Music Academy Staff
Music Academy Staff
Mr Joel Copeland
Dean of Music
MEd (Educational Leadership), BEd (Secondary Music), Ad Dip (Leadership & Management)
Joel Copeland currently holds the position of Dean of Music at Canberra Girls Grammar School. He was previously employed at Radford College where he was Head of Music and Director of Choirs. Joel holds a Master of Education (Educational Leadership), a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Music) and has been an exponent of the Kodály philosophy throughout his teaching career. In 2015, he received the Australian Kodály Certificate in Secondary Music Education and is a regular presenter at conferences and workshops around the country. In 2016, Joel obtained an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management through the Australian Institute of Management. He has directed choirs, bands, orchestras and ensembles across all year levels and was heavily involved in the development and implementation of an International Baccalaureate inquiry-based music curriculum in the Radford Junior School. Joel spent 2016 as a Director of the Radford College Board. With experience teaching students from Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 12 as well as adult music learners in a community setting, Joel believes that music education should be made accessible to all and above all else, music learning should be fun and engaging. In 2010, Joel spent 18 months in the UK as the Assistant Director of Music at Kent College, Canterbury. Joel spent 4 years as the National President of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (KMEIA Inc.) and is also a past President of the ACT Music Educators Network (ACTMEN). Joel was involved in the Music Australia delegation to Parliament House in 2017 and has previously held positions on the National Council of the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME). Joel is a passionate advocate for Music Education and is honored to lead The Music Academy at Canberra Girls Grammar School through 2018 and beyond.
Phone: 02 6202 6440
Mrs Jennifer Groom
Head of Music and Performing Arts, Junior School
B Mus Ed (Hons), DC
After graduating from the NSW Conservatorium of Music in 1984 with Honours in a Bachelor of Music Education, Mrs Jennifer Groom attained a DC (Dalcroze Certification). Teaching at several schools in Melbourne including an appointment as Head of Music at Siena College, Jenny developed a passion for music education in both Primary and Secondary schools. While at PLC she became the first IB music teacher in Victoria and has taught up to Year 12 in the Victorian, NSW and ACT systems. For many years, Jenny was the ACT and South Coast Professional Development presenter for the Musica Viva in Schools programme and co-coordinated the Primary Independent Schools Arts Network. Bringing a wealth of experience and passion to her role as Head of Music and Performing Arts in the CGGS Junior School, Jenny is an invaluable asset to the Primary Years Program, collaborating not only with her Music Department colleague, Mrs Sara David, but also with teachers at all year levels in Units of Inquiry where music enriches students’ learning. Over the past 15 years at CGGS, Jenny has developed extensive academic, instrumental and co-curricular Music Programs ensuring students develop musical skills and a love of participation in musical activities. She believes that “students at CGGS Junior School have unique opportunities to create, perform and critically appreciate a wide range of music which will enhance their lives”.
Phone: 02 6202 6411
Mrs Rowan Harvey-Martin
Head of Orchestras
A.S.C.M BMus, Churchill Fellowship in Conducting
Rowan graduated violin with honours from the ANU School of Music and has also studied at the Eastman School of Music, New York. She was former Principal First Violin with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and has had extensive orchestral experience with the Eastman Virtuosi in New York, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and as Associate Concertmaster with the Australian production of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. Rowan studied choral conducting with Michael McCarthy at the Canberra School of Music and orchestral conducting with Donald Hunsberger at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently Musical Director of The Llewellyn Choir in Canberra. In 2007-2009 Rowan took part in Symphony Australia’s Conducting Development Program with Christopher Seaman, Arvo Volmer and Sebastien Lang-Lessing conducting the State Orchestra of Victoria, Tasmanian, Queensland, Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. In 2010 Rowan conducted The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in their Tea and Symphony Series and Brahm’s A German Requiem for the Llewellyn Choir’s 30th Anniversary. In 2009 Rowan was awarded the Stuart and Norma Leslie Churchill Fellowship for furthering her conducting in Graz, Austria with Johannes Fritsch and Rochester New York with Christopher Seaman. In 2012 Rowan conducted Bach’s St Matthew Passion with The Llewellyn Choir and became Chief Conductor of Canberra Youth Orchestra and Artistic Director of Canberra Youth Music. With the Llewellyn Choir between 2013 and 2016 Rowan conducted Antill’s Corroboree, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Jenkin’s The Armed Man, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Tavener’s Ikon of Light, Rheinberger’s The Star of Bethlehem, Verdi’s Requiem, Ramirez Missa Criolla and Will Todd’s Mass in Blue. She will conduct Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ in December 2017.
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Mrs Natalie Guile
Head of Bands & Academic Music Teacher
BMus Ed (Hons)
Natalie has always enjoyed a deep involvement with music. Participating in many ensembles throughout High School, she was selected to study at a tertiary level at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. At the Conservatorium, Natalie studied flute under Suzy Powell, Esme Yamaguchi, Rosamund Plummer and Amanda Hollins. Her studies were guided by some of Australia’s leading music educators, conductors and academics. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education (Honours) in 1996, she then went on to work at Richmond High School for Education NSW as a targeted graduate, and was then successfully appointed to Tyndale Christian School. In 2000, Natalie was employed as a foundation staff member at Nowra Anglican College, where she was the Head of the Creative Arts and Music faculty. Over 15 years, Natalie developed and led a highly successful department that was recognised in the region for eisteddfod winning ensembles, award winning musicals and consistently high HSC results with many students progressing toward further study in both music and education. During this she also was commissioned to write music education resources for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Meet the Music’ concert series. Making the move to CGGS in 2015 as Teacher in Charge of Bands, Natalie has been able to take on a variety of leadership roles to ensure our students receive an experience of music education that is of the highest quality. Natalie was Musical Director of the 2017 CGGS production of Annie, and was subsequently awarded with a Canberra Area Theatre Award for the Best Musical Director for a School or Youth Production.
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Mr Stephen Rabe
Head of Woodwind
BMus, Dip Teach, Assoc. Dip Mus
Stephen graduated from the Canberra School of Music in 1992 with a B.Mus, Distinction in Clarinet Performance. He also holds a Diploma of Teaching & an Assoc. Dip.Mus. from the University of Tasmania. He has performed professionally with many orchestras including Principal Clarinet with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, The Canberra Mozart Orchestra, Canberra Pro Arte Orchestra, Canberra Choral Society Orchestra & the Llwewellyn Choir Orchestra. He has also performed as Soloist & Chamber musician throughout Australia & overseas in the Rotterdam Concert Hall, The Australian Embassy in London, The Esterhazy Palace, The Barbican in London, as well as live broadcasts on ABC FM, & ABC TV. Stephen is highly regarded as a clarinet teacher & many of his students have gone on to perform with the Australian Youth Orchestra, The Tasmanian Symphony, The Adelaide Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as well as furthering their studies throughout Australia & overseas including Conservatory De Versailles & The Julliard School of Music. On two occasions his students have been selected to perform at the Encore Gala Concert in the Sydney Opera House for gaining top marks in performance in the NSW HSC. Stephen is the Head of Woodwind and has been teaching clarinet at CGGS since 2000.
