Brass Teachers

Trish O'Hearn

Head of Program (Brass), Trumpet Teacher

Trish O’Hearn gained her Bachelor of Music from Newcastle Conservatorium, followed by a Postgraduate in Performance (Grad Dip) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

She has been a part of championship community bands since she was young and is currently Principal cornet of Toronto Brass as well as a member of the award-winning Central Coast Brass. 

Trish was also invited to be a member of National Australia Brass, performing various concerts including the International Brass festival in Melbourne and is a current member of Pacific Brass.

Tim Rees


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.

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.

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.

Radu Boros


After completing his education in Bucharest, where he graduated from the College of Music “George Enescu” majoring in violin, horn and singing, Radu held positions in professional orchestras in Romania and Germany. 

Following his arrival in Australia he played in orchestras, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as teaching and conducting school and community orchestras and bands. For several years he was in the Australian Army Band in Sydney before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy Band.