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Trinity News : December 2012
10 TRINITY NEWS has performed in several community orchestras and is currently a member of North Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Emma’s life is a blissful and busy mix of family, work and music. NICOLE SMEULDERS Primary Classroom Music Nicole Smeulders is a graduate of the NSW Conservatorium of Music. She has twice been recipient of the Lauris Elms’ Contralto Award and has had an extensive career as a soloist and chorister.Since starting at Trinity in 2010, Nicole has worked with the Opera Australia chorus in Tosca, Lakme, La Traviata, Turandot and Aida. She has also performed with Cantillation in Haydn’s opera L’anima del filosofo and Nigel Westlake’s Missa Solis Requiem for Eli. Recently Nicole has performed the alto solos in four different performances of the Messiah and four Mozart Masses for various organizations. Highlights have included a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the role of Giustitia in Caldara’s Vaticini di Pace with the Sydney Consort (recorded live for ABCFM). Nicole is married to Paul and together they have a five-year-old daughter. In her spare time, Nicole tries her hand at portrait painting. KELL DANIELS | Director of Creative Arts During the first ten years after leaving school, Kell started work as an apprentice plumber and went on to run his own business. He has worked in live music event production and the television industry as an actor, producer and director and as a Youth Minister at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Sylvania. This involved teaching high school scripture and it was at this time his love of working with teenagers brought about a life- changing decision. He studied PTC subjects at Moore Theological College and then decided to pursue an education degree. He gained his B.Ed. and M.Ed. Admin with a combination of Creative Arts and Mathematics subjects. He sees it as moving from parish ministry to a school ministry. He uses this range of rich life experiences to help students to discover a pathway to their potential. Kell has been the recipient of the Ruby Riach Award for Innovation in Education, National Excellence in Teaching Award and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. The role of Director of Creative Arts at Trinity allows Kell to provide the programme development oversight and support for Drama, Music, Visual Art, Film and Television, the Society of the Arts, the Trinity Cultural Association, the AV department and production venues on each campus. His responsibility as Director of the annual Trinity Arts Festival also includes organising the vast array of activities, performances and exhibitions in which our boys participate and to ensure that in everything that we do our main focus is to provide the best opportunities for our boys. with the ACO, Brandenburg, SSO, chamber ensembles and the Orchestra of London and the Golden Age while on a return visit there. She has played with artists as diverse as Sammy Davis Junior, Rod Stewart, Delta Goodrem and Grinspoon. Continuing her passion for teaching Kate is now her third year at Trinity. She loves working with such talented and funny boys in the music department. FIONA HILL Classroom Music and Composition Fiona came to Trinity after many years working as a freelance composer and accompanist. Past projects include composing music for various short films and performing at the Latin Fiesta and Adelaide Festival with tango band Quartito Azul. Fiona has received multiple grants from the Australia Music Council and Helpmann Academy, resulting in an exchange to McGill University Montreal, a residential course at IRCAM Paris and a close working relationship with the Zephyr String Quartet. While at Trinity Fiona has been busy composing for the Society of the Arts, various student ensembles and cultivating her love of teaching and inspiring the composers of the future! Fiona’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Music First Class Honours, Master of Arts in screen composition and Graduate Diploma in Education. She is currently undertaking a PhD in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium. SALLY ORTEGA Master of Chapel Music Classroom Music and Piano Not as tanned as her name implies, Sally has been a teacher and performer for as long as she can remember. Her first job was working as an accompanist and ballet teacher at the North Shore Dance Academy, and she has continued to combine her many passions into a rewarding career ever since. Sally studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, and she freely professes her undying love for this institution. She arrived at Trinity by way of Ravenswood, Knox, St Aloysius, Roseville College and Santa Sabina. But had she known what she was missing, she might have planned a shorter route! Sally has managed her own music business for what she shudders to realise is half her life, teaching piano, and