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Mrs Lilian Hathorn
Head of Keyboard & Teacher – Theory
B.A ANU (hons), LTCL, AMusA, AAGM, PTCL
Lilian Hathorn is a piano and theory teacher with 25 years teaching experience. She has been an instrumental tutor at Canberra Girl’s Grammar School for over 20 years, both in the Senior and Junior Schools. Whilst Lilian has had a particular interest in teaching advanced theory and harmony, she has taught privately and in a group setting to students of all ages and levels. Over the years, she has maintained a high standard of teaching that has resulted in consistently good results from the AMEB for both her Piano and Theory students. Lilian studied classical piano performance with Prof Larry Sitsky and Harmony with Marretje Van Wezel at the Canberra School of Music. She holds a Licentiate and Performer’s Diploma in Piano Performance with Trinity College, London, and an Associate Diploma with both the Australian Music Examinations Board and the Australian Guild of Music. As well as her musical studies Lilian also graduated with first class Honours in Philosophy from the ANU. Her teaching philosophy emphasises music’s accessibility to the motivated student. Far from the elitist prone notions of ‘gifted’ and ‘talented’, a musical education can and should be experienced by all those willing to learn. Lilian attributes her teaching success to her respectful teaching style. She is happy to relinquish the power dynamic, so often associated with teaching, in favour of a mutually respectful relationship with her students. Finding that even young children respond best when the responsibility of their learning is theirs to nurture. Lilian is currently enjoying the many challenges involved in mastering Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata and Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz.
Mrs Lim Hur
Conductor & Academic Music Teacher
Dip Mus (Performance), GradDip Ed (Sec)
Lim Hur is a highly-experienced music teacher and has worked at CGGS for many years. She has taught music classes from Years 7 to 12 and has helped coordinate many music ensembles and concerts. Notably Lim founded the Gabriel String Quartet and has co-led the jazz band at many successful eisteddfods. Prior to working at CGGS, Lim taught at Kambah High School and Narrabandah College. Lim has also worked in the NSW school system teaching HSC music and led the Music Department at Berkeley Vale High School from 1983 to 1993. Lim is a committed believer in both Orff and Kodaly methodology in music education, and enjoys keeping her skills up to date by attending yearly workshops and international conferences. Lim studied piano performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under Leah Horowitz.
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Mr Viv Martin
Conductor & Academic Music Teacher
BMus (Hons), GradDip Ed (Sec), MEd (Educational Leadership)
From the tender age of 8 Viv has pursued many forms of making music. Alongside the Bachelor of Music (honours), Diploma of Education and Masters of Educational Leadership he has held a variety of positions from Director of Music at Trinity Regional College to principal tuba with the famous Footscray-Yarraville City band to Director of Bands at Scotch Oakburn College. In 1995, he won the National Solo Championships on B flat tuba and has been awarded a total of ten state titles in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. From 1995 Viv has specialised in conducting choirs, orchestras and bands. He is a well know figure in the Australia band movement directing Latrobe Federal Band to wins in consecutive state titles. Viv instigated a highly successful youth training program for this ensemble to ensure its continued success, a legacy which continues today. Internationally, in 2003, Viv completed a tour of Kentucky in the USA through the Rotary Group Study Exchange program, appearing as guest conductor and clinician in a number of universities and high schools. He ventured to Northern France with Eastern Australia Brass in 2005 and 2014 performing in the Conservatoire de Paris and to 3000 on the steps of Amien’s cathedral. Viv is currently Acting Director of Pastoral Care at CGGS, directs bands and handbell ensembles and is a senior staff member of The Music Academy.
Phone: 02 6202 6480
Mrs Sara David
Conductor & Academic Music Teacher
BA Ed (Hons)
Sara David has pursued her passion for Music Education since graduating from Christ Church University (Canterbury, United Kingdom) with a Batchelor of Arts and Education (Hons). Her experience in leading the Bristol Chamber Orchestra and running the North Somerset Music Centre for Young Musicians Junior Orchestra, in addition to classroom teaching, was invaluable as Sara began teaching at the highly regarded CGGS Junior School Music Department in 2005. Qualified as an Orff Music Education Practitioner, Sara believes that young children “playing and doing” is a vital element of their Music Education. Sara specialises in teaching classroom music in the Early Learning Centre, Junior Primary classes and Year 3. She has developed choirs for young singers and the Celtic Music Ensemble. In addition to classroom music teaching, Sara plays violin in many school settings modelling to students a collaborative approach in music playing and a lifelong love of instrumental music. She is passionate that “music should be available to all students and that music education is essential to their development of social, cognitive, and motor skills.”
Phone: 02 6120 3395
Ms Kylie Loveland
BMus, MMus (Piano & Accompaniment)
Kylie graduated with a Masters in Piano Performance and Accompaniment from the ANU School of Music in 2009. She has performed as a soloist with the National Capital Orchestra, participated in the Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israel, and has accompanied choirs and soloists regularly around Canberra for over 15 years. Kylie’s passion for teaching comes from her love of working with fellow musicians and from studying with great pedagogues, including Susanne Powell, Dr. Geoffrey Lancaster (fortepiano) and Prof. Larry Sitsky. Throughout 2014-15 Kylie also studied Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink (USA). Kylie’s focus as a teacher is to encourage musicians to be independent, creative and confident in tackling new challenges so that they can reach their full potential.
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Mr Stephen Leek
Conductor/Teacher – Community Choir & Composition
B.A.(Mus) Composition and Cello Performance
Freelance Australian Composer and Conductor Stephen Leek has long associations with some of the finest and most innovative ensembles around the world including Gondwana Voices (Australia), the Tapiola Children’s Choir (Finland), Kamer Choir (Latvia), The Formosa Singers (Taiwan), and his own choirs, the innovative vOiCeArT and the highly acclaimed The Australian Voices, that he co-founded and conducted for 16 years until 2009. As a conductor, Stephen continues to be in demand as guest conductor around the globe. As a composer, Stephen writes with his own distinctive contemporary style – his works have broad appeal and are performed regularly by a wide selection of choirs throughout the world. As a result, he has been commissioned by some of the leading choral groups world-wide. Having written 13 operas, numerous orchestral and chamber works, music for education and dance, yet, Stephen is often credited as the “founder of Australian choral music” for his composition of over 700 innovative choral works that explore a uniquely “Australian” colour and texture for all ages of singer and levels of experience. A Churchill Fellow, Stephen has received many national and international awards including the prestigious “Robert Edler International Choral Prize” for his contribution to the development of global choral music. In 2012/13, Stephen was the Artistic Director of the Shanghai Youth Choir and in 2015, Conductor of the Asia Pacific Youth Choir, and until recently Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) – a voluntary role he undertook for 6 years creating opportunities for musicians around the world. Currently in the role of Artistic Director/General of the Young Music Society in Canberra, Stephen continues to pursue hectic freelance activities in Australia and throughout the world.
