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  • Alison Crittenden

    Alison starting her musical journey at the age of 13 on the clarinet, she later swaps to saxophone and in 2007 was accepted to play with the 2008 Beijing Olympic Orchestra.
    Alison was one of 150 high school students selected from NSW to attend. The orchestra was made up of 1800 students from around the world to perform as a group on Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China and outside the Olympic venues.
    Alison has been playing in Gigs since the ripe age of 15 playing under the watchful eye of Carlos Alvarado with Concord 80 band that later changes to the folk band Con Artist. Con Artist gigs have taken Alison to unique performances including the Thredbo Folk Festival (whilst snowing) moving train carriages and Bulli Folk Festival just to name a few. Alison concluded her time with Con Artist in 2015 to focus on the South Coast Big Band.

    Alison has been playing in Gigs since the ripe age of 15 playing under the watchful eye of Carlos Alvarado with Concord 80 band that later changes to the folk band Con Artist. Con Artist gigs have taken Alison to unique performances including the Thredbo Folk Festival (whilst snowing) moving train carriages and Bulli Folk Festival just to name a few. Alison concluded her time with Con Artist in 2015 to focus on the South Coast Big Band.

    In 2009 Alison was a founding member of South Coast Big Band, the band has seen many Jazz gigs with being a regular line up with the Jazz Club and The Basement (Wollongong) as well as appearances at Jazz festivals. Alison concluded her time with South Coast Big Band at the end of 2017 in order to explore more of community bands that this region has to offer.

    Alison joined the Thirroul Academy of Music in 2010 after completing her Advanced Diploma In Music at Wollongong Tafe in 2009.
    In 2012 Alison furthered her studies by completing her studies in Education Support certificate III.

    When not teaching at the Academy Alison is running tutoring groups for schools bands in Sydney and maintaining school grounds as a General Assistant.

  • Andrew Banovich

    Over five years of professional drumming has seen Andrew play with the likes of Bec Sandridge, Joe Mungovan and, currently, tour with The Vanns, Ruby Tuesdays and rising solo star, Tyne-James Organ. This, in addition to his reputation as a sought-after session player, has seen Andrew play packed-out venues and some Australia’s most buzzed-about festivals across the country such as Falls Festival, Yours & Owls, The Squeeze and, in July 2019, Splendour in the Grass.

    His professional experience is backed by a Bachelor of Music, Graduate Diploma and over 10 years of musical teaching at respected establishments including Directions In Music Sydney (2015—2018), Australian Institute of Music (Open courses, Diploma & Bachelor courses) (2016—2018) and guiding various ensembles at WHSPA (2013—2015). He also has been the drums tutor for Southern Stars from 2012—2015 and is excited to be rejoining the Stars team in 2019.

    Following his graduation from the Australian Institute of Music in 2016, Andrew was invited to join AIM’s production team, where he expanded his skillset to include operating theatres and studios in his role handling the university’s various shows. Andrew is happiest when he is living and breathing music, and is honoured to be joining lifelong friends in The Vanns for their next adventure.

  • Annabelle Scobbie

    Singing | Guitar | Piano | Drums | Drama

    From a young age, I have been immersed in the performing arts, especially music.

    I’ve been playing jazz, classical and contemporary piano since the age of seven and am self-taught in guitar, saxophone and percussion.

    I am trained in singing, primarily contemporary, jazz and musical theatre.

    I have a passion for acting and have been performing in plays and musicals from the age of 8.

    Teaching other keen musicians and actors gives me so much pleasure as I can pass on my knowledge, understanding and love for the creative arts, as well as give them hints and tips for their potential future in the performing arts industry.
  • Anthony Snape

    Anthony is a world class, award-winning songwriter and touring artist just arrived in the Illawarra from Nashville TN and has worked with many well known artists including Aussies, Tommy Emmanuel, Rick Price and Morgan Evans. Anthony tours as an independent artist and also writes for film & television, with music on major networks all over the world including US Networks, NBC, ABC and PBS. With a passion for inspiring and encouraging new writers and artists, Anthony keeps time aside for songwriting and performance workshops and when in Nashville he works with the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville as a songwriter as a part of their educational programs.
  • Bethany Bracamonte


    I am currently studying at AIM to get a Bachelors degree so I can become a music teacher. I graduated at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts and I did singing lessons for 6 years at Southern Lights Vocal Academy. I have performed in many musicals and performed in many eisteddfods. I love my music and I love performing. I love the vibe it creates being a part of a community full of music and love. Ever since I started singing I’ve always wanted to do something to do with music as my career. Ever since I started teaching, I have loved it since day 1. I love bringing joy and music to kids lives and spreading joy. Now “sing as though no one can hear you”!!

  • Evie Parrish-Gibbons

    Piano | Flute | Clarinet | Saxophone | Brass
  • Jasmin Forbes-Watson


    Working as a drama teacher for 25+ years, Jasmin recognises the performing arts as a powerful learning experience for all children. She is extremely passionate about how it enhances their development as human beings.

    Drama lessons create active listeners, stimulates imagination and nurtures emotional intelligence. This is what Jasmin loves and aims for in her drama classes. She incorporates vocal and physical exercises, improvisation and play building, so that her students become more self-aware and learn better communication skills. They are always encouraged to work within a team and to take fun risks.

    Jasmin studied intensively under the late and great Hayes Gordon AO OBE at The Ensemble Theatre. She completed her Post Grad Degree at NIDA, under the brilliant Keith Bain OAM.

    She continues to work extensively in theatre, film, television and advertising as a writer, director, producer, performer, choreographer, casting consultant – and always as a teacher.

    She has