Contemporary

James Buchanan
Head of Contemporary and Guitar
James has worked professionally as a guitarist and educator since completing studies in contemporary music in 2007, and has enjoyed a varied career teaching in both instrumental & tertiary education settings. James is a frequent performer in professional settings, covering almost every situation from Jazz trios, Symphony Orchestras, Punk, Rock, Metal, Pop and Music Theatre, as well as being a composer of his own works that are performed regularly. James is the current Head of Contemporary Studies and Guitar, as well as being the Marketing and Events Manager for the Orange Regional Conservatorium. 

Stephen Somerville
Guitar Tutor
Stephen has been playing since he was a small lad. Starting with classical guitar and piano. He moved into contemporary guitar and has since featured in many bands such as IO. Stephen works closely with many HSC students and adult learners.

Mitch Davis
Drum Kit/Percussion Tutor
Mitch offers percussion tuition for the ORC, he mostly features on the drum kit.
Mitch tailors his teaching to each student. His teaching method for percussion is to teach core areas and then to encourage the student to which direction they want to take. Whether that be a particular style, specific genre, technique, improvisation, ensembles, etc.
Mitch’s life is about music and percussion which is evident in his passion to providing solid music education to his students.
Mitch offers tuition for percussion for those as young as 5yrs up to the adult learner.

Kyle Manning
Piano and Voice Tutor
Kyle Manning is a versatile contemporary performer with more than 15 years’ experience as a live and studio musician. He has performed in professional theatre in both Sydney and Melbourne and is accomplished in genres including jazz, pop, country, rock, blues and soul.
Kyle has worked with some of Australia’s leading contemporary musicians and his career highlights include performing on the same bill as INXS at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the Princess Theatre Company production of Piano Men (Forum Melbourne, 1996).

Jacob Pickett
Drum Kit/Percussion Tutor

Jacob Pickett is a diverse and experienced percussionist. After finishing school Jacob studied Contemporary Music while playing drums in a variety of bands, he has since become one of the regions most in-demand percussionists, performing in local musical theatre productions, up and coming original acts, commercial music groups and more. Jacob has been playing in the City of Orange Brass Band since he was a teenager and has a wealth of experience as a brass and wind band drummer. He joined the ORC in 2019, he is currently teaching at the Orange Anglican Grammar School and previously Kinross Wolaroi School.