Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Jane Tallon - 'Cellist, Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne

Jane Tallon (cello)

Having completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of Southern Queensland, Jane subsequently toured South Africa and Zimbabwe as a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Geelong Octet.

In 1998 Jane attended the Manchester International Cello Festival, and has recently returned from a course of lessons with Valter Despalj in Zagreb.

Jane performs regularly in and around Melbourne, and is currently studying with Michael Goldschlager for a Master of Music - (Performance) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Jane is currently the ensemble co-ordinator at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Contact details:
Phone: 03 9685 9410

Tamaris Pfeiffer - Violinist, violist, studio teacher at Riverina Conservatorium of Music, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Tamaris Pfeiffer - Violin and Viola
MMus, LMusA

Tamaris has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern Queensland where she studied violin with Andrew Lorenz and viola with Patricia Pollett.

Tamaris then moved to London where she studied with the violist Rivka Golani.

In 1999 Tamaris took up the position of violin/viola teacher at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium.

She has been a tutor for various youth orchestras and chamber music schools and she frequently performs chamber music on both the violin and the viola.

Tamaris joined the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in 2003.

Contact details:
Phone: (02) 6925 3522
Postal Address: PO Box 7290 Mt Austin, NSW, 2650
Address: South Campus, Charles Sturt University, Hely Ave, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Paul McMahon - Tenor, Lecturer in Voice, University of Newcastle

Paul McMahon

A graduate of the University of Southern Queensland (Bachelor of Creative Arts), Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Graduate Diploma of Music) and Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Master of Music-Performance), tenor Paul McMahon began his career with the Lyric Opera of Queensland, (now Opera Queensland) where he performed and covered a number of roles including Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

Highly regarded for his interpretation of baroque repertoire, particularly the Evangelist in the Passions of J S Bach, Paul’s career includes many performances from the operatic and concert repertoire of the 17th and 18th century.

Highlights include appearances with all the state symphony orchestras of Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra; Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Pinchgut Opera; Australia Ensemble; Auckland Philharmonia; Christchurch Symphony; Christchurch City Choir; Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Australian Brandenburg Ensemble.

Paul McMahon has appeared as soloist in the festivals of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and has given concerts for broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the MBS network.

He was a member of The Song Company from 1997 to 2001, touring regularly with this ensemble throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.

A Churchill Fellowship in 2002 enabled Paul to undertake intensive study in baroque repertoire at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands.

In 2005, Paul was appointed Lecturer in Voice at The University of Newcastle, School of Drama, Fine Art, Music (Conservatorium).

His discography includes the debut solo album A Painted Tale - English, French and Italian lute songs; Handel’s Messiah - a CD and DVD recording broadcast nationally by ABC Television; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; Handel’s Semele; Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Fauré’s La naissance de Venus.

He is featured on Swoon - A Visual and Musical Odyssey and The Swoon Collection Gold Edition; the Christmas discs Perfect Day, Silent Night and Glorious Night; Prayer for Peace; Eternity; Felix and Me; Danny Boy, Ye Banks and Braes, The Rise and Rise of Australian Rugby; Praise II and the soundtrack to the Australian feature film The Bank.

2006 performances included appearances with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem); The Queensland Orchestra (Mozart Requiem); West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Mass in C Minor); Australian Chamber Orchestra (Mozart Mass in C Minor); Sydney Philharmonia (Bach Christmas Oratorio; Handel Coronation Anthems; Mozart Requiem); Auckland Philharmonia (Mozart Requiem), Sydney Chamber Choir (Bach’s St Matthew Passion) and further recording projects for ABC Classics.

In 2007, Paul McMahon will perform as soloist with The Queensland Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Melbourne Chorale and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Paul McMahon appears by courtesy of The University of Newcastle.


