Nicholas was appointed to the Mitchell Conservatorium in 1998. He received his Bachelor of Music in 1990 and has studied violin and viola with Dr. Anthony Doheney, Lyndal Edmiston and Jan Sedivka. In addition to his extensive ensemble and orchestral performance experience, Nicholas has more than 10 years experience teaching students from 5 years to 55 years of age in all eastern seaboard States and the Northern Territory. Nicholas believes that anyone with commitment can learn to play string instruments.
Sydney-born Nicole Hammill studied in the US for eleven years, achieving a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. She subsequently lectured at two American universities and returned to Australia to lecture at James Cook University. She taught at the Queensland Conservatorium and has also taught at Queensland University of Technology and University of Southern Queensland. She has been an active soloist and chamber musician and has performed with Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 1999, acting as Principal First Violin for five years. An AMEB examiner and frequent adjudicator, in 2007, she completed a Graduate Diploma of Counselling, leading to an interest in personality theory and its application to music teaching.