Music Tutor Biographies

David Law | Head of Performance Music

David Law is a passionate supporter of school and community music-making. He studied Euphonium at the Queensland University of Technology and has been playing piano since the age of eight. In addition to conducting the Queensland Wind Orchestra, David is the conductor of the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and Brisbane’s Westside Orchestra. David has conducted seasons with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Ignite Choir and was the guest conductor of the Wind Orchestra as part of Griffith University’s Australian Honours Ensemble Program in 2019 and 2020. 2021 is David’s 17th year as President and Musical Director of the Queensland Wind Orchestra, one of Australia’s leading wind bands.

David has been an invited clinician, instructor, consultant, and conductor for Queensland Music Festival’s Cape York Instrumental Program. He has regularly directed the Wind Ensemble as part of Griffith University’s State Honours Ensemble Program in Central and North Queensland, and has been a sectional lecturer with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. David was an invited presenter and conductor at ANBOC 2018 (Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference). Additionally, he has adjudicated at state and national competitions including the West Australian School’s Concert Band Festival, the Queensland Catholic Music Festival and Queensland’s MusicFest. He has worked as Music Director, Conductor and Pianist with various musical theatre organisations throughout Brisbane, with Opera Queensland as part of their Musical Theatre and Contemporary Solo Workshop outreach program, and has trained in Music Direction at the multiple-Tony Award©-winning Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute in Connecticut, USA. Locally, he has worked on productions of Into the Woods, CATS, Les Misérables and West Side Story and has been involved with Oscar Theatre Company as Musical Director for the Queensland premieres of [title of show] (Brisbane Powerhouse), Spring Awakening and Next to Normal (QPAC).

As Head of Performance Music at Redeemer Lutheran College, David directs a number of award-winning wind bands, string orchestras and vocal ensembles.

Kym Ambrose | Percussion & Drum Kit

Kym Ambrose is a professional musician with over 30 years of performing and teaching experience. He is currently the vibraphonist and co-composer in his award-winning band, The View from Madeleine's Couch, which has seen him tour nationally and internationally to locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Goiânia and Belo Horizonte in Brazil. As a drummer, Kym has performed with various bands at festivals in Adelaide, Houston, Edinburgh and London. His studies and subsequent years of work in Sydney (Diploma of Jazz, N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music), saw him under the tutelage of Australian legends Don Burrows and George Golla. In addition to teaching at Redeemer Lutheran College, Kym is the vibraphone tutor and director of the Brazilian Ensemble at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Andrew Ball | Saxophone

Andrew Ball enjoys a diverse career performing, composing and educating. He was awarded a distinction for his L.Mus.A. in saxophone and graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours in Advanced Performance). Internationally, Andrew has performed and premiered new Australian music at the 22nd annual Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France, the World Saxophone Congress XVI in St Andrews, Scotland, and SaxOpen in Strasbourg, France. His playing and compositions can be heard on various albums and singles by the Barega Sax Quartet, the Queensland Saxophone Orchestra, Collusion, and His Merry Men. Andrew has recently seen his compositions premiered by the Australia Ensemble, Australian Saxophone Orchestra, Hourglass Ensemble, and Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble, among others. He is currently tenor saxophonist and resident composer with Barega Saxophone Quartet, hip hop brass band Bullhorn, Cheap Fakes and Nomika.

Paul Ballam-Cross | Guitar

Dr Paul Ballam-Cross is a classical guitarist, writer, and composer. He has completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance majoring in classical guitar, and has studied privately with both Karin Schaupp and Isolde Schaupp. As a composer, his music has been recorded by the Barega Saxophone Quartet and the Monash University Flute Ensemble. Paul has completed a Doctor of Philosophy, discussing counterpoint and performance on the guitar. More recently, his research interests include exploring transcriptions for guitar, as well as the intersections between nostalgia, popular music, and the internet. Mel Bay Publications have published his re-edited and corrected edition of transcriptions by the pioneering classical guitarist Francisco Tárrega. Paul is a regular concert and album reviewer for Limelight Magazine, and is a course convenor and casual lecturer at the University of Queensland.

Hayden Burton | Violin & Viola

Hayden Burton graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, with First Class Honours, the University Medal and the Maurice Mears Memorial Trophy. In his time at the Conservatorium he was the concertmaster of the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Divertimenti String Ensemble, and was the recipient of a Jani Haenke Charitable Trust Instrument. Here, he played in many masterclasses with prominent Australian and international musicians. He has played with the Queensland Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonia, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian International Opera Company (touring China), Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra and Ipswich City Orchestras. He was selected to attend the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, National Music Camp has attended the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Washington State, USA. Hayden is a passionate teacher of violin and viola and has taught in a variety of schools throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast. He is currently the conductor of Redeemer’s String Ensemble and Junior Strings.

Ysolt Clark | French Horn

Ysolt Clark studied at the Canberra School of Music and was appointed Principal Third Horn of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of twenty-one. She left this position after eight years, but has since performed with most of the major symphony orchestras in Australia, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Ysolt has dedicated her time pursuing her passion for both music education and chamber music performance. She performs regularly with Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with numerous chamber ensembles around Australia including Southern Cross Soloists, Lunaire Collective and ELISION. Ysolt has been a member of the successful French Horn teaching team at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, for the last 15 years. Ysolt has also taught at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and is in-demand as an educator, both privately and within schools.

Yvonne Chen | Piano

Yvonne Chen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, where she studied under Natasha Vlassenko. As a student, Yvonne was the recipient of the M.K. Lassell Prize in 2010, the Fred Ellaway Prize in 2012, and was a finalist in the A.S.K.M Open Piano Competition in 2011. Yvonne excelled in her academic studies, receiving Academic Excellence Awards, and was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. Yvonne is dedicated to music and has been playing the piano from the age of four. She has been teaching piano for many years, and 2021 is her 10th year teaching at Redeemer. She loves to assist students of all ages to discover their inner passion for music whilst developing their musical skills. Yvonne tailors programs to meet individual requirements of each student to reach their full potential. This has resulted in her students achieving exceptional results in AMEB exams and musical competitions throughout Queensland.

Clare Cooney | Violin & Viola

Clare Cooney is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium graduating with Distinction in 2018. She is the recipient of the Basil Jones Sonata Prize and the Matilda Jane Aplin prize. She has held Principal positions with the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has participated in many masterclasses with world renowned musicians including the Borodin String Quartet, Takacs String Quartet, Dover String Quartet and the Australian String Quartet. Clare has participated in many chamber music festivals both in Australia and in the US including Bangalow Festival, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival, Musica Viva Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. She has completed three internships with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and Camerata - Queensland Chamber Orchestra. She regularly performs with Camerata and is passionate about their commitment to education. As a member of Momentum ensemble and the Australian Youth Orchestra she has had many opportunities to continue to advance her performance and orchestral playing skills. Clare is passionate about teaching and loves being a part of the Music community at Redeemer.

Katrina Evans | Piano

Katrina Evans graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts (Music), and a Bachelor of Music Education. She studied Piano under Dr Peter Roennfeldt, and Choral Studies under Dr John Nixon. She has also completed her A.Mus.A in Piano. Katrina has taught Prep to Year 12 Music for over 20 years in both Government and non-Government schools, and was a classroom music teacher at Redeemer from 2000-2009. She is an experienced choral conductor, and has been invited to work at various festivals and camps including the Central Highlands Festival of Bands and the Catholic School Choral Festival in Emerald. Additionally, Katrina has adjudicated at numerous school festivals and competitions. Katrina also enjoys working as an accompanist, and is currently accompanying many of Redeemer’s choirs. Throughout her life she has continually been involved in Worship music, playing piano and keyboard for countless services and conferences, and also conducting various church choirs. Katrina has a great passion for teaching and loves sharing the joy of music with students of all ages.

Christie Fleming | Instrumental Co-ordinator

Christie Fleming graduated in 2003 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. She has worked in a number of independent schools as a classroom music teacher whilst also conducting wind bands, choirs, musicals and various chamber ensembles. Christie was a conductor of the acclaimed Australian Youth Choir and, during this time, enjoyed specialising as a choral conductor. More recently though, Christie has worked with young concert bands, developing their sense of aural awareness, musicianship and balance as an ensemble. She finds working with young musicians rewarding and is excited about the music-making her students at Redeemer Lutheran College will produce in future years.

Minnie Hong | Violin & Viola

Minnie Hong completed her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with Honours in 2014. She was under the tutelage of Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Minnie’s enthusiasm for chamber music has led her to perform in masterclasses with high calibre artists including the Australian String Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Aditaya Quartet, winners of the 4MBS Chamber Music Prize and Jani Haenke Charitable Trust instruments, she was able to work with renowned music professionals as part of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Stradbroke Music Festival. Minnie has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony, and was associate concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and is currently furthering her skills through the Masters of Teaching program at the University of Queensland. Minnie is a Violin and Viola specialist at Redeemer, where she also directs the Piccolo Strings program for beginner Year 2 string students.

Katharine Hutcheson | Piano and Music Theory

Katharine Hutcheson began playing the piano at age 9 and, after graduating from Redeemer in 1995, received her Bachelor of Music Pedagogy in 1998 and a Masters of Music Studies in 1999 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Katherine also completed her A.Mus.A. through the Australian Music Examinations Board. Katharine established a home-based piano teaching studio in 1996 and grew this to over 50 students in the 20 years following. Katharine began work at Redeemer in 2001, teaching piano and music theory whilst also accompanying some of the College choirs for ten of these years. Katherine now teaches all of her lessons here at Redeemer as both of her children are also students at the College. Throughout her years as a piano teacher, Katharine has consistently supported many long-term students from Prep through to Year 12, many of whom have completed high-level AMEB exams and also achieved entrance into the Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Katharine has always been passionate about teaching music to children, and has developed a broad range of teaching styles and techniques to suit individual student needs.

Kylie Los | Piano

Kylie Los graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction), studying piano under Mark Gibson, and was later a member of Opera Queensland’s Developing and Young Artist Programs as a repetiteur. Kylie has had a strong involvement with Opera Queensland’s Education and Community Programs. From 2010 – 2013, Kylie studied and worked in London and Germany, graduating with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with a Masters of Music (Repetiteur) and subsequently acting as principal repetiteur for several productions for Grange Park Opera, UK. Since returning to Brisbane, Kylie has been active as a sought-after piano teacher, adjudicator, conductor and accompanist. Kylie conducts the SATB adult community choir, the Hillbrook Chorale, and has also conducted for Education Queensland’s Metropolitan Region Choral Honours Program and for Junior Gondwana in the Gondwana National Choral School. In 2021, Kylie will be the guest conductor for Education Queensland’s Singfest festival. Since 2019 Kylie has accompanied the Griffith University Conservatorium Singers. In 2017, Kylie received her Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years) with Distinction.

Ben Marks | Trombone, Euphonium & Tuba

Dr Ben Marks is a freelance trombonist, composer and highly-sought-after teacher. He has been a member of the ELISION Contemporary Music Ensemble since their European tour in 1996 and specializes in the performance of contemporary music, including collaborations with visual artists, digital artists and free improvisation. He has recorded and given numerous world premiere performances of solo and ensemble music with ELISION at many of the major Australian and European festivals, including residencies in the USA at Harvard and Stanford Universities. He also performs with ensembles throughout Australia and overseas, including the Singapore, Adelaide, Western Australian, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and local orchestra, Camerata. Ben is currently teaching trombone, and runs various ensembles, at the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium of Music and also teaches trombone, euphonium and tuba at various schools in Brisbane. He received his Bachelor of Music, Honours, specializing in composition, from the University of Melbourne; gained his Master of Music, specialising in trombone performance, from Griffith University; and, completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts, creating large scale outdoor musical compositions, at Griffith University.

Catherine Mear | Clarinet

After completing her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in 1998 Catherine Mear was awarded a professional position in New Zealand’s Wellington Sinfonia Orchestra. In 2001, she completed her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance under the instruction of renowned American clarinettist, Floyd Williams. That same year, Catherine won the open section of the QCASS Clarinet competition and was subsequently invited to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto as a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Since completing her Masters of Music, she has performed in many chamber music groups and is currently Principal Clarinet in the Ipswich City Orchestra. Catherine tutors for various Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles, is an active committee member of the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society, and regularly adjudicates for the QCASS Clarinet and Saxophone competition. She has over twenty years of experience teaching both Clarinet and Saxophone, and has entered students for both Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) and Trinity examinations successfully, including candidates at the advanced diploma, A.Mus.A./L.Mus.A. level.

Amy Michaels | Voice

Amy Michaels has been performing professionally in Brisbane for many years, working with some of the finest jazz musicians in South-East Queensland. Amy holds a Masters of Music (Jazz Voice), from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and has also achieved highly as a classical vocalist through the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). As a singer/songwriter, Amy released her debut, self-titled album in 2013, whilst her cabaret show, “Amy Michaels & the Good Time Girls”, has seen sell-out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Jumpers & Jazz Festival, and the Brisbane International Jazz Festival. Amy is a member of the Australian National Association of Teaching Singing (ANATS) and is a vocal teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, as part of the Young Conservatorium program. Additionally, Amy teaches many school aged and tertiary students as part of various music theatre, pop and dance programs in Brisbane.

