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.
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.
Emma also holds a Master of Music Therapy from the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a Registered Music Therapist in hospitals, aged care facilities, special education, early childhood intervention programs, community disability groups, and private practice. She has also completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and loves working with children of all ages to nurture a love of music while providing a strong technical foundation.
Julie Blakemore studied with Phyllis MacDonald (Australia) and Steven Staryk (USA), and has played and taught for more than 30 years in Australia, England and the USA.
She has performed with the Concertante Ensemble, the Omni String Quartet and was leader of Symphony Central Coast. She has performed with other orchestras in Australia and overseas.
Philippa Collins grew up in Canberra and started violin lessons at the age of 8 with renowned French violinist Josette Esquidin. At the age of 11, she was offered a scholarship at the Canberra School of Music, and throughout her high school years, studied under Len Dommett OBE. In 1986, she moved to Sydney and joined the National Ensemble under the tutelage of John Hopkins, touring extensively, and working with major international artists visiting Sydney. During this time, she studied under Harry Curby and Carl Pini.
Philippa has played in all of the major orchestras in Sydney including Opera Australia for 11 years, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has accompanied many artists such as Valery Klimov, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti to name just a few. Philippa is an experienced teacher who is committed to providing excellence in string teaching from the young beginner right through to tertiary level and the emerging professional. She has conducted many ensembles and orchestras and was the Musical Director of Nova Youth Orchestra for 5 years.
Charlotte Marie Brown
Charlotte is a professional, experienced, passionate and knowledgeable musician and music teacher. She has experience teaching violin, viola and string ensembles. She approaches each lesson with positivity, enthusiasm, open-mindedness and with a student-centred approach to learning.
She believes in creating a safe, positive and fun learning environment that allows students’ curiosity and creativity to flourish and supports students in reaching their full potential in music education. She has a passion for teaching individual and group music lessons and orchestral ensembles.
Cello Teacher & Adult Strings Ensemble
Andrew Wilson began his cello studies with Denise Lawrence before studying at the Sydney Conservatorium with Susan Blake. After playing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a couple of years he travelled to the USA as a Tanglewood Fellow, then to the UK to undertake postgraduate studies at the royal Northern College of Music with Eduardo Vassallo.
Andrew effectively teaches both the AMEB syllabus system preparing students for examination and eisteddfods and nurturing the younger students under the Suzuki Graduation System. Andrew is completing Certificate III of Suzuki Teacher Training with Takao Mizushima.
Fiona Lugg has a Bachelor of Arts, Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies and a Masters Degree in Jazz Bass from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her foundational double bass instructors were John Gray, former principal with the London Symphony, Kees Boersma, current principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Craig Scott, current head of the Jazz Department of the Sydney Conservatorium, and Lloyd Swanton.
She has accompanied many of Sydney’s top jazz musicians including Bob Barnard, Sandy Evans, the late Roger Frampton, vocalist Lily Dior and Canadian cabaret artist Patricia O’Callaghan. She has performed on ABC radio show Late Night Live playing klezmer and Channel Nine’s The Midday Show as band member of The Castanet Club.
Ash has a Bachelor of Music from the City College of New York and an Assoc. Dip. in Jazz Studies from Sydney Conservatorium. He was awarded Australia Council of The Arts grants to produce his own CD “Beautiful Open Spaces” and for study in New York, where he worked as a freelance bass player for 6 years.
Ash has worked with many of Australia’s leading jazz artists including James Morrison, Vince Jones, Dale Barlow and Bob Barnard. He has also backed mainstream artists such as Marina Pryor, Dave Hobson and Monica Trapaga.