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TEACHERS

COURTNEY TEIXEIRA

HEAD VOCAL & PIANO COACH - OWNER

Courtney Teixeira first starting singing and performing by the ripe age of 9, with vocal coach and mentor, Nella Magnente.

Graduating from Wollongong High School Of The Performing Arts, she placed 1st in the state in Music. Courtney was a featured artist in Wollongong’s Win Entertainment, Arena spectacular, ‘Southern Stars’. In 2014, the directors & panel placed her very own rendition of ‘Battle Scars’ in the arena show. Allowing her rendition to be played on the grand piano, and sung just as she had arranged it herself.

 

Within the same year, Courtney won the title of the Australian National Urban Star, in which she met her current music producer and mentor, Niten Divalia. This was a MAS Presents event, created and brought to Sydney Australia by Marco Selorio owner of Record Label, Sovereign Hill Records. Courtney then went on to writing, composing and recording her own original music. She released her Debut Single ‘Try’ which charted 72 on the Australian Pop Charts, with her Music Video reaching hundreds of thousands both nationally and internationally.

 

In 2016 she was Support Act to Cyrus Villanueva in the city of Wollongong’s ‘Run Wollongong’, entertaining a crowd of thousands, in support of Ballarat Health Services and the Children’s Ward. Courtney has been performing and gigging around the Illawarra region for several years, and continues to promote and support live entertainment. She has taken part in Radio promotion on i98 several times, to support live and local artists like herself. She most recently had the honour of performing the National Anthem for the Queens Baton Relay, in the City of Wollongong. Courtney is also a committee member of ANATS, the Australian, National, Association of teachers of singing.

Courtney has also spent her time working within the education system at catholic primary schools. Leading many choirs, but as of recent, a choir of 60 students, as well as organising and preparing Hym music for special ceremonies and events.

In early February of 2019, Courtney performed in the heart of Sydney Harbour, headlining for Portugal’s singing sensation Miro Freitas, on his Australian Tour, with a band of very talented musicians.

In September of 2019, Courtney was nominated and became a finalist for Business Person Of The Year at the Illawarra South Coast Business Awards. A pivotal moment in her career. 

At the awards, Courtney did honourably accept Grand Tuitions award for winning 'Education Service Of The Year'. 

 

In 2020, Courtney will further venture into the world of her artistry, releasing the soundtracks of her life over the past 3 years. 

 

Amongst her love and passion for teaching, she believes strongly in finding the artist in every singer and performer, and truly does live and breathe music.

HANNAH GARBO

VOCAL & PIANO

Hannah Garbo is currently studying a Bachelor of Music (Specialisation) with the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music. ​ Miss Hannah has been working in the industry since she was 9 years old, in both film and stage. She is heavily involved in the community theatre circle from anywhere between Sydney and Nowra - Having most recently played the leading role of Belle in Miranda Musical Society’s production of Beauty and The Beast. Last year Miss Hannah had the honour of playing her dream role Glinda, in the Arcadians Theatre Company's production of ‘Wicked’ And has played such roles as Mary Magdalene in 'Jesus Christ Superstar', Rumpleteazer in 'Cats', Mary Lane in 'Reefer Madness’, Sally Brown in ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown’ and Betty Schaefer in ‘Sunset Boulevard’. 

 

In 2012, she was nominated for 'Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical' by the Canberra Amateur Theatre (CAT) Awards for her role as Eponine in the Roo Theatre's production of 'Les Misérables'. Hannah also directed & choreographed Roo Theatre’s production of ’13’. Miss Hannah feels so excited to have most recently announced the launch of her own production company ‘Crystal Clear Productions’. A company which she co-runs with her brother. They will be having there first showcasing

performance of their own Cabaret style show ‘Broadway Flipped’ in November alongside many local talented performers.

Miss Hannah has been a vocal/performance tutor within the Wollongong region for over 5 years & is also a recent committee member with The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS).

IZAAK WASLEY

Izaak Wasley is currently completing his Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) through the Australian Institute of Music (Sydney Campus). Izaak has been playing and performing the guitar since the ripe age of 7, where he learnt Classical Guitar through the Wollongong Conservatorium, before diving into focussing his study to Contemporary Music and Jazz. While playing in large ensembles through the Conservatorium, this gifted him the opportunity to play alongside specialists such as both the Morrison brothers (John Morrison and James Morrison), and Jazz Guitarist James Muller. Izaak is also a past member of the Southern Stars Orchestra, performing at stadium arena levels, giving him the opportunity to work with professional gear in a professional environment from his teenage years.

 

Prior to his musical studying years, Izaak has always been an all round performer. Learning Ballet from the age of 3 through ‘Beverly Rowles School of Dance’. With the blending and passion for both music and dancing, Izaak has also branched out further into the realm of theatre, performing the role of Sky Masterson in his senior year in Smiths Hill High School’s production of Guys and Dolls. In 2018 Izaak performed in the Illawarra On Pointe Productions of Peter Pan in the role of Captain James Hook.

 

Izaak is a firm believer that every human is born with a creative mind and when presented with the opportunity, music is a phenomenal way to feed that creativity while doing something productive for the mind.

GUITAR

Jesse Buchanan is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Music) at the University of Wollongong. Jesse took her first singing lesson at age 8. Her passion for music has led to her involvement in musicals run by the Golden Rivers Theatre Company and the Illawarra Youth Arts Project. She learnt to play the guitar and piano at age 13, when she first tried her hand at song writing. Throughout the last few years of her undergraduate degree, Jesse has refined her skills as a musician, and creating an original, unique ‘voice’ in her compositions. She is currently working on perusing her Honours year at the end of her degree at UOW, and self-producing her first album.

Jesse is endeavouring to share her spark and passion for music with all of her students, with the hope that she can inspire and challenge a generation of future musicians in the Illawarra area.

VOCAL & PIANO

JESSE BUCHANAN