The RCM's Senior Executive Team


Hamish Tait

Director and Chief Executive Officer

AMusA, BA(Creative), Grad Dip Mus, MMus, MBA (USQ)

Hamish holds Masters degrees in both Music and Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland. He has studied piano with Wendy Lorenz and Roy Howat. In 1997 Hamish was awarded a Regional Arts Development Fund allowing him to study piano and accompaniment in London with the renowned pianist/accompanist Nina Walker, herself a pupil of Claudio Arrau and Alfred Cortot.

In 2003 he was appointed as the Director of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga and has held the positions of President, Vice-President and Executive Secretary of the ANSWRC and has served over nine years on the ANSWRC Committee. In 2011 Hamish was the Vice-Chair of the 10th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (APPC) and is currently a NSW State Representative on the APPC National Committee.

Hamish appears regularly as a piano soloist, duo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has performed extensively across Australia and internationally including tours of the USA and the UK. As a teacher Hamish works with Diploma and Tertiary students at the RCM and is sought after as an adjudicator. Hamish performs regularly with violinist Lauren Davis and with Anthony Bozicevic as the Riverina Piano Duo.


JennY binovec

Deputy Director - teaching and learning

Head of woodwind and brass

AMusA, LMusA (AMEB),  BMus (Perf.)(Sydney) 

Jenny graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia in 2004 with Dean’s Honours. Whilst there, Jenny performed regularly with the Conservatorium’s major ensembles. She has also performed with the New Zealand Opera Orchestra. Jenny continued to be actively involved in chamber music frequently performing at various events and festivals throughout NSW.

After graduating, Jenny spent two years based in Coonabarabran in regional NSW. There she enjoyed teaching all woodwind and brass instruments and also conducting school and community ensembles. She then returned to Sydney to recommence teaching clarinet and saxophone, conduct school concert bands and perform chamber music. For several years now Jenny has also been examining for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Drawn to adventure and the unknown, Jenny moved to Prague, Czech Republic in 2012 and spent three and a half years teaching, performing and travelling extensively throughout Europe and beyond.

With over fifteen years teaching experience in various roles Jenny is passionate about music and believes strongly in the value of musical education and the significant role it plays in enriching people’s lives. Returning to the Australian music scene has been an exciting challenge.

 


Venita Riordan,

deputy director - Finance and Administration

 

Venita has an extensive background having worked in both the private and government sectors. She has been with he RCM since 2012 and has transformed the RCM's administrative operations.

With professional accounting and administrative experience in manufacturing,  public service and as a TAFE teacher, Venita has a strong understanding of the RCM's complex operations.

With two children heavily involved in music over many years, Venita also brings a passion for music education and performance.