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Teaching and Administrative Staff


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Teaching and Administrative Staff


Teaching and Administrative Staff

The RCM's Team is an amazing group of teaching and Administrative staff. They are highly qualified, skilled and experienced to deal with your or your child's music education needs. 

All RCM staff have full Child Protection screening and are required to undertake annual training in Child Protection and CPR. Staff are also actively engaged in professional development and are frequent presenters and attendees at major national and international conferences. 

Many of the RCM's teaching staff are also busy professional musicians performing in some of Australia's leading orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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Our Senior Executive Team


Our Senior Executive Team


The RCM's Senior Executive Team


Hamish Tait, Director/ CEO

AMusA, BA(Creative), Grad Dip Mus, MMus, MBA (USQ)

Hamish holds Masters degrees in both Music and Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland. He has studied piano with Wendy Lorenz and Roy Howat. In 1997 Hamish was awarded a Regional Arts Development Fund allowing him to study piano and accompaniment in London with the renowned pianist/accompanist Nina Walker, herself a pupil of Claudio Arrau and Alfred Cortot.

In 1999 Hamish was appointed as a piano teacher at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium and was appointed Director and principal piano teacher of the Gunnedah Music Centre in 2000. In 2003 he was appointed as the Director of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga.

Hamish is currently the Vice-President (Internal) of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC). He has previously held the positions of President and Executive Secretary of the ANSWRC and has served over eight years on the ANSWRC Committee. In 2011 Hamish was the Vice-Chair of the 10th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (APPC) and is currently a NSW State Representative on the APPC National Committee.

Hamish appears regularly as a piano soloist, duo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. Currently, Hamish is the pianist for the Riverina Conservatorium of Music's resident ensemble the Riverina Trio and appears with Anthony Bozicevic as the Riverina Piano Duo.


Jeff Donovan, Associate Director, Head of Strings and Guitar

BA(Mus), Grad Dip Cont Ed, Grad Dip IT

Jeff Donovan graduated in guitar from the Canberra School of Music in 1981 after studies with Sadie Bishop. He undertook further study with Tim Kain in Canberra until 1984 and then under Jose Tomas in Alicante Spain from 1985 - 1986 with the help of a Jacobena Angliss Music Award. He returned to Australia in 1987 and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in Sydney as a member of the Bennelong Players and at the St George Institute and St Catherine's School. He has performed for various NSW Arts Councils and in master classes for Dagoberto Linares, Leo Brouwer and John Williams. He came to Wagga in 1989 to teach guitar and double bass at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

He performs regularly in and around Wagga both as soloist and chamber musician. He enjoys playing the wide repertoire that the guitar offers but feels a special affinity for Bach, music from Spain as well as Australian contemporary composers such as Philip Houghton. He performs on a hand-made Australian guitar by the Eugene Philp, who worked as an apprentice to Greg Smallman in the early nineties. Very sadly, Eugene died of cancer at the age of 40 in 1997.

Since 2004 he has been the President and Administrator of the Riverina Summer School for Strings. This annual week-long school in early January has grown to become one of the highlights of musical activity in the Rvierina, providing local and metropolitan players with a wonderful opportunity to meet and play together. It also produces the Sounds of Summer Concert Series presented by RSSS tutors which gives all the community the chance to enjoy top-class chamber music concerts throughout the whole week.

 


Venita Riordan, Head of Finance and Administration

 

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The RCM Keyboard Team


The RCM Keyboard Team


Piano Department

Joanne Burrows - Piano - Head of Department

AMusA (AMEB), ATCL, LTCL, BA, DipTeach (UQ), Cert IV Assessment & Training

Joanne started learning piano at the age of 14, becoming serious about it at age 17. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre at Queensland University Major studies including piano and composition and secondary studies in voice, recorder and later flute. Joanne completed a Diploma of Education in 1982 and spent several years teaching classroom music in Queensland and NSW. Joanne came to Wagga Wagga in 1986 where she taught at the Riverina Conservatorium (1986-1991) and started the HSC music program at Trinity Senior High School, (now Kildare College). Over this time she completed an AmusA in Piano, an ATCL and LTCL in piano pedagogy through Trinity College and was very involved with HSC Music including marking HSC papers, setting trial HSC papers and accompaniment work.