Mr John Couch
Conductor – Williams, Schaupp & Community Guitar Ensembles
MMus, MBA, FTCL, Post-Grad. Dip. (Performance/Research), BMus
John Couch graduated in 2000 with a Masters of Music (MMus) in classical guitar performance and pedagogy and has been teaching classical guitar since 1994. His teaching philosophy is one that balances enjoyment with progression, enabling students to progress technically and musically on the classical guitar while discovering a rich repertoire for the instrument. As an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB NSW) he has a broad knowledge of the student repertoire. John has adjudicated many music performance competitions from local eisteddfods to international guitar competitions in Mexico. John is the director of New Zealand’s premiere classical guitar festival, the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School (TCGSS); a biennial festival that connects international and local professional and vocational classical guitarists. As a performer, John tours internationally as both a soloist and chamber musician and is a core member of the New Zealand Guitar Quartet (NZGQ). He has recorded for radio and television in Australia, Vietnam, Canada and New Zealand and has released five CD recordings, including his latest solo album Ask Me Tomorrow featured heavily on the ABC Classic FM. “An extraordinary musician, a perfect technique:” Edition Beauce, Quebec (Canada).
Mr Minh Le Hoang
Conductor – Kain Guitar Ensemble
BMus (Hons), MMus
Minh Le Hoang studied with leading Australian guitarist and teacher, Timothy Kain at the ANU School of Music. He subsequently graduated with first class honours, receiving the highest mark ever achieved by a student in a solo recital. Minh then continued to undertake postgraduate studies and completed a Masters of Music. A member of Australia’s unique guitar quartet, Guitar Trek, Minh has toured extensively throughout Europe, toured for Musica Viva and appeared at major festivals including the Sydney Festival, Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Port Fairy Classical Music Festival, Saigon, Frankston, Darwin, and New Zealand International Guitar Festivals. Minh won first prize in the 50th Tokyo International Guitar Competition having won the Adelaide Spring Guitar Competition in 2001. As a soloist and recitalist within Australia he has given master classes and concerts for guitar societies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. He has also given concerts and classes in the United States and Southeast Asia and as well as making many appearances on radio and television. In 2008, he released the critically acclaimed solo album “The Fall of Birds” and a more recent recording “Duo Merindah” featuring music for guitar and flute. As a devoted and respected teacher developing the talents of a future generations of musicians in Canberra, Minh is currently a teacher at CGGS and at Australia’s leading guitar department at the Australian National University, School of Music where Minh has also served as acting Head of the Guitar department.
Mr Steve Fitzgerald
Conductor – KT Percussion Ensemble
Steve Fitzgerald was born and raised in East Gippsland. He completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of Arts in 2004 under the direction of Peter Neville, and a Masters degree at the Australian National University in 2012. He has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Basel Festival Orchestra and is currently a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Steve has been involved with the Astra Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Synergy, Ensemble Offspring, Graeme Leak & Strange Fruit Theatre, Australian Boys’ Choir, Australian Chamber Brass and the Green Room award-winning production of ‘Hunger’ by Rawcus Theatre/MSO. During 2008, Steve worked in Japan on several shows at Tokyo Disneyland, and in 2009 he toured rural and metropolitan schools throughout Victoria with the OzOpera production of ‘The Sound Garden.’ Steve has appeared at the Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, Hobart’s MONA FOMA, WOMAD and at CHOGM 2011 as part of the co-inciding celebrations. In 2012, he performed alongside the cabaret-diva Meow Meow in a sold-out season of “Little Match Girl”, the Sydney Festival’s Spiegeltent house show. Since then, Steve has toured to the UAE with Australian percussion legends Taikoz, and more recently has composed twice for playwright Emma Gibson in conjunction with The Street Theatre. Steve has been an Instrumental Tutor at both Canberra Grammar School and Canberra Girls’ Grammar School since 2016 and enjoys conducting the different percussion ensembles and marching band drum-line.
Ms Rebecca Timoney
Conductor – Flute Ensemble
BMus, Grad Dip. Mus., A.Mus.A
Flautist Rebecca Timoney was born and raised in Western Australia and completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia, majoring in performance. In 2006 Rebecca completed her Post-Graduate study with Virginia Taylor at the Canberra School of Music. Rebecca has a particular interest in chamber music and has enjoyed playing with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Pops Orchestra, the WA Elandra Ensemble, the West Australian Jazz Orchestra and has toured with artists such as Kate Ceberano and James Morrison. She recently spent a year playing with the United Arab Emirates National Orchestra and is happy to be back teaching and performing in Canberra.
Mr Ethan McAlister
Conductor – Pop Ensembles
BMus (Composition & Performance)
Ethan McAlister is an electric guitar/bass and theory tutor at CGGS. An experienced performer, composer and songwriter, Ethan’s interests extend from contemporary classical music to jazz to folk music. Since completing his Bachelor of Music in Composition and Electric Guitar at the University of Melbourne, Ethan has returned home to Canberra where he now teaches across Canberra and studies musical composition under Kim Cunio at the ANU School of Music. Ethan is excited for the opportunity to be a part of The Music Academy in 2018, teaching song writing classes as well as continuing to build the contemporary music program within the school.
Mrs Jenny Sawer
Conductor – The Decibelles
Jenny Sawer graduated from The School of Music, ANU with a BMus (1st class Hons) in 2004 majoring in classical singing and musicology. She is a Canberra-based vocalist, vocal coach, composer, guitarist, pianist and cellist. Jenny teaches privately at Canberra Girls Grammar Senior School and performs regularly in the contemporary duo ‘Jen & Jim’ at public venues and private functions. Jenny leads The Decibelles at CGGS and is also a relief conductor for The Cyrenes, The Canberra Children’s Choir and Mr Tim’s community choirs. She was the Musical Director of the choir Out of the Shower and on with the Show (OOTS) from 2004-2007 and was recognised for her efforts with OOTS when she won the Adult Learner’s week ACT 2006 Award for Outstanding Teacher. Jenny appears as a guest soprano soloist for choral performances in Canberra and has recorded two albums of original music, ‘Wild and Free’ and ‘Outrageous’. Jenny is passionate about music education and sharing her joy of music with students. Her particular interest in vocal technique lies with timbre and being a “vocal chameleon”.
