Woodwind and Brass Department
JENNY BINOVEC - CLARINET & SAXOPHONE
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
AMusA, LMusA (AMEB), BMus (Perf.)(Sydney)
Jenny Binovec 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.
Joanne Burrows - Recorder
BA, Dip Teach, ATCL, LTCL, AMusA, Cert IV Assessment & Training
Joanne started learning piano at the age of 14, becoming serious about it at age 17. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre at Queensland University Major studies including piano and composition and secondary studies in voice, recorder and later flute. Joanne completed a Diploma of Education in 1982 and spent several years teaching classroom music in Queensland and NSW. Joanne came to Wagga Wagga in 1986 where she taught at the Riverina Conservatorium (1986-1991) and started the HSC music program at Trinity Senior High School, (now Kildare College). Over this time she completed an AmusA in Piano, an ATCL and LTCL in piano pedagogy through Trinity College and was very involved with HSC Music including marking HSC papers, setting trial HSC papers and accompaniment work.
In 1999 Joanne returned to teach at the Riverina Conservatorium becoming Head of Keyboard and Music Craft in 2004. Joanne was part of the committee for the 10th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held in Wagga Wagga. In 2011, Wirripang Music published a number of piano and music craft books for beginning and intermediate level students. Joanne has also performed in various RCM Concerts in solo, ensemble and accompanist roles.
Joanne was appointed Chair of the RCM Curriculum committee in 2010. This group of professional musicians and teachers have drafted stage one of the RCM curriculum which has been most effective in ensuring quality music education.
Joanne continues to have piano music and teaching resources published by Wirripang, provide piano pedagogy workshops for music teachers, and perform when time permits. Joanne loves to teach, and offers a range of piano and music craft programs from beginner to advanced, over a wide range of styles, - classical, popular, jazz, improvisation and composition.
Fran GRIFFIN - FLUTE, RECORDER, clarinet and bassoon
D.S.C.M. BSci(Hons), MSci (Hons)
GABRIELLE GROSFELD - FLUTE
Gabrielle started playing the flute at 9 years of age and since then she has played in various school and community ensembles. In 2006 and 2008 she received partial woodwind scholarships at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. Recently she passed the AmusA practical exam for flute and has started flute tutoring at the conservatorium. As well as studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy at CSU Wagga Wagga, Gabrielle enjoys playing in community events such as the RTC's musical "Summer Rain" in 2007 and the fundraising event "High Hats Parades" for Sunflower House.
Peter lothian - BRASS
AssDipJazzStudies (Sydney), BA (Arts Management), GradDipProjManagement (UTS), MProjManagement (UTS)
Peter Lothian has an extensive music performance background forged from private classical trombone tuition, casual employment with professional orchestras and a graduate of the Jazz program from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music.
His brass tutors include George Powers (USA, West Australian Symphony Orchestra), Michel Becquet (France, International soloist), Keith Stirling (Brass calisthenics, Improvisation), Ron Prussing (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), James Morrison (Improvisation) and Phil Wilson (USA, Improvisation).
Interspersed throughout a well-travelled, stylistic, kaleidoscopic maze are performances, brass section arrangements and recordings for legendary and independent Australian contemporary acts such as Dr Kong and the Stem Cells, On The Stoop, Christa Hughes, Reg Livermore, Jak Housden, Richard Clapton, Ray Brown and the Vegas Payback, John Farnham, Ross Hannaford, Gangajang, The Jive Bombers, The Models and Vanetta Fields, along with playing in professional theatre seasons, television orchestras and backing international acts.
Performing six nights a week for twelve months in one of Africa’s first five-star multi-racial nightclubs during the Apartheid era launched his interest in music from other cultures - in particular Brazil, Cuba, Africa, Jamaica and the Caribbean – and over the years has been a member of notable Sydney Latin groups Espirito, Batuka, Cumana and Son Veneno.
With an interest in cultural management and marketing, Peter also holds degrees in Arts Management and Project Management, leading to roles throughout commercial business and prominent cultural organisations such as ArtsNSW, The Australian Institute of Music, Sydney Youth Orchestra Association, Billy Hyde Music, Music NSW, Regional Arts NSW, Sydney Improvised Music Association, Seymour Theatre Centre, GFL Fine Art, Ministry for Culture and the Arts (WA) and Allans Music.
Peter has gained impressive feedback and references for trumpet, trombone and lower brass tuition throughout primary and secondary school music programs. At tertiary level, he was employed as trombone teacher at the Australian Institute of Music (Sydney), directed contemporary music ensembles, and also lectured in marketing and management subjects for the undergraduate Arts and Entertainment Management Degree.
A strong supporter of music performance and education, he enjoys balancing traditional music learning with the development of creativity and improvisation, has an interest in new music across all genres, and regularly pursues his own development in music practice, performance and education.
RICHARD MCBRIDE - FRENCH HORN & TRUMPET
BEd, MEd, LTCL
Richard joined the Australian Army at 16 as an Apprentice Musician and studied at the Army Apprentice School, Balcombe, Vic. In 1996 he retired from the Australian Army Band Corps having completed 20 years service and commenced tertiary studies. He holds an Associate Diploma in Music from the Australian Army, a Licentiate Diploma in Trumpet Teaching from Trinity College London, a Bachelor Degree in Secondary Music Education from the University of Canberra and the Australian National University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of New South Wales. Richard has also undertaken several years of postgraduate research in the field of instrumental music pedagogy at the University of New South Wales, specifically the psychological predictors of retention and attrition in instrumental music programs. He has also studied a number of postgraduate units in musicology and science at the University of New England.
