Head of Keyboard Studies – Piano Tutor/Flute Tutor
David Shaw is a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in flute and piano. He has extensive experience in many genres of music, from performing, arranging and teaching. As an orchestral musician, David has performed casually with several state orchestras in Australia, including Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and in conjunction with the Australian National Academy of Music with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist, David has performed predominantly flute both for and with many highly regarded international artists. At the Australian Flute Festivals in 2013 and 2015, David progressed through to the final (2013) and semi-final (2015) of the open competition. In 2016, David toured Europe and China with the Australian Youth Orchestra as principal flute, and also travelled on a scholarship to have lessons with teachers such as Felix Renggli, Andrea Lieberknecht, and Thies Roorda. The Australian National Academy of Music asked David back in 2016 to perform WA Mozart’s flute concerto in G major, under the baton of Ilych Rivas, a highlight of his solo career to date.
Piano Tutor/Music Director
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying piano with Lyall Duke, and being accredited as a teacher of piano, Donna has always enjoyed teaching and performing. She relishes the opportunity to perform with her colleagues and students in a variety of performance opportunities.
Lujia graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and Education from Shenyang Conservatory of Music, China in 2005.
Since then she has regularly performed with musicians in China and taught in schools, gaining extensive experience teaching both young and adult students. In 2009, Lujia moved to Australia and became a member of the Orange Regional Conservatorium shortly thereafter. Since that time she has devoted herself to all kinds of music activities in Orange, including as repetiteur for the Orange Theatre Company’s musical production of The Spelling Bee.
Lujia is known for her versatility in music, also having a strong interest in vocal performance. She has won numerous singing awards in the Orange Eisteddfods of 2011 and 2012, and has given numerous singing performances in Orange.
Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Music and a Diploma of Education in 2002. Many of Kate’s piano students have progressed from beginner to taking on the challenge of AMEB exams.
Kate enjoys teaching classical, popular and jazz piano to all ages.
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).
Philip Rees OAM
Piano Tutor & Accompanist
When Philip Rees was eight, two events impacted his life: his first piano and brass lesson and his parents being given a complete recorded performance of Messiah. Since then he can’t recall a time of not wanting to be a musician. Philip has spent his entire working life involved in music education and performance. As the musical director of the Central Coast Philharmonia, he conducted many major works of the choral tradition, as well as a number of Australian premiere performances of works by Christopher Tin, (Calling All Dawns) Karl Jenkins, (Joy to the World) John Rutter (Feel the Spirit) and Alexander Lestrange (Zimbe and Ahoy). He was the chorus master for Central Coast Opera productions of Magic Flute (2016), Carmen (2017) and La Bohème (2018).
Since moving to the Central west in 2019, Philip teaches brass and piano at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, is the conductor of the City of Orange Brass Band, and participates in a variety of school music programs.
In 2010 he was awarded an OAM for services to music.
Marianne has been playing the piano since she was 11 years old, and has been involved in a variety of musical performances and productions over a range of genres. She is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher of all ages, and delights in the opportunity to walk alongside students on their musical journey.