Michelle Griffin

Michelle Griffin grew up in the Bathurst region. She studied piano with Jennie Menzies before gaining acceptance to the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music in 1998, where she studied piano with Gian-Franco Ricci. She graduated in 2003 as a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, majoring in Piano Performance and Musicology. She began studying voice with Maureen Lewis in 2005, and gained her A.Mus.A diploma in 2011.

Michelle currently teaches piano and voice at Mitchell Conservatorium, All Saint’s College, The Scots’ School, and St Stanislaus College. She has toured Europe and Asia as a member of various musical ensembles, and has been a featured guest pianist for the Australasian Liszt Society.

Locally, she has performed with local theatre groups such as Carillion Theatrical Society, and is a regular performer in the Local Stages ‘Cabaret Kite’ series. She has also performed with ensembles such as the Macquarie Philharmonia, Bathurst Chamber Orchestra and Cantora. She also works extensively as a choral director and accompanist throughout the Bathurst region.


Michelle Griffin, piano teacher, Bathurst

Julia Romano

Dip.T. L.Mus.A., A.Mus.A.

Julia holds both a Diploma in Teaching from Mitchell College of Advanced Education, majoring in Music and Children's Theatre and a Licentiate in Singing Performance. 

Julia has specialised in Classical Singing with a leaning towards Musical Theatre, Musicianship and Pianoforte (Honours Eighth Grade).  

Having taught as a music specialist in Primary schools on Sydney's North Shore, Macquarie University's Kodaly Program, Orange Regional Conservatorium and here at Mitchell Conservatorium, Julia has enjoyed much success both with some excellent results and student rapport. 

Julia's performance experience includes major roles in opera, operetta, oratorio and musical theatre. Highlights include: The Princess in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Frasquita in Carmen, Adele in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, Lady Thiang in Roger And Hammerstein's The King and I. Gilbert & Sullivan roles include Phyllis in Iolanthe, Yum Yum in the Mikado and Tessa in The Gondoliers. 

Julia has enjoyed solo work in numerous chamber recitals throughout Sydney and the Central West and was an oratorio soloist for St Andrew's Cathedral, St Mary's Cathedral, St Patrick's Estate, Manly and All Saints Cathedral, Bathurst. 


Julia Romano, piano teacher, Bathurst

Dr. David Hood

David holds degrees from both Australia and the United States of America, where he served as assistant conductor of several of the many varsity choirs.

He studied voice at Penn State under Richard Kennedy and also undertook units in vocal pedagogy and French and German diction.

David specialises in both classical and music theatre genres and is an accomplished pianist.

David's students comprise all ages and levels of experience, and recent students have been accepted into vocal performance degrees at the University of Newcastle and the Australian Institute of Music.


Elena Day-Hakker

Elena began her studies in Kazakhstan at 10 years of age, entering the Moscow State Music College of 'Gnessins', the most respected college of music in Russia. After gaining a 'Specialist Diploma' with Distinction' in Piano and then furthered her studies at the Siberian Academy of Music and Theatre, there gaining a 'Higher Education Degree in Instrumental Music Performance'. Her post-graduate work began at the State Music School in Krasnoyarsk Siberia as a teacher of piano and as accompanist, a position held for eight years.

Elena was also the ballet concert master/accompanist for the Siberian State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Krasnoyarsk (2000-2003). Her performances have included recitals with numerous ensembles and also as a soloist. In 2003 Elena started teaching at the Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst and Lithgow. The romantic composers of the 19th Century and the music of the 19th and 20th Century Russian composers form her performance repertoire.


Lyn Phillips

Piano, Vocal, Musicianship 

L. Mus. A. , A. Mus. A. , Perf Cert
Lyn is a singing, piano and musicianship teacher who shares a birthday with Beethoven (minus a few years!) She moved to the Blue Mountains in 2009 after many years on the NSW far north
coast, having previously worked at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium (Grafton) and as a private teacher in Yamba. Lyn has a keen interest in Baroque sacred vocal music, as well as art
song, music theatre, gospel, jazz and folk. She has directed adult, junior and community choirs and a capella groups, arranges choral music and piano pieces and accompanies at exams,
eisteddfods and other performances. Lyn is a regular vocal soloist in the Blue Mountains and is actively involved in church music, choral direction (Leura Singers) and private and school music tuition. Lyn combines skill, humour and kindness to teach others how to love music for life.


Emma Howard

Emma is a passionate and experienced music educator. She has spent more than 15 years teaching Secondary Music in high schools (including Music 1 and Music 2 at HSC level).
She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Western Sydney and has studied the piano throughout her life. Her focus has been playing for enjoyment and as an expressive outlet through the years.
Emma is committed to developing students piano technique, sight reading, aural and performance skills; with engaging and personalised lessons to suit each and every student she teaches.
Emma joined the staff in April of 2021.


We pay our respect to all First Nations elders both past and present from the lands where Mitchell Conservatorium students reside. In particular, we acknowledge the Wiradyuri and Dharug peoples of Australia, who are the traditional custodians of the land where Mitchell Conservatorium campuses are located.

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