Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
- Chamber Music New Zealand Schools’ National Chamber Music Competition
- New Zealand Concert Band Association National Festival
- South Auckland Music Festival, New Zealand
- New Zealand Brass Band Assn. National Championships
- Wellington and Auckland Brass Band Association Contest, New Zealand
- ABI Brass Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
- Southern Jam Jazz Festival, New Zealand
- Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand