Our Tutors

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Katrina Harvey

Katrina Harvey is a seasoned actress who recently appeared in Company B's production of Pride and Prejudice. Katrina is also known for her roles in local theatre productions as Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables and Ado Annie in Oklahoma, and has been an action member of the local community theatre scene since 1985. Katrina is currently involved in discussions regarding her next stage opportunity (Lysistrata) and is very excited to tread the boards again in 2017.

As well as being a highly experienced stage actress, Katrina is also an accomplished performance teacher in speech, drama, voice, and musical theatre. She enjoys the opportunity to pass on her years of experience and passion to others by working with students of CADMA, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, and Unity College. In her spare time, Katrina also enjoys singing with the Queensland Champion Eisteddfod-winning Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir which she has been part of for 7 years. As part of the Oriana Choir, she is currently in rehearsal and honoured to have been invited to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's regional tour of Handel's Messiah.

Katrina believes the performing arts allow students to explore creative possibilities, and encourages her students to learn in a stimulating environment that will help them realise their full potential. Some students are full of energy and exuberence; while some are quiet and reserved - but for Katrina, there is no greater joy than to see a child's confidence, social skills and development blossom over time. Katrina seeks to ensure all her students gain an appreciation of the performing arts in a relaxed and friendly environment, where the needs of the individual student are catered for.

Glen Knox

Glen Knox is a jazz guitarist and vocalist. With over 30 years of experience in the music industry as a teacher and a performer, he currently coordinates and teaches the Contemporary Music program at TAFE Queensland East Coast.

He has worked in many musical genres over the years including rock, country, jazz and big bands. He has also backed artists including Glen Shorrick and Kate Ceberano and feels fortunate to have studied and played with some of Australia's premier jazz musicians including Rick Farbach, Don Andrews, Barry Morton, George Golla and Jim Kelly.

Since moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2014, Glen has also had solo residencies at Montego's Restaurant and Bar, The Piano Bar and BV Pizzeria and Wine Bar.

Nick Russell

Nick Russell graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance Violin. His principal teachers were Graeme Jennings and Bridget Crouch. Over his time at the Conservatorium, he has received high distinctions for performance and was a finalist in both the Vada Jefferies Bach Prize and the Paganini Prize. He has also been a two-time prize winner in the Ronald Clifford Davis violin competition, as well as the winner of various sections at Sunshine Coast and Queensland eisteddfodau.

Recently, Nick participated in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra program. He has been teaching with CADMA since 2012, and over this time many of his students have received top results in their AMEB and Trinity College exams, and have also won awards at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.

Simon Russell-Baker

Simon has been a singer and musician all his life. From an early age on he was performing in choirs and taking lead roles in school, amateur and professional musicals. His music has taken him overseas many times, performing both solo and in bands in places such as Dubai, The Philippines, Nepal, USA, Germany and England, as well as all over Australia and on cruise ships travelling the South Pacific. Simon has now returned to Queensland and brings his unique, powerful voice and his skills as a pianist to venues and schools all over the coast.

He has been highly praised by the likes of Simon Gallagher, Bert Newton, Athol Guy, Todd McKenney, Dale Pengelly and many others in the industry.

Simon sings many genres of music, from jazz standards through to disco, pop, rock, indie and singer/songwriter music. Simon also writes and performs his own material.

Simon is a fully-qualified music teacher and has served as musical director for more than ten shows. He is a choir conductor and has travelled with many of his choirs to Vienna, across the Middle East, and Australia.

Matthew Duggan

Matt is currently a student teacher in Grade 12 at Mountain Creek State High School. For a number of years he has been involved in the school stageband and concert band, the Sunshine Coast Orchestra's wind symphony, orchestra, and stageband, and the Allstars showband. In addition to his bands, he regularly competes in the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod in solos, duets, and quartets.

He regularly plays five instruments in various bands - clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, and trombone - and has attended the school State Honours Ensemble Program since grade 9. In 2015, he attended the Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Instrumental Music (MOST) program in Brisbane. Matt is now studying for his AMEB Grade 8 clarinet exam.

Madeleine Fitzgerald

Maddie Fitzgerald is a student teacher, currently in Grade 11 at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. As a brass player, she has reached AMEB Grade 8 in tuba, Grade 4 in music craft, and Trinity College Grade 6 in piano.

Tigist Johnson

Tigi is a young student teacher currently in Grade 12 at St John's College Nambour. Since an early age she discovered a love of music, drama, art, and performance with encouragement from her family - she first picked up the recorder in grade one and hasn't put it down since. She also enjoys singing, drama, and bagpipes.

She has performed at the Abbey Medieval Festival as well as regional eisteddfodau. She completed her Grade 8 Trinity College recorder exam in 2016 and is currently working towards her teaching qualifications and an ATCL in recorder with Trinity College. Tigi is looking forward to gaining experience teaching beginners and early grade students.

Ella Kay-Butterworth

One of the Sunshine Coast's leading young flautists, Ella won both the 2016 Woodwind Solo and the Brass & Woodwind Senior Champion Solo at the Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod. She recently completed her AMEB Grade 7 exams in flute and is a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestra's Wind Symphony.

Ella is a keen and passionate musician who teaches and plays both classic and contemporary musical styles.

Murray Law

Murray Law teaches guitar, trumpet and bass guitar. He has been learning instrumental music since he was six years old. Currently in year 12, he is the cultural captain of Maroochydore State High School and performs regularly at venues all over the Sunshine Coast. His bands include playing lead trumpet in the All Stars Showband, lead guitar and trumpet in the Karen Law Band, and lead singer and bass player in the rock band Lynch Pin.

He has studied classical trumpet since primary school, reaching 8th grade AMEB with high distinction, and on modern guitar has reached 7th grade with high distinction, and will be taking 8th grade in 2017. He plans to audition and study at the Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane.

As a teacher, Murray seeks to inspire young students to develop both their love of music and the practice habits to make their goals a reality.

Emma Russell

Born into a musical family, Ella began instrumental and vocal lessons early in life. It quickly became her passion, and she soon began performing in as many as 20 events a year, winning awards at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.

Ella has received honours and high distinctions in previous AMEB examinations (including a result of 100% on her recent Grade 3 theory exam) and is currently studying for her Grade 8 piano and violin exams. She aims to audition for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and move into a fully-qualified teaching career after finishing school.

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Rhys Williams

Rhys is a passionate young musician who has studied music for eight years. He accelerated through his AMEB violin exams, achieving grades 3-8 in a busy five-year period.

He has participated in many regional and statewide music programs including the State Honours Ensemble Program with the Griffith Conservatorium of Music. Rhys has also been a member of the local Sunshine Coast Young Orchestra as both a violinist and a trombonist.

His passion for music recently saw Rhys travel to Japan to play music at various schools, which was one of his greatest experiences in music so far. In the past two years he has started exploring other areas of music, including classical and jazz composition.

While Rhys is committed to continue studying his Bachelor of Science with the University of Queensland, he feels that no matter where science takes him, he will continue with his deep passion for music and teaching.