Mrs Charlene Brighenti
Teacher – Theory
BMus (piano pedagogy), BA in Communication (public relations), MEd (expert teaching practice) LAGM, AAGM, AMusA, CMusA (Distinction), Perf. Cert. TCL, MMTA.
Charlene is a CGGS piano and theory teacher, teaching across both Junior and Senior school campuses. She has been at CGGS since 2000, having taught since 1994 at many ACT schools including St Vincents’ Primary, Hawker Primary, Lyneham Primary, Lyneham High, Merici College, Cook Primary and Macquarie Primary, as well as teaching for many years in her home studio. A former CGGS (at the time, CCEGGS) girl herself, Charlene believes strongly in creating an environment where students feel motivated, encouraged, comfortable contributing and asking questions and are able to progress according to their individual interests and needs. She aims to make lesson time meaningful, foster students’ independent learning skills and stimulate an appreciation for music that lasts well beyond school years. Charlene holds a Bachelor of Music (majoring in piano pedagogy) and on graduating was privileged to receive recognition from the AICM for a distinguished academic record, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from UC (majoring in public relations), piano performance diplomas including a Licentiate (AGMS), two Associates (AGMS, AMEB), a Certificate of Music Australia with Distinction (AMEB) and a Performance Certificate (Trinity College). In 2019 Charlene graduated with a Master of Education in Expert Teaching Practice (Monash University). Charlene found the further graduate study at Monash to be a very relevant and enriching experience and she received much positive feedback and encouragement. Charlene is an Accredited private music teacher, has been a full member of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW since 1998, was a member and committee member of the former Canberra branch and is a member of ACTKA (ACT Keyboard Association).
Mr Tim Wickham
Conductor – Alma Strings
Canberra violinist Tim Wickham has over thirty years of formal training, practice, and performance experience. Tim graduated from the Canberra School of Music (Australian National University) in 2005 and is a highly sought after local violin performer, mentor, conductor, and ensemble director. He is a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and is also a regular contributor to its community outreach and education programs. In addition to a strong interest in traditional violin techniques, Tim is also proficient in contemporary and improvised electric violin methods. Tim has been a member of the Canberra Girls Grammar School music community since 2012.
Ms Rebecca Lovett
Conductor – Stringy Bachs
Rebecca has had over 10 years of experience teaching violin to all ages at schools Canberra wide and her own home studio. Rebecca was a graduate of Canberra Girls Grammar School and a significant part of her teaching experience has occurred at CGGS. She is very fond of the school. Rebecca has a passion for bringing out the best in her students, to enable them to express themselves technically, musically and spiritually. A main goal for her is to teach them to be independent and develop lifelong learning and development whether that is with her or other teachers along the way. Her students have been very successful as solid members and leaders of school and community orchestras, chamber groups, placing in Eisteddfods and achieving high grades in AMEB amongst other achievements. Her students have also gone on to study music professionally. Rebecca has also worked as a conductor and tutor of many orchestras around Canberra and is currently the Junior School’s ‘Stringy Bachs’ conductor. Aside from teaching Rebecca regularly performs with her ensemble as the leader of Forrest National Chamber Orchestra and much other freelance work both in Australia and Internationally.
Mr Mikey O’Neil
Teacher – Audio Production
BMus (Composition & Music Production), BMus (Hons) (Composition), PhD – (Composition) (ongoing)
Michael ‘Mikey’ O’Neil is an enthusiastic and driven multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, bass, drums), composer, tutor, lecturer and music producer.
From 2013 to 2015, Mikey studied Composition and Music Production at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Sydney. During his undergraduate degree at AIM, he resided at St Andrews College, Sydney University, where he received an Instrumental Guitar Scholarship for all years of attendance.
In 2017 he completed and received a First-Class Honours Degree in Composition at the Australian National University (ANU). Mikey was also the recipient of the Peter and Lena Karmel Scholarship during his Honours year.
He has extensive experience as a films and games composer in a variety of genres ranging from Orchestral, Electronic, Blues, Rock/Metal, Pop and R&B music. This includes his most recent role as assistant composer for the film “The Furies”.
Mikey is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Composition in Ludomusicology at ANU, where he is a recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Stipend Scholarship.
Mikey currently tutors the Audio Production Course for the CGGS Music Academy. He is also involved with tutoring and guest lecturing for the Introduction to Music Technology and Music Recording and Production Techniques courses at ANU.
Mrs Greta Claringbould
Conductor – Cantantes
BMus Hons, ATCL (Violin), AMusA (Voice)
Greta holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours, an ATCL in Violin, and an AMusA Diploma in singing. Greta is a former professional orchestral violist and chorister with Wellington Cathedral Choir (New Zealand). She currently teaches voice at Canberra Girls Grammar School, and is also conductor of the school’s choirs, Cantantes and Coro da Camera. Greta’s singing teaching focuses on classical repertoire and the accent breathing method. In performance, Greta’s vocal timbre combines purity and clarity with warmth and richness. She specializes in Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, especially oratorio, cantata and small ensemble, and is expert at the execution of lengthy florid baroque runs. Greta frequently performs solo roles for various Canberra choirs and ensembles. In July 2015, the Sydney Morning Herald cited, “Soprano Greta Claringbould has a neat elegance in her delivery, skilfully executing ornaments and articulating every note of each run.” In 2016, in partnership with colleagues alto Maartje Sevenster and harpsichord/continuo player Peter Young, Greta formed Baroque Trio Adhoc Baroque. The trio continues to delight Canberra audiences with authentic performances of esoteric sacred and secular Baroque chamber works, including in 2017, the Antipodean premiere of Brunetti’s 1764 Stabat Mater. In 2018 Adhoc Baroque will debut at the Canowindra Baroque festival.
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Mrs Lisa Christie
Music Academy Administrator
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Ms Zoe Cameron
Music Academy Assistant
Phone: 02 6202 6446
Mrs Alice Giles
Dip Mus (Performance)
Alice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists. First Prize winner of the Eighth Israel International Harp Contest, she has had a wide and varied international solo career, from London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Merkin, ‘Y’ and Carnegie Halls, to Mawson Station, Antarctica, and continues to tour annually in the USA, Europe and Asia. She was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “significant service to the performing arts as a harpist, mentor and educator, and through contributions to Australia’s musical landscape.” With a passion for teaching, Alice has developed a unique and systematic approach to teaching technique using natural body movements, and has recently launched an online teaching resource. She was lecturer at the Frankfurt Hochschule and has given master classes in major institutions from the Salzburg Mozarteum to the Juilliard School, currently teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her annual Summer Course is held in Kioloa on the NSW South Coast. She has commissioned many new works by Australian composers, including for the electro-acoustic harp and as Director of the Seven Harp Ensemble. Chair and Artistic Director of the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, Alice is also founding Director of the Harp Centre Australia, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the harp in Australia.