In 1999 Joanne returned to teach at the Riverina Conservatorium becoming Head of Keyboard and Music Craft in 2004. Joanne was part of the committee for the 10th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held in Wagga Wagga. In 2011, Wirripang Music published a number of piano and music craft books for beginning and intermediate level students. Joanne has also performed in various RCM Concerts in solo, ensemble and accompanist roles.

Joanne was appointed Chair of the RCM Curriculum committee in 2010. This group of professional musicians and teachers have drafted stage one of the RCM curriculum which has been most effective in ensuring quality music education.

Joanne continues to have piano music and teaching resources published by Wirripang, provide piano pedagogy workshops for music teachers, and perform when time permits. Joanne loves to teach, and offers a range of piano and music craft programs from beginner to advanced, over a wide range of styles, - classical, popular, jazz, improvisation and composition.

Hamish Tait -  Piano

AMusA, BA(Creative), GradDipMus, MMus, MBA (USQ)

Hamish holds Masters degrees in both Music and Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland. He has studied piano with Wendy Lorenz and Roy Howat. In 1997 Hamish was awarded a Regional Arts Development Fund allowing him to study piano and accompaniment in London with the renowned pianist/accompanist Nina Walker, herself a pupil of Claudio Arrau and Alfred Cortot.

In 1999 Hamish was appointed as a piano teacher at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium and was appointed Director and principal piano teacher of the Gunnedah Music Centre in 2000. In 2003 he was appointed as the Director of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga.

Hamish is currently the Vice-President (Internal) of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC). He has previously held the positions of President and Executive Secretary of the ANSWRC and has served over eight years on the ANSWRC Committee. In 2011 Hamish was the Vice-Chair of the 10th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (APPC) and is currently a NSW State Representative on the APPC National Committee.

Hamish appears regularly as a piano soloist, duo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. Currently, Hamish is the pianist for the Riverina Conservatorium of Music's resident ensemble the Riverina Trio and appears with Anthony Bozicevic as the Riverina Piano Duo.

Rowena Grosfeld - Piano

B.A.(Lib.Sc.), DipMusicTeaching (USQ)

Rowena is a graduate of the University of Southern Queensland having completed a Diploma in Music Teaching. Music has always been part of her life and she has been involved in singing and music from an early age. For the past seventeen years, Rowena has been teaching piano in Sydney both privately and at the local school. During this time she was involved in playing for Church services, co-ordinating and rehearsing students for school musical occasions, accompanying students for individual exams and accompanying small instrumental groups.

Rowena loves to encourage each student to achieve well in their studies. She enjoys seeing the pleasure that this brings to themselves and others, as well as the positive impact on other aspects of their life. Rowena is looking forward to teaching at the Riverina Conservatorium, and thinks that Wagga Wagga is fortunate to have such high quality and diverse musical opportunities so easily accessible to the community.

 

Carmel Ryan - Piano/Keyboard, Accompanist

AMusA (AMEB), AssDipMus (QUT), 

Carmel is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with over 30 years teaching experience. She commenced teaching at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in 1991 and after a two year absence and a road trip around Australia, Carmel returned to the Riverina Conservatorium in 2012.

Carmel maintains a large studio at the RCM and includes teaching at Kildare Catholic College, Wagga Wagga Public School and Lutheran Primary School. Carmel enjoys teaching students of all ages and encourages the newly introduced RCM curriculum for all students. She is also able to prepare students for external exams if requested.

As well as teaching, Carmel delights in accompanying instrumental students for varying performances including Student recitals, Eisteddfodau, External examinations and HSC. Carmel is the accompanist for the RCM affiliated ensemble, the Cantilena Singers and has been repetiteur for choral and school musical performances.

Carmel also appears occasionally as associate artist with colleagues in the RCM concert series and most recently enjoyed the experience of performing with the RCO, and first time ever playing the harpsichord!

 

Brett Thompson - Piano and Harpsichord

AMusA (AMEB), BMusic, GradDipMusic (ANU)

Brett Thompson is a performer, teacher and composer of high critical acclaim. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diplomas in music and education and furthered his flute studies in London with the assistance of an Australia Council Overseas Study Grant

Brett began his musical training on piano at age five, and continued keyboard study as his second instrument at the Australian National University (piano with Alan Jenkins and harpsichord with Barbara McRae). His passion for baroque music and improvisation soon saw him as chief harpsichordist/continuo with the ANU Chamber Orchestra directed by John Painter. Brett has also been engaged as official accompanist for the Adelaide Recorder Festival and Harpsichordist with the Riverina Chamber Orchestra. On piano, Brett appears frequently in his capacity as an accompanist.

