Flute Society of NSW


The Flute Society of NSW is run by a committee of volunteers. The members of the committee give generously of their time and experience to make Flute Society of NSW as useful as possible to the flute community.

The committee meet throughout the year to organise Flute Society events and hold an Annual General Meeting once a year to elect members of the committee and deal with official business. Click here to view the minutes of the meetings.


President: Janet Webb
Vice President: Henry Liang
Secretary: Maxine Byrne
Membership Secretary & Newsletter Editor: Mark Xiao
Treasurer: Lisa Cartwright
Digital Media Co-ordinator: Naomi Johnson

General Committee: Kinzey Alexander, David Catterall, Chloe Chung, Danielle Eden, Jocelyn Fazzone, Derek Galloway, Rachel Herbert, Jude Huxtable, Samantha Mailer, Lyndie Leviston, Tina Marsden, Sullen Monaghan, Sarah Monk, Kate Proctor, Julia Sharratt, Sarah Broughton Stalbow.


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Janet Webb

Janet has had a distinguished career in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, holding the position of Principal Flute from 1985 to 2017. Prior to that, she was Principal Flute of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal with many orchestras, including the Sadlers Wells Ballet Company, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Janet has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the Sydney and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. Her performances include all the Mozart concertos, Bach Brandenburg 4 with Sir James Galway and the Australian premiere of the Liebermann Flute Concerto with the SSO. She performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals, both live and on radio, as well as giving masterclasses. Her concerts take her across Australia and to South Korea. She now performs regularly in the chamber group Ensemble Aspherical.

Janet has taught for the Universities of Singapore, Sydney, NSW and Tasmania, and  has been instrumental in the development of the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Tasmania. In 2010 she was invited to be a juror for the prestigious International Nicolet Flute Competition, held in China. Janet is now President of the Flute Society of NSW and Co Music Director of the Roseville Music Club. Janet and Jocelyn Fazzone on piano, have released two cds - "Tango and All That Jazz" and "Romantic Bon Bons". 


VICE President

Henry Liang
BMus, LMusA, FMusA

Henry Liang is a flute and piccolo player in the Royal Australian Navy Band and the Founder/Director of the International Exchange Association of Australia (IEAA). With 150+ concert appearances per year, Henry performs around Australia and the world in various official ceremonies, educational programs and public concerts. Recent appearances include solo flute recitals in Tokyo and New York, performances at the International Fleet Review in India, as well as touring Queensland and Germany as a soloist with the Chamber Philharmonia of Cologne. 

Henry first encountered the flute as a six-year-old in his native China, where he set out to approach the traditional Chinese bamboo flute (Dizi) in his local primary school’s Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble. After taking up the Western at the age of eight, Henry joined the Guangzhou Youth Orchestra before moving to Australia in 2000. Throughout secondary school, Henry was a member of various musical ensembles including the Sydney Youth Orchestra, where he performed under the baton of inspiring conductors Max McBride, Richard Gill and Steve Williams.

Henry went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the mentorship of James Kortum and Alexa Still. In 2015, Henry became the second international recipient of a 2-month residency from Columbia University of New York to visit Tokyo as a protégé to study the sho (bamboo reed instrument from 7th century Japan) under sho master Mayumi Miyata. In 2016, Henry founded the International Exchange Association of Australia (IEAA) to facilitate cultural and educational exchange programs in various professional fields including the arts, commerce and law. Henry has been an active member of the Flute Society of NSW since 2012 and held the role of President from 2014-17.


Maxine Byrne
GradDipMus(Perf), BMus(Perf), AMusA

Maxine studied with Gerhard Mallon at the Queensland Conservatorium and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2010. In 2011, she was recipient of the Dr. Harris Phillip Greenberg & Olav Gurney-Jensen Scholarship Fund and earned a Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Geoffrey Collins. Maxine also holds an AMusA with distinction from the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Maxine’s solo flute study includes masterclass performances both in Australia and across Europe with internationally renowned flautists such as Pierre Yves-Artaud (Vivoin, France), Andrea Lieberknecht (Uusikaupunki, Finland), Michael Cox (Oxford, England) and Juliette Hurel (Rotterdam, The Netherlands). Her orchestral study includes training at the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and an internship with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Associate Principal flautist, Hayley Radke.

