Schools Program

Program Administrator

Vicki Harris

Schools Program Administrator, Clarinet/Saxophone Teacher, Conductor (School Bands)

Vicki is a teacher of piano, saxophone, clarinet and flute and has recently begun conducting several school bands through the Conservatorium’s Schools Music Program.
She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 1994 with an Associate Diploma of Music Teaching and has extensive tutoring experience in both private studios as well as a variety of different school music programs in both Sydney and on the Central Coast.

Vicki has also worked as a piano accompanist for students sitting AMEB and HSC exams, as well as school soloist and ensemble performances.  Vicki is passionate about teaching music to children and strives to encourage each student to reach their full potential in music.

Conductors

Brendan Berlach

Saxophone Teacher, Conductor (School Bands)

With over 20 years teaching and performing, Brendan draws on this depth of experience to connect with each unique student. He has performed jazz in the Sydney Opera House, and on TV for the Aria awards, studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and strives to pass on the inspiration to his pupils.

Brendan has also been on the tutoring staff at The Scots College for 8 years, conducting bands and private tuition for the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music since 2016, and still regularly performs throughout the region in diverse ensembles.

Jennifer Hankin

Flute Teacher, Conductor (Schools Program)

Jennifer is a flautist, singer, composer, conductor who passionately pursues musical diversity across her musical practice.

Her musical journey started at the Central Coast Conservatorium, where she was prepared for her A.Mus.A, and completed her Diploma of Performance. Her tertiary studies were completed at Newcastle University under the supervision of Sally Walker and Colin Spires.

David Markham

Brass Teacher

David started teaching when he was 15 mentoring young brass students from beginner to advanced. He served for 8 years in the RAAF as a professional musician. David has won numerous state and national solo
competitions over the years and currently performs with Central Coast Brass, Mariners Brass Band and Symphony Central Coast.

David believes in using his extensive knowledge and years of experience to help students become the best they’re capable of.

Joanne Arnott

Recorder Teacher

With the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award Joanne completed her Master of Music (performance) in 2013 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she also finished her bachelor’s degree in 2010 with first class Honours. 

Joanne is a founding member of The Australian Recorder Project, where she and business partner Dr. Alana Blackburn have designed and run workshops for recorder players of all ages and levels. The Australian Recorder Project’s first album will be ready for release in 2021.

Joanne has over 20 years teaching experience and has tutored on both recorder and clarinet at orchestral and early music workshops throughout Australia. Jo spent some time in 2018-19 working as an instrumental music instructor for the Queensland department of education, and recently tutored and performed at the 2020 Orpheus Recorder Boutique in Armidale.

Kevin Smith

Clarinet & Saxophone Teacher, Conductor (PWE & School Bands)

Kevin Smith is a clarinet and saxophone teacher who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Lim and has performed and toured extensively with youth orchestras and chamber ensembles both regional and internationally including the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Knox Abbotsleigh Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic. 

Kevin accompanied the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic on their regional tour in 2008 as soloist, performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto culminating in a performance of the work at the Sydney Opera House.

Mitchell Lowe

Trombone & Trumpet Teacher

Since starting study at the Australian Institute of Music on trombone under Ben Gurton, Mitchell has been actively involved in the Sydney music scene. 

He has toured from Melbourne to Brisbane and played many well-known venues around Sydney. During his study, he was involved in many original Indi rock and roots projects through performing, recording, composition and arranging.

Phillip Rutherford

Head of Program (Musicianship), Brass Teacher, Conductor (CCPWE, School Bands), Musicianship Teacher

Phillip received his PhD and Masters in Music (Composition) at Sydney Conservatorium, and received his Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium.

He works as Head of Musicianship, teaching all aspects of Music Theory, history and composition, and has written a series of books as a new Musicianship course, The Poco Musician.

As a performer and conductor Phillip is currently in charge of the Primary Wind Ensemble (‘Superband’) and has previously been Musical Director of Gosford City Brass Band and Central Coast Youth Band, and has performed in the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Central Coast Brass, Gosford City Brass Band and Waratah Brass.

Brass

David Markham

Brass Teacher

David started teaching when he was 15 mentoring young brass students from beginner to advanced. He served for 8 years in the RAAF as a professional musician. David has won numerous state and national solo
competitions over the years and currently performs with Central Coast Brass, Mariners Brass Band and Symphony Central Coast.

David believes in using his extensive knowledge and years of experience to help students become the best they’re capable of.

E-Yang Liu

Brass Teacher

E-Yang studied Composition at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he developed an interest in conducting and teaching. He studied phrase style conducting through the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) Professional Development course with its maestro, Jerry Nowak, eventually becoming an instructor on the course.

Phillip Rutherford

Head of Program (Musicianship), Brass Teacher, Conductor (CCPWE, School Bands), Musicianship Teacher

Phillip received his PhD and Masters in Music (Composition) at Sydney Conservatorium, and received his Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium.

He works as Head of Musicianship, teaching all aspects of Music Theory, history and composition, and has written a series of books as a new Musicianship course, The Poco Musician.

As a performer and conductor Phillip is currently in charge of the Primary Wind Ensemble (‘Superband’) and has previously been Musical Director of Gosford City Brass Band and Central Coast Youth Band, and has performed in the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Central Coast Brass, Gosford City Brass Band and Waratah Brass.

Woodwind

Jennifer Hankin

Flute Teacher, Conductor (Schools Program)

Jennifer is a flautist, singer, composer, conductor who passionately pursues musical diversity across her musical practice.

Her musical journey started at the Central Coast Conservatorium, where she was prepared for her A.Mus.A, and completed her Diploma of Performance. Her tertiary studies were completed at Newcastle University under the supervision of Sally Walker and Colin Spires.