“…The warm tones of Serbian singer Milijana Nikolic’s rich mezzo underpinned Sarah Crane’s pure soprano floating effortlessly above, with the distinctive edge of Paul McMahon’s tenor balancing Hibbard’s deep basso tones…Patricia Kelly, Opera-Opera, May, 2006

“…Nineteen historic and contemporary versions would seem to be an exercise in aural flagellation. But so fascinating are the numerous incarnations, matched by some stellar interpretations from musicians and singers, the disc never fails to be constantly entertaining…
Bob Crimeen, The Sunday Mail (Adelaide), April 30, 2006 (Re Danny Boy CD)

“…it was a terrific performance particularly from the choirs and Paul McMahon. Paul McMahon gets better and better in the evangelist roles. It is remarkable the way he can sustain this light, flexible, highly expressive, wonderfully coloured sound almost indefinitely. One almost thought he could have done it all again at the end…”Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, April 2006

Contact details:
Telephone: +61 2 49218919 Mobile: 0421 048 297 Fax: +61 2 4921 8959
Email Address:

Address: Conservatorium, University of Newcastle, cnr. Auckland and Gibson St
Newcastle NSW, 2300 Australia

Paula Melville-Clark - music lecturer, studio teacher and author

Paula Melville-Clark

Paula completed a Bachelor of Arts (Creative) with distinction at USQ, graduating in 1996.

After completing her bachelor degree she continued her music studies with a Graduate Diploma of Music in 1997 and a Master of Music in 2001.

Paula was employed at USQ as a Lecturer in Music and Music Education from 1996 until January 2008.

In 2003 she was the founding Director of the Junior Academy of Music at USQ.

Her approach to music in the early years is documented in her book, ‘Music, Moving & Learning in Early Childhood: a manual of songs, lesson plans and basic theory for teachers, students and parents of young children aged 3-5 years’ published in 2006.

Earlier in her career, Paula undertook music and dance training in London and held teaching positions in England, France, Hong Kong and Australia working with children, tertiary students, teachers, dancers and actors in many areas related to music and movement.

She has a special interest in working with musicians and teachers in the area of kinaesthetic imagery and response which is a unique and innovative approach to music education and performance.

Her research into Music & the Body received a highly commended award from the Musicological Society of Australia.

As a Dalcroze specialist and experienced musician, Paula is a regular guest teacher at many workshops and conferences including the national AUSTA string conference, the National Institute of Education in Singapore, the Dalcroze International Summer Schools, the UQ Summer Music Program, the USQ Residential Music Pedagogy School, the Qld Orff Schulwerk Association, Nudgee International College and the Queensland Youth Orchestra Camps.

Paula is a regular consultant to several Early Childhood Centres.

She has been a lecturer in Early Childhood and Primary music and conducted many music workshops for teachers over the past decade in Australia and overseas.

She conducts music and movement classes for children and teaches piano from her studio in Toowoomba.

As president of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod she is actively involved in supporting music in the community.

Contact details:Phone 0411 234 722

Hayley Sugars - Soprano, Opera Queensland

Hayley Sugars - soprano

Hayley Sugars studied at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), graduating with a Bachelor of Music (1998) and a Bachelor of Music Honours (1999).

In 2007, she completed her Master of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

Hayley has performed in USQ productions of The Magic Flute (First Lady), Acis and Galatea (Galatea), Iolanthe (Phyllis), Dido and Aeneas (Dido), The Marriage of Figaro (Countess Almaviva) and Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi).

For QCGU, she performed in productions of Orpheus and Eurydice (Eurydice), Les mamelles de Tirésias (Thérèse), Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth) and The Magic Flute (Queen of Night).

Hayley has been the recipient of the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship (which allowed her to study in the UK and the USA for six months in 2002) and a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Muir Postgraduate Scholarship (2004 and 2006).

In 2006, she won the National Lieder Competition, was a finalist in The National Operatic Aria Competition and The Australian National Oratorio Competition, and finished second in the South-East Aria Competition.

In 2007, she was a semi-finalist in the Herald Sun Aria Competition.

In 2005 and 2006, Hayley performed as a member of Opera Queensland’s Chorus in productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Romeo and Juliet, respectively.

As a member of the company’s 2007 Developing Artist Program, she understudied the roles of Mother, Witch and Sandman in the chamber opera production of Hansel & Gretel and was a member of the Moving Opera! team.

As a 2008 Young Artist, Hayley will cover the roles of Queen of Night and Second Lady and also sing in the ensemble of the company’s production of The Magic Flute.

