The Director of Ainslie Park Music Group, Catherine is a registered teacher with over 30 years of experience in music education and administration. Catherine’s holistic approach to teaching is positive and encouraging and she is able to adapt to individual interests and learning styles and thus make learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Catherine teaches contemporary and classical piano, theory, musicianship and aural training. She also tutors for aural and written component of the VCE Music examinations. Read more.
Sarah is a highly accomplished pianist, accompanist, dancer and teacher. In addition to her career as a secondary school teacher Sarah works as a pianist for ballet classes and exams, an instrumental and vocal accompanist and a piano teacher. Sarah also freelances as a character dance teacher and choreographer and is a regular performer with the Regional Chamber Ballet where the piano trio she performs with accompanies regionally based ballet dancers across regional Victoria. Read more
Adrian is an accomplished operatic tenor whose list of credits include recognition from the Order of Australia Association for his contribution to music. Adrian received his Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts before travelling to Vancouver, Canada where he attained his Masters of Music (Opera) from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is an active performer and director and is in high demand as a classical voice teacher and adjudicator. Read more
Richard "Chuck" Probert
Richard “Chuck” Probert (Dip.Mus, (Jazz Performance), B. Mus., A.Mus.A. (Trumpet)) was among the first jazz students to graduate from the Victorian College of Arts. Richard’s performance background includes: Cruise ships Princess, Celebrity & Cunnard (QEII); Wish the Magic Tour with 32 piece orchestra (UK);Texas Chainsaw Orchestra (London UK); Lead trumpet /jazz soloist, Out For The Count Big Band, Dizzy's Big Band; DR Big Band and the Tramways Big Band (Melbourne). Richard has recorded with composer/producer Sebastian Lorefice and indie recording artist Radio Caroline South. He is a regular performer at the Port Fairy, Inverloch, Grampians and Merimbula Jazz Festivals. Richard also performs as a trumpet soloist, and his jazz band "Streams" is available for hire, providing smooth fusion jazz music for functions, festivals and other events.
Andrew is an experienced performer on the Bass Guitar. Although he opted for a professional career in environmental science, he continued his music studies after leaving school, taking lessons from the internationally acclaimed bassist Tass Petridis and involving himself as an active participant in the Melbourne music scene, performing regularly in pubs and festivals. In 2015 Andrew formed Kaku with singer-guitarist Ben Schier, and took over as bassist for Acid Western. Both bands are now available for gigs, parties and other functions, providing popular covers as well as original hard rock, blues and indie music.