• Brass

    Rebekah Gray
    (French Horn)

    Rebekah Gray is a horn player in her Third Year of a Bachelor of Music and first year of a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Auckland. She started the horn at age 9, and has played in various community groups, including the Auckland Youth Orchestra, University of Auckland Student Orchestra, Auckland Youth Symphonic Band, Leys Orchestra, Manukau Concert Band, and Devonport Chamber Orchestra. Professionally, she has done musicals including Beauty and the Beast with Diocesan School for Girls, Phantom of The Opera with Kristin College, and worked with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. 

    Outside of music Rebekah enjoys sewing, knitting and embroidery.

    Douglas Cross
    MMus (Trombone)

    Douglas graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Victoria University, Wellington. He continued studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, finishing with a Master of Music in 2000. He has contracted with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Acting Principal Trombone, and held Principal positions with the Wellington Sinfonia and Christchurch Symphony.

    Douglas’ commitment to teaching trombone is something on which he prides himself, and enjoys tutoring at all levels. In addition to this, Douglas is a founding member of NZ’s premier (and only) trombone quartet, Bonanza.

    Harmen Vanhoorne
    BMus(Hons) MMus (Cornet/Trumpet/Euphonium/Tuba)

    Harmen Vanhoorne is an international cornet soloist from Belgium. He has been performing as a soloist all over the world, including the United Kingdom, the USA, China, Russia, Canada, South-Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most of the European Union countries. He is known in the music world as an innovator of his instrument, the cornet, commissioning various international composers on a regular basis, trying to expand the repertoire of the cornet. In this context, Harmen is one of the very few official Endorsers for the worldly renowned brand Besson, being actively involved in the actual development of the modern cornet. Harmen is as well an artist for the record labels Naxos and Toccata Classics, as a result of his numerous successful solo albums.

    He first gained notoriety in 2007 when he joined the Royal Wind Band of the Belgian Guides as cornet Soloist. Since then, his list of achievements includes awards in major solo competitions as well as soloist prizes in contests all around the world. In 2011 Harmen was granted the title of International Soloist of the Year after winning both the famous British Open Solo Competition (UK) and the Ern Keller Memorial Trophy (AUS). Harmen studied at the renowned Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (B) where he concluded his studies with the highest distinction for his postgraduate Master.

  • Classical and Contemporary Guitar

    Michelle Birch
    BMus(Hons) (Classical and Acoustic Guitar)

    Michelle began playing the guitar at the age of seven and teaching at 15. She studied Classical Guitar with Ronald Burt at Wellington Polytechnic and at Auckland University with Gunter Herbig. In 2005 she received her BMus(Hons) First Class from Massey University.

    Michelle’s BMus(Hons) included the study of teaching (Pedagogy), for which she earned top marks. Michelle has taught hundreds of students of all ages and levels over the years. She is known as a warm and encouraging teacher, and students tend to stay with her over a long period.

    Michelle is also an experienced performer, having performed with Jakub Rosnawski, as the “Hard Case Guitar Duo” and Paul McIver as “The Owl and the Pussycat Guitar Duo.”

    Michelle currently maintains a busy teaching studio of around 70 students in the Auckland area. She teaches students from beginner level to Grade 8, and has an excellent track-record for getting students through music exams successfully

    Cass Mitchell
    BMus (Bass Guitar)

    Cass has a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Jazz, from the University of Auckland. She is a regular performer in the Auckland music scene, playing in many original bands, and as a session musician. She has completed several international tours with the group ‘Tiny Ruins’ which she is a member of.

    Cass has over 8 years experience teaching bass guitar and ensemble playing to a wide range of students. She likes to craft her lessons according to each individual, what music they like and what they are working towards. During lessons she covers technique, scales, rhythm, theory, along with songs and musicianship.

    Joel Vinsen
    BMus, DipMusPerf. (Contemporary Guitar)

    Joel Vinsen holds a Bmus (jazz guitar) from the NZSM, and a Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance (MAINZ). He has been teaching in schools since 2008 and privately since 2002, tutoring students of all ages and ability levels. Joel is a passionate teacher with an interest in all genres of music, and aims to guide students in developing their own unique musicianship, through a technical, theoretical and intuitive understanding of the guitar and music itself.

