Award-winning actor, opera singer and musical theatre star – and Central Coast Conservatorium of Music vocal teacher Tim Page started his Bachelor of Music Degree with University of New England through Central Coast Conservatorium of Music in 2021.
“I thought it was wonderful that our Con could offer vocal tuition as part of the online degree course through UNE and I figured if I was going to encourage any of my students to do the course, I should find out first-hand what it was like and what was involved.”
A vocal tutor at the Con for 10 years, in 2021 Tim started his BMus (Bachelor of Music) with UNE.
Trained as an actor and singer in New Zealand, Tim Page joined NZ Opera when he was 19. After arriving in Australia in 1973, Tim joined the Australian Opera for the production of War and Peace which opened the Sydney Opera House.
He has since sung in many operas, musicals and concerts around the world including spending two years in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects Of Love. He was also awarded a Best Actor Star Award for his portrayal of Danforth in The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
“I have found the online communication of the course to be informative and well delivered. In several instances the tutors have travelled down from Armidale to hear examination participation, recitals or performance pieces being delivered. Otherwise they assess these performances from the videos that each student must also provide to the UNE site.”
Tim said the course is very flexible and the UNE staff are very knowledgeable and supportive. “I have enjoyed writing and presenting several cabaret-style performances mainly of music theatre songs and also produced a 15-minute sample of an original musical that I had written. I would encourage students to consider this option of gaining a music degree. You can specialise in the performance of most instruments taught at the Con – including voice, of course.”
As well as teaching at the Con, Tim sings with the Central Coast Philharmonia Choir and has directed three productions for Central Coast Opera.