Teaching Staff

Our teaching staff come from all over Australia to instill our students with a love of music and the skills they need to play it

Tracey Barnier

Voice, Choirs

Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL)
Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL)

After studying piano for 10 years in her youth Tracey returned to music when she moved to New Zealand with her husband. She studied singing privately with Joan Kennaway QSM from 1997 till her passing earlier this year, attaining her ATCL in 2003 & LTCL in 2006, both in Vocal Recital. Tracey was invited to perform with one of New Zealand's premier operatic groups, Opera North Inc., where her love of opera grew and she became one of their leading soloists.

Tracey has studied under many renowned singers and tutors including Dame Malvina Major, Judy Bellingham, Isabel Cunningham, Helen Medlyn and David Harper, amongst others, in Australia, New Zealand and abroad.

Moving back to her home town of Tamworth after a long time in NZ, Tracey is delighted at the opportunity to pass on her knowledge to new students.


Deb Batley

Flute, Piano, Musicianship

Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA)

Debra has been on the staff of Carinya Christian School since 2003. She is also a member of the NSW Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) Committee and in 2017 received the NSW Professional Teachers Council Award for Outstanding Professional Service to this organisation.

Since 2013, she has been an itinerant performance marker for the HSC Music course, with her most recent experiences as a Music 2 and Extension marker. Deb has also had experience as a composition marker.

As an alumna of the Sydney Conservatorium High School, Deb studied piano with Albert Landa and Stephanie McCallum, clarinet with Mark Walton and Neville Thomas, and chamber music with Gerard Willems and Katherine Selby.

Kym Beare

Guitar, Drums

Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Music)
Diploma of Education

Kym studied at the Southern Cross University completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, majoring in composition, he followed this with a Graduate Diploma of Education. For 13 years Kym has worked in various roles including Creative Arts Coordinator, classroom music teacher, band director and coordinator of music technology. Kym has a particular interest in composing, recording and performing music in the styles of rock, blues, country, pop and jazz.

Alan Buchan

Guitar, Drums, Ukulele

Jazz Fundamentals, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1991)
Certifcate IV in Music (Business), TAFE (2010)

Alan is responsible for establishing the singer songwriter development platform, fRETfEST, which helps put Australia's best new talent on stage and he was nominated for Australia Day Local Hero Award, Gold Coast Music Champion Award and Cultural Development Award.

In his work as guitar tutor, Alan inspired gifted students at the Coomera Anglican College and established Coona Music from where he guided special needs students at BreakTHRU and takes talented young guitarists to the Tamworth Country Music Festival every year.

In his own music career, Alan won talent quests as a teenager, formed and fronted his own Pop Band, wrote and recorded his own album and released three singles. He is an accomplished entertainer, a 20-year APRA Member, mentor to many successful young indie musicians and still performs live today.

In 2018 Alan won the Coke Cola Battle of the New Stars Golden Oldie Award and he is passionate about teaching the fundamentals of music on guitar, focussing on technique and fretboard familiarity and he actively encourages students to learn scales and explore chord progressions so they can write their own songs and express themselves through improvisation and composition.

Julia Cain

Julia Cain

Flute, Recorder

Bachelor of Music (Double Performance), University of Newcastle
Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA)

Julia graduated from Newcastle University in 2011 and is currently studying to obtain a Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care. Julia has been studio teaching since 2008 at various venues including the Upper Hunter Conservatorium. She has tutored at numerous DET band Camps throughout the state. As a teenager Julia attended Flute lessons at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium.

Diane Cork

Diane Cork

Musicianship, Music Craft

Bachelor of Arts/Diploma in Education, University of Sydney
Diploma in International Education, Monash University
Certificate in Gifted & Talented, University of NSW

Diane has recently retired from teaching music in secondary schools after 40 years and also has extensive experience in preparing students for AMEB exams, both in instrumental and theoretical studies, with excellent results. Diane also has a wide range of experience with performance groups, both choral, instrumental and musical theatre and at various times has been a member of groups such as Tamworth Clarinet Choir, Regional Youth Orchestra and Salon Orchestra. Her involvement in Arts activities has also included the TRCM Board, Arts Council, Musica Viva and ABC Concerts Committees, amongst others. She is at present enjoying specialising in teaching Theory, Musicianship and Music Craft through all levels to music students at the Conservatorium.

James Craswell

James Craswell


Bachelor of Music, University of New England

James has performed with several bands including Sum Assault, The O Trio, The Jimmy Craz Band, Stray Dogs and the Merchants of Venice.

