Fiddle away your favourite tunes!
We can teach you to play Twinkle Twinkle or Let it Go, as well as Bach and Wieniawski!
The violin is one of the easiest instruments to transport and a pathway into being part of Penrith Strings or the Penrith Youth Orchestra. The highest stringed instrument in the orchestra, learn to create beautiful music and identify the different bowing techniques, pizzicato and fingering.
The viola is quite similar to the violin in its shape and the way it’s held, but much lower in pitch. If you prefer lower pitches to high sounds, this is the instrument for you! Good viola players are always in high demand, and opens up many opportunities for chamber music and orchestral performances.
No matter the style or level, we have a teacher to bring out the best in you!
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James started playing the violin at the age of four and has since performed regularly in orchestral positions in orchestra’s such as the Sydney Youth Orchestra and The Occasional Performance Symphonia and as concert master with the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, Penrith String Orchestra, Penrith Symphony Orchestra and Blue Mountains Orchestra.He has also played in many musicals and opera’s such as a recent staging of Handel’s Fairy Queen at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He continues to perform regularly in orchestras as well as performing in various chamber music settings, having performed works such as Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, a selection of Beethoven’s String Quartet’s and various chamber works by Australian Composer Peter Sculthorpe.
James also teaches privately in the Blue Mountains and in schools around the greater Sydney region.
James is working hard to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician, taking as many opportunities to perform and learn more about the musical world as he can in both a national and international setting.
- AMEB Certificate of Performance | B Mus (Performance) - 2nd year Sydney Conservatorium
Monica graduated with a Masters of Music in violin from the Academy of Music of Ignacy J. Paderewski in Poznan, Poland. During her time there she studied with Prof. M. Grabarczyk. Her earlier studies include tuition with Dr Robin Wilson and Prof. Wanda Wilkomirska. In Australia and Europe, she has taken part in masterclasses and lessons with Adrian Keating, Simon Fischer, Daniel Draganov and Christina Astrand.
In recent years she has worked casually with Filharmonia Gorzowska, Gorzow Wielkopolski in Poland, and the Kreaspiracji charity performances collaborating with members from the Poznan Philharmonic. Other professional experience also includes the Canberra Symphony Orchestra before that. Monica has been teaching young violin students since 2003. She is passionate about finding an individual approach to every student and promoting a strong foundation to build upon.
Rotraud is a well established performer and teacher having taught at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre since 1991. Previously she was a lecturer at the Wollongong Conservatorium University from 1982 – 1991. Rotraud completed her Teacher and Performer Diploma at the Academy of Music in Munich, Germany and her Soloist Diploma at the Conservatorium in Lucerne, Switzerland. She has extensive performance experience, making her first concert debut in London in 1977. She has followed this with concert tours throughout Europe and Australia, recordings for the BBC, ABC, 2MBS FM, and several CDs for Jade, NEA Music Label and the Anthology of Australian Music on Disc, Canberra School of Music.
- Teacher & Performer Diploma, (Staatl. Musikhochschule Munich, Germany),Soloist Diploma (Lucerne Conservatoire, Switzerland)
Clare began her musical studies at Penrith Conservatorium at age 5, and has now returned as a teacher herself, acquiring three years of teaching experience building her own studio. As well as one on one tuition in both voice and violin, Clare works as the vocal director with the voices of Inspire Choir and River Valley Singers, and has been assisting in the re-development of choir, and vocal study at Penrith Selective High School.
After completing her exams in 8th-grade voice with distinction through Trinity College London, Clare then continued onto a Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A recipient of the Elizabeth Todd Leider Prize, and with a great passion for new music, Clare was thrilled to round out her time at university, performing Steve Reich’s, Music for 18 Musicians with Splash Percussion at the Sydney Verge Festival. In addition to her vocal direction across both musical theatre ensembles and choirs, Clare has also performed as both a chorister and soloist with both the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and St James Cathedral Choir, as a young artist for the Canberra International Music Festival performing alongside the Song Company, and with Voci Stupende.
Clare’s technical practice is based mostly on her success with the Bel Canto technique, which she finessed towards the end of her tertiary training alongside tenor Dennis O’Neill, and voice coach Nicole Dorigo. This attention to technique is then applied to various styles of music applicable to students musical interests, to help them achieve the best possible sound.
- B Mus
Violist, Nicole Forsyth grew up in Sydney playing violin and viola; loves storytelling through music, and the possibilities of old and new art telling stories across time.
With a 25 year Australian career in both historically informed performance and new music, Nicole has worked most of the HIP companies on the east coast of Australia; Ironwood, Van Diemen’s Band, Latitude 37, Bach Akademie Australia, The Muffat Collective, Australian Haydn Ensemble, ARCO, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ludovico’s Band; and the major festivals in Australia. On the flip side she has collaborated with numerous Australian composers & creators to create or perform new work for both the mainstage and with communities around Australia.
Nicole co-founded Ironwood in 2006, and is Artistic Curator of BachBand@StJames, resident at St James King Street, which has a commissioning program for new work. She was Principal Viola for Pinchgut Opera 2001–2015. Her discography as principal and solo viola includes over 50 recordings for ABC Classic and other companies.
She also teaches viola at Abbotsleigh School, Wahroonga, for NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit, in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Rising Stars program for high performance school age students, and lectures in the Historical Performance Division at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. Her current PhD, with Sydney Living Museums, looks at the music collection of Rouse Hill House & Farm 1813-1986, on Dharug country, north western Sydney. She was a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Bundanon Trust, on Wodi-Wodi/Wandandian country, NSW, and has been a recipient of a Sydney University Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Scholarship in 2020.
- Viola / Violin Teacher