working with the Sydney Children’s and Australian Girls’ Choirs. In her spare time, she learns Spanish and goes salsa dancing. Although she does neither well, she tries hard and enjoys herself, which she insists is all that matters. ANDREW DEL RICCIO | Brass Teacher Andrew Del Riccio has taught brass at Trinity since 1999, having studied at Sydney Conservatorium, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and University of British Colombia. Prior to joining the staff at Trinity, he was a freelance musician/conductor, performing with many of Sydney’s professional ensembles including extensively with Opera Australia and conducting university and community orchestras. Internationally, he has conducted in the Czech Republic and Canada. Outside of Trinity life, he is still a busy musician, directing the Mosman Symphony Orchestra, playing trumpet, and teaching. He has appeared and recorded in TV commercials, movies, broadcasts, sporting events and with The Chasers’ War on Everything. Recently he returned to the Czech Republic conducting the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, and performed in Hong Kong. When not enjoying quiet time with his wife Lucy, he is busy with his other passion, scuba diving on wrecks along the NSW coast. RONALD THOMAS Master of Chamber Music For Ronald Thomas, time seems to have passed very quickly in the ten years that he has been teaching at Trinity. In another time he spent ten years as concertmaster and conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta in England. Both these periods he found rewarding and fulfilling in different ways-- Bournemouth with numerous concerts and audiences and Trinity with many students of differing ages passing through his studio. Life has been one learning process and Trinity has been part of his education. WILL HENRY Convenor of the Music Academy Coordinator of Woodwind After completing a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Research at The Royal Academy of Music in London, Will worked as a freelance Musician and Educator in London. This included performing in Classical Music Concert Halls, Jazz clubs and Musical theatres. During this time his Australian partner grew more and more frustrated with the grey skies of London and in 2006 (under considerable duress) Will moved to Australia to start a new life. This migration also brought change of professional focus from performance to education. Will started working within the Trinity Music Department in mid- 2006 and has been very proud of the students and their musical accomplishments over the past six years. Will has two very young children who keep him up at night! LUDMILA YAROSHEVICH-PALMER String Teacher (Upper and Lower) Ludmila Yaroshevich-Palmer finished her musical education with Distinction from the Conservatorium in Kazakhstan (USSR), in the city of Alma-Ata in 1979. In 1980, she arrived in Australia. Between 1982 and 1987, Ludmila Yaroshevich-Palmer worked as a casual ‘cellist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and taught at numerous schools including Meriden, Newington College and the Wollongong Conservatorium. In 1987, she was appointed as a part time ‘Cello teacher at Trinity Grammar School at both the Preparatory School in Strathfield and the Senior School at Summer Hill. Then, in 1990, she was provided a full time position as a Violin and ‘Cello teacher by the School. For the last twenty- five years Ludmila has prepared a number of students who have gone on to receive full Music Scholarship and Academy Awards. GREGORY KINDA | Accompanist Gregory Kinda was born in Poland. He commenced his music education when he arrived to Australia in 1983. From there on, he moved to Papua New- Guinea, where he continued his musical studies. In 1990 he returned to Poland where in 1999 he completed his Master of Arts degree, majoring in Piano from the University of Music in Katowice.In 2000 he returned to Sydney, where he remained active musically. He also obtained his Bachelor of Teaching in Secondary Music in 2003. Thanks to a musical life of performances and competitions, Gregory toured many parts of the world including Europe, Asia and Oceania. He is currently working as a full-time accompanist at Trinity Grammar school. EMMA MACRAE Class Music and Woodwind Emma grew up in leafy Melbourne and studied Music Education and Performance at the University of Melbourne. Throughout her university degree and after graduation she worked in several independent schools, ending in a six year stint as Head of Music at Christ Church Grammar School in South Yarra. In 2007 Emma headed to Sydney with her husband Alistair. Her Trinity experience began at the Prep School where she taught Pre-Kindergarten through to Year 6. She took a year’s maternity leave to have a beautiful baby boy, Henry, in 2010 and has since returned in a part-time capacity to the Music Department at Summer Hill and Lewisham. Over the course of the five years Emma has lived in Sydney she