My love of making music began when I was in primary school, and like many children I started learning on the recorder. Eventually, I was taking flute lessons privately and when I went to high school I had the opportunity to learn clarinet through the school and instrumental music program.
Before long I also began learning the piano. When I finished high school, I went and studied flute at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music as my major, with piano and vocals as my second studies. Making music is a social activity, and I have on many occasions been part of ensemble and orchestras including the Mackay Youth Orchestra and the Mackay District Combined Schools Band. During my years Conservatorium I was a participant in the Wind Ensemble and was even involved in some studio recordings for a Department of Education package designed and directed by Dr. Helen Stowasser.
After studies, I played for a time with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Professor Martin Jarvis, as well as playing with the Australian Army Band – Northern Command. Over the years I have played in pit orchestras for various theatre productions. More recently, I was involved in the Sapphire Coast Concert and Jazz Bands, since moving to the district I have involved myself in YRSM ensembles and also joined the Young Town Band.
I began teaching music began while I was at student at the Queensland Conservatorium. I then moved on to teach private and group lessons at the Darwin Centre for Youth Music, then directed by Adrian Walter. In recent years, I have tutored woodwinds and piano at Merimbula School of Music and South Coast Anglican College. I have taken a great deal of pride preparing students for AMEB examinations and eisteddfods.
I look forward to sharing my skill with my new students and helping them find enjoyment though learning and playing music!