Our peripatetic teachers for 2018:
- Lara Tomaz (Vocal & Guitar)
- Ben Aguilera (Guitar, Bass, Ukelele)
- Leanne Walton (Clarinet, Saxophone)
- Connor Hutchinson (Trumpet & other brass instruments, Piano, Theory, Composition)
- Annette Collins (Piano & Flute)
Connor Hutchinson is a Sydney/Illawarra based Composer, Performer and Music Educator currently in his third year of studying a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a High Distinction average. Connor provides individual tuition in Piano, Brass/Woodwind, Vocal, Composition and Music Theory. As well as music education, Connor composes a range of musical works for solo instruments, small and large ensembles, as well as playing for various functions and events. He is a regular pianist at Restaurant Table 426 in Corrimal, and plays Euphonium in the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony Orchestra and 1st Baritone in the Australian Territorial Youth Band of the Salvation Army.
“I started piano lessons at age 5 and then flute lessons at age 10 as part of the band program at the school I was attending. I completed HSC Music and after Year 12 attended Sydney Conservatorium of Music where I completed an Associate Diploma of Music Teaching which was a course specifically for private music teaching. From age 16, I started teaching beginner students as well as accompanying for choirs, instruments for exams and concerts, ballet classes and being involved in orchestras/bands for local theatre productions. I have played in church since age 14 and am still active in my church worship band today.
I love teaching and am passionate about seeing students achieve through music and gaining all the benefits that learning a musical instrument can bring.”
Professional Vocalist Lara Tomaz began her music career early, singing her first solo at age 11 at the Wollongong Town Hall, and going on to sing her own composition at the Sydney Opera House at age 14. During her high school years Lara sang hundreds of performances with the school vocal group, a’capella group and choir, toured NSW with the Southern Stars Performing Ensemble and sang solo to an audience of 4,500 at the WIN Entertainment Centre in 2001. Lara’s original composition also won ‘Best Vocal Arrangement’ for the Kool Skool’s recording project in the same year. During this time Lara also fronted the working blues & funk band Soulchain, playing regularly for several years at the Great Southern Hotel in Berry, the Goulburn Blues Festival, Canberra Blues and Rock Festival, Berry Blues Festival and various other local venues. Soulchain went on to become finalists in the Musicoz Awards (2003) & the Musicoz Shoalhaven Development Awards.
Lara studied music at Wesley Institute (now Excelsior College), graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance, majoring in Vocals. In her final year of college Lara toured Europe as a soloist with the Wesley Institute Choir, which won 1st Prize in an International Choral Competition in Vienna. She has appeared several times as a soloist and guest artist on Channel 7’s TV program ‘Rise & Shine and been a part of many CD recording projects. Lara also has over 11 years full-time experience teaching singing both privately with her business Bluebird Vocals and in various schools, as well as running vocal workshops in schools and churches.
“I am a guitar teacher who is passionate about music. I play three instruments which include guitar, bass and piano. I teach students from many
diverse background and age levels. I currently attend church at Lighthouse. I play guitar on a fortnightly basis and also music direct. My qualifications are: Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music), University of Wollongong – Completed 2016.
I am currently Studying Masters of Teaching (Secondary) method Music – To complete at end of 2018.”
Annette Collins – Allegro Music Academy
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