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Tutor: Rebecca Steel

I have recently returned from Australia, where I have been working in Sydney as a freelance flautist in major orchestras and in music education, largely as a one-on-one flute teacher. Whilst I consider myself a performer first, throughout my playing career, I have always taken great pleasure in teaching students of all ages and levels. Since returning from Australia, I have done some playing work with the NZSO, the Wellington Vector Orchestra, the Days Bay Opera Company, and the RNZAF Band, and I have been taking some of the flute and woodwind classes at the NZSM at Victoria University.

As a Flute and Piccolo Player, I have worked in all the major orchestras in Sydney, Wellington, and Christchurch, in both permanent positions and as a casual player. The highlight of my orchestral career was playing in the Philharmonia in London when I took a year’s sabbatical in 1992.

I started teaching, aged sixteen, for the Christchurch School of Instrumental Music. I have always held teaching positions in schools and Universities, as well as teaching privately.

Orchestral Positions in Australia 1993-2011 
Principal Flute, Sydney Opera House Orchestra 
Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Casual) 
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Casual) 
Australian Chamber Orchestra (Casual)

Teaching Positions in Australia 1993-2011 
University of New South Wales 
Sydney Grammar School 
Cranbrook School 
St Mary’s Cathedral School 
Clovelly Public School 
Private home-based teaching practice

Orchestral Position in England 1992-1993 
The Philharmonia, London (Casual)

Orchestral Positions in Australia 1990-1991 
Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Casual) 
Australian Chamber Orchestra (Casual) 
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Casual)

Orchestral Positions in New Zealand 1985-1989 
Principal Flute, Wellington Regional Orchestra 
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Contract) 
Principal Flute, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Studied in London and Paris 1978-1982 under: 

  • William Bennett
  • Peter Lloyd
  • James Galway
  • Peter Lukas Graf
  • Michael Debost