    Joel also maintains a busy schedule as a musician. He was an artist in residence at the Toji Cultural centre in South Korea (2014), bandleader aboard the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship (2015), and has performed in India, Sri Lanka, Australia and Samoa. He is in high demand as a jazz and session musician, and plays in a variety of original projects. He is also a regular performer of improvised and avant-garde music.

  • Percussion and Drum Kit

    Camryn Nel

    Camryn is a performer and composer studying an honours composition degree at the University of Auckland. A current student of Eric Renick, Camryn currently sits as Principal Timpani for the University of Auckland School of Music Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Youth Orchestra. As well as this Camryn is an on-call section percussionist for the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, and also sat as section percussion for the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in 2021.

    As a composer, Camryn is a graduate of the University of Auckland composition department learning from esteemed New Zealand composers such as Leonie Holmes, Eve de Castro-Robinson and Chris Gendall. Camryn has won awards and commendations in both the Douglas Lilburn and Compose Aotearoa composition competitions. Camryn plans to further his studies with a focus on large scale orchestral writing.

    Camryn also takes his passion for music into the wider community, being a key part in several music organisations across Auckland. Camryn was one of the founding members of the Auckland University Student Choir, where he currently sits as Vice President and Associate Conductor. Camryn also sat as President of Uniband Incorporated in 2021, and as a committee member of the School of Music Student Association from 2020 to 2021.

     

    Miguel Fuentes
    (Drum Kit)

    Miguel was born in New York and grew up in Puerto Rico. From an early age he knew music would be his life’s passion and he began learning drums. His diverse musical education and upbringing have resulted in him mastering all forms of Latin percussion, Drum kit and orchestral timpani.

    Miguel Fuentes has studied Afro-Caribbean music with Professor Jose Ramirez, Orlando Puntilla Rios, and Daniel Ponce and timpani with Fred D. Hinger of Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music. He has performed and toured with countless groups including Isaac Hayes, Grover Washington, George Benson, Peter Allen, Daniel Ponce, Orlando Puntilla Rios, David Lipman, Patti La Belle, and Puerto Rico Symphony.

    Miguel has a wealth of knowledge and has taught university and college courses in drumming, timpani and percussion. He is currently a full time KANTUTA member and is also a Music Educator within Auckland schools teaching percussion and drumming.

  • Piano

    Lisa Chou

    Born in Taiwan, Lisa immigrated with her family to Auckland in 1995. Under the guidance of Associate Professor Rae de Lisle, Lisa completed Masters in Performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland. Previous notable teachers also include Qu Yong, Carol Bognuda and Ashley Brown.

    Lisa received numerous prizes and scholarships as a solo pianist, cellist and chamber musician, notably the Kerikeri International Piano Competition and NZCT Chamber Music Contest National Finals as a cellist in the winning piano quartet.

    Lisa pursued further studies in Vienna from 2009, where she lived, studied and worked as a performing musician for over six years. During this time, she had the privilege of learning privately from the acclaimed pianist and scholar Paul Badura Skoda .

    It is also during the time in Vienna where Lisa developed a special interest in Lieder. As an Art -Song collaborative pianist, she was awarded the Tsuzuki Stiftung Scholarship and was also invited to ‘The Schubert Lieder Project’ 2014 in Oxford.

    Upon returning to New Zealand, Lisa became immersed as an educator and is regularly invited as an adjudicator for piano and instrumental competitions around the country. Lisa teaches at her own private studio in Greenlane, and also teaches piano and cello at King’s School and King’s College.

    Lisa engages passionately as a chamber musician and is a member of the collective Ensemble East; with the objective of benefiting the communities in which they live in through active music-making.

    Kim Naden
    ARCM (HONS) LRAM (London) AIRMT (Piano)

    After being awarded a scholarship at eighteen, Kim Naden left New Zealand to study at the Royal College of Music in London, majoring in performance and piano accompaniment. After four years study and a successful career performing throughout England and teaching in London, he became repetiteur for the Royal Ballet School and worked with many Artists and Teachers from the Royal Ballet Company.

    Since his return home to Auckland, Kim has set up a large private teaching practice and is on the itinerant teaching staff at King’s College. He is demand both as an accompanist and adjudicator in all the NZ Performing Arts Festivals and has lectured for the Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT) as well as tutored in their Teaching Workshops.

