Katrina grew up in the Hunter Valley, studying violin and piano with the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music (UHCM), before moving to Newcastle to complete her Bachelor of Music (Hons) on Violin, graduating in 2012. Katrina has been teaching with the UHCM since 2011, and regularly performs with the UHCM Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, and as part of a quartet at weddings and functions around the Hunter Valley.
Jennifer Kershaw graduated from the University of Queensland in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in violin performance and studio teaching under the tuition of Tor Fromyhr and Elizabeth Morgan. She then continued her studies with Jan Sedivka at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, receiving a Graduate Diploma in 1989. In 1994, Jennifer moved to Deniliquin in South West NSW to take up a position as Music Director for South West Music, a community music program serving a wide geographical area. Since 1999 Jennifer has resided in Muswellbrook, teaching violin, viola, piano and theory with the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music and developing the Upper Hunter Conservatorium Orchestra and String ensembles.
Gillian Miles is an experienced piano and Cello teacher who has been teaching in the Upper Hunter region for about 30 years. As a teacher Gillian has worked with a large number of students, sharing her passion and enjoyment of music. During this time her students have received excellent results, with several receiving the AMusA diploma from the AMEB. Since 2000 Gillian has been the main driving force behind the annual Upper Hunter Shire and Kia Ora Youth Music Camp; a camp designed for all students within the Upper Hunter Shire to have access to and learn to appreciate music and the performing arts, and to give promising students opportunities beyond the Shire borders. Gillian's qualifications include 8th Grade AMEB Piano, 7th Grade AMEB Musicianship, Suzuki Level 6 and she has an accreditation in Early Childhood Music. Gillian enjoys playing Cello in the UHCM Orchestra, as part of the Rouchel Brook Quartet and other Chamber music combinations.