Mrs Alira Prideaux
BMus, Grad Dip Perf Voice (Opera)
Alira Prideaux completed her Post Graduate Diploma and undergraduate degree both at the Canberra School of Music. She studied performance voice (opera) and specialised in atonal music and operatic performance. Alira has performed at The Sydney Opera House, Parliament House, Embassies, Football and Basketball games and performs regularly at functions for both major political parties. She has successfully competed in numerous Eisteddfods and competitions and recorded original works for composers. Alira has toured with the Ten Soprano’s, and organised school based tours to educate students about opera. On one occasion she sang at the launch of a new range of shoes while ballet dancers whirled around her in sneakers. Alira has performed main roles in both Musicals and Operas and provided the female soprano/soloist for several Oratorio performances. A Coloratura soprano and music theatre tragic, some of her favourite performances were those of Madame Goldentrill in Mozart’s the Impresario, Adele in Strauss’ Fledermaus and female soloist in the Carmina Burana. Alira is currently being kept busy by her students, performing engagements and her two young boys who will one day be gifted vocalists if the level of volume they produce is anything to go by.
Mrs Bronwyn Brown
B.Sc., Teach.Cert., A.Mus.A
Bronwyn began piano lessons at the age of five and organ lessons at fourteen. From her primary school days, she learned to accompany choirs and soloists, and since the age of sixteen, has acquired a wide range of experience on many pipe organs, playing for services, funerals and weddings. Her musical training was with local teachers in Newcastle and Sydney, achieving an A.Mus.A in Piano Performance. She also trained as a secondary school teacher, and taught Science and Mathematics at schools in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. In all these positions, she also contributed extensively to the musical life of the schools. Her extensive supporting artist experience has been gained as rehearsal pianist for previous Opera Australia principal artists, for community choirs and as accompanist for Eisteddfods, concerts, auditions and instrumental exams. Since settling in Canberra fourteen years ago, Bronwyn has established herself as a freelance accompanist while working at Radford College, first as a teacher, then in the Performing Arts Administration and as Director of Keyboard for 5 years. She currently is a relief organist at the Canberra Christian Scientist and Wesley Uniting Churches, while maintaining some choral accompaniment at Radford College and as a concert, exam and recital pianist for the students of a number of instrumental and vocal teachers. Bronwyn has enjoyed the particular challenge in 2019 of teaching several students on the CGGS Chapel organ and hopes this special instrument continues to be heard in the life of the school.
Miss Carly Brown
French Horn Teacher
BMus, Grad Dip. Ed. (Sec)
A native Canberran, Carly began playing horn at an early age, and quickly become fascinated with the instrument. Carly studied with Ysolt Clarke and Len Fischer before completing a Bachelor of Music (ANU) with Dominic Harvey. Carly won places at National Music Camps, was a Young Australian Concert Artist (2001) and a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (2001-03). Carly is an experienced performer in many styles and has worked as a session musician for a variety of ensembles and recordings throughout Australia in the course of her playing career. Carly was a member of the critically acclaimed contemporary chamber group, the Gryffin Ensemble (2008 -2012), recording a CD with this group, Illicit Passions, in 2011. Carly is currently a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the National Pops Orchestra, and is a Reservist with the Band of the Royal Military College (Australian Army). She is in demand as a performer, contributing to events such as the Canberra International Music Festival, the National Folk Festival and Canberra Centenary concerts, as well as lending her skills to musical theatre and community ensembles. Carly has a passion for music education and is actively involved in the development of young horn players in and around Canberra. Carly teaches students of all ages and experience and tailor lessons to each individual. Carly began her teaching studio in 2000 and became a Performance tutor in French horn at ANU in 2011.
Ms Christina Hopgood
Ms Christine Thompson
B. Ed., LTCL, MTA, A.Mus.A
Christine has over 35 years’ experience as a teacher and performer. She holds two Trinity College diplomas in piano teaching, an AMEB Associate performance diploma, and a Bachelor of Education. She is also a qualified specialist in early childhood (0 – 8) development and learning. With a classical music focus, Christine has worked with students of all ages and standards – from beginners to the beginning of advanced grades. She has a great deal of experience preparing students for exams – both piano and music theory and musicianship, as well as for performance – for example, student concerts and eisteddfods. She is known for her considered and insightful approach to her teaching and her ability to nurture the individual learning style of each student. Christine has taught in NSW and the ACT and her students have gone on to study music at NSW and Victorian Conservatories. Several of her students have also gone on to establish careers in music and pedagogy in Australia and overseas. Christine is a member of, and regularly performs with the Klavier Music Association. She also coordinates their Student Concerts program. This encourages independent performance experience in a supportive environment. Christine believes strongly in professional development. She is a member of the Music Teachers Association (MTA) which represents an Australian benchmark for quality in music teaching. Christine enjoys participating in regular teaching workshops, conferences, seminars and concerts. Christine maintains a close working relationship with Argentinian pianist, and current teaching fellow at the ANU School of Music, Professor Marcela Fiorillo. Her association with Marcela enables Christine to continue to draw further inspiration for an informed teaching approach. While not sitting at her beloved grand piano, Christine enjoys exploring nature, chasing international film festivals, and has a fiery passion for Argentine Tango.
Mr Demetri Neidorf
Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher
Born at a very young age back in the last century, with a jazz drummer for a father and a classical oboist for a mother, Demetri had little chance of ever having a career outside of music. Early music education included time on the Recorder, Violin and then the oboe, which he studied at a Tertiary level with Josef Hanic at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, then Sharman Pretty and David Nuttall at the Canberra School of Music. Performance highlights as Oboist include Canberra Opera productions of Madame Butterfly, Carmen and Orpheus in the Underworld. Demetri no longer plays oboe, but brings the benefits of this classical education to his students. Demetri took up Soprano Saxophone in his late teens, then commenced playing Alto Saxophone professionally in the mid-1980s. He studied Jazz Arranging and Composition with John Black for 2 years. He completed a Diploma of Education at University of Canberra in 1989. As a saxophonist Demetri has covered most genres in the contemporary music world: Jazz, Free Jazz, Big Band, Blues, R&B, Soul & Motown, Acid Jazz and World Music. Career highlight include working with World Radio (recipient of ACT Cultural Council Performance Art Grant), Highly Swung (Big Band, featured soloist), Bubaca (ex Youssou N’dour), Moussa Diakite (ex Salif Kieta), as well as an originals trio, wordmadeflesh, which played together in Canberra for about 18 years. Demetri has been teaching Saxophone for over 30 years, and in the last few years has added clarinet to his arsenal.
