Graeme Hunt

Graeme Hunt has been playing guitar for 18 years, and teaching since 1992. He joined Mitchell Conservatorium in 2004.

He is currently the guitarist for Sydney jazz funk band “Woodgrey”, which includes vocalist Julia Boehm (“Kaya”) and saxophonist Karen Booth (“Black Crow Band”). Graeme has been composing and recording music since 1988. His recent composition “SNAP” was performed at Western Sydney’s Hybrid Waves Cultural Festival. He is currently working on a project with actor/writer Julian Garner (Bell Shakespeare Company).

Graeme teaches guitar at a number of local Bathurst schools and also teaches at both Bathurst and Lithgow divisions of Mitchell Conservatorium.

Graeme Hunt, music therapy teacher, Lithgow

Samantha Schoeler-Jones

Samantha completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music with Richard Gill as the the Dean in 1991. During her time in Perth she performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, she was accepted into the Franz Liszt Hochschule fuer Musik in Weimar, Germany to complete further studies with Professor Robert Winn, former Principal Flautist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London. In 1997, Samantha moved to Berlin to study Music Therapy. On returning to Australia in 2004, she decided to combine her experience as a music therapist with education and completed a Diploma in Secondary Education and now works as a specialist classroom music teacher and music therapist at Katoomba Public School. 

This year she was invited by Department of Education Arts Unit to be a mentor in the  National Music Teacher Mentoring Program NSW. Samantha runs the band program at Mt Riverview PS and Katoomba PS, is choir conductor for the Upper Blue Mountains Music Festival involving 11 schools and conducts a senior recorder ensemble at Katoomba HS. In 2014 and 2015, she was invited to conduct the recorders for the Festival of Instrumental Music at the Sydney Opera House. Samantha also teaches flute at Kinross Wolaroi School and Orange Anglican and runs a private studio in Katoomba.

Samantha Schoeler-Jones, music therapy teacher, Lithgow

Martyn Cook

Martyn is a fulltime musician and has been playing the Celtic Harp professionally for over twenty years and has significant experience in different genres of music; (He also plays Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone and Trumpet), principally with Jazz Daiquiri and the The Kate Woolfe Trio.
Between the years 1983 and 2000 he was a musician in the band of the French Foreign Legion playing clarinet for eighteen months before switching to the flute and piccolo. He was then posted overseas where he played euphonium for two years. Upon his return to France he resumed service with the band as solo flautist.
Prior to his army service he played electric bass with a ten-piece dance band and used to ‘sit in’ with the local jazz bands where he lived in the South of England.
At school he played clarinet for four years obtaining a Distinction in his Grade V Exam, and a Pass of 138/150 in grade V theory.

Martyn has completed the Community Services Training Package, Mental Health Co-existing Needs Unit, has attained a medication assistance skill set and holds a Cert 4 in Community Services - Disability.

 

 

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