On the concert platform, she has appeared with The Queensland Choir, The Queensland Orchestra, Noosa Chorale, Toowoomba Philharmonic Society and the USQ Chamber Choir and Singers.

Her repertoire includes Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and Requiem, Brahms’ German Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s The Creation and Poulenc’s Gloria.

Last year, she performed Carmina Burana at the inaugural International Bonyi Youth Music Festival (at Brisbane’s Queensland Performing Arts Centre).

She has also sung in masterclasses for Richard Miller, Neil Semer and Richard Bonynge.

Robert Williams - Baritone, English Touring Opera

Robert Williams

Australian-born baritone Robert D Williams, studied a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Following completion of his degree, Robert moved to Brisbane, Australia and joined Opera Queensland.

During the five years Robert spent with Opera Queensland, he became an integral member of the company, performing in many productions including La traviata, Il Trovatore, and Les Pecheur de Perles.

Robert's desire to expand his performance opportunities led him to England in September 2002 where he has Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Since this time, Robert has been studying privately with well-known English baritone Russell Smythe, in addition to working with UK-based opera companies and choirs.

This work includes principal roles with Buxton Festival Opera, Stowe Opera and London Opera Players. Robert has also travelled throughout Europe performing with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.

Testimony to the quality of Robert's vocal abilities and reliability are the subsequent invitations to perform with opera companies and choirs on multiple occassions.

In July 2006, Robert made a highly acclaimed debut at the Buxton Festival Opera performing in Bizet's The Fair Maid of Perth.

Robert returned to the Buxton Festival company in 2007 and has also been invited back for the 2008 festival. Similarly, Robert has recently completed a second spring season with English Touring Opera.

In addition to performing as a soloist on both the opera and concert platforms, Robert enjoys performing at recitals, conventions and weddings throughout the United Kingdom with Cantabile Artists, Operadagio and The Singing Servers.

If you have any function for which you require entertainment, visit the "Links" page for further information on his website

If you have an enquiry regarding Robert's future performances, wish to receive a 'Demo CD' or would like to enquire regarding his availability as a soloist, please telephone +44 (0)7753 491 737 or send an email to

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Steven Moore - Répétiteur/Conductor, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Steven Moore : Répétiteur/Conductor

Australian répétiteur/conductor Steven Moore completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Southern Queensland, majoring in Pipe Organ and Accompaniment.

He continued his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, completing a Graduate Diploma of Music Studies, majoring in Voice.

Steven then completed a Master of Music (Performance) degree with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Repetiteur course, followed by the Repetiteur course at the National Opera Studio.

He has also attended the Advanced Conducting Course at the Dartington International Summer School. He has been Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Le nozze di Figaro at the GSMD and Assistant Conductor for The Rake's Progress for Opera Faber.

He has also worked on the music staff for productions of Le nozze di Figaro for USQ Opera Studio, Capriccio for GSMD, Albert Herring, Macbeth and L'elisir d'amore for Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

He has played for master classes with Felicity Palmer, Martin Isepp and Graham Clark and worked with numerous coaches and conductors.

Steven is Director of Music at St Peter's Church, Hammersmith, which includes conducting St Peter's Festival Orchestra, and Conductor of Hayes Symphony Orchestra.

As a singer, he has performed on stage in numerous opera productions, including roles in Die Zauberflöte, The Pilgrim's Progress, Semele, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Trial by Jury.

He will join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2008 and and make his Royal Opera House conducting debut with The Bear as part of Meet the Young Artists week in the Linbury in October.

He will also join the Royal Opera music staff for Elektra, Hänsel und Gretel, The Beggar's Opera, Rigoletto, Dido and Aeneas, Acis and Galatea, Lohengrin, Lulu and Tosca.

Bernard Wheaton - Opera Queensland

Bernard's back to offer some magic

August 05, 2008

FORMER Downlands College student Bernard Wheaton never thought he would pursue a career in opera.

That was until his year 12 teacher gave him some valuable advice.

"My drama teacher John Clarke suggested I try for a music career. When I started at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), I had my first singing lesson," he said.

Mr Wheaton left Toowoomba about 14 years ago after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Creative) and a Diploma in Music at USQ.

This Saturday, he is back in his home town to perform Mozart's The Magic Flute with Opera Queensland at the Empire Theatre.