Adrian Moran | Trumpet

Adrian Moran commenced his musical studies on the cornet at the young age of 6. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Australian National University School of Music. Adrian has also studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2007. His primary teachers have included members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Mendelow and Paul Goodchild. In addition to his trumpet studies, Adrian is an accomplished conductor and has appeared as guest conductor with the National Capital Orchestra, the ANU School of Music Symphony Orchestra and local ensemble, Queensland Wind and Brass. Over many years, Adrian has actively taught brass from beginner to diploma levels throughout schools in QLD, NSW and the ACT. He has performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra program, and has held principal positions with the Queensland Youth Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra, along with various other small and large ensembles.

Paul O’Brien | Double Bass & Electric Bass

Paul O’Brien is a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra double bass section. He has worked extensively as a freelance player performing with the Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Portugal). In 2007 he was an ACO Emerging Artist and has been a member of the SSO educational ensemble Sydney Sinfonia. Paul is also actively involved in teaching across South-East Queensland, in his home studio and at three schools. He studied with John Fardon, Dushan Walkowicz, Marian Heckenberg and Andrew Rootes and is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Natalie Pammenton | Violin & Viola

Natalie Pammenton completed her Master of Music Studies (advanced standing) and Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and as Associate Concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra and Queensland Youth Symphony. As a freelance musician she has performed as part of the Bangalow Festival Orchestra, Australian Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Fabrique, Ady Ensemble and is the director of Koda Music. She is a UQ Symphony Orchestra violin sectional lecturer as well as tutor for the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and various Brisbane schools. At Redeemer, Natalie teaches violin and viola, and directs the Intermediate String Ensemble and Junior String Ensemble.

Emily Smith | Flute

Emily Smith is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, with a major in Advanced Flute Performance under the tutelage of Gerhard Mallon. Emily has won numerous awards including The James Carson Memorial Prize and the 4MBS Ross Peters Chamber Music Prize. Additionally, she is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. Emily was a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestras from 2002 - 2014, in the Queensland Youth Symphony from 2010 and Principal Flute from 2013-2014. She has also performed as Principal Flute with the Queensland Philharmonia, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Queensland Mandolins, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Wind Orchestra, and many other community organisations in Brisbane and surrounding areas. Internationally, Emily has participated in programs including Charterhouse Summer Music School, Netherlands Flute Academy and the Oxford Flute Summer School with Michael Cox. Emily performs with many professional and community musical theatre companies on a wide range of flutes; including piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, Asian flutes, recorders and Irish flutes. Emily is a passionate educator and has provided tutelage and workshops in both Independent and State Schools across the state.

Nathan Smith | Cello

Nathan Smith has enjoyed a diverse musical career after completing his musical studies at the Conservatoire Regional de Marseille and Conservatoire Regional de Paris, France. Nathan has worked in conjunction with a number of leading composers in Europe for the commissioning of new pieces, as well as working with early music ensembles specialising in the music of the Baroque era. Nathan was, for a number of years, cello soloist in L'Ensemble C Barré, a contemporary music ensemble based in France, and, since his return to Brisbane in 2013, Nathan has established himself as a sought-after chamber musician and music educator. Nathan has performed as soloist on a number of occasions with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, in which he is an artistic associate, and plays regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Katrina Trevatt | Piano

Katrina Trevatt graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music and in 1997 continued further postgraduate studies in pianoforte performance, studying under Natasha Vlassenko. Katrina has been teaching the piano for 30 years and enjoys fostering a love of music and bringing out the full potential in her students, right from young beginners to Diploma level. Her students have been major prize-winners in competitions around Brisbane, including the Qld Piano Competition, and they regularly excel in AMEB piano exams. Katrina also was awarded her AMusA performing diploma and enjoys collaborating with other musicians: she regularly accompanies students for AMEB instrumental exams, music extension concerts, performs as a piano duo with her husband, Nicholas, and has been the accompanist for many school and community choirs.

Nicholas Trevatt | Piano

Nicholas Trevatt is a highly experienced teacher, having taught piano for 30 years to students of all ages from beginner to diploma level. His students are regularly awarded High Distinctions and Honours across all levels of AMEB exams, and have excelled in numerous Brisbane eisteddfodau and competitions, including prize winners of the prestigious Queensland Piano Competition. Nicholas is a vibrant and inspiring teacher who draws on his own pianistic skills, musical passion and depth of teaching experience to inspire his students to connect with music in a positive and meaningful way. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma and Bachelor of Music, and continued postgraduate studies in performance. He was also awarded the Licentiate (L.T.C.L.) and Associate (A.T.C.L.) performing diplomas from Trinity College, London. Nicholas runs Treviano Studio, a leading piano teaching studio in Brisbane’s southside with his wife, Katrina Trevatt.

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