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 Carillon 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.
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.
With over thirty-five years of teaching experience, 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. Prizes include first placings in Recital, Oratorio and Adult Vocal and second places in Lieder and Aria Sections.
Conducting experience includes musically directing Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury and Panorama Chorus in earlier years and Mitchell Conservatorium choral workshops.
Julia has upcoming recitals this year and continues to teach singing, piano and musicianship in a vibrant, busy studio.
Graham began his career as an orchestral trombonist, became a singer specialising in opera and music theatre, then consolidated with a move into conducting and artistic direction prior to commencing research in the field of community music activity.
He holds a Diploma of Operatic Art and Music Theatre, a Master of Performance in Conducting, and a PhD, all from the University of Sydney.
From 2001 to 2012 Graham was Director of the Orange Regional Conservatorium, and from 2007 to 2011 he was engaged in the design and delivery of the Associate Degree in Music Education at Charles Sturt University, at which he held appointments as Adjunct Lecturer and Subject Coordinator.
Graham regularly presents at Music Education and Arts Health conferences, and has carried out fieldwork in Australia, North America and Bolivia. Graham has worked as trombonist and singer with the Australian Opera, vocal soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Sydney, Tasmania, West Australia and Auckland, and extensively as a choral, orchestral and music theatre conductor.
Appointed in 2014 as Executive Director/CEO of Mitchell Conservatorium, Graham’s education activity includes vocal, brass and conducting coaching, and the delivery of professional learning courses in curriculum delivery and ensemble direction. From 2003 until 2016 Graham was involved in the executive committee of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, peak body for eighteen non-metropolitan music education organisations unique to NSW. As a performer, his current focus is on the creation and presentation of new Australian music.
Helen has piano & singing teaching experience in primary and high schools. She has studied with Nancy Salas at the Conservatorium of Music Sydney and attended courses there in the Kodaly Method.
For many years she conducted Developmental Music classes for children including children with special needs. She has conducted research into the benefits of Early Childhood Music while studying Special Education at Charles Sturt University.
Helen's qualifications include, A.Mus.A (voice), including Piano 8th grade (AMEB and Trinity College) and 7th Grade Theory (AMEB), B.Health Sci. (Child Health Nursing), and M.Ed. (Special Ed).
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.