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's instrumental music programme.
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.
Music making is a social activity, and I have had many occasions where I have been part of
ensembles and orchestras including the Mackay Youth Orchestra and the Mackay District Combined
Schools Band. During my years at the Conservatorium I was a participant in the Conservatorium
Wind Ensemble, and was even involved in some studio recording 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 with the Sapphire Coast Concert and Jazz
Bands, and since moving to the Young district I have become involved myself with YRSM ensembles
and also joined the Young Town Band.
My teaching of music began while I was a student at the 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
I look forward to sharing my skills with my new students here and helping them find enjoyment
through learning and playing music.