Dr. Nicole Hammill (Strings Coordinator)

Violin, Viola

Dr Nicole Hammill was appointed Strings Coordinator at the Mitchell Conservatorium in Bathurst in October 2018. For the previous 25 years, she lived in Queensland, performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as soloist, concertmaster and Acting Principal First Violin. Her primary teaching appointment while there was at the Queensland Conservatorium, and she also lectured at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland.
Born in Sydney, Nicole travelled to the USA in 1983 to study violin, on scholarship, attaining three degrees in performance, including a Master of Music with High Distinction from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. She subsequently lectured at universities in Louisiana and West Virginia, and in 1994, returned to Australia to take up the violin lectureship at James Cook University in Townsville, before moving to Brisbane in 1999.
As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed nationally and internationally, including ABC FM Live broadcasts, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the QSO Chamber Players, the Southern Cross Soloists and the Bangalow Music Festival. She is currently Leader of Mitchell String Theory at the Conservatorium and has been invited to perform with the Sydney-based Robinia Ensemble.
An AMEB QLD examiner since 2002, she was appointed Senior Examiner there in 2018 and is now a NSW Examiner, as well as writing the AMEB Series 8 Violin Handbooks (Level 2). Also trained in counselling and psychology, her main interest lies in personality theory and its application to 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

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 19th, early 20th 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.

Francis McLeod


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