DipMus (Jazz), AMusA (Pianoforte Performance), ATCL (Pianoforte), MA (Screen Composition)
An award-winning composer, musician and educator, Rachel Gaudry (aka Rachel is Ferguson – married name) is a graduate of the Australian National University’s Canberra School of Music, having completed a three-year Diploma of Music in Jazz Studies, majoring in Voice in 1995. She began studying piano at the age of six, working her way through the AMEB exam system to Grade 8, and later attaining an AMusA and ATCL in Piano Performance through the Australian Music Guild of Speech and Music and Trinity College respectively. Following her studies at the Canberra School of Music, Rachel relocated to Sydney. She immersed herself in performance and songwriting and collaborated with many of Australia’s most talented and celebrated musicians.
An accomplished singer/pianist, Rachel has performed in Australia, Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. In Australia, she has performed at popular festivals such as the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Bellingen Blues Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival. She has released two critically acclaimed albums, Leaving Traces and Bright Window.
Coinciding with her career as a performer and composer, Rachel’s experience as a music educator spans 16 years. From 2009-2011, she was a Vocal Tutor at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney teaching one-on-one vocal lessons to tertiary level students, and leading weekly vocal masterclasses and workshops in aural, composition and vocal recording. In 2011, Rachel moved to Cairns for two years where she was a Vocal Specialist at St Andrew’s Catholic College. In 2013, she relocated to the Gold Coast, teaching voice and piano at Gold Coast Sound City, Discover Music, Silkstone School and Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School. In 2016, Rachel relocated with her family to Ipswich, and currently teaches voice and piano from her home studio.
These details were last updated on July 29, 2018