When did you develop your love for music and what instruments do you play?
I have always had a love of music from an early age. I was always involved with concerts, musicals and choirs when I was at school and my love for it has never subsided. When I was eight years old, I started playing the piano and soon after I discovered how much I loved singing. I can play various other instruments including violin, flute, guitar and cello, to name a few.
Tell us about your professional background before coming to Fintona.
I studied at the University of Melbourne where I received my Bachelor of Music degree and Diploma in Education. I have a Master’s degree in Arts (Music) and have been the Head of Music at several schools in Melbourne. I have conducted many orchestras and choirs, composed a number of works which have been performed and lectured and performed overseas. Apart from my involvement with music, I do a lot of charity work for the community and have been a compere at many events over the years.
As the new Music Co-ordinator, what is your vision for music at Fintona?
My vision is to create new and exciting programs which will enable our very talented students to gain a deeper appreciation of playing a musical instrument. I have recently introduced regular soirées to allow students to appreciate what it’s like to be a music performer. I would like to see our students participate in various competitions and hopefully, go on tour around the country and overseas to compete. Overall, my aim is for students to develop a long term love and appreciation of music that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
What do you enjoy most about teaching music to young students?
Music is a universal language and I have great enjoyment in watching young people develop their musical skills and watching them grow in their ability over time. I enjoy introducing them to new and exciting aspects of music.
Apart from playing and listening to music, what else do you like to do in your spare time?
I go to the gym, I love cooking, gardening, renovating, skiing, going to the beach, dancing, drinking lots of coffee and going for long walks with my little dog Zetta!