  • Organ

    Nicholas Forbes
    BMus (Hons), DipTchg(Secondary)

    Nicholas Forbes is the teacher of Organ and also the resident organist at King's College, where he plays for the regular chapel services.

    Nicholas also works as an organist, conductor and music teacher throughout Auckland. He began organ lessons as a chorister at Christchurch Cathedral, before continuing as the organ scholar of Christ’s College and sub-organist at Christchurch Cathedral. He studied performance organ and historic keyboard at the University of Auckland under John Wells and James Tibbles, as well as conducting with Dr. Karen Grylls.

    A former first prize winner of the NZ Organ Association's Performance Award, Nicholas has appeared as an organ soloist with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Auckland Youth Orchestra. He has given solo recitals at the Auckland Town Hall and the Holy Trinity Cathedral, and has participated in masterclasses with Colin Walsh and Dame Gillian Weir. 

    He is the Director of Music at St Matthew-in-the-City.  He conducts the Harbour Voices Choir and GALS, Auckland's Rainbow Choir. Nicholas is a member of the Auckland Town Hall Organ Trust and is an associate conductor and singer with Voices NZ, New Zealand's national chamber choir. A qualified secondary teacher, he has also taught at Rangitoto College and lectured in music at the University of Auckland. 

    Nicholas has developed an engaging approach to his teaching and enjoys working with students of a wide range of ages and abilities; helping to develop their love of music through a tailor-made programme that builds their confidence as performers and young adults. 

  • Singing (Voice)

    Steven Rapana
    BMus (Voice)

    A New Zealander of Maori and Samoan extraction, Steven is best known for his arrangements and compositions of Pacific choral music. He studied at the University of Auckland earning a Bachelor of Music, in vocal performance and choral studies. Steven has been a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, the New Zealand Youth Choir, and a member of Voices New Zealand Sixteen; a semiprofessional 16 voice vocal ensemble comprising some of the best choral practitioners in the country, directed by Dr Karen Grylls.

    Based in Auckland, he currently works as a singing teacher, choral director, language coach (phonology and languages for singers), a professional singer, arranger, and composer in and around New Zealand.

    Rachel Alexander Sutherland
    MMus (Hons), GradDipTchg (Secondary), BA

    Rachel studied at the University of Auckland and holds a Master of Music in Classical Performance Voice. She is a member of the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, having sung with them since 2010. Rachel has also sung with the New Zealand Youth Choir and the New Zealand Opera Chorus and served as the Assistant Director and Principal Vocal Consultant of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir from 2011-2021. 

    As well as performing regularly, both as a soloist and in choirs around Auckland and New Zealand, Rachel has almost 20 years experience as a voice specialist, choral director and curriculum teacher. Rachel has directed both intermediate and secondary school age choirs to gold award winning level at both the NZCF Big Sing and Kids Sing Festivals.

    She is deeply passionate about choral music, education and fostering a lifelong love of singing. Rachel is committed to creating collaborative, welcoming and inclusive spaces for all singers, to help them develop confidence and skills through demystifying technique, language and repertoire. She crafts dynamic and energetic learning and performance experiences while ensuring that her practice is culturally responsive.

     

     

     

  • Strings

    Lisa Chou
    (Cello)

    Born in Taiwan, Lisa immigrated with her family to Auckland in 1995. Under the guidance of Associate Professor Rae de Lisle, Lisa completed Masters in Performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland. Previous notable teachers also include Qu Yong, Carol Bognuda and Ashley Brown.

    Lisa received numerous prizes and scholarships as a solo pianist, cellist and chamber musician, notably the Kerikeri International Piano Competition and NZCT Chamber Music Contest National Finals as a cellist in the winning piano quartet.

    Lisa pursued further studies in Vienna from 2009, where she lived, studied and worked as a performing musician for over six years. During this time, she had the privilege of learning privately from the acclaimed pianist and scholar Paul Badura Skoda.

    It is also during the time in Vienna where Lisa developed a special interest in Lieder. As an Art -Song collaborative pianist, she was awarded the Tsuzuki Stiftung Scholarship and was also invited to ‘The Schubert Lieder Project’ 2014 in Oxford.

