Bathurst String Teachers

Dr. Nicole Hammill (Strings Coordinator)

Violin, Viola

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.

Nicholas Newell

Violin, Viola  

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.


Nicholas Newell, strings teacher, Bathurst

Francis McLeod


Robyn Godfrey


Robyn Stokoe Godfrey is a highly experienced performer and teacher
who, in 2015, relocated to Windeyer, near Mudgee, after more than four
decades of a busy professional life in Sydney. Upon completion of
tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, Robyn became a
founding member of the Palm Court Orchestra, Sydney’s leading
“society” orchestra, directed by her late husband, John Godfrey. The
PCO continues to this day and specialises in late 19 th , early 20 th Century
light music, the vast library for which Robyn is the owner and caretaker.
A skilled and dedicated private teacher, Robyn taught at many leading
private schools, including long-held positions at MLC School, St
Andrew’s Cathedral School, Newtown High School of the Performing
Arts, International Grammar School, Santa Sabina College, and also in
the late Chris Belshaw’s comprehensive Saturday programme, utilising
Orff and Kodaly methodologies. Now, Robyn continues to teach both
locally and at the Mitchell Conservatorium, where she is the cellist in
Mitchell String Theory, the resident professional string quintet. Among
many performance opportunities, she has also formed a duo with harpist
and singer, Kim Deacon, a long-time friend and colleague, who currently
lives in Hill End.

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