Ms Elena Nikulina
MMus (Performer, Teacher, Accompanist)
Elena Nikulina is an accomplished classically trained pianist, having graduated in 1999 from the Donetsk State Conservatoire, Ukraine with a Masters degree in pianoforte and accompaniment. At the Conservatoire she was winner of the ‘Best Accompanist Competition’ and selected to represent the Ukraine as a member of the piano ensemble at the Musical Competition in Pavia, Italy. While in the Ukraine, Elena, was the concertmaster to the Donetsk Academy Musical Theatre, and the Ballet Troupe of the Donetsk Academy Musical Theatre. She was also a founder member of the Viola Chamber Trio, Donetsk. Elena’s repertoire is wide ranging from classical concertos, sonatas, opera’s, arias and romances to the modern style. She has performed extensively overseas in the Ukraine, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as a solo and four-hand pianist. She has extensive experience as an accompanist working with opera singers, choirs and a range of musicians who have included cellists, flautists, violinists, saxophonists and trumpeters. Since moving to Canberra in 2006 Elena has performed as a soloist, four-hand pianist and accompanist in Canberra, Victoria and throughout New South Wales. Elena has worked extensively with baritone Jeremy Tatchell, accompanying him in 2010 in his accomplished performance of Schumann’s Liederkreis Opus 39, in 2012 with Schubert’s Winterreise and in his well received 2016 concert From Russia (and New Zealand) with Love which included songs composed by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Lilburn and Farquhar. Besides performing Elena is acknowledged in Canberra as a high level piano teacher and has prepared many students for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) examinations up to Licentiate Diploma in Music, Australia (LMusA). In 2016 Elena was recognised by the AMEB as on of the top 10 private keyboard teachers in New South Wales. Many of her students have won first prize in eisteddfods and competitions as well as securing musical scholarships. She believes giving the gift of music to children, not only provides them with an inner confidence, but also nurtures the joy of music that will travel with them through life’s long journey.
Ms Eliana Piddington
A.Mus.A Dip (Violin), B Mus, Grad Dip. Ed.
Eliana is one of the dedicated violin/viola teachers at Canberra Girls Grammar school. Her musical training started when she was quite young and over the last 20 years has participated and toured with various orchestras, chamber groups and ensembles throughout Melbourne and Canberra. She has a Bachelor of Music (Violin) from Monash University and a Diploma in Education from Melbourne University. She currently has been teaching in Canberra for the last 12 years, and continues to teach all ages both in school and at her active studio outside of school.
Ms Elizabeth Edward
Elizabeth graduated from the ANU School of Music with a Bachelor of Music majoring in performance and has been teaching for the past 15 years through her private studio and teaching Violin at Canberra Girls Grammar for the last 2 years. Elizabeth has also had over 10 years experience in the Child Care industry and is passionate about teaching children the joys of music and helping them to express their inner beauty through playing violin and using music to help in all areas of education. Teaching great posture is very important to Elizabeth so as to improve longevity of playing. Elizabeth has also been involved with various orchestras and chamber groups in Canberra.
Mrs Gillian Pereira
BMus (Cello Performance, ANU), YTL1
Gillian Pereira is graduate of the ANU School of Music who has been performing and teaching in the Canberra region for over 20 years. In addition to playing with such diverse groups as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Canberra Bach Ensemble and Earthly Delights, she has served as ‘cellist with Camerata Australia, the Young Australian Concert Artists program and also as principal cellist with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Recent collaborations have included performances with the Riverina Chamber Orchestra with artists such as Katie Noonan and Lior, a recording project with the award-winning Australian composer and pianist Sally Greenaway – ‘Aubade & Nocturne’, and performances in the Riverina Conservatorium Chamber Music Series. In Canberra and surrounds Gillian performs for the Music Agencies Sweethearts Music, String Musicians Australia, and StringSpace. Gillian is a member of the indie-piano-trio ‘Lady Luck’, and along with singer-songwriter Marianne Scholem and violinist Vanessa Driver had their debut performance at Smiths in 2017. Gillian enjoys teaching the cello, and over the years has taught at a number of schools in Canberra and regional conservatoriums in Wagga and Young NSW. She is currently teaching at Canberra Girls Grammar School, Radford College, St Clare’s College, and at the Wesley Music Centre. Gillian and has a particular interest in teaching adults the cello, and enjoys creating a supportive network and performance opportunities for adult cellists. At the annual event for adult string players in Bathurst – ‘Let’s Play String Workshop’- Gillian tutors cello and also offers yoga classes tailored to musicians. Gillian is also a registered yoga teacher since 2014, and and as the owner/teacher of Murrumbateman Yoga Studio teaches Hatha yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Gentle Yoga classes in her local community.
Mrs Giselle Roberts
BEd., A.Mus.A, L.Mus.A, MTA
Giselle Roberts studied piano at the Canberra School of Music with Joan Chia, then Susan Powell and received a BEd in Music teaching in 1996. She won the Bach Open section in the Australian National Eisteddfod in 1998 and received her Associate Diploma in Piano Performance in 1991. Giselle was an accompanist for the Woden Valley Youth Choir from 1992–1996 with whom she toured America in 1996. After a 15-year break from performing, Giselle resumed lessons in 2012 with Professor Marcela Fiorillo and in 2013 she received her Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance. In 2015, she received a work-study scholarship to the Golandsky Institute’s Summer Symposium at Princeton University and continues to study the Taubman approach with Dr. Therese Milanovic. She is currently preparing for her Fellowship Diploma and is studying with Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky AM. Giselle has a vibrant and well-established piano teaching business and has now been teaching for over 28 years. She is also an active committee member of ACTKA (ACT Keyboard Association) and is the Vice-President of the Klavier Music Association. Together with her husband Kieran, they are the ACT representatives for ANZCA.
Ms Hayley Manning
Double Bass Teacher
Mrs Helen Larmour
Piano and Cello Teacher
Helen’s musical career started with piano duets with her Granny in England and lessons from age 7. She quickly worked through the grades and upon starting high school all pianists were called to the music room to explore a range of instruments to learn (for free) as our second instrument. Helen liked the look of the cello and took one home. She soon realised the music teacher had only offered the instruments he needed further up the school in his orchestra, but I she was happy with her choice and was thrown in the deep end joining the school orchestra before a term was over. From then her social life was cello and orchestras, playing in various groups at school, every Saturday into the Bristol schools orchestra and during holidays in the county of Avon orchestra.
Helen studied for a BMUS and LRAM in Sheffield University and then did a teaching qualification in Manchester. She worked as a High School music teacher for 8 years before marrying and moving to Canberra. Helen started teaching at CGS in 1993 and CGGS the following year. She now plays in the Musica Da Camera, a keen amateur group of string players, in a string quartet and also does piano accompanying for AMEB exams, concerts and auditions.