Having previously maintained a busy teaching schedule for a number of years in Sydney, Maxine has recently completed a Juris Doctor (Distinction) at the University of New South Wales. She is currently working as a Graduate at Herbert Smith Freehills.


Lisa Cartwright
BMus, BA(Hons), LMusA, AMusA (Dist), GradDipCouns, CertTESOL(Dist), CertIVTAE

Lisa has been involved in music education for almost two decades.  She is a private studio flute teacher, based in Randwick, and has also worked in several schools around Sydney. Although working one to one with flute students is her main focus, she has been a Teaching Artist for The Song Room, a Kindermusik educator and a school band and ensembles director. 

Lisa’s first love is Western art music, but she has a keen interest in many different genres and sings with a vocal trio with a wide range of repertoire. She will perform at this year’s National Folk Festival, as a co-artist (voice and flute) with singer-songwriter Christina Mimmocchi and cellist John Napier.

Lisa has also worn other professional “hats”, being a trained counsellor and a teacher of English to adults, but the flute, and her love of sharing music-making with students, keeps calling her back.

Lisa studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music with James Kortum and Michael Scott, and then undertook her final year of performance studies at Sydney University, to facilitate the opportunity to gain an Honours Degree in English literature. She has a passionate interest in ongoing education and in bringing out the best in her students.

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Membership Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Mark Xiao
MMus (Perf), MMus (Spec. Soloist), MMus (Contemp. Music), LMusA (Dist)

Mark has won numerous competitions and awards throughout Australia including the Leslie Barklamb Scholarships, the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award and the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition. In 2006, he was the winner of the Open Flute Competition at the Australian Flute Festival. Internationally, Mark was the recipient of the British Flute Society Award, the Zangger-Weber Stiftung and in 2012, he received the Third Prize and the Audience Prize at the August-Everding Music Competition in Munich, Germany.

Mark began learning the flute with Tony Barnden at the age of 10, who helped him attain his Associate Diploma from the Australian Music Examination Board at the age of 13. Whilst studying with Alan Hardy at the age of 14, Mark was awarded a Licentiate Diploma with Distinction, making him the youngest flutist in Australia to have received the honour. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University where he studied with Virginia Taylor and Vernon Hill, after which he travelled to the U.K to study with Trevor Wye at his Flute Studio; Zurich, Switzerland with Matthias Ziegler where he received his Master of Music Performance and Specialised Master of Music for Soloists degree; and Munich, Germany with Andrea Lieberknecht where he received his Master of Performance in New Music degree.

Mark was a guest member of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich and has collaborated with several notable composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, William Blank and Heinz Holliger; and conductors such as Kent Nagano, Lionel Bringuier, Roland Kluttig, Zsolt Nagy, David Zinman, Werner Ehrhardt, Douglas Boyd and Nello Santi. As a soloist, Mark has performed with the Bach Collegium München and the Filharmonie Hradec Králové.

Mark is now teaching and performing around Australia and is the Artist-in-Residence at Flutes & Flutists Pty Ltd.

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Digital Media Co-ordinator

Naomi Johnson

Flautist and writer Naomi Johnson is a versatile and inquisitive performer of solo, chamber and orchestral music. She has worked with ensembles including the Australian National Academy (ANAM) Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne University New Music Ensemble and Forest Collective as part of the Metropolis New Music Festival (Melbourne). A three-time participant in the SoundSCAPE festival (Maccagno, Italy), she has worked with composers from Australia, New Zealand the UK and the USA, and is increasingly active in commissioning new works. 

Naomi holds a Masters of Music (Performance, 2014) from the University of Melbourne, and has also studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and at the Trevor Wye Flute Studio in the UK. A keen advocate of music through the written and spoken word, Naomi has worked with Garden of Ideas (UK) and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a Music Presentation Fellow. She is currently based in Sydney as a music programmer with ABC Classic FM, and remains active as a writer and blogger. 


