Kellee Green – Head of Extracurricular MusicPrimary and Secondary Classroom Music Teacher
B.Mus. (Jazz Piano) QCGU, Post Graduate B. Ed. (QUT)
Mrs. Green oversees the instrumental program at St Paul’s, conducts choral and jazz ensembles, and teaches classroom Music from Prep to Senior. She has a special interest in technology in Music Education and is passionate about making Music a relevant, accessible and highly valued area of study for students of all musical backgrounds, interests and ability levels. Mrs. Green believes in the value of Music for students’ social, emotional and academic growth and strives to ensure that students benefit from collaborations between the Curricular and Co-Curricular Music programs at St Paul’s. She is also an accomplished jazz pianist, having toured nationally with many renowned Australian artists, and performs regularly in and around Brisbane. In addition, Mrs. Green also tours regularly with her ukulele and four-part vocal harmony group, ‘the pockets’, to festivals around Australia including the Melbourne Ukulele Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival. She is also a Champion Teacher with Musical Futures International, and is heavily involved with ongoing professional development both online and in person for Australian teachers in contemporary music education.
Cassandra Croucher – Curriculum Leader – Music/Classroom Music Teacher
Cassandra is the Curriculum Leader for Music at St Paul’s, overseeing the delivery of curriculum from Prep- Year 12.
Following her Bachelor of Music (flute) from Qld Conservatorium and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from Griffith University, Cassandra travelled to the USA to work as a music tutor at the prestigious Frenchwoods Festival of Performing Arts. She has worked in Australia for over 12 years as a Music teacher. Through her teaching, she aims to instil in her students a love for music and show how music can be used as a vehicle for self-expression and be a lens by which we view the world.
Throughout her teaching career, Cassandra has conducted bands, choirs, orchestras and has music directed 3 school musicals. At St Paul’s she is the conductor of the Red Shirt Choir and loves the zest and enthusiasm these young musicians bring to the ensemble.
A dynamic and varied performing artist, Cassandra has trained with some of the industry’s best including Queenie van der Zandt (cabaret), Ira Seidenstein (clowning) and Tim Ferguson (comedy). She has written, produced and performed cabaret at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival, Short and Sweet Festival and Anywhere Theatre Festival.
She continues to work as a creative artist as a character actor, event emcee, cabaret artist and face and body painter.
Tim Weal – Head of Bands/Classroom Music Teacher
B.Mus, GradDipEd, L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A, Cert IV TAE, Cert IV Outdoor Rec, Cert III Technical Production
Tim studied Tuba at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (with Merit). After graduation he was a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Air Command Band as a Tuba and Trombone player and while there completed a Graduate Diploma in Education. After leaving the Air Force Tim taught at schools in NSW and the UK before joining the staff of St Paul’s in 2004. Over the years he has played in and conducted a wide range of Concert Bands, Brass Bands and Orchestras. His teaching experience includes classroom Music in Middle school, Senior Senior School and Extension Music as well as Music Technology and Instrumental Music from Years 4-12. Tim is also currently Head of Bands at St Paul’s School.
David Cotgreave – Head of Percussion/Drum Tutor/Music Technology Teacher
B.Mus., Cert. IV TAE
Mr. Cotgreave began playing drums aged 13 years of age and since that time his passion for practice, performance and teaching has continued to grow. Mr. Cotgreave has had over 15 years of direct teaching experience in schools, academies, universities and private studios. His playing career as a jazz drummer has enabled him to travel both Australia and overseas playing to clients such as Her Majesty The Queen, The Australian Prime Minister and G20 World Leaders. Mr. Cotgreave’s intense study of jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music opened up an abundance of opportunities as both a performer, educator and booking agent. In recent times he has performed over 150 gigs per year, ranging from jazz/funk/latin and blues. He currently plays in 5 bands and also works as a freelance drummer on a regular basis.
Bronwyn Gibbs – Head of Strings/Violin/Viola Tutor
LTCL (violin), ATCL (piano), MMS (UQ), Dip.CA (USQ)
Mrs. Gibbs has been teaching music in schools throughout Brisbane for over 30 years. She commenced teaching at St Paul’s School as an instrumental Strings Specialist in 1999 and was appointed Head of Strings in 2005. Mrs. Gibbs is an active member of Australian Strings Association (AUSTA-Q) and is an experienced performer, Conductor and adjudicator. Mrs. Gibbs’ passion is encouraging young musicians to continue their musical experience after leaving school, by joining community-based orchestras. She is currently the Musical Director of Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra (MBSO) and MBSO Youth Symphony.