Helen enjoy teaching piano and cello equally, and to a variety of styles and standards, from beginner to advanced, depending on the strengths and interests of the students. She enjoys helping young cellists become part of a group and encourages them to love orchestral and chamber music as much as she does. The piano students Helen encourage to join choirs and to perform in student recitals and any suitable school events.
Mrs Inessa Babajanov
Inessa Babajanov was born in Russia, and began studying Classical Piano at age 4. She completed the Conservatoire of Music in Russia with honours. Later progressing to be the head accompanist at the Kazakhstan National University. She later moved to Australia in 1994 to pursue her music career. Inessa has played in numerous shows and events, including Pride and Prejudice, The Adelaide Jazz festival, accompanying the ABC orchestral auditions as well as holding master classes and adjudicating Canberra Piano competitions.
Ms Jade McFaul
Jade McFaul moved to Canberra at the beginning of 2014 to begin a double degree in Classical Voice and Genetics at the Australian National University. She is a current Wesley Music Scholar, was a recipient of the 2014 ANU Christel Larko Music Scholarship, the 2015 Bill Hyslop Prize in Voice, the 2016 Llewellyn Choir Prize, and was the ACT Young Virtuoso of 2016. She has been a chorister with Gondwana National Choirs since 2011 and is regularly involved in local ensembles, including the Wesley Choir, the Canberra Bach Ensemble, and Kompactus Youth Chamber Choir. Jade has been a music teacher for 5 years, specialising in classical and contemporary voice, piano, and music theory.
Mr John Gilbert
Trombone and Tuba Teacher
B.A. (Hons), Grad Dip. Ed.
A trombone player and teacher of all brass instruments, John has been involved in Music Education for the past 50 years, initially working in schools in England and then as Director of Music at Canberra Grammar School and then Head of Performing Arts at Radford College. He has prepared students for many exams and recitals and has adjudicated many performances. He is currently teaching brass instruments privately in Canberra with students from beginner to AMusA standard.
Mr Jordan London
Jordan London graduated from the ANU School of Music in 2013, studying under Richard McIntyre. Based in Canberra, Jordan works with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra on bassoon and contra bassoon as well as moonlighting for the National Capital Orchestra, tutoring Canberra Youth Orchestra, and being involved in many operas, musicals and scratch orchestras. Jordan teaches at various schools around Canberra in addition to private students of all ages.
Mr Justin Lingard
Justin began his music studies at the age of five, learning piano and cornet. Pursuing a career as a professional trumpet player, Justin studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Music with Honours in 1999.
In 1999, Justin joined the Australian Defence Force as a professional musician and has held appointments to the Australian Army Bands in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney, Wagga Wagga and the Band of the Royal Military College in Canberra.
As an orchestral trumpet player, Justin has been a regular guest performer with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonia, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has recorded the orchestral soundtracks to numerous Australian and international films and television commercials with the Sydney Scoring Orchestra. Justin has also been engaged to perform with artists such as Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Tina Arena, Kate Miller Heidke, The Whitlams, Lior, Little Patti, Normie Rowe, Megan Washington.
Justin now lives in Canberra and earns his living as a professional music educator and freelance musician. Justin is the acting principal trumpet of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the principal trumpet of the National Pops Orchestra, a Performing Teaching Fellow at the School of Music of the Australian National University, an Australian Music Examinations Board examiner and is a reserve member of the Band of the Royal Military College. As a brass pedagogue, Justin contributes to the instrumental band programmes as an instrumental music teacher and band conductor in a number of schools in the Canberra region.
Ms Kate Murphy
BMus (Hons Ed), A.Mus.A
Kate Murphy has been a flute teacher for a rather long time so it’s a good thing she adores music, the flute and teaching. Kate completed a four-year Bachelor of Music degree with honours in music education at the University of Queensland in 1987. She also has an AMusA from the AMEB in flute, which she studied with Jeanette Manricks. After graduating, Kate taught and conducted ensembles at several south-east Queensland schools, including Sommerville House, Clayfield College and The Southport School. She has also played professionally in a wide variety of orchestras and ensembles at many functions, including weddings, rock concerts (Simple Minds at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre… a while ago) and even at the opening of a brewery. Since moving to Canberra with her family, Kate has taught privately and in several local schools and enjoys performing whenever she can. Kate is enthusiastic and her lessons are fun. Her goal in teaching is to help students discover the joy of musical expression.
Ms Kerry Watson
Kerry Watson has been learning piano since she was 11; playing the piano is what she enjoys most and feels it is a great pleasure and privilege to pass this joy on to her students. However, much to most students’ disappointment, there is an enormous amount of work involved in learning not just the technical skill of playing the piano but also the artistry required to become a musician.
Of course not all students appreciate or are ready to commit to the hard work involved and it is Kerry’s challenge to encourage them to develop their own skills and realise their full musical potential. Many of her students successfully present for exams and competitions annually, however she feels the greatest enjoyment comes from watching young students grow, develop and achieve musical goals they never thought they could.
Kerry completed university degrees majoring in both pedagogy and piano performance, receiving many awards for both solo performance and accompanying, and enjoys continually learning and developing new skills in these areas. She believe it’s important to continually develop her own skills so she can keep her own musical experiences in line with what students are (forced) to endure! With so much time spent on piano there is not much left for other things, however Kerry does manage to fit in some photography, the occasional session on the snowboard and racing birds on her road bike.
As well as teaching, she continue to enjoy the stress, anxiety and exhilaration of performing publically both as a soloist and accompanist.
Ms Megan Pampling
Megan grew up on a dairy farm in the rolling hills of South Gippsland. She began music at a young age and knew by age 7 she would be a music teacher. In year 11 she won a scholarship from the Australian National Academy of Music and began studying with Eve Newsome in Melbourne. She achieved the highest mark in the state of Victoria for her Year 12 music subject and the same year won the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Award and recorded the Haydn Oboe Concerto accompanied by the MSO for radio broadcast. Megan completed her degree at the Victorian College of the Arts whilst working with the MSO as a casual player and also teaching at Presbyterian Ladies’ College. Megan studied for 3 years in the post graduate class of Thomas Indermühle in Zürich, Switzerland with the help of the Willem Van Otterloo Scholarship. Megan has performed as a soloist in Switzerland and as an orchestral oboist with the Zürich, Basel, Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and is currently principal oboist of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Megan began teaching at Canberra Girls Grammar School in 2006 and also taught for ten years as an Associate Lecturer at the ANU school of music. She has been invited to teach and give workshops for the Queensland Conservatorium and for the Australian Youth Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and Sydney Symphony. Megan loves to pass her deep enjoyment of music on to her students.
