VOCAL STAFF

 

 

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 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.

Michelle Griffin, vocal 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, vocal teacher, Bathurst

Dr. David Hood

David Hood has a Bachelor of Music (Trumpet) degree from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Music (Conducting) degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He also has a Doctor of Philosophy (History) degree from the University of Adelaide.
He has been teaching voice, trumpet and piano at the Mitchell Conservatorium since June 2018. Before that, he taught voice at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music for four years.
As a trumpet player, he has played with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and freelanced with other Sydney ensembles.
He has conducted many choral and orchestral works, including by composers such as Bach, Buxtehude (a favourite of his), Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Nielsen, Holst and Britten.
He has also worked extensively in operetta and music theatre, including as musical director for productions of “Godspell”, “Patience” and “The Pirates of Penzance”.
 

Acknowledgement

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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