Keynote Presenters

There will be two keynote presenters at the AUSTA 2018 National Conference:

  • Brian Finlayson
  • Dr. Mark Laycock

Brian Finlayson

Melbourne-born violinist Brian Finlayson studied in Melbourne with Brian Blake and Dorothy Gleadall.  He undertook further studies with Valery Klimov (a student of and successor to David Oistrach) followed by studies in Cologne from 1980 to 1983 with Igor Ozim, the Amadeus Quartet and Günter Kerr, performing concerts and touring throughout USA, Canada, France and Germany as a soloist and member of the Heidelberger Kammerorchester.

Returning to Australia in 1983, he was appointed concertmaster of the Australian Philharmonic and the Australian Pops Orchestra.


Brian’s students have won many National and International violin and quartet competitions including the Alpe Adria International violin competition, International Instrumental competition of Padua, Italy, the Austrian National violin competition, the prestigious Gradus ad Parnasum, Mozart Prize and Austrian Artist of the year, the ABC young performers award and the Szymanowski violin competition. Read More


Dr. Mark Laycock

Dr. Mark Laycock is a Professor of Music at Wichita State University, where he holds the Ann Walenta Faculty of Distinction Endowed Professorship.

He has been recognized with the WSU Excellence in Creative Activity Award (2012) and the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (2007).

He serves as Director of Orchestras and Coordinator of Strings. WSU Symphony Orchestra appearances under his direction include international tours to Spain and Canada, a May 2011 concert at Carnegie Hall, and multiple invited performances at Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshops.

Dr. Laycock is a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; he serves as Chair of Orchestra Activities. He was recently appointed Conductor of the Wichita Youth Symphony. His work as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator spans 27 states; upcoming engagements encompass Arizona, California, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas. He has conducted all-state, region, and district orchestras throughout the country. He has served the National Orchestra Festival as adjudicator and clinician, and in 2018 will begin a two-year term as chair of the event. Read More