Perform - Create - Educate

The four members of Ad Lib Collective met performing and creating together in both Perth and Melbourne.  All classically trained musicians they each bring a different skill set to the ensemble.

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Thea Rossen - Director

Thea Rossen is a Melbourne based percussionist with a passion for chamber music, performance and collaboration. As a soloist and chamber musician, Thea has performed with a range of international artists including So Percussion, Speak Percussion, Lisa Moore and Simone Young. Thea has performed with the Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and presented works at the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, White Night Festival and Bendigo International Festival for Exploratory Music. A member of the Enyato Duo with clarinetist Luke Carbon, Thea has recently been accepted into the 2018 Bang on a Can Summer Festival.

As an educator Thea has designed and facilitated music workshops in regional, remote and metropolitan Australia. She is has developed touring school shows with Musica Viva in Schools and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, presented outreach workshops on behalf of the Melbourne Recital Centre with the Tomorrow Today Fund and is currently developing a new immersive installation for children as part of Art Play’s new ideas lab. During her time at the Australian National Academy of Music with teacher Peter Neville, Thea was awarded prizes for all of her solo recitals including Most Outstanding Performance, Best Program and Paul and Brett Deal Prize for the Most Outstanding Performance of an Australian Work. Thea received her Bachelor of Music Degree with honours at the University of Western Australia studying with Dr Louise Devenish and Tim White. Thea was recently awarded the Hugh Rogers Fellowship to support travel to Boston and project development with the Masary Studios.

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Jesse Deane

Jesse Deane is a Melbourne based woodwind specialist and educator. With a Masters in performance teaching and a graduate diploma in education Jesse currently works in a variety of settings while conducting ensembles, teaching classroom music, providing individual instrumental lessons and running music workshops.

Jesse works on designing the education side of Ad Lib's music engagement program, drawing on his background in education as well as jazz and classical performance.  Most recently he has helped to design curriculum for the Benalla workshop series and Bermagui Project. In addition, he has worked on creating the Drip Prop Play and Junk Orchestra shows.

Jesse is a member of the Just Sax Quartet and the Lead Alto Saxophone player in the Hot Socks Big Band, with recent performances at Dizzy's Jazz Club in Melbourne.

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Jared Yapp

Jared Yapp is a violist and composer who is passionate about finding ways to innovate within the classical music genre. In 2018, Jared will continue his viola studies at the Australian National Academy of Music with Caroline Henbest.

In 2016, he completed his Master of Music (Research) in viola performance with Paul Wright at the University of Western Australia. His thesis closely examined the compositional philosophies of Hungarian composer, György Kurtág. In 2012, he completed his Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition, also at UWA. As a composer, he has studied with Christopher Tonkin, James Ledger, Brian Fernyhough, Fabien Lévy and Oscar Bianchi, the latter three at the ‘Voix Nouvelles’ course at the Royaumont Foundation in France. His works and arrangements have been commissioned and performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Perth Symphony Orchestra as well as by individual artists from around Australia. 


Hamish Upton

Emerging from Australia’s vanguard of dynamic forward thinking young musicians, Hamish Upton is a highly sought after contemporary percussionist focusing on collaborative chamber and duo repertoire. He is the 2015 winner of the St Silas Achievement award at ANAM, and the 2016 recipient of the Brett and Paul Dean award for best performance of an Australian work. 2017 has seen Hamish work with James Hullick to develop percussion, electronics and voice duo ROTOR ASSEMBLY, and co-found Ossicle Duo with Benjamin Anderson (Bass Trombone). Hamish has performed with the Bolt ensemble, at BIFEM with Elision Ensemble and with Mauricio Carrasco, as well as Speak Percussion and Ensemble Offspring.

Hamish has completed three years at ANAM, and holds a Bachelor of Music (first-class honours) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with teacher Jonathan Fox. While at NUS, Hamish spent a semester on exchange at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore).  He has completed a Master of Music (Research) from Griffith University, exploring how the use of laptop-based sound technology can enhance solo percussion performance.