Life members

Sr Colleen Roberts RSJ (Founder and Music Director 1989 - 1993)


Ivy Hill (Chairperson 1994 - 2010)


Mary Le Page, OAM (Pianist 1990 - 1997)


Allan Dooley (Patron 2001 - 2008)

Meet the Team

Management Committee

CESA Representatives

Denise Rothall      Music Director  

Samantha Taylor  Production Coordinator

Monica Conway   Assistant Director, Catholic Identity

School Representatives

Gennaro Mannella, Chair  Deputy Principal, St Brigid's, Evanston

John Low  Principal, St Catherine's School

Russell McGlone  Music Teacher, Kildare College

James Musci  Music Teacher, St Michael's College 

Gary Pascoe  Deputy Principal, Emmaus School  

Lisa Robson  Music Teacher, Our Lady of the Visitation   

Karla Sparapani  APRIM, St Gabriel's School  

Matt Young  Music Teacher, Christ the King / St Anthony's

Denise Rothall

Music Director


Denise Rothall is a graduate of Flinders Street School of Music and Adelaide College of the Arts, where she gained her Bachelor of Education in Music and Drama. She also holds an A.Mus.A. in piano.

As Music Coordinator at Marymount College, her passion for choral music grew. Denise was accepted to further her studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA where she completed a Master of Music degree, majoring in choral conducting under the tutelage of Constantina Tsolainou, and orchestral conducting with Dr David Milnes.

Denise has been invited to present workshops and work with choirs in both Adelaide and interstate as a guest conductor. She is also Music Director of Cantabile Singers.

Samantha Taylor

Production Coordinator

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After completing a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance in South Australia, Sam relocated to Victoria for 11 years. She has enjoyed teaching, directing small ensembles, tutoring at music camps and freelancing in SA and Victoria for over 25 years.

 She undertook a Graduate Diploma in Arts & Entertainment Management through Deakin University and gained a number of Arts Administration roles in Victoria prior to returning to South Australia for family. Sam sought to continue her passion in music education and for eight years taught Kindermusik music & movement classes to children aged birth-7yrs; a rewarding and life-skill experience she greatly values.

Enjoying large scale youth music events, Sam has been managing the SA State Music Camp since 2013. She continues to perform with a variety of ensembles including the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Adelaide Summer Orchestra, Metropolitan Male Choir events and other freelance opportunities.

Her role at the Catholic Schools Music Festival sees her running the operations of this event; fulfilling her commitment to providing performance opportunities for young people to experience and enjoy.

Pamela Buccini

Festival Accompanist


Pamela Buccini, musician, arranger, composer and examiner, is in her fourteenth year as pianist for the Catholic Schools Music Festival, having previously spent some years as choir trainer at Stella Maris Parish School, Seacombe Gardens.

A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Pamela relocated to Adelaide in 1977, taught group and private lessons for the Yamaha Music Foundation and is currently the Head Teacher and Director of the Adelaide Yamaha Music School.

In addition to teaching piano at Sacred Heart College Middle and Senior Schools, St. Mary's College, St. Michael's College and Westminster School, Pamela is an AMEB examiner in piano and is the SA consultant for electronic organ. 

Russell McGlone

Rhythm Section Coordinator



Russell began studying at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide in 1996 and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Being passionate about education, he went on to further his studies and completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2008. During this time he worked as a professional musician.  

Since 2016 Russell has played drums with the Music Festival’s Rhythm Section, which has included many Catholic school music students and teachers over the years. He held the role of Support Act Coordinator from 2015 -2018 and continues to be amazed by the quality of student performances each year on stage at the Festival.

Russell is currently Music Coordinator at Kildare College, and he continues to work regularly as a freelance musician.

Catholic Schools Music Festival Sept 26-29, 2022
Adelaide Festival Theatre