Close to finishing his tertiary studies Brett was a finalist on flute in the instrumental section of the ABC Young Performers Award in 1990 and also the Sixth National Flute Competition. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for numerous concert series, ABC radio broadcasts and recordings. Brett has also given a number of world premiere performances, recordings and broadcasts of new Australian flute works.

Brett has performed and recorded regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and played Guest Principal Flute with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Hunter Orchestra in Newcastle. He was Head of Woodwind at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music for fourteen years where he taught flute, recorder and composition before coming to Wagga in 2010 to join the staff at the RCM.

Geoffrey Xeros - Piano

BMus (Hons) (ANU)

Geoffrey Xeros is an accomplished young pianist who has received numerous prizes, awards, and scholarships through various eisteddfods and championships since he began playing the piano at the age of seven. In 2005 Geoffrey graduated from the Australian National University School of Music, where as a National Undergraduate Scholar he completed his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. Geoffrey's teachers have included John Luxton and Keith Radford. He has also performed for Geoffrey Lancaster, Geoffrey Tozer, Larry Sitsky, and Susanne Powell. In 2004 he won the People's Choice Prize in the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Competition; in 2005 he was a joint winner of the same competition. Geoffrey has performed throughout NSW and the ACT, including Government House.

Geoffrey is also the pianist for the contemporary chamber music ensemble 'dominant SEVEN'. In 2003 this ensemble won the People's Choice Prize and First Prize at the ANU Chamber Music Competition. Since then this Canberra based ensemble has toured throughout Australia, including an invitation to perform at the internationally acclaimed Darwing International Guitar Festival in 2005. 'dominant SEVEN' regularly commissions and performs new works by Australian composers.

In 2006 Geoffrey joined the piano staff at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. In addition to his role as a music educator, Geoffrey is an accomplished solo performer and chamber musician. He is an official accompanist for the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

 

KATHERINE CHOI - PIANO

BMus (Music Ed), MEd (Sydney)

Katherine has completed her Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010. She is also a qualified Special Education teacher who works as a secondary teacher with the Department of Education and communities as she has also completed her Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) at the University of Sydney.

During her studies at the Conservatorium, she had studied piano under Lyall Duke had previously studied piano with Stephanie McCallum. Katherine has had many years of experiences teaching piano as she had been teaching since 2007. As a music teacher, she has prepared students for their exams (such as AMEB and Trinity exams) and had also prepared HSC students for the performance and written exams. She had also previously run her own piano studio and worked as a piano teacher in Sydney before moving to Wagga.

Also Katherine also specialises in voice as she had studied voice under Dallas Watts in Sydney, and was a member of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir. She has also participated in performances, studio recitals and had also been in ABC live recordings in performances with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir.

Katherine is a passionate teacher, who is able to teach all types of learners.

 

 

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The RCM String Team


The RCM String Department consists of performers and educators from across Australia and overseas. All members of the department are experienced teachers and perfumers who have worked with leading orchestras here in Australia's and the United States.

The RCM String Team


The RCM String Department consists of performers and educators from across Australia and overseas. All members of the department are experienced teachers and perfumers who have worked with leading orchestras here in Australia's and the United States.

String Department

Jeff Donovan - Double Bass - Head of Department

BA(Mus), Grad Dip Cont Ed, Grad Dip IT

Jeff Donovan graduated in guitar from the Canberra School of Music in 1981 after studies with Sadie Bishop. He undertook further study with Tim Kain in Canberra until 1984 and then under Jose Tomas in Alicante Spain from 1985 - 1986 with the help of a Jacobena Angliss Music Award. He returned to Australia in 1987 and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in Sydney as a member of the Bennelong Players and at the St George Institute and St Catherine's School. He has performed for various NSW Arts Councils and in master classes for Dagoberto Linares, Leo Brouwer and John Williams. He came to Wagga in 1989 to teach guitar and double bass at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

He performs regularly in and around Wagga both as soloist and chamber musician. He enjoys playing the wide repertoire that the guitar offers but feels a special affinity for Bach, music from Spain as well as Australian contemporary composers such as Philip Houghton. He performs on a hand-made Australian guitar by the Eugene Philp, who worked as an apprentice to Greg Smallman in the early nineties. Very sadly, Eugene died of cancer at the age of 40 in 1997.