Lamorna Nightingale
M.Perf, B.Mus

Lamorna Nightingale is a core member of the new music group - Ensemble Offspring www.ensembleoffspring.com and has been performing with them since 2007. 

She has appeared as a casual member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra and as a guest artist with The Song Company, Synergy Percussion, Halcyon and Kammer. Lamorna enjoys exploring and disseminating new repertoire for flute. She has performed on two recordings of new Australian flute music ‘Eat Chocolate and Cry’ and ‘Spirit of the Plains’ and has created several pedagogical volumes of repertoire for young flute players through her publishing company, Fluteworthy www.fluteworthy.com.au. 

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Tina Marsden

Tina completed a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Diploma in Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. She won a two-year 'German Academic Exchange Service' scholarship to study at the Munich Musikhochschule. During this time Tina performed solo, in small ensembles, and played with orchestras throughout Germany, Switzerland, England and the Ukraine. After gaining her 'Meisterklasse' diploma in Performance, she continued cultivating her art for three years in Germany and Canada before returning to Australia.

Tina returned to Brisbane and completed a Master of Music degree, where she focussed on exploring flute music of Latin America. She established a busy teaching practice, a thriving restaurant concert series, and held several positions with the Qld. Flute Guild before moving to Sydney to further pursue music and meditation interests.

Tina has performed together with, and for flautists such as: James Galway, Patrick Gallois, Paul Edmund-Davies, Andras Adorjan and Michael Cox.

She currently teaches flute at a North Sydney College and Primary School, and hosts a busy private flute teaching studio at Chatswood.Tina plays at 'Music Meditation' and 'Urban Yoga Retreat' events around Sydney, and performs in the flute and guitar duo 'Mosaic Ensemble'.

Jude Huxtable

Jude Huxtable began her lifelong love of the flute when, as a primary school student, she heard Victor McMahon play the Carnival of Venice. She eventually studied flute with Peter Richardson, Nicola Snekker and Margaret Crawford.

Jude has taught flute at Abbotsleigh school for the past 35 years, whilst also maintaining a private studio. She has recently become an AMEB Examiner.

A long commitment to the NSW Flute Society has seen her organise or help to organise a number of Flute Eisteddfods and, with Jocelyn Fazzone, many Teachers Form s dedicated to the provision of some form of community and professional development for the flute teaching fraternity of Sydney.

She plays with Sydney Wind Symphony and occasionally with Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra

Jocelyn Edey Fazzone

Jocelyn Edey Fazzone is a Sydney born performer and teacher of both flute and piano. Her studies under the renowned teachers Nancy Salas, Erica Booker (piano), and Michael Scott, David Cubbin, Maxence Larrieu, Robert Willoughby (flute) were undertaken at Sydney University and Sydney Conservatorium, Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland, and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, USA.  Jocelyn has performed in the Sydney, Tasmanian & Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra & the Collegium Academicum Orchestra. She currently teaches part-time at the Sydney Conservatorium and Wesley Institute; is the Woodwind Advisor and Senior examiner for the AMEB NSW; and is a regular performer of chamber music with Windfall Sextet, with Moran/Fazzone duo, and performs as the regular Associate Artist with flautist Janet Webb.  Jocelyn is one of the leading teachers of flute in NSW, having been awarded the AMEB Shield for achieving the highest student results on 5 occasions since 2004. She has released 2 CDs to date as Associate Artist to leading Australian flautists; she has recently co- published a large collection of flute studies; and is currently co- authoring a volume on flute teaching methods for new teachers.

Derek Galloway

Born in Kilmarnock Scotland in 1963, Derek started playing the flute at the age of fourteen. He studied flute with Shelia Cochrane at Napier University Edinburgh and in 2001 began studies with Sheena Gordon (Scottish Chamber Orchestra) , Derek has attended and played in masterclasses with such players asWissam Boustany, David Nicolson, Lorna McGhee, Paul Edmond-Davis, Peter Lloyd, Ian Clarke and Sir James Galway.

