Teaching Staff

Pauline Ainsworth

Band Director and Tutor

Pauline started learning trumpet in primary school. After high school she studied conducting and learned multiple instruments, and she still performs in community bands. Pauline’s love of music is seen in her students, some who have become professional performers and teachers. She looks forward to teaching new generations of musicians!

Nick Alias

Guitar Tutor

Guitar Tutor

Lucia Bichara

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Lillian Burke

Tutor

Lillian is currently studying at Macquarie University and is a member of numerous bands in the Hills District.

Damian Butler

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Jamahl Carman

Band Assistant

Jamahl is a percussionist who has had a passion for drumming for the last ten years. He has had experience playing in school bands throughout primary and high school. Jamahl is currently a member of the 4-piece jangle pop, psych rock band, Cosmic Vibrations, playing gigs across Sydney.

John Ciccarelli

Band Director and Tutor

John has a wealth of musical knowledge which he enjoys passing on to young musicians. John studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has been a member of the Army Band, NSW Ambulance Band, and numerous other Big Bands and jazz ensembles.

Nick Ciccarelli

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Michael Ciccarelli

Tutor

Michael has been playing music since he was ten years old, and has performed across Australia and Europe. He has been teaching and conducting across various Sydney schools for ten years. Michael has also recently completed his Bachelor of Music, majoring in performance.

Tamara Craig

Tutor

Tutor

Tom Curran

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Tim Dunne

Tutor

Tutor

Ramon Echevarria

Tutor

Tutor

Ryoko Funamoto

Tutor

Ryoko learned the piano and flute in Japan and played in various bands and ensembles before coming to Australia. Now she enjoys playing the flute and piccolo in a local community band and an orchestra. She is happy to teach young musicians and hopes the seeds of music that she plants in them will grow into a whole-life enjoyment.

Kali Gillen

Tutor

Tutor

Jane Hart

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Chloe Hurley

Tutor

Chloe teaches piano, voice, flute and Celtic harp. Chloe and her husband Ben Hurley share a love of Irish folk music and perform and teach Irish traditional and early music at concerts and folk festivals.

Ben Hurley

Band Director and Tutor

A life-long music educator with a Bachelor of Music from UNSW and Master of Teaching (Secondary) from UWS, Ben has worked in TSA band programs since 2014, drawing on his classical and jazz training. He also enjoys performing traditional Irish music with his wife Chloe at local folk festivals.

Adam Jeffrey

Tutor

Tutor

Emma Katen

Tutor

Tutor

Celia Kearin

Band Director and Tutor

Celia graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and she has worked for over 25 years as a brass teacher and band conductor. Celia has played with orchestras, musical societies and brass/concert bands. She has been a longstanding member of the Holroyd Brass Band, currently Co-Principal Cornet.

Matthew King

Band Director and Tutor

Matthew studied clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated in 2015. He enjoys musical education as well as regular performances with various orchestras around Sydney.

Mari Kivela

Band Director and Tutor

Mari studied clarinet performance, music education and conducting in Finland and the Netherlands before landing in Sydney in 2015. Mari is always excited to learn new instruments and currently plays euphonium, French horn and trombone in community orchestras around Sydney.

Denisa Kozma

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Steven Lavis

General Manager

Steven studied Oboe at the University of Newcastle - B.Mus (Hons) DipEd. He has performed with numerous orchestras and enjoys working with regional and rural music and ensemble programs. He has worked for TSA for the past 15 years, and is father to two of his own budding musicians.

Daniel Masman

Band Director and Tutor

Arts graduate of the University of Western Sydney, Dan also studied film and composition at the Australian Film Television Radio School. Teaching and composing for over 20 years, his other skills include animation colourist and video store clerk. In the future, Dan hopes to be among the first humans to colonize Mars.

Jessica McBride

Tutor

Tutor

Rowen McBride

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Tom McCracken

Band Director and Tutor

Tom is a percussionist and music teacher who is currently studying his Bachelor of Music at UNSW. He has played countless musicals with various Sydney societies, toured internationally with the NSWPS Millennium Marching Band, and is also currently a member of The Butchers jazz trio and 343 Brass Band who both play a range of Sydney venues.

Ben Miesch

Director, TSA

Director, TSA

Andrew Neal

Band Director and Tutor

Andrew started learning trumpet 25 years ago, and has performed ever since at festivals, eisteddfods, and championships. He is a member of the Castle Hill RSL North West Wind Ensemble and plays french horn with the Blue Mountains Concert Band. Andrew has a passion for music education in Western Sydney.

Jane Nelson

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Maddison O'Connor

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Wayne Rigby

Band Director and Tutor

Wayne Rigby has been teaching professionally for 15 years and currently teaches at 9 schools in NSW. Wayne teaches and performs on 13 instruments and tours with his band Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides - one of the leading blues/jazz/roots bands in the country.

Abbey Ryan

Tutor

Tutor

Abbey started learning piano and flute at a young age. In high school she developed an interest in percussion, especially mallet percussion. Her many years of learning and playing drive her to provide a friendly learning environment to her students.

Alex Slater

Tutor

Tutor

Jenny Sparks

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Adele Sutton

Tutor

Adele studied classical saxophone and music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has also undertaken post grad study at Sydney University in special and inclusive education. She conducts concert bands and plays with the Inner West community band on a regular basis.

Daryl Walton

Band Director and Tutor

Daryl is an enthusiastic and energetic band director and tutor who has been running band programs with TSA for 7 years. Daryl currently teaches at eight primary schools. Daryl and his son Nic are members of the Café Latte Orchestra that perform in regional centres throughout NSW.

Kate White

Tutor

Kate started playing percussion in primary school. She loves passing on her passion for music to a new generation of students. Kate currently plays with the Hills Music Academy Senior Concert Community Band and has also performed with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Wind Symphony.

Karen Williams

Band Director and Tutor

Band Director and Tutor

Geoff Wilson

Tutor

Geoff started playing cornet & trombone in primary school, and has performed in amateur and professional orchestras, musical theatre and television. Geoff holds a Diploma of Music and has taught in rural communities in NSW & QLD. Geoff has been teaching with TSA and Dural Music Centre for 10 years.