Kevin Smith

Clarinet & Saxophone Teacher, Conductor (PWE & School Bands)

Kevin Smith is a clarinet and saxophone teacher who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Lim and has performed and toured extensively with youth orchestras and chamber ensembles both regional and internationally including the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Knox Abbotsleigh Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic. 

Kevin accompanied the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic on their regional tour in 2008 as soloist, performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto culminating in a performance of the work at the Sydney Opera House.

Nicole Wyatt

Flute Teacher

Nicole has been teaching flute since 2000 and has taught privately and worked with flute and choral ensembles at schools such as Loreto Normanhurst, International Grammar School, Rouse Hill Anglican College and Toongabbie Christian School. Nicole has taught classroom music at Norwest Christian College and the American International School. Nicole has also worked as a conductor with the Australian Youth Choir and as a Music Director at Norwest Anglican Church.

Rosalie Bourne

Flute Teacher

An active and committed member of the Australian Flute Community. Rosalie completed both her undergraduate and post graduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has studied with Suzie Miller, Michael Scott, James Kortum and Janet Webb, as well as participating in masterclasses with flautists including Susan Milan and Jane Rutter.

Rosalie is the creator of the Flute Technique Karate method for the study of technical work which has been adopted both in Australia and overseas.

As the co-director of the Central Coast Summer Flutation and a regular guest artist at the Flute School Sydney event, Rosalie is also regularly called upon to lead masterclasses and provide expertise at various flute events.

Vicki Harris

Schools Program Administrator, Clarinet/Saxophone Teacher, Conductor (School Bands)

Vicki is a teacher of piano, saxophone, clarinet and flute and has recently begun conducting several school bands through the Conservatorium’s Schools Music Program.
She studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 1994 with an Associate Diploma of Music Teaching and has extensive tutoring experience in both private studios as well as a variety of different school music programs in both Sydney and on the Central Coast.

Vicki has also worked as a piano accompanist for students sitting AMEB and HSC exams, as well as school soloist and ensemble performances.  Vicki is passionate about teaching music to children and strives to encourage each student to reach their full potential in music.

Percussion

Sean Steele

Percussion Teacher

Sean completed his Bachelor of Music with an Honours in Performance Major studying under Steven Morton at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and Daryl Pratt at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2003 he gained his Graduate Diploma in Education through the University of New England. 

Sean regularly performs many orchestral percussion, Latin percussion, drum kit, and

Japanese Taiko Drumming gigs and shows from club gigs to corporate and school events. He currently teaches percussion at several Central Coast and Sydney schools as well as Central Coast Conservatorium. 

Keyboard

Sharon Hatton

Keyboard Teacher

Sharon completed her Grade VIII in piano with Distinction with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) at the age of 16 and went on to finish an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the London College of Music under the tutelage of Madam Lam Kim Lian (GRSM). 

She has taught in primary schools and private music schools in Singapore and Sydney, and is also a Kindermusik educator, operating her own studio.

Guitar

Aaron Flower

Guitar Teacher

STEVE SMILLIE

Guitar Teacher, Director (Guitar Ensemble)

Steve’s solid professional guitar career reaches back to the early 70’s with origins in Country music. Over time he has branched out and now specialises in many styles with his speciality being Finger Style Acoustic Guitar.

Steve’s career highlights include accolades such as Best Instrumentalist at Tamworth’s Country Music Festival (1978 and 1979), and accompanying artists including Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Daryl Braithwaite (Sherbet), Tim Freedman (The Whitlams) and Renee Geyer.

He currently plays in the well know duo “Open Fire” with Danelle Kelleher (vocals) and has recorded solo and collaborative instrumental albums of original music.

Strings

Amanda Elkington

Strings Teacher,

Amanda has played in numerous orchestras on the Central Coast and in Newcastle. She has taught in various schools in Sydney and the Central Coast, and has over 10 years teaching experience. Amanda currently teaches at Central Coast Grammar School.

Amanda studied with Noelene Cantle, Elizabeth Hollowell and Janette Davies.

Diploma of Music – Newcastle Conservatorium 1996

Emma Townsend

Violin Teacher, Music Therapist

Emma studied violin with Dr Evgeny Sorkin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) where she graduated with a Master of Music Studies (Performance) and Bachelor of Music (Performance) achieving a High Distinction in her violin studies. While at university, she studied string pedagogy with Professor Goetz Richter, and she held a music scholarship at St Andrew’s College (University of Sydney) where she was elected student representative for music. 

Eva Weiermann

Violin Teacher

Eva studied at Vienna Conservatorium and Sydney Conservatorium with Eva Kelly and Geza Bachman. From 1992-95 she attended Violin Teaching Seminars and Workshops at Sydney Conservatorium with Janet Davies and Alice Waten, and Orchestral Workshops with Dr Szilvay and AMEB Seminars for Strings at Newington College. Eva has played in the Gosford City Orchestra and the Central Coast Conservatorium Orchestra. In 1988 she joined the teaching staff at the Central Coast Conservatorium, after a successful teaching career in Sydney.  She now teaches violin lessons at Kincumber School through the Conservatorium’s Schools Program.

Eva has been successfully preparing students for the past 5 years to perform annually at the Primary Strings Festival at the Sydney Opera House.

Vienna Conservatorium; Member of Australian Teachers’ Association.

Heather Hinrichs

Cello Teacher & Adult Strings Ensemble

 

Karina Moss-Hollands

Head of Program (Strings), Violin Teacher

Karina Moss-Hollands is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and completed her Master of Music Degree majoring in violin performance and teaching. She is principal violinist and artistic director of Concertante Ensemble, the Central Coast’s own chamber orchestra. 

She is currently our Head of Programme – Strings and the Concertmaster of Symphony Central Coast.