Carolyn Sharp – Classroom Music Teacher
B.Mus(MusEd)(Honours), A.Mus.A, A.T.C.L, Cert IV TAE
Carolyn studied Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Education (Honours). Following this she took on a full time classroom teaching position in Sydney’s North West while tutoring Flute, Piano and Musicianship and also accompanying students. Prior to moving to Brisbane, Carolyn was Acting Head Teacher Creative and Performing Arts at Muirfield High School and also a Year Advisor.
She has played in and conducted a number of Concert Bands. Her teaching experience includes classroom Music in the Junior, Middle and Senior School, as well as Music Extension and Instrumental Music in the Junior School.
Bede Prince – Double/Electric Bass Tutor
Bede is a Meanjin/ Brisbane based bassist and educator, graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2020. He is an in-demand performer in the Brisbane and Queensland music scene, performing at many venues including The Brisbane and The Toowoomba Jazz Clubs, JMI Live and DooBop Jazz Bar. Bede has been teaching in schools, privately and through programs such as ‘Talkin’ Jazz’ for many years. He enjoys sharing his passion for the bass and music with his students and is very excited to join the team at St Paul’s.
Emma Hales – Cello Tutor
Emma Hales (B. Mus) is a professional musician and music tutor based in Brisbane, regularly touring, performing, teaching and running workshops. She has toured Australia and internationally with unique string-rock group Deep Blue and regularly gigs around Brisbane with several groups including Orsino’ Safari, Luminescence and The Effimero Quartet. In the past Miss Hales was the coordinator of Deep Blue’s Young Blue program, organising workshops and holiday programs for aspiring musicians. She began instrumental teaching in 2008 and is currently tutoring in multiple schools across Brisbane, plus at her home studio. Miss Hales really enjoys sharing her performance experiences and love for a variety of music styles with her students.
Sonya Visser – Piano Tutor
M.Mus(QCGU), LTCL, LAGM, A.Mus.A, AYMF, MIMT, T.Mus.Dip. (MU)
Ms. Visser graduated with a Master of Music Studies majoring in piano Pedagogy from the Qld. Conservatorium (QCGU) in July 2018. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels, from traditional Classical to Contemporary. Her students receive excellent AMEB and AGMED exam results, including in the higher grades and diplomas. Many of her students are award recipients in competitions such as the Queensland Piano Competition, the Yamaha Youth Piano Competition, QYMA solo sections, the Keys National Piano Competition and the Petrof Piano Competition. Ms. Visser was an award recipient of the Australian Guild of Music Education in 2009 and 2010 for excellent student examination results. She is also a piano examiner for AGMED and a specialist in utilising technology in Classical and Contemporary piano education. She is also the author of a published piano course.
Carolyn Jacoby – Piano Tutor
B.Mus. (Hon) Performance and Pedagogy (QCGU), A.Mus.A
Carolyn Jacoby studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Jenni Flemming. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Honours degree majoring in Performance and Pedagogy. Carolyn currently teaches over 80 students across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. In addition to the Young Conservatorium Griffith University, she also teaches at St Paul’s School, Genesis Christian College, Stella Maris Catholic Primary School and privately at her home studio. Carolyn’s accompanying work includes extensive choral accompanying, performing with the ADY Ensemble, accompanying NDA highland dance examinations and playing for instrumental/vocal examinations and competition performances throughout the year. She also directs the Junior Keyboard Ensemble at St. Paul’s School and her own writing has been featured on popular online blogs and printed nationally in The Piano Teacher magazine.
Cameron Burridge – Guitar Tutor
Dip. RSL – AMEB Examiner
Cameron Burridge has been playing guitar since 1995, teaching professionally since 1998 and has worked extensively as a teacher, performer, composer, sound engineer and producer. Cameron studied Jazz and Contemporary performance at QUT and is happy teaching a diverse range of musical styles from classical to contemporary to all ages and ability levels. Past students have gone on to study at tertiary institutions including the Victorian College of the Arts, JMC and JMI. Cameron is also an examiner for AMEB’s contemporary Rockschool syllabus for guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano and ukulele. Currently conducting exams both nationally and overseas throughout the year. Cameron has also studied Jazz Improvisation externally through the Berklee College of Music. He is currently director of the Guitar Ensemble at St Paul’s School.
