Graham began his career as an orchestral trombonist, became a singer specialising in opera and music theatre, then consolidated with a move into conducting and artistic direction - prior to commencing research in the field of community music activity. He holds a Diploma of Operatic Art and Music Theatre, Master of Performance in Conducting, and PhD (University of Sydney).
From 2001 to 2012 Graham was Director of the Orange Regional Conservatorium, and from 2007 to 2011 he was engaged in the design and delivery of the Associate Degree in Music Education at Charles Sturt University, at which he held appointments as Adjunct Lecturer and Subject Coordinator.
Graham regularly presents at Music Education and Arts Health conferences, and has carried out fieldwork in Australia, North America and Bolivia. Graham has worked as trombonist and singer with the Australian Opera, vocal soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Tasmania, West Australia and Auckland, and extensively as a choral, orchestral and music theatre conductor.
Appointed in 2014 as Executive Director/CEO of Mitchell Conservatorium, Graham’s education activity includes vocal, brass and conducting coaching, and the delivery of professional learning courses in curriculum delivery and ensemble direction. From 2003 until 2016 Graham served on the committee of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, peak body for eighteen non-metropolitan music education organisations unique to NSW, and since 2015 he has been engaged as a casual academic with Central Queensland University.
As a performer, his current focus is on the creation and presentation of new Australian music.
Phil Braithwaite began his musical education at the Christchurch School of Instrumental Music, as a participant in New Zealand's inaugural Suzuki Method program. As a school aged pupil, Phil studied Violin, Recorder, Piano, Voice and Clarinet before settling on the flute as his main instrument and obtaining his L.T.C.L. Diploma at the age of 16. Phil went on to study with Roger Buckton and Rolf Just (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) and after arriving in Australia continued with Prue Page, Toshio Takahashi (Suzuki Method) and Linda Vogt.
After a varied careers in set building and construction Phil became the National Sales Manager at the Flute Tree(Woodwind Group Pty Ltd) in 1994, where he also trained as a repair technician.
Since 2005 Phil has been based at the Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst, teaching flute, woodwind instruments, directing school bands and performing across a range of genres. He has been a member of a number of orchestras, chamber music ensembles and other groups and appears regularly as a soloist and ensemble member in the Blue Mountains and Central West.
In 2014 Phil became Associate Director of Mitchell Conservatorium where he looks forward to enabling a vibrant future for regional conservatoriums in Western NSW.
Vivienne joined the Con way back in 2004, starting in a part time role three days a week doing the general office duties. This then turned into a full time job in 2005.
She enjoys concerts, going to the movies, reading and also loves to watch really bad reality TV.
Her favourite bands include AC/DC, Jimmy Barnes, Nickelback, Fleetwood Mac and pretty much most Aussie Rock Bands from the 80's and 90's.
Vivienne hasn't a musical bone in her body, but enjoys being surrounded by those who have.
Vivienne works in Admin in the Bathurst office.
James started teaching with the Mitchell Conservatorium in July 2015.
Music has being an integral part of James’ life since his high school days, being involved in the school choir and school band.
After school, James has been involved with the local theatre company in Parkes in a number of aspects, from stage work, direction and musical direction, to set design and front of house duties.
James has studied music at the Australian Institute of Music, focusing on Musical Theatre, as well as through the Regional Partnership Program with Central Queensland University, majoring in classical vocals.
A lover of all music, James particularly enjoys Musical Theatre and Operetta. He believes that music is a pivotal component to everybody’s lives, be it as a musician, vocalist, audience member or through listening to music. Music is one of the greatest ways to express oneself.
James has also joined our administration team, accepting the role of Regional Coordinator of the Lachlan Campus in March 2017.
Lauren studied at Charles Sturt University and holds a BA in Communication. Since joining the team in 2017, she has managed social media, website design, media opportunities, advertising, poster and hard copy design and events. She has performed throughout the Central West and beyond as a singer for most of her life and is thrilled to be working with so many talent musicians here at Mitchell Conservatorium.