ACTING HEAD OF strings & guitar
Dr harold gretton - Classical Guitar
BA(Mus) (ANU), PhD (ANU)
Harold Gretton began playing guitar at the age of 7. He first studied at the ANU in Canberra before completing a course specialising in guitar duo performance in Strasbourg (France).
He has won numerous international competitions, both as a soloist and in various chamber music combinations. He has been invited to perform concerts all over Europe, as well as in the USA, Mexico, Vietnam, and all over Australia. He has performed with orchestras in Australia and Europe, and gave the world première of Westlake's concerto Shadow Dances under the composer's baton.
He has recorded three CDs, a solo album, an album of Austraian guitar quartets with Guitar Trek, and a mixed album of guitar duos, funded by a successful crowd-funding campaign.
A dedicated pedagogue, Harold has given masterclasses in numerous guitar festivals, lectured at Universities and has participated on numerous juries in international competitions. He has held teaching positions in Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Lichtenau (Germany) and Saint-Louis (France).
Harold joined the RCM's Guitar Department in 2018
Jeff Donovan - Classical Guitar
BA(Mus), Grad Dip Cont Ed, Grad Dip IT
Jeff Donovan graduated in guitar from the Canberra School of Music in 1981 after studies with Sadie Bishop. He undertook further study with Tim Kain in Canberra until 1984 and then under Jose Tomas in Alicante Spain from 1985 - 1986 with the help of a Jacobena Angliss Music Award. He returned to Australia in 1987 and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in Sydney as a member of the Bennelong Players and at the St George Institute and St Catherine's School. He has performed for various NSW Arts Councils and in master classes for Dagoberto Linares, Leo Brouwer and John Williams. He came to Wagga in 1989 to teach guitar and double bass at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.
He performs regularly in and around Wagga both as soloist and chamber musician. He enjoys playing the wide repertoire that the guitar offers but feels a special affinity for Bach, music from Spain as well as Australian contemporary composers such as Philip Houghton. He performs on a hand-made Australian guitar by the Eugene Philp, who worked as an apprentice to Greg Smallman in the early nineties. Very sadly, Eugene died of cancer at the age of 40 in 1997.
Since 2004 he has been the President and Administrator of the Riverina Summer School for Strings. This annual week-long school in early January has grown to become one of the highlights of musical activity in the Rvierina, providing local and metropolitan players with a wonderful opportunity to meet and play together. It also produces the Sounds of Summer Concert Series presented by RSSS tutors which gives all the community the chance to enjoy top-class chamber music concerts throughout the whole week.
DAVID WILSON - CONTEMPORARY Guitar
David has been playing guitar in many original and cover bands for 30 years as well as being a session musician mostly for the last 20.
David is also a producer working with many original bands over the last 20 years many of which have had charting songs with radio and TV play.
David has studied many styles under musicians such as Steve Housden (Little River Band/John Farnham), Paul Rettke (Jazz) and also studied Orchestral Theory with Joe Paperone at the Eastern Hill Conservatorium in Melbourne.
David joined the RCM's Guitar Department in 2018.