After completing his education degree in 1999, Richard was employed as a Music Teacher (with Band) at Port Hacking High School in Sydney's South. Port Hacking High was a Centre of Excellence in Music and semi-selective for performing arts students. During this time Richard trained and conducted the school's stage and concert bands and taught music including Music Extension for 14 years until his retirement in 2014. During his 40 year career Richard has conducted many bands including the Senior and Junior Riverina Concert Bands, the City of Perth Junior Band, the Canberra City Junior Band and a number of school bands. He has also performed with a number of Australia's orchestras including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Wollongong Symphony Orchestra.
From 2008 to 2014 Richard was invited to sit on the NSW Institute of Teachers and later the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Panels for the accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs offered by numerous NSW tertiary institutions. Richard is a past treasurer of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association.
kimberley Scriven - recorder/ music craft
BMus (hons) (Syd)
Kimberley began her musical education as a student of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, winning many scholarships including the Major Woodwind Scholarship and the prestigious Dr Ray King Scholarship. She went on to teach at the Riverina Conservatorium and engage with the Wagga Wagga community through music and radio presenting. As a result of her community involvement, Kimberley was presented with the Young Citizen of the Year Award for Wagga Wagga in 2010 and was nominated for an Order of Australia Medal.
Kimberley Scriven completed her Music Performance degree at Sydney Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours in 2017. During her studies at Sydney Conservatorium, Kimberley achieved first place in the renowned Historically Informed Performance Concerto Competition and consequently performed as a soloist, accompanied by the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble and Camerata Academica of the Antipodes Ensemble.
Kimberley studied under Hans Dieter Michatz and Megan Lang at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She also performed in masterclasses and received lessons from world leading recorder soloists including Walter Van Hauwe (Royal College of London), Maria Martinez Ayerza (Royal College London/Conservatorium Van Amsterdam), Andreas Bohlen (Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria), Maurice Steger (Switzerland), and Horacio Franco (National Conservatory, Mexico).
Kimberley enjoys every opportunity to share her music with audiences using her unique style and flair. Her performances are founded in historical research and are given a theatrical twist as she aims to display the melodramatic style and rustic folk influences inherent in Baroque music.
Kimberley also has a passion for Music Theory/Music Craft and is enthused by combining knowledge and fun to build each student’s ability. The foundation of Kimberley’s teaching practice is her emphasis on using creativity to make difficult musical concepts and processes simple and enjoyable.
OLIVIA GROSFELD - CLARINET
BMus (hons) (Melb)
Olivia Grosfeld completed her Bachelor of Music in 2016 and continued to attain her Bachelor of Music (Honours) in performance the following year, at the University of Melbourne. During this time she studied clarinet with Robert Schubert and Philip Arkinstall and performed extensively as both a chamber musician and soloist in master classes working with clarinettists including Janet Hilton, Tim Lynes, Michael Maccaferri and Frank Celata.
Olivia performed widely around Melbourne throughout the course of her study. She was principle clarinet of Melbourne Youth Orchestra from 2016-2017, and associate principle in 2015. She toured to New Zealand with Melbourne Youth Orchestra in 2016, playing E-flat clarinet and performing with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She performed in the 2017 Melbourne Recital Centre ‘Music Play’ festival, as part of a week of educational activities. She has performed extensively with the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra under Richard Davis and Fabian Russel throughout 2016 and 2017. She has also performed with Hopkins Sinfonia, and the TresOrch project. Olivia has a passion for chamber music, and enjoyed performing in many varying combinations of instruments, and expanding her experience performing new music.
Prior to her studies in Melbourne, Olivia studied clarinet and saxophone at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Craig Walton. She has performed with the Riverina Chamber Orchestra and Lior, and was the recipient of many woodwind scholarships during her study. She is delighted to be teaching in 2018, and is passionate about sharing music education and the enjoyment with students that she has experienced.
Tamara Spencer - BRASS
BMus (Syd), MTeach
BRETT THOMPSON - FLUTE
AMusA, BMusic, GradDipMusic,
Brett Thompson is a performer, teacher and composer of high critical acclaim. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diplomas in music and education and furthered his study in London with the assistance of an Australia Council Overseas Study Grant
Brett was a finalist in the instrumental section of the ABC Young Performers Award in 1990 and also the Sixth National Flute Competition. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for numerous concert series, ABC radio broadcasts and recordings. Brett has also given a number of world premiere performances, recordings and broadcasts of new Australian flute works.
Brett has performed and recorded regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and played Guest Principal Flute with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Hunter Orchestra in Newcastle. He was Head of Woodwind at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music for fourteen years where he taught flute, recorder and composition before coming to Wagga in 2010 to join the staff at the RCM.
Nicolas willoughby - clarinet/ saxophone
BMus (USyd), MTeach (USyd)
Nicholas studied clarinet with Duncan Abercrombie at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. After winning the City of Hobart Eisteddfod concerto competition, Nicholas enrolled at the University of Sydney and completed further studies with John St George, Margery Smith and John Lennox. Graduating with degrees in clarinet performance and a postgraduate qualification in education, Nicholas freelanced as a performer with visiting touring companies including work as a clarinettist with the Carl Rosa Opera Company of London and as a saxophonist with the English National Ballet. He has broadcast chamber music on ABC radio and 2MBS FM and has performed in studio orchestras.
Over the years Nicholas has worked widely across the education landscape and has accrued significant experience as an instrumental teacher, classroom music teacher and concert band director. Nicholas delights in encouraging people of all ages to explore their music interests and is an enthusiastic advocate for lifelong music-making and research supported best practice. He lives in a small country town with his wife and three sons.