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      

CSMF Music Director

Samantha Taylor  

CSMF Production Coordinator

Dr Jill Gowdie   

Director, Catholic Identity & Mission

Madeline Forde   

Senior Advisor, Ministry

Karla Sparapani  

System Coach, Curriculum

School Representatives

Adam Slater (Chair) 


St Joseph's Memorial School

John Low  


St Catherine's School

Daniel Roberts  

Music Teacher

All Saints Catholic Primary School

James Musci  

Music Coordinator

St Michael's College 

Gary Pascoe  


Star of the Sea School  

Lisa Robson  

Music Teacher

Our Lady of the Visitation School  

Matt Young  

Music Teacher

Christ the King School / St Anthony's School

Michelle Page  

Assistant Principal

St Francis of Assisi School

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


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.

Meredith Wilson

Festival Accompanist

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Meredith Wilson holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide, an Advanced Certificate in Accompaniment (TAFE School of Music), and an AMusA in piano. She has taught piano at many schools in Adelaide and is currently employed at Pulteney Grammar School as a piano teacher and accompanist.

 Meredith accompanies a wide variety of genres from school Musicals through to Conservatorium recitals, Cabaret and classical concerts, and is also the accompanist for Cantabile Singers.

She is pleased to be associated with CSMF again this year.

Catholic Schools Music Festival

Mon 23 - Thur 26 September 2024
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre