Bryan Griffiths

Bryan Griffiths

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Bryan Griffiths is a conductor with extensive experience across professional, educational and community music spheres. Specialising in wind ensembles, he is also proficient in orchestral and chamber music, having conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Band of the South Australian Police, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, the New Adelaide Ensemble, Unley Concert Band and the Adelaide Summer Orchestra of which he was co-founder. In 2019, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, who record for Brolga Music Australia and are scheduled to release their debut album in late 2022. He is the current director of the Wind Orchestra at the Elder Conservatorium, where he also lectures in assorted ensemble and performance classes and adjudicates auditions.

My research aims to investigate, evaluate, and ultimately construct a canon of Australian wind band compositions. Despite witnessing a burgeoning of compositions by local composers over the last several decades, the Australian wind band movement presently lacks a collective sense of what our incarnation of the wind band might be, where it is headed, and in what ways it is distinct from its more notable American, European, and Japanese counterparts. This is due, in large part, to the relative absence of research about, advocacy for, and transmission of local wind band music. Accordingly, the main objective of my project is to establish a canon of works that can be considered as best representative of the Australian wind band movement. Those works identified as canonic will not only be examined in terms of their significance and historic-social contexts, but also with respect to their performative considerations that are important for conductors and instrumentalists in their preparation. These works will then be presented in public recitals, filmed, and digitally uploaded, aiding their circulation across both the Australian and international wind band contexts.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Director, Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2021 Director, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra Adelaide Youth Orchestras
    2019 - ongoing Presenter & Clinician Australian Band and Orchestra Director's Assoiation
    2019 - ongoing Casual Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2019 - ongoing Music Director Adelaide Wind Orchestra
    2019 - 2021 Associate Conductor Adelaide Youth Orchestras
    2018 - 2018 Music Director Unley Concert Band
    2016 - 2018 Music Director Adelaide Summer Orchestra
    2015 - 2015 Ensemble Director, Horn Tutor, Solo Artist, Chamber Music Recialist Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
    2013 - 2013 Music Director Adelaide Summer Orchestra
    2012 - 2015 Director, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra Adelaide Youth Orchestras
    2010 - 2015 French Horn (tutti) Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2022 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Music (classical performance) (First Class Honours)
    2015 - 2017 University of Sydney Australia Master of Music (wind conducting)
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Griffiths, B. (2020). Nigel Butterley’s Pentad (1968). A Unique Composition for Woodwind and Brass. Estudios Bandísticos, 4, 73-89.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2017 Griffiths, B. (2017). Investigation into Nigel Butterley's Pentad. (Master's Thesis, The University of Sydney).
Date Tutored Directed Course Title Institution Course Level/ Code URL
2022-ongoing   x Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra University of Adelaide MUSGEN 1201-3202 Link
2019-ongoing x   Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra University of Adelaide MUSGEN 1201-3202 Link
2019-2021   x Elder Conservatorium Brass Ensemble University of Adelaide MUSGEN 1201-3202 Link
2019-2021 x   Chamber Music 1A-3B University of Adelaide ENS 1030-3031 Link

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