"I always like to come back to Toowoomba after going to school there and studying at university," he said.

Mr Wheaton, who sings tenor, made his professional debut in 1994 and since 1995 has performed in a number of productions with Opera Queensland.

Mr Wheaton said he enjoyed the constant challenge of opera.

"I'm challenged every time I look at an opera score. I'm constantly learning. It's never dull," he said.

Mr Wheaton is singing the role of the Speaker's Assistant in The Magic Flute.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Kathy Pingel - Director, Macquarie Conservatorium, NSW.

Love of music driving force


The megawatt smile says it all for Kathy Pingel, the recently appointed director of Macquarie Conservatorium.

Oozing enthusiasm, the highly skilled pianist and educator is passionate about promoting excellence in music.

Happily settling into a new home and job, she’s looking forward to nurturing and fostering links with the community and is already planning a range of exciting programs and initiatives to augment the already

well established offerings of the Macquarie Conservatorium.

Ms Pingel relocated to Dubbo from Toowoomba where she spent the past 12 years working in the department of music at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), holding various positions including lecturer and head of the department of music, pedagogy program administrator and program co-ordinator of general studies and arts combined degrees.

Music has been a driving force for Ms Pingel since age five when she began formal piano lessons.

“From a very tender age, I always knew I would become a piano teacher and that ultimate career goal never faded or wavered,’’ she said

“I was committed to piano lessons throughout my schooling and tertiary study was the next logical step. I was drawn to USQ because of its excellent reputation, professional and distinguished teachers, outstanding program offerings and opportunities available to students.’’

Ms Pingel completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music), a Graduate Diploma of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Music and a Master of Music, majoring in Piano and Pedagogy (the art of teaching) under distinguished pianist, Wendy Lorenz.

As part of her requirements for the Masters program she prepared a dissertation entitled ‘The Intermediate and Advanced Piano Music of Dmitry Kabalevsky: Pedagogical Implications’.

In 1998, Ms Pingel was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship which enabled her to observe current trends in piano pedagogy in the UK and USA.

Music lovers will be in for a treat when Ms Pingel presents a solo piano recital at Macquarie Conservatorium later this year. The funds from her debut performance in Dubbo will go towards scholarships at the conservatorium.

Plans for a 2009 inaugural Macquarie Conservatorium concert series, featuring visiting artists and staff and students of the conservatorium are also under way with details to be released shortly.

Ms Pingel praised Di Pascoe for her wonderful work as acting director of Macquarie Conservatorium for the first part of the year.

She looks forward to working with the board, staff members, students and parents of the conservatorium and the wider community.

“It’s wonderful to have a job that you really love,’’ Ms Pingel said. “For me, music is an escape to another world. It’s absolutely magical.

“I encourage people to become involved, either actively or passively, in all forms of cultural activities including music, as this is an ideal way to enrich one’s life.’’

Kathy Pingel Graduated from USQ with a Bachelor of Arts (Creative)in 1994; a Graduate Diploma of Arts in 1995; a Master of Music in 2000 and a Graduate Diploma of Music in 2001.

Hamish Tait - Director, Riverina Conservatorium of Music, NSW.

Hamish Tait - Director, Piano
BA(Creative), Grad Dip Mus, MMus, MBA, MTAA

Hamish completed his Master of Music degree in 1998 at the University of Southern Queensland where he studied with Wendy Lorenz. That same year, 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 addition to his activities as a music educator, Hamish appears regularly as a piano soloist, duo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has toured and performed throughout Australia and the UK. Hamish has recorded contemporary Australian music and has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

In 1999 Hamish was appointed as a piano teacher at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium and was appointed Director and principal piano teacher of the Gunnedah Music Centre in 2000.

In 2003 Hamish was appointed as the Director of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga. He is the current Executive Secretary for the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums and the Chairman for the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre. In 2006 Hamish completed a Master of Business Administration.

Contact details:
Phone: (02) 6925 3522
Fax: (02) 6925 4120
Postal Address:
PO Box 7290 Mt Austin, NSW, 2650
South Campus, Charles Sturt University,
Hely Ave, Wagga Wagga, NSW