I am a multi-instrumentalist/ jazz musician/ private tutor/ composer/arranger Based in Perth. In November 2017 I completed my Bachelor of Music degree at WAAPA (Majoring in Jazz performance), and currently tutor Brass at Corpus Christi and Lake Joondalup Baptist College. I am enthusiastic about sharing my passion for music, and have extensive knowledge and experience in a number of styles, predominantly Jazz, Latin, Classical and Contemporary. I am a multi instrumentalist, so while my studies at WAAPA were primarily on Trombone, I also have extensive knowledge of Piano – in fact, Piano was my first instrument and I began playing it long before the trombone.
My graduate studies were in the area of Jazz Performance, where I studied under highly esteemed musicians and educators including Jamie Oehlers, Tom O’Halloran, Daniel Susnjar and Jeremy Grieg. I had the opportunity to play in a variety of shows put on by WAAPA, including the hit musical “Chicago”, and the annual “Jazz in the Theatre” performances with guest artists including Megan Washington, Ray Thistlethwaite, and Vince Jones. Also through WAAPA, I attended a summer music program at New York University (NYU).
I am a current member of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), and have been since 2012. This organisation encourages the musical development and artistry of young, up-and-coming musicians in Perth, and is made up of three separate Big Bands. In 2016 I was awarded Associate Composer in Residence for WAYJO, commissioned to compose and arrange music for the “Wednesday Night Orchestra”, led by Dr Mace Francis. I was privileged to showcase my music at the 2016 Perth Jazz Festival (PJF). Other opportunities with WAYJO that I have been fortunate to be a part of include an exchange program with SHOWA University Tokyo, and tours to regional WA to give workshops and performances to inspire younger kids to pursue music.
I am also a member of the Oz Big Band, a growing, successful community big band that has strong ties to the swing dancing community in Perth. In 2014, 2016 and 2018, the band toured to Melbourne and Canberra, performing at the Lindy Hop Exchange, a nationally renowned dance competition.
Prior to studying at WAAPA, I was a graduate of Sacred Heart College Sorrento, where I studied WACE music, achieving the college academic excellence award for top music student. I was involved with a number of the school musical groups including Senior Band, Swing Band, Jazz Quartet and various rock bands, which competed successfully in Catholic Performing Arts Festivals, winning several shields.
I would be pleased to offer private Piano lessons to anyone – from the earliest beginner to intermediate – of any age and of any genre. My rates are $30 per half-hour for lessons at my house, I can come to you if that is preferred however I would need to charge an extra $5-10 depending on distance for travel time/ expenses.