Since 2004 he has been the President and Administrator of the Riverina Summer School for Strings. This annual week-long school in early January has grown to become one of the highlights of musical activity in the Rvierina, providing local and metropolitan players with a wonderful opportunity to meet and play together. It also produces the Sounds of Summer Concert Series presented by RSSS tutors which gives all the community the chance to enjoy top-class chamber music concerts throughout the whole week.

Lauren Davis - Violin

BMusic (Oberlin), MMus (LSU), PhD (ANU),

Lauren Davis received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory, her Master of Music from Louisiana State University, and her PhD in Violin Pedagogy from The Australian National University. She has played with numerous orchestras in the United States including the Canton Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Louisiana Sinfonietta, Acadiana Symphony, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.

She is currently the leader of the Riverina Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she has played in a number of ensembles including the Riverina Trio, the Valcour String Quartet, the Aurora Trio and the Brioso String Quartet. She has been teaching violin for a number of years both privately and at such institutions as Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Music for Everyone, Orana School, and at the Australian University in their Pre-Tertiary and Colourstrings programs. Lauren currently teaches at the Riverina Conservatorium in Wagga Wagga, Australia.

Tamaris Pfeiffer - Violin and Viola

AMusA (Violin), LMusA (Violin), LMusA (Viola), BA (Creative), GradDipArts (Music), MMusic (USQ) 

Tamaris has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern Queensland where she studied violin with Andrew Lorenz and viola with Patricia Pollett. Tamaris then moved to London where she studied with the violist Rivka Golani. In 1999 Tamaris took up the position of violin/viola teacher at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium. She has been a tutor for various youth orchestras and chamber music schools and she frequently performs chamber music on both the violin and the viola. Tamaris joined the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in 2003.

rhiannon xeros - Violin

BMusic (Sydney)

Rhiannon Xeros is a former student of Tamaris Pfeiffer and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music (2003 – 2013), receiving many major scholarships including the Dr Ray King scholarship.  Pursuing tertiary education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014, she studied violin under leading Australian teachers Alice Waten and Goetz Richter. During this time Rhiannon performed regularly as part of the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and was a section leader for the Sydney Conservatorium Historical Performance Ensemble under Neal Peres da Costa and guest conductor Paul Dyer. Rhiannon has performed in concert with Australian songwriter Megan Washington, the Riverina Chamber Orchestra and in the Sounds of Summer concert series in 2016 and 2017. Upon completing her Bachelor of Music in 2016, Rhiannon pursued her interest in violin pedagogy and joined the Riverina Conservatorium staff in 2017.

Damien Johnson - Cello

Damien commenced his enjoyment of the cello at the tender age of two but did not start lessons until the age of five. Formal tuition was then initiated under the tutelage of Nathan Wax in Sydney, before he joined the Sydney Youth Orchestra at the age of seven.

Training continued under Henry Urbanavicuos and then continued at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Lois Simpson. He was involved in a number of string ensembles at the Conservatorium and performed regularly at the Conservatorium and around Sydney, before moving to Queensland and pursuing contemporary music.

Tertiary education was undertaken in Wagga, which as a matter of course became his main base. He has been a teacher at the Riverina Conservatorium since 2000.

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The RCM Guitar Team


The RCM Guitar Department consists of performers and educators from across Australia and overseas. All members of the department are experienced teachers and performers who have worked across Australia and overseas.

The RCM Guitar Team


The RCM Guitar Department consists of performers and educators from across Australia and overseas. All members of the department are experienced teachers and performers who have worked across Australia and overseas.

Guitar Department

Jeff Donovan - Classical Guitar - Head of Department

BA(Mus), Grad Dip Cont Ed, Grad Dip IT

Jeff Donovan graduated in guitar from the Canberra School of Music in 1981 after studies with Sadie Bishop. He undertook further study with Tim Kain in Canberra until 1984 and then under Jose Tomas in Alicante Spain from 1985 - 1986 with the help of a Jacobena Angliss Music Award. He returned to Australia in 1987 and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in Sydney as a member of the Bennelong Players and at the St George Institute and St Catherine's School. He has performed for various NSW Arts Councils and in master classes for Dagoberto Linares, Leo Brouwer and John Williams. He came to Wagga in 1989 to teach guitar and double bass at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

He performs regularly in and around Wagga both as soloist and chamber musician. He enjoys playing the wide repertoire that the guitar offers but feels a special affinity for Bach, music from Spain as well as Australian contemporary composers such as Philip Houghton. He performs on a hand-made Australian guitar by the Eugene Philp, who worked as an apprentice to Greg Smallman in the early nineties. Very sadly, Eugene died of cancer at the age of 40 in 1997.