Brett Dallas

Brett Dallas

Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

Golden Guitar winner, 2018 (Producer of 'Lighthouse' - Ashleigh Dallas)

Brett has been a professional musician for 35 years and has been sharing his craft at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music as a guitar teacher since 2005. With a world of music industry knowledge, musicianship skills and a strong understanding of the importance of music theory, Brett encourages all of his students and enjoys watching them grow as musicians. As a professional session musician Brett has played on countless Albums offering his creativeness and letting his guitar do the talking, making him an extremely popular guitar player within Australia. Brett has also produced and engineered several albums, and one of his proudest productions and full-time commitments is his daughter's (Ashleigh Dallas), producing her albums and playing full-time in her band and creative leader as Musical Director. Along with the fundamentals and important techniques, Brett also teaches the necessary skills and attributes to play and succeed in today's music business.

Manduway Dutton

Piano, Guitar, Didgeridoo

Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts, Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts
Bachelor of Music (Piano), Central Queensland University

Manduway completed an Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane studying piano, songwriting and recording technology in 2014. In 2016, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree (specialisation jazz and pop) at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of music where he majored on the piano. He has performed at the Boomerang Festival in 2017, The Sydney Opera House’s Homeground Festival in 2014 and 2015. He also has performed at Brisbane Festival, The G20 summit, Clancestry, the Yarrabah Band Festival, the Matilda Awards as well as performances with Jazz virtuoso James Morisson, trombonist Dan Barnett, saxophonist Andrew Robertson and has worked with renowned stage directors Leah Purcell ,Wesley Enoch and Rhoda Roberts.

Brooke Gillett

Early Childhood Music, Ukulele, Choirs, Preschool Program

Diploma in Children's Services

Brookie Gillett is passionate about Early Childhood Music education. She has eighteen years' experience working with young children and families, and understands the profound positive effects that musical opportunities have on all areas of a child's development and growth. She holds a Diploma of Children's Services, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music part-time. Brookie studied AMEB Pianoforte and Classical Voice, and also enjoys playing the ukulele. She is a member of the Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association and is keenly interested in pursuing further qualifications in her Orff  Levels and Kodaly Method in the future. Brookie has been involved in local musical theatre for many years and has toured interstate in a folk duo with her husband. They have a two-year old son who loves to play the drums!


Sarah Gollan

Piano, Accompanist

Sarah has experience tutoring school students in both classical and contemporary music. Sarah is currently completing a Bachelor of Music at the University of New England and is studying at an AMusA standard. Sarah is passionate about developing healthy piano techniques, helping students overcome performance anxiety, and equipping students to become independent musicians. It is Sarah’s goal to foster a lifelong love of music in children and create a lesson environment that is social, engaging and relevant to 21st century education.

Colin Gutteridge

Woodwinds, Schools Program

Colin teaches clarinet and saxophone as well as working in our school’s programs. Colin was a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band where he was trained in many different styles of music, Classical, Concert Band, Swing, Dixieland Jazz, etc. Colin has worked in the Music Industry and Music Shops for 39 years, in that time he has also been teaching privately for 36 years and doing musical instrument repairs.


Annette Hamilton

Piano, Junior Children's Choir

Ian Hocquard

Ian Hocquard

Brass, Schools Program

Diploma of Music
Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Diploma in Education

Ian brings several years of primary school teaching experience to the Conservatorium including 11 years conducting primary school concert bands and teaching individual and group music classes. Ian’s qualifications include a Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Music (French Horn major) and a Diploma of Education (Primary). Ian is teaching Brass at the Conservatorium and has worked in our Schools programs.


Jacquie Langston

Woodwinds, Ukulele, Musicianship, Music Craft

Bachelor of Music Studies (Performance), University of Sydney

Jacqueline Langston has had a long association with the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, beginning her musical education here before moving to Sydney for her tertiary studies. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree majoring in performance on the flute under the instruction of James Kortum, Margaret Crawford and Mark Walton.

At the TRCM and in their Schools Programs Jacquie has taught Flute, Musicianship, Clarinet, Recorder, Early Childhood Music, Oboe, Bassoon, Ukulele, Percussion and Beginner Piano. Jacquie has also been a Conductor of the Tamworth Regional Youth Orchestra, TRCM Flute Ensemble, TRCM Concert Band and a Musical Director for Tamworth Musical Society, performing in over 20 musicals. Jacquie loves to see students of all ages and from all across the state have access to musical education, and in addition to Tamworth she has travelled to towns around the region to teach students from Gunnedah, Quirindi, Nundle and Woolomin.


Emily Lysaght

Early Childhood Music, Piano, Woodwinds, School Programs

Emily Maslen

Cello, Violin, Poco a Poco Strings, Preschool Program

Emily previously studied cello at the Tamworth Conservatorium before undertaking a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium.  Emily has a particular interest in early childhood development and is very keen to establish cello programs with young students in primary schools throughout Tamworth.