Ms Megan Taylor
ARCM, BMus, AUSTAT
A graduate of the NSW Conservatorium High School, where she studied with John Painter, Megan Taylor moved to Europe where she studied with such luminaries as Stefan Popov and Raphael Wallfisch, attended summer schools at Dartmouth. and freelanced for 10 years in London and Copenhagen. Returning to Australia, she worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for five years, also freelancing on many opera and ballet tours and other engagements from her base in Sydney. Simultaneously, she built a vigorous teaching practice in Sydney schools, and with colleagues organized many large workshop gatherings, developing the practical pedagogy of teaching cello to children.
While in London she came in contact with the Alexander Technique, and studied with Cheryl Gardiner; on returning to Sydney, she undertook her teacher training, graduating from SATA and CATTS in 1989. She has maintained a busy Alexander teaching practice ever since.
Wishing to put into personal practice the Alexander principles that she had learned, she undertook a Performance degree with Lois Simpson at the Canberra School of Music. Concurrently, she introduced a much-valued undergraduate course in Alexander Technique for Performance students. Her studies in the teaching of younger children, giving primacy to the relationship of technical sequencing and development of good physical and mental use, has given her widely-acknowledged expertise with students from early years up to tertiary study.
While in Canberra, she was a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for nine years, and has performed as cellist with the Milford Piano Trio with Gillian Graham and Jenny Corvini.
Orchestral Cello sectional tutorial work has been an important part of her endeavour, as a weekly tutor for Sydney Youth Orchestra for many years, London Youth Orchestra, and weekly tutor for Canberra Youth Orchestra with Vincent Edwards and Gillian Graham.
Ms Phillipa Candy
B.A. (Mus), L.Mus.A (Piano), Grad Top (Sec. Music), MMus (Piano Performance)
Phillipa Candy is a highly respected professional musician. Her versatility has seen her work as an accompanist, conductor, pianist, private piano teacher, college teacher, repetiteur, and vocal coach. She holds two Masters degrees in piano performance, one from Australia, and one from the US, both times securing scholarships for performance and academic excellence. She furthered her study in vocal accompaniment with the late Geoffrey Parsons in London. Phillipa toured with Musica Viva twice: in 1988 as founding pianist with the semi-classical group Austral Skies, and from 2011 as pianist with soprano Louise Page in the show Nellie Melba: Queen of Song.
Since 1992, Phillipa has worked with soprano Louise Page to promote and foster Art Song after she returned from overseas. They have produced 6 CDs of varying genres: Art Songs by Richard Strauss, Erich Korngold, The Magic of Operetta, song cycles by Australian composers Ann Carr-Boyd, Horace Keats and Christmas songs. They have also performed the Operetta show regionally and interstate.
This year she helped premiere a song cycle by Canberra composer Michael Dooley, who has now been given a major commission for a Melbourne audience.
Phillipa repetiteured for operas including Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Gounod’s Faust, Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, as well as in the Belgian production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. She was conductor and Music Director for Canberra City Opera’s critically acclaimed Marriage of Figaro, and later, Trial by Jury and Some Enchanted Evening.
She has performed for ABC Sunday Live with artists Louise Page, flautist Teresa Rabe and violinist Barbra Gilby. Twice she played with mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell for Art Song recitals in Canberra.
Phillipa has worked constantly as a piano teacher for over 40 years in conjunction with balancing her performing commitments. She enjoys variety in her musical life. She is committed to excellence in musical education and to developing and fostering young talented musicians.
Mr Rowan Phemister
Rowan Phemister is a Canberra based harpist and harp teacher. He performs in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and teaches in the Orchestra’s Rediscovering Music Program. As a soloist, Rowan represented Australia on an international level when he was one of 26 harpists invited to perform in the 2014 World Harp Congress Focus on Youth Program. During his high school years Rowan benefitted immensely from the ANU School of Music’s acclaimed pre-tertiary Type 1 Program. During his final year at Type 1 Rowan was selected to perform Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for the Governor General, Dame Quentin Bryce, at Government House. Rowan completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons. I) at the Sydney Conservatorium where he twice made the finals of the Conservatorium Concerto Competition.
Rowan was raised in Yass, NSW where he began studying the harp with international harpist Alice Giles. Rowan was fortunate to have studied with Alice from nine years of age through to the end of his degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Rowan and Alice now teach together in Canberra through Harp Centre Australia. Rowan’s firm belief is that music is a skill open to all people regardless of musical experience, age or ability. Currently his youngest students are in primary school, while his eldest students are in their 80’s!
Photo by Peter Hislop
Mrs Suzanne Hewitt
BMus, LTCL (Teaching), LTCL (Performing), FTCL
Suzanne Hewitt began her musical studies at the age of 10. After realising her passion for music, she continued her studies at Sydney Conservatorium under the guidance of Alexander Sverjensky and Lindley Evans. She then went on to further her studies in London at the renowned institute, the Trinity College of London. After returning from overseas, Suzanne completed her Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University under the guidance of Professor Larry Sitsky.
Mrs Hewitt’s enthusiasm for teaching is not only reflected in her strong dedication in inspiring her students in the field of music but also, her involvement in the musical community. She has recently been asked to join the Board for the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts as an examiner and, this year, was presented with a Service to the AMEB award. Also, in 2017, Suzanne was presented with an award for Education and Inspiration from The Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Suzanne has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including her Associate of Music AMEB, The Sverjensky music award for Performance 1969, Associate of Music (Performance)Trinity College of Music London, Licentiate of Music (Performance)Trinity College of Music London, Licentiate of music (Teaching) Trinity College of Music London, and is a Fellow of the Trinity College Of Music London.
Mrs Teresa Rabe
B.Mus, L.Mus (AMEB) A.Mus (AMEB)
Teresa is a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and played in a casual position with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has been Principal Flute with Stopera, Canberra Choral Society and Llewellyn Choir. Most recently she played Principal Flute with the National Pops Orchestra, backing Kate Miller-Heidke and The Whitlams. She has appeared many times in the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival and plays for the Canberra Philharmonic and Free Rain musicals. Teresa enjoys chamber music and performs with soprano Louise Page and pianist Phillipa Candy, and has toured Australia and China and recorded a CD with guitarist Minh Le Hoang. For the past decade, Teresa has also played in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra Noteworthy program, with a Wind Quintet that tours the Hospitals, Aged Care residences and Special Schools of Canberra a few times a year. Teresa has won the National Flute Orchestral Extracts competition and performed concertos with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Canberra Pro Musica, The Hayden Bande and Canberra School of Music Orchestra. Teresa has a prestigious teaching studio, which includes pre-tertiary students at the ANU School of Music. Her students have continued to tertiary studies in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane Conservatoriums. Teresa conducts the Canberra Girls Grammar School Flute Ensemble. She has given masterclasses in Australia and Beijing, and adjudicated the Adelaide Eisteddfod, Canberra Eisteddfods and Music Festivals on the NSW South Coast. Teresa has been a recitalist on ABC Classic FM Sunday Live.
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