Derek was founder member and played with "Zonda Flutes" an award winning flute trio based in Glasgow and played professionally for many years in the UK.

Since moving to Australia in 2008 Derek has quickly established himself as a popular music educator and flute teacher , he teachesin Sydney schools and is in demand as a flute tutor for band and orchestral camps. 

In 2009 he was appointed director of the recorder programme at Lane Cove Public School. And along with other Sydney based flute teachers has started "Flute Connections" an organisation who provide professional educational workshops in NSW. He has recently opened his own studio and performing venue:SoundHub in Lane Cove.

Derek is an Associate of Trinity College of Music London and has a Diploma inMusic from the Open University. He is a member of the "British Flute Society" ,  "The National Flute Association of America"and is membership secretary of "The Flute Society of NSW". He also plays flute and piccolo in the Marrickville Symphony Orchestra and is soon to appear in the new Baz Luhrmann movie "The Great Gatsby".

Rachel Herbert

Rachel began learning flute at age 12 and quickly progressed, achieving her A.Mus.A at age 16. After school, she studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, completing her Diploma of the State Conservatorium of Music (DSCM) in 1989. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance musician, touring for Musica Viva, teaching at various schools and running her business, Sondelle, which provides fine chamber music for over 100 functions each year. Rachel plays flute and piccolo with Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Manly Warringah Orchestra, has a successful teaching studio and tutors at many band camps. 

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Samantha Mailer
MMus (Perf)

Samantha Mailer (née Joseph) has performed in concerts in Australia, Scandinavia, Russia, the United Kingdom and Italy, and live on ABC Classic FM, ArtSound FM and Sydney Live 2GB 873AM.  Samantha divides her time performing regularly as flute soloist and chamber musician.

Samantha has been a recipient of several scholarships and grants including a Friends of the School of Music travel grant, Domann Flute Scholarship, ANU Head of Music School grant, Associazione Rome Festival and Rome Festival Orchestra, Ltd. Subsidy, prizewinner of the ANU School of Music Chamber Music Competition, and NSW Encore Award.

Following a Masters of Music degree at the Australian National University, Samantha travelled to participate in master classes and private study with the leading flautists around the world. This included a short residency at the prestigious Oxford Flute School, and a contract with the Rome Festival Orchestra.

In addition to her love of classical music performance, Samantha is equally comfortable exploring a wide range of styles and sounds, experimenting with modern works and 20th century techniques.

Her philanthropic work sees Samantha regularly performing at fundraising events and charity concerts, as well as being an active committee member of the Flute Society of NSW.

Samantha currently works regularly as Principal Flautist with both the orchestra of Sydney Independent Opera, and the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, and is a Preferred Player with the Australian Discovery Orchestra.


David Catterall
BMus, LTCL (Flute), AMusA (Flute), CertPerf (Piano), CertIVBA

David is a graduate of Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied flute under the tutelage of Alexa Still and Alison Mitchell.  He completed his Associate of Music Diploma for Flute in his final year at high school and his Certificate of Performance for Piano the following year.

In 2008, David went to China as a member of the 2008 Olympic Orchestra.  He was also a member of SYO’s TangoOz ensemble directed by Maggie Ferguson.

He began his flute studies at the age of 10 in Bathurst with Wendy Jenkins where he accelerated through to grade 5 by the age of 13.  He began piano studies with Michelle Griffin at the age of 12 and completed his grade 2 and grade 3 exams in the same year at the age of 14.

Today, David is actively involved in the state musical theatre circuit, having performed in orchestras as a flautist and pianist with Ashfield Musical Society, Penrith Musical Comedy Company, Blue Mountains Musical Society, Richmond Players and Carillon Theatrical Society.  He has also worked as repetiteur with Ashfield and Richmond, assistant musical director and more recently Musical Director for Richmond Players’ production of Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

As the owner and manager of Phoenix Rising Music Studio based in Hawkesbury, he teaches in excess of 60 students on both flute and piano as well as in schools around Sydney.

Julia Sharratt

Julia studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alison Mitchell. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She is currently teaching at Stanmore Public School and St Vincent’s College.