Andrew Ball – Saxophone Tutor
Andrew Ball enjoys a diverse career as a saxophonist, composer and educator. He was awarded a distinction in 2010 for his LMusA in saxophone and graduated from the Qld Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hon. in Adv. Perf). Andrew is currently saxophonist and resident composer, performing and touring nationally and internationally, with Barega Sax Quartet, BULLHORN brass band, Cheap Fakes, Nomika, Valtozash, and the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (E.M.O) big band. Andrew attended the 22nd annual Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France, and has featured as both a performer and composer at the World Saxophone Congress (St Andrews, Scotland 2012; Strasbourg, France 2015; Zagreb, Croatia 2018). In 2017, he was a featured soloist with the Qld Wind Orchestra, performing Williams’ ‘Catch me if you can’. Andrew collaborated with Laurie Anderson in her 2018 production of “Concert for dogs” at HOTA. He has recently completed large-scale commissions for ensembles including The Australia Ensemble @UNSW, Hourglass Ensemble, Australian Saxophone Orchestra, Collusion, and Qld Youth Orchestras. In 2017, Andrew released ‘Forbidden Languages’ through Made Now Music, a solo album of original works for extended saxophones. His playing and composition can also be found on a number of recent releases: Cheap Fakes’ 2018 album ‘Deep Space’, Nomika’s 2018 EP ‘Motion’, Barega Sax Quartet’s 2017 album ‘Abandon Control’ featuring new Australian commissions. His music can also be heard on releases by the Qld Saxophone Orchestra, Collusion Music, Laura Mulcahy, and His Merry Men.
Alexa Murray – Oboe Tutor
B.Mus (perf)., Dip. Mus. (perf)
Alexa has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Music Performance from Qld. Conservatorium Griffith University. She also has many years’ instrumental teaching experience, both through the school system and privately. Alexa has taught oboe in schools in Sydney and Brisbane most of her adult life, only taking a break when her own children were little. Teaching is one of Alexa’s passions, where she enjoys helping people grow in their mastery and love of music. Another of Alexa’s passions is performing and she is a full time member of Qld. Symphony Orchestra.
Photo Courtesy of Peter Wallis
Christy Dykes – Clarinet Tutor
Christy graduated from the Qld. Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Performance(Hon). In 2000 Christy joined the Royal Australian Air Force Air Command Band in Sydney playing principal clarinet and bass clarinet in the symphonic band and chamber ensembles. During this time Christy performed in all ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and Para Olympics, as soloist for their 2001 Queensland Tour and a highlight was travelling to Gallipoli, Turkey to play for the ANZAC day services . During her music career Christy has performed and toured with various Queensland Orchestras including Opera Qld and the Qld Ballet and most recently plays with the Qld Pops Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles on the Sunshine Coast. She enjoys the diversity of both performing and teaching, currently conducting multiple Junior Bands and teaching private and group lessons in schools on the North-side of Brisbane.
Grace Cockburn – Vocal Tutor
Vocalist and pianist Grace Cockburn has been working as a professional musician for 15 years. She has travelled throughout Western Europe with her jazz duo and toured Japan twice as a featured soloist with ‘Isabella A Cappella’. She has performed all over Australia with Lisa Hunt’s Forever soul band, Milk Buttons and Menajerie and it is this vast performance experience that imbues her teaching practise with joy and passion.
Honour roll graduate from the Jazz Music Institute, she works as a private music teacher, freelance musician, and musical director all over the east coast of Australia.
Jordan Hall – Violin/ Viola Tutor
Violinist, conductor and composer, Jordan Hall is an active member of the classical music scene in Brisbane. In 2021, Jordan completed his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with Distinction at the Queensland Conservatorium. He has a passion for performing, often playing with the Cadenza Chamber Players, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata (Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra), and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Jordan has enjoyed playing all over Australia, in venues such as Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Sydney Town Hall, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall and Adelaide’s Elder Hall. Since 2018, he has enjoyed teaching a variety of instruments (including wind/brass) both in his home studio and multiple schools.
Ms Laura Diaz- Violin/Viola Tutor
CT ABRSM (instrumental teaching), BMus (viola), MMus (viola)
Ms Diaz brings a variety of experience to St Paul’s School. She has both performed and taught internationally and in Australia in a wide range of professional orchestras, music schools and youth orchestras. She believes that the social aspect of music playing and overcoming technical and musical challenges in a caring and fun environment are very important to create a long lasting love for music.
Ms Diaz is currently a member of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, EMSQ, AUSTA and QMTA. She has also been accepted to start a Masters in Music at the University of Queensland, with the view to commencing a research degree in instrumental teaching education this year. She will focus her thesis on teaching children with learning disorders. Ms Diaz also has an interest in Renaissance and Baroque Viola and period music which she wishes she could spend more time doing!