Since 2004 he has been the President and Administrator of the Riverina Summer School for Strings. This annual week-long school in early January has grown to become one of the highlights of musical activity in the Rvierina, providing local and metropolitan players with a wonderful opportunity to meet and play together. It also produces the Sounds of Summer Concert Series presented by RSSS tutors which gives all the community the chance to enjoy top-class chamber music concerts throughout the whole week.

klaus bussmann - Guitar

Klaus has been professionally involved in the Music Industry for over 40 years, mainly as a guitarist, but also as a singer, songwriter and teacher. Throughout his career Klaus has collaborated and performed with some of Australia’s best and most respected performers and musicians, including John Waters (‘Looking Thru a Glass Onion”), Glen Shorrock (Little River Band), Doug Parkinson, Tony Mitchell (‘Sherbet’), Steve Williams (saxophone John Farnham), Hamish Stuart (drums), Greg Henson ( Marcia Hines, Jon English), Michael King (Wendy Matthews) and many more.

Klaus joined the RCM's Guitar Department in 2014.

 

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The RCM Woodwind and Brass Team


The RCM Woodwind and Brass Team


Woodwind and Brass Department

JENNIFER BINOVEC - CLARINET & SAXOPHONE  

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

AMusA, LMusA (AMEB),  BMus (Perf.)(Sydney) 

Jenny Binovec graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia in 2004 with Dean’s Honours. Whilst there, Jenny performed regularly with the Conservatorium’s major ensembles. She has also performed with the New Zealand Opera Orchestra. Jenny continued to be actively involved in chamber music frequently performing at various events and festivals throughout NSW.

After graduating, Jenny spent two years based in Coonabarabran in regional NSW. There she enjoyed teaching all woodwind and brass instruments and also conducting school and community ensembles. She then returned to Sydney to recommence teaching clarinet and saxophone, conduct school concert bands and perform chamber music. For several years now Jenny has also been examining for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Drawn to adventure and the unknown, Jenny moved to Prague, Czech Republic in 2012 and spent three and a half years teaching, performing and travelling extensively throughout Europe and beyond.

With over fifteen years teaching experience in various roles Jenny is passionate about music and believes strongly in the value of musical education and the significant role it plays in enriching people’s lives. Returning to the Australian music scene has been an exciting challenge.

Joanne Burrows - Recorder

BA, Dip Teach, ATCL, LTCL, AMusA, Cert IV Assessment & Training

Joanne started learning piano at the age of 14, becoming serious about it at age 17. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre at Queensland University Major studies including piano and composition and secondary studies in voice, recorder and later flute. Joanne completed a Diploma of Education in 1982 and spent several years teaching classroom music in Queensland and NSW. Joanne came to Wagga Wagga in 1986 where she taught at the Riverina Conservatorium (1986-1991) and started the HSC music program at Trinity Senior High School, (now Kildare College). Over this time she completed an AmusA in Piano, an ATCL and LTCL in piano pedagogy through Trinity College and was very involved with HSC Music including marking HSC papers, setting trial HSC papers and accompaniment work.

In 1999 Joanne returned to teach at the Riverina Conservatorium becoming Head of Keyboard and Music Craft in 2004. Joanne was part of the committee for the 10th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held in Wagga Wagga. In 2011, Wirripang Music published a number of piano and music craft books for beginning and intermediate level students. Joanne has also performed in various RCM Concerts in solo, ensemble and accompanist roles.

Joanne was appointed Chair of the RCM Curriculum committee in 2010. This group of professional musicians and teachers have drafted stage one of the RCM curriculum which has been most effective in ensuring quality music education.

Joanne continues to have piano music and teaching resources published by Wirripang, provide piano pedagogy workshops for music teachers, and perform when time permits. Joanne loves to teach, and offers a range of piano and music craft programs from beginner to advanced, over a wide range of styles, - classical, popular, jazz, improvisation and composition.

Keith Griffin - Flute, Recorder, Saxophone

B Mus(Merit), L Mus A

Keith graduated from the Conservatorium in Sydney in 1980 as "student of the year" and was subsequently appointed to the staff as a flute teacher. He is a flute, recorder & baroque flute player and conductor and has more recently taken up the saxophone.

As a freelance musician and teacher he naturally has wide and varied experience with many types of ensembles and their attendant genres of music. Specialising in performances with small ensembles (mediæval to present day music) using a range of flutes, Keith has also performed in larger groups and orchestras on both modern and period instruments. He formed several chamber ensembles including Nouvelles Réflexions (a baroque ensemble), Eclectix (a quartet of slightly mad flute players) and Talisman Ensemble which with 2 flutes and piano performed a wide range of music from broadway shows to the great works of the flute repertoire

Keith moved from Sydney to the Riverina in late 2012 and joined the RCM staff as Musical Director of the Riverina Concert Band in 2014.

Fran GRIFFIN - FLUTE, RECORDER, clarinet and bassoon

D.S.C.M. BSci(Hons), MSci (Hons)

GABRIELLE GROSFELD - FLUTE

AMusA

Gabrielle started playing the flute at 9 years of age and since then she has played in various school and community ensembles. Currently she enjoys being a member and secretary of the Riverina Concert Band and a pupil of Catherine Kinsella. In 2006 and 2008 she received partial woodwind scholarships at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. Recently she passed the AmusA practical exam for flute and has started flute tutoring at the conservatorium. As well as studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy at CSU Wagga Wagga, Gabrielle enjoys playing in community events such as the RTC's musical "Summer Rain" in 2007 and the fundraising event "High Hats Parades" for Sunflower House.

Diane jefferis - FLUTE

BachEd (UCanb)

 

Peter lothian - BRASS

AssDipJazzStudies (Sydney), BA (Arts Management), GradDipProjManagement (UTS), MProjManagement (UTS)

Peter Lothian has an extensive music performance background forged from private classical trombone tuition, casual employment with professional orchestras and a graduate of the Jazz program from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. 

His brass tutors include George Powers (USA, West Australian Symphony Orchestra), Michel Becquet (France, International soloist), Keith Stirling (Brass calisthenics, Improvisation), Ron Prussing (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), James Morrison (Improvisation) and Phil Wilson (USA, Improvisation).

Interspersed throughout a well-travelled, stylistic, kaleidoscopic maze are performances, brass section arrangements and recordings for legendary and independent Australian contemporary acts such as Dr Kong and the Stem Cells, On The Stoop, Christa Hughes, Reg Livermore, Jak Housden, Richard Clapton, Ray Brown and the Vegas Payback, John Farnham, Ross Hannaford, Gangajang, The Jive Bombers, The Models and Vanetta Fields, along with playing in professional theatre seasons, television orchestras and backing international acts.

Performing six nights a week for twelve months in one of Africa’s first five-star multi-racial nightclubs during the Apartheid era launched his interest in music from other cultures - in particular Brazil, Cuba, Africa, Jamaica and the Caribbean – and over the years has been a member of notable Sydney Latin groups Espirito, Batuka, Cumana and Son Veneno.

With an interest in cultural management and marketing, Peter also holds degrees in Arts Management and Project Management, leading to roles throughout commercial business and prominent cultural organisations such as ArtsNSW, The Australian Institute of Music, Sydney Youth Orchestra Association, Billy Hyde Music, Music NSW, Regional Arts NSW, Sydney Improvised Music Association, Seymour Theatre Centre, GFL Fine Art, Ministry for Culture and the Arts (WA) and Allans Music.

Peter has gained impressive feedback and references for trumpet, trombone and lower brass tuition throughout primary and secondary school music programs.  At tertiary level, he was employed as trombone teacher at the Australian Institute of Music (Sydney), directed contemporary music ensembles, and also lectured in marketing and management subjects for the undergraduate Arts and Entertainment Management Degree.

A strong supporter of music performance and education, he enjoys balancing traditional music learning with the development of creativity and improvisation, has an interest in new music across all genres, and regularly pursues his own development in music practice, performance and education. 

RICHARD MCBRIDE - FRENCH HORN & TRUMPET

BEd, MEd, LTCL

Richard joined the Australian Army at 16 as an Apprentice Musician and studied at the Army Apprentice School, Balcombe, Vic.  In 1996 he retired from the Australian Army Band Corps having completed 20 years service and commenced tertiary studies.  He holds an Associate Diploma in Music from the Australian Army, a Licentiate Diploma in Trumpet Teaching from Trinity College London, a Bachelor Degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of Canberra and the Australian National University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of New South Wales.  Richard has also undertaken several years of postgraduate research in the field of instrumental music pedagogy at the University of New South Wales, specifically the psychological predictors of retention and attrition in instrumental music programs.  He has also studied a number of postgraduate units in musicology and science at the University of New England.

After completing his education degree in 1999, Richard was employed as a Music Teacher (with Band) at Port Hacking High School in Sydney's South.  Port Hacking High was a Centre of Excellence in Music and semi-selective for performing arts students. During this time Richard trained and conducted the school's stage and concert bands and taught music including Music Extension for 14 years until his retirement in 2014.  During his 40 year career Richard has conducted many bands including the Senior and Junior Riverina Concert Bands, the City of Perth Junior Band, the Canberra City Junior Band and a number of school bands.  He has also performed with a number of Australia's orchestras including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra.

From 2008 to 2014 Richard was invited to sit on the NSW Institute of Teachers and later the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Panels for the accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs offered by numerous NSW tertiary institutions. Richard is a past treasurer of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association.   

Brendan Moore - lower BRASS

B Music

Brendan Moore is an accomplished performer and educator, having been a trombonist with The Australian Army Band for the past eight years. He plays all brass instruments, focusing on lower brass. His passion lies in playing trombone within large jazz ensembles, where his technical and improvisational abilities shine.

As a session musician, Brendan has seen success with artists including Timmy Trumpet and Glenn Starr, while the latest recording of the The Australian Army Band was received with critical acclaim. Brendan has performed with the Army Band for major events including the Centenery of ANZAC dawn service at Gallipoli for Royalty and Heads of State. Locally, Brendan is a member of The Night Shift and jazz group Black No Sugar.

 Brendan has taught music consistently for over ten years. During that time he has seen many of his students develop and grow into accomplished musicians, some of whom he has personally invited to play in his various ensembles that he continues to develop around the Riverina. He is excited to pass on knowledge and understanding of music, knowing how much it has to offer for everyone. 

kimberley Scriven - recorder/ music craft

BMus (hons) (Syd)

Tamara Spencer - BRASS

BMus (Syd), MTeach

BRETT THOMPSON - FLUTE

AMusA, BMusic, GradDipMusic, 

Brett Thompson is a performer, teacher and composer of high critical acclaim. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diplomas in music and education and furthered his study in London with the assistance of an Australia Council Overseas Study Grant

Brett was a finalist in the instrumental section of the ABC Young Performers Award in 1990 and also the Sixth National Flute Competition. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for numerous concert series, ABC radio broadcasts and recordings. Brett has also given a number of world premiere performances, recordings and broadcasts of new Australian flute works.

Brett has performed and recorded regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and played Guest Principal Flute with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Hunter Orchestra in Newcastle. He was Head of Woodwind at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music for fourteen years where he taught flute, recorder and composition before coming to Wagga in 2010 to join the staff at the RCM.

Robert Thompson - conducting

BMus (Hons), MTeach

Nicoloas willoughby - clarinet/ saxophone

BMus (USyd), MTeach (USyd) 

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The RCM Vocal Team


The RCM Vocal Department consists of performers and educators from across Australia and overseas.

The RCM Vocal Team


The RCM Vocal Department consists of performers and educators from across Australia and overseas.

Vocal Department

Marie-Cecile Henderson - Voice

DSCM, BMus (Honours), MMus (Distinction) (SCM)

Marie-Cecile Henderson is a highly- qualified professional with a Master of Music (Performance) and a Bachelor of Music (Merit).She has recently moved to Wagga Wagga from Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and is the Head of Voice at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. She has a vast experience of choral and instrumental conducting, musical directing, vocal teaching and accompanying in a wide range of styles from classical to contemporary repertoire for all age groups and at any level. She has an impressive record of professional solo performance, including solos for Handel's "Messiah" in Sydney, performing for Pope John Paul II at the Beatification of Mary Mackillop for a worldwide audience. In musical theatre she played the role of Petra in Stephen Sondheim's "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum". Marie-Cecile feels equally at home with Opera, performing roles as Carmen, from Bizet's "Carmen", Siebel from Gounod's "Faust", Cherubino from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and the Second Lady in Mozart's "The Magic Flute".

