Walking down the corridors of the Conservatorium, you will probably hear Nate before you see him as his melodic dulcet tones can be heard bouncing from wall to wall. Often visually mistaken for a drummer or guitarist, Nate is well-versed in the serene art of opera and classical singing and this influences his teaching, which emphasises the importance of good vocal health and strong technique across all genres. Nate also has a passion for musical theatre, gospel and most contemporary styles of singing.
There is an old saying that “those that can’t do, teach”, but with Nate that is not the case as he is no stranger to the stage and has performed in countless musicals with both Singleton and Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Societies. He has also achieved success in many singing Eisteddfods across the Hunter. Nate performs regularly at the Conservatorium’s Lunchtime concerts and specialist events. Nate has performed with Opera Hunter and The City of Newcastle Cultural Council, as well as freelance solo and collaborative recitals and concerts.
Nate’s philosophy is that everyone, no matter the level of skill or natural ability, can be taught to sing through hard work, determination and most of all fun.
Although singing is Nate’s primary instrument, he also teaches piano and musicianship.
A Cheerful and lively vocal teacher, Lisandra studied at The Australian Institute of Music. She is currently undertaking her Masters of Teaching at The University of Newcastle. Lisandra is passionate about all things singing and loves contemporary music and musical theatre. Lisandra puts a strong focus on vocal heath and technique in her lessons. She is constantly attending professional development workshops including those at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, USA. Lisandra loves teaching both in the classroom and with her vocal students.
Kate has been teaching voice for the last 20 years, 16 of those with the UHCM. Kate’s music career began while she was studying at Newcastle Conservatorium. Originally majoring as a clarinettist, Kate started singing professionally in Newcastle and Sydney in duos, trios and big bands. She has performed with major artists such as Silverchair, Kate Ceberano and John Paul Young. Kate has a love for all contemporary vocal styles and performance techniques, and aims to help every student discover the joy of music.