Each year the Eisteddfod engages adjudicators with outstanding qualifications and vast experience in their chosen disciplines. This ensures that all competitors benefit from the evaluation provided for each performance.




Adjudicators for 2019


Rowena Sanderson

Rowena is the current Secretary of Australian Dance Adjudicators. She believes in solid technique and strong performance skills and has a passion for everything theatre-related! Adjudicating numerous eisteddfods and festivals throughout Australia over the past 20 years, she is highly sought after. Commencing lessons at the age of 2 years, Rowena has been passionate about dance and theatre all her life studying Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for many years. She has taught and choreographed for over 35 years. For many years she owned and operated a large successful dance studio in the Wollongong area where she trained students in R.A.D. Ballet, B.D.A. Tap, Modern/Contemporary, National Character and all styles of Jazz. Rowena has choreographed and performed in several musicals and has also been involved in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and Wakakirri.


John Martin

As pianist and Music Director John has worked with many stars in Australian and international classical and music theatre, as well as coaching literally hundreds of future star vocalists. He has been Musical Director multiple times for Mark Vincent, The Australian Tenors, The Ten Sopranos, and many others. John has also worked with many of Australia’s best instrumentalists and toured China in June 2018 with flautist Jane Rutter. In June 2019, Jane and John will join Peter Cousens in a 14-concert tour, including Nowra on September 18th. John is also a composer, with nearly forty works in print courtesy of Wirripang Publications.


Matt Klohs

Matt Klohs is a professional conductor, clinician, adjudicator with significant experience in adjudicating instrumental music performances at regional, state and national level. has a strong focus on positive and encouraging adjudications, particularly for younger or less experienced musicians. Growing up in North Queensland he competed at the local Eisteddfod annually and went on to enjoy a 27-year professional career in the Royal Australian Navy Band. He has led full-time bands in Sydney and Melbourne and most recently as Senior Instructor at the Defence Force School of Music in Melbourne. Matt has performed professionally on piano, flute, piccolo, saxophones, and vocals, and is a published composer. His career has taken him to 30 countries and he has conducted bands from primary school level to professional standard in Australia, the UK, and the US as well as community bands and choirs.

Speech & Drama

Aimee Davies

Aimee is a Speech Communication teacher in Sydney. She has a Bachelor in Media and Communications from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Oral Communication from the Australian Speech Communication Association (ASCA). She has taught Speech and Drama in various Sydney schools, including Ravenswood School for Girls and Brigidine College, and been a Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 Speech classroom teacher. She also teaches Speech and Drama privately to students aged 7-18 years old. Aimee has coached and adjudicated for the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (AIDSPC) and the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDSPC). She is also an adjudicator for the Interschools Public Speaking competition.

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