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 conducts the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and Brisbane’s Westside Orchestra. In 2019, David will also conduct seasons for 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. 2019 is David’s 15th year as President of the Queensland Wind Orchestra. 

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 is a sectional lecturer with the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. 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

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.

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 over 10 years, and 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. Additionally, Yvonne runs a successful home studio teaching piano and music theory on Brisbane’s southside.

Christie Fleming | Beginner Bands & College Choristers

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.

Keith Haigh | Guitar

Keith Haigh has been teaching guitar and bass guitar at Redeemer Lutheran College since 1989. He is well-known as a home-grown soloist and guitarist, and has enjoyed performing in numerous rock groups including Idle Rainbow, Deliverance and Wings of Fleetwood, and in Children’s shows such as the Surfing Santas and the Wobbly Jelly Show. Keith has performed in countless local venues in Queensland and New South Wales since 1967 and is currently a member of the Plumb Dogs, a local Brisbane band that has raised over $20,000 for various charities.  Additionally, Keith runs a successful home music studio teaching ukulele, lap steel guitar, banjo, singing and stage presentation.

Minnie Hong | Violin/Viola

Minnie Hong completed her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with Honours in 2014 under the tutelage of Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Minnie’s enthusiasm for chamber music has allowed 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 the Queensland Youth Symphony, and was associate concertmaster of the Conservatorium Opera Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, and has been furthering her skills through the Masters of Teaching program at the University of Queensland since 2019. Minnie is a Violin and Viola specialist, and currently directs the Piccolo Strings program for beginning Year 2 instrumentalists.

Katharine Hutcheson | Piano

Katharine Hutcheson began playing the piano at age 9 and, in addition to completing her A.Mus.A., achieved a Bachelor of Music Pedagogy and Masters of Music Studies from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Katharine worked as a full-time piano teacher at Redeemer from 2001-2012 and, since becoming a mother to two beautiful girls, has continued in a part-time capacity. Katharine is an accomplished and experienced accompanist and has worked with several choirs, as well as supporting advanced musicians in A.M.E.B. exams. Katharine is passionate about music tuition and piano pedagogy and, in addition to her time at Redeemer, runs a very successful home teaching studio.

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 was also awarded Guildhall’s Concert Recital Diploma. She subsequently acted as repetiteur for several productions for Grange Park Opera in 2013-2014. Since returning to Brisbane, Kylie has been active as a piano teacher, adjudicator, conductor and accompanist. Kylie is a sought-after and active piano teacher who strives to bring out the best in each of her students. Kylie conducts the adult community choir, the Hillbrook Chorale and was a conductor for Education Queensland’s Metropolitan Region Choral Honours Program in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 Kylie was a conductor for Junior Gondwana in the Gondwana National Choral School, and will be the guest conductor for Education Queensland’s Singfest 2020. Kylie accompanies and performs with the Griffith University Conservatorium Singers, and also accompanies for Voices of Birralee. In 2017, Kylie received her Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years) with Distinction.

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.

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.

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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