    Matt Cook
    (Violin)

    Matt Cook is a Wellington born violinist, with music degrees from both the New Zealand School of Music (in 2015) and Auckland University (in 2016).

    Since finishing his university studies, he has been teaching at various schools across Auckland, in addition to running his own teaching studio.

    As well as teaching violin and viola, Matt has a passion for working with youth string ensembles to foster quality string playing from a young age.

    He continues to perform as a freelance musician with orchestras such as the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Piper's Sinfonia, and Auckland Choral.

  • Woodwind

    Christine Mori
    DSCM (Flute)

    Christine Mori was born in Christchurch NZ. She has a DSCM from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has completed two years in the Australian Broadcasting National Training Orchestra. In Sydney, Christine worked as a freelance musician, mostly with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

    Christine taught at the Canberra School of Music for a year, until offered a similar position at the Sydney Conservatorium where she taught for four years. She also taught privately and in Sydney schools.

    Christine returned to New Zealand as the Principal Flute with the Auckland Philharmonia, a position she held for 20 years. As a member of the Auckland Wind Quintet, she toured New Zealand and tutored and mentored young students. Christine has taught at the Auckland School of Education and currently teaches in four Auckland schools, as well as having a private practice. Christine is a member of the Bach Musica Orchestra.

    Sam Brough 
    (Bassoon)

    Sam has been Principal Contrabassoonist of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since September 2022. After Bachelor and Masters study at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester UK), Sam joined Swedish chamber orchestra Dalasinfoniettan where he was principal bassoon 2018-2021.

     Sam has taught bassoon at Leeds Junior Conservatoire, coached university students at the New Zealand School of Music and played an active role in numerous orchestral education projects. In 2021 he was a panellist and coach for Swedish youth instrumental competition Musika Akustika and has led new music workshops with Britten Sinfonia for young composers and performers.

    Sam has been a guest player with major orchestras throughout the UK and Scandinavia and has completed trials with City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra (Principal No.2), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal) and Royal Northern Sinfonia (2nd bassoon) as well as regularly performing with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and recently the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

    Highlights of Sam’s training at the Royal Northern College of Music and Hochschule für Musik, Mannheim (Germany) include joining the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy on a two week tour of Germany; performing with Britten Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop as principal bassoon for concerts of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring at the Festival Hall London; and performing on the Faroe Islands with Faroese rock metal band, Týr.

    Competition success includes the Royal Overseas League - wind section finalist in 2017 and winning the RNCM concerto competition in 2014. Also a seasoned recording artist, Sam features on numerous records with Chandos, Naxos and Deustche Gramaphon - performing the Villa Lobos Concerto Grosso as bassoon soloist and Mozart’s piano concertos with Manchester Camerata and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet amongst others.

    Martin Lee
    (Oboe)

    Martin completed his undergraduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne in 1988, where he studied under Jeffrey Crellin. Following that, Martin studied with the English oboist, Anthony Camden, and completed his studies with Emanuel Abbuhl in Rotterdam.

    Martin took the job as Principal Oboe in the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in lew Zealand, in 1995 until 2008. During that time he regularly appeared as oboe soloist in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the Dunedin Sinfonia, performing concerti by Mozart, Marcello, Albinoni and Vaughan Williams

    Since 1998, Martin has taught oboe at The Auckland University School of Music and a few of his students have progressed to high profile orchestral positions in the CBSO, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and also have gone on to do well in competitions, such as the ARD in Munich.

    In 2008, Martin look up the position of Principal Cor Anglais in the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and still teaches oboe at the University of Auckland, School of Music.

    Asher Truppman Lattie
    (Clarinet and Saxophone)

    Asher completed a BMus(hons) in Jazz Performance at the University of Auckland in 2013 and has taught in Auckland schools ever since. His approach is to provide students with the tools necessary to develop technique in a structured way while simultaneously cultivating their own musical interests and curiosity, and for this to be the element that drives their musical development and discipline of practice.

    Asher frequently performs in different bands including Twistin’ the Swing (a gypsy jazz quartet), TheSaxobros (a saxophone band playing popular NZ hits) and Big Ticket (an 8-piece dance band playing arrangements of modern tunes), and has years of large ensemble experience playing with Queen City Big Band.