Noelene McGrane

Noelene McGrane

Brass, Woodwinds, Regional Youth Orchestra

Bachelor of Creative Arts
Diploma in Education

Noelene has been teaching brass at the TRCM for 22 years. Over those years at the TRCM Noelene has held the positions of Head of Brass and Woodwind, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning and Program Manager. Noelene commenced her role as Director of TRCM at the beginning of 2016. Prior to working at the TRCM Noelene was a member of the Australian Army Band Sydney and worked as a brass teacher in Grafton, Toowoomba and Sydney, as well as having been a member of staff at the University of New England, Armidale teaching brass.  Noelene has travelled throughout the state to tutor for the Department of Education Regional Instrumental Camps as well as travelling internationally as a tutor for Department of Education Combined Band tours.

Rick Mead

Piano, Brass, Accompanist, Junior Keyboard, HSC Music

Bachelor of Education (Music), University of Sydney
Graduate Diploma in Education

Rick completed a Bachelor of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, majoring in Piano under the tuition of Stephanie McCallum. For the past 27 years, Rick has been the Music Teacher at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School and has had involvement in several of Tamworth's musical ensembles including the RSL Brass Band, Tamworth Musical Society, local high school musical productions, Church groups and Capers. Over the past few years Rick has accompanied many students in the Brass school for Conservatorium concerts and AMEB exams and he is now enjoying the chance to teach Piano at the Tamworth Conservatorium.


Matthew Parnell

Percussion, Regional Youth Orchestra

Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Music), Southern Cross University
Diploma in Education, Southern Cross University

Matthew commenced employment in the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium as a Drums and Percussion teacher in 1996 and since this time has also been employed as a Music teacher at Oxley High School. Matthew has performed in a wide variety of styles and ensembles and is regularly called upon to perform and record with local artists.


Yvie Povea-Roworth

Early Childhood Music, Schools Program

Bachelor of Arts (Music), University of Newcastle
Graduate Diploma in Education, University of New England

Yvie received a scholarship which allowed her to travel to Chile for three months to research Chilean music. Yvie has performed with numerous bands and ensembles and has over 15 years' experience in instrumental and classroom teaching.

Todd Power

Todd Power

Piano, Accompanist

Bachelor of Music (Performance & Creative Production), University of Newcastle (2010)
Master of Design Science (Audio and Acoustics), University of Sydney (2012)

Todd has a long history with the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, beginning piano lessons with Janette Woodbridge at the age of five. Since receiving degrees in Music and Audio Engineering, he has returned to Tamworth and commenced teaching in 2013. Todd is an active member of the Tamworth Musical Society, performing in shows such as WickedSunset BoulevardMary Poppins and Annie, and was the Musical Director for Rock of Ages (2017) and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2019). He also frequently accompanies the Tamworth Choral Society during rehearsals and performances. Since 2016, Todd has been a Convenor of Music for the City of Tamworth Eisteddfod Society.

Samara Redman

Samara Redman

Strings, Regional Youth Orchestra, Tamworth Youth Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Preschool Program, Schools Program

Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA)

Samara began learning the violin at the age of six and was awarded her AMusA in 2010, whilst a student at the Tamworth Conservatorium. She was a member of the Tamworth Regional Youth Orchestra for many years and now considers it a great privilege to conduct the same ensemble. As a teacher, her passions include sharing the love of music and developing transferrable skills to help students make music with friends.


Jordann Wett

Piano, Accompanist

Ashlee Woodgate

Ashlee Woodgate

Voice, Choirs

Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA)
Bachelor of Music (Performance), University of Newcastle (2015)
Masters of Music Studies (Opera Performance), University of Sydney (2017)

Ashlee graduated with a Masters of Music Studies (Opera Performance) at Sydney Conservatorium Opera School in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music graduating with Distinction in 2015. In 2015 she also received her Associate Diploma in classical voice.

Ashlee has successfully performed a vast number of roles; opera credits include: Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Hunter), Despina Cosi fan tutte (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Herald of Dawn The Fairy Queen (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), the title role of Calisto in La Calisto (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Zerlina Don Giovanni for (Opera Hunter), Pamina Die Zauberflöte (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Fiordiligi in (Some of) Cosi fan tutte (Newcastle Conservatorium of Music), Dido Dido and Aeneas (Macquarie Singers) and Night The Fairy Queen (Macquarie Singers).

This year, Ashlee travelled to New York City to perform First Lady Die Zauberflöte with Manhattan Opera Studio, as well as make her performance debut at Carnegie Hall and The National Opera Center. Upon her return to Australia she made her debut as Musetta in the production of La Boheme with Central Coast Opera.

During 2017 she was involved in a chorus internship with Opera Australia for their production of Tosca, covered baroque specialist Miriam Allan in a performance of Haydn’s Creation and performed as the Soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also featured as the soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah at Sydney Town Hall for the last two consecutive years.