Anthony Szakacs-Cook played wind instruments in
several professional orchestras in Melbourne, and
was a well-known flute teacher.
The Whitehorse Youth Orchestra was founded by
Tony in 1973/74, consisting of the music students
of the then Whitehorse Technical College.
This orchestra expanded and subsequently allowed
older, non-student members to join, and became
the forerunner of the present Whitehorse
The orchestra welcomed as Conductor Gerald
Keuneman in 1990, and he has been with the
orchestra ever since. He has introduced
innovative programming and helped the orchestra
to grow in size and standard and perform many
We were fortunate to have as Concert Master an
eminent performer and teacher, Seung Young Chung,
for many years, who made a considerable
contribution to the orchestra. In 2011-12 he is
carrying out a two-year teaching program in
Since 2011 we have had the privilege of working
with Concert Master Philip Carrington. Philip has
had many years of commitment to community music
and large experience in string teaching, as well
as being a professional orchestral leader. His
contributions to all sections, and in particular
the string section, have helped to raise the
standard of performance significantly.
Our Musical Director and Conductor, Gerald
Keuneman, has celebrated 25 years in charge of
the Whitehorse Orchestra.
A commemorative album to celebrate this milestone
was created by our resident artist Rosalind
Kentwell and presented to Gerald at the April
In April 2015 a very successful visit of the
orchestra to China took place.
Concert Performance 10th April 2016 at Box Hill