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From a musical family background, Alice’s love affair with the violin began in 1998. As an able student, Alice has studied both with NCMA’s Margarita Jackson, New Zealand School of Music’s Martin Riseley and with Fiona Pears. She has toured New Zealand extensively with her music as well as completing a European tour in 2014.
Instruments: French Horn
Angela began learning the horn at age 11 and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London (RAM) as a Junior Exhibitioner. She became a full time RAM student and took the graduate course. She played in the RAM First Orchestra and was fortunate to experience playing under world class conductors. Angela was also a member of the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra. She plays in the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and the Marlborough Civic Orchestra.
Instruments: Flute, Music Theory, Recorder
Anna fell in love with the flute as a young child and began her formal education aged eight. She is committed to creating a fun, stimulating learning environment that supports her students to feel a sense of joy and pride in their learning and music making.
Instruments: Flute, Piano, Recorder
Annabelle began piano aged 4 and flute aged 8, working her way through Trinity and ABRSM exams on both instruments. Growing up she was very involved in the orchestral pathway and Chamber Music within the Christchurch School of Instrumental Music. After gaining a B.Sc in Zoology at Canterbury she then went on to complete a 3 year Diploma in Flute Performance in Wellington. Since then she has been an itinerant flute specialist in several provincial centres around the country while raising a family. Resident in Nelson for 20 years, she teaches flute, piano and recorder in both Primary and Secondary Schools, Preschool music at NCMA and has a home studio.
Anne began piano lessons in Wellington and passed her LTCL piano teaching diploma in Nelson under the tutelage of Kathleen Barnett. She became a member of the IRMTNZ in 1992 and has over 30 years experience at teaching both children and adults from beginner through to diploma level. Anne is an experienced accompanist. She has worked at all levels accompanying singers, instrumentalists and choirs. She currently accompanies a community choir and enjoys the challenge of new and varied music.
Annemieke has studied the classical harp for 15 years with different teachers in Holland. She played in the North Holland Youth Orchestra. She then travelled the world with a Celtic Harp and collected a wealth of folk music from different countries. She performed the harp world-wide and made 6 CDs.
Instruments: Keyboards, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting
Caroline studied locally with accomplished teachers and completed tertiary studies in NSW, Australia. Caroline has been an itinerant music teacher at Garin College since 2010 and also teaches at Clifton Terrace Primary School. Numerous students of Caroline’s have gone on to study music at a tertiary level and become professional musicians.
Instruments: Cornet, Euphonium, Flugelhorn, French Horn, Music Theory, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Chris began his musical career in 1988 joining the New Zealand Army Band. In his six years in the band, Chris took part in various Military Tattoos and performed in New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, USA and Greece. Chris then went on to a career in the cruise line industry as Musical Director on cruise ships, travelling the world for ten years.
Chris has had a long association with NCMA (17 years) teaching drumset and performing in many festivals. In addition to his teaching practice, Chris is an active performer playing locally & touring with the artists Sharon O'Neill, Midge Marsden, & most recently The Exponents.
Instruments: Music Theory, Viola, Violin
Christine studied violin at the Nelson School of Music in the 1970s. She graduated with a BA from Otago University and from Christchurch Teacher’s College with a Diploma of Teaching. She also has an LTCL in violin performance. She has worked as a secondary school music teacher and an itinerant teacher of violin and other instruments in both secondary and primary schools, as well as private teaching and professional performing.
Craig studied flute with Ewe Grodd in Nelson, piano with Kate Jourdain in Wellington, Dennis Trussel in Auckland and piano and composition with Amanda Handel in Sydney. He has attended numerous piano symposiums at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has been teaching piano for 20 years. He has performed in folk bands and played much ensemble music on both flute and piano. Craig also enjoys composing music his own music.
Instruments: Music Theory, Singing
Erica Sim, a Mezzo Soprano has been teaching voice for over 20 years. She recently stood down as National President of the NZ Association of Teachers of Singing (2013- March 2017) and is currently on the Council. Erica sings with Avid Opera, and is a regular soloist with the Nelson Civic Choir. Performances include: Elijah (Mendelssohn), Mozart Requiem, Stabat Mater (K Jenkins), Petite Sollenelle (Rossini).
Originally from Nelson and an active musical family, Fleur has been playing and performing from an early age. At 10 she began lessons with Nelson’s own Margarita Jackson and in 2010 she completed a BA/MUSB under the tutorage of Jan Tawroszewicz and has been teaching ever since.
Instruments: Oboe, Percussion
Frances plays the oboe and has been a member of the Nelson Symphony Orchestra for about 30 years. She has taught the oboe to grade 6. Frances currently teaches the marimba and percussion classes at NCMA. She also established and runs the Percussion in Schools programmes at Victory and Stoke Primary school.
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Gabor was born in Hungary and studied music in Budapest. He has contributed to several albums in different genres before moving to New Zealand in 2007. Gabor still plays as a session musician but also focuses on education, mentoring and training musicians.
Instruments: Public speaking, Speech and Drama
Gaelynne has been teaching since the early 1980s. In 1989 she was awarded the Hugh Jansen NZ scholarship for drama, which enabled her to study in London. Gaelynne is also a published poet and playwright and performs regularly at Nelson Poets Live.
Instruments: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind
NCMA’s Greenhill Community Orchestra is a friendly community orchestra for musicians who enjoy playing together and preparing for public performances. It offers a lovely variety of music and all instruments are welcome, particularly brass!
Instruments: Cornet, Euphonium, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Ian has played brass instruments for over 45 years. Brass bands, orchestras, swing bands and small jazz combos are all familiar territory, but mainly on trombone, EEb bass (tuba) and other valve operated brass instruments. Ian conducted the Motueka District Brass from 2005-09 and has continued to do relief conducting as required. Currently he is a member of the Nelson Jazz Club Big Band and 6-piece jazz band Bourbon Street Beat.
Instruments: Singing, Speech and Drama
Jess has been teaching voice for ten years, starting off in Christchurch as a high school specialist music and drama teacher. She has appeared in a number of musical theatre productions both on and off stage, most notably performing with Showbiz Christchurch for Sparks in the Park, Cats and most recently Phantom of the Opera. Jess was an original member and soloist for the renowned Christchurch Pops Choir, took part in the New Zealand International Summer Singing School in 2011, and has since been fortunate enough to study with some of the best vocal tutors in New Zealand.
Instruments: Keyboards, Piano, Singing, Songwriting
Joe was born in New York City and began singing and playing keyboards at age 5. He sang and played in local bands as a teenager and also began auditioning for Broadway Musicals. At 17 years old he was cast in a principal role in the national tour of the Broadway musical “The Me Nobody Knows”. After completing tertiary studies, he was cast as Teen Angel/Johnny Casino in the First National touring company of the Broadway musical “Grease” and later played those roles on Broadway. Shifting to Europe, he was signed to RCA Records in Rome where he was a singer/songwriter with the band “Pandemonium”.