She has given professional recitals throughout Europe and Asia and broadcast for the BBC, ABC and 2MBS FM. Marie-Cecile has been in great demand as a singing tutor and choral conductor at numerous colleges throughout Cambridge and surrounding areas. The Cambridge Holiday Orchestra engaged her to tutor numerous Vocal Ensembles. "Her choirs have won awards in Music Festivals and competitions throughout Europe. No one who meets her can fail to be carried along by her infectious enthusiasm for music!"

Meredith adams - vocal teacher

KATHERINE CHOI - vocal teacher

BMus (Music Ed), MEd (Sydney)

Katherine has completed her Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010. She is also a qualified Special Education teacher who works as a secondary teacher with the Department of Education and communities as she has also completed her Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) at the University of Sydney.

During her studies at the Conservatorium, she had studied piano under Lyall Duke had previously studied piano with Stephanie McCallum. Katherine has had many years of experiences teaching piano as she had been teaching since 2007. As a music teacher, she has prepared students for their exams (such as AMEB and Trinity exams) and had also prepared HSC students for the performance and written exams. She had also previously run her own piano studio and worked as a piano teacher in Sydney before moving to Wagga.

Also Katherine also specialises in voice as she had studied voice under Dallas Watts in Sydney, and was a member of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir. She has also participated in performances, studio recitals and had also been in ABC live recordings in performances with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chamber Choir.

Katherine is a passionate teacher, who is able to teach all types of learners

andrew goodwin - visiting specialist vocal teacher

samantha riordan - vocal teacher

DipMusic (CQU)

TERESA ENGLISH - CANTILENA SINGERS

judy FERGUSON - murrumbidgee magic

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The RCM Drum Team


The RCM Drum Team


WAYNE PIGRAM - DRUM & PERCUSSION

Wayne has been playing drums since he was in his late teens and brings a vast wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to the RCM Team.

 Whilst living in Sydney Wayne was an early member of the signed band Ha Ha Humans. He was also a member of Signal Room, recording two CDs produced by Aria Award winning producer Tim Whitton (Powderfinger) touring Los Angeles and New York. Wayne participated in the development and performance of ‘David Bowie – Life on Mars’ and toured nationally with The Rocky Horror Show starring Reg Livermore, Cabaret with Gina Riley, Tommy and Bad Boy Johnny and The Profits of Doom. Wayne toured China, Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong with Kix Entertainment performing corporate music stageshows for Fosters, Heineken, Kodak and Coca Cola. Wayne was a member of the Company B Belvoir Street Theatre production of The Threepenny Opera working alongside Bob Bertles (master saxophonist), the show toured Columbia as part of the Bogata International Theatre Festival. He worked with Kris Abrahams (The Necks) recording a soundtrack to Farscape (US/Aust telemovies and TV series).

Wayne also recorded an original CD with Edot alongside fellow RCM tutor Klauss Bussman and plays locally in Wagga with Klaus as part of The KB3. Wayne performs locally as part of Ifinc, producing live performance-art pieces including Big River, The Bull and The Bridge.

Wayne is a professional actor with over 50 theatre credits working with The Sydney Theatre Company, Playbox Theatre, Nimrod, Bevoir Street and The State Theatre South Australia. Wayne has worked extensively in Australian Television appearing in Water Rats, Fire, All Saints, A Country Practice, Home and Away, Underbelly, Stingers and has appeared in movies filmed in the UK, Malaysia, Hawaii including Heatstroke, Return to Blue Lagoon, Farewell to the King, The First Kangaroo, Mission Impossible and American productions including Farscape, The Lost World and Lost.

The RCM Admin Team


The RCM Admin Team


Venita Riordan - Head of Finance and Administration

Sally Burns - Finance and Administration Assistant 

KathY Collins - Staff Services Officer

Kathleen Lancaster - Customer Services Officer

clare lawlOr - Finance and Administration Assistant

KYLIE DUNSTAN - PUBLICITY AND CONCERTS OFFICER

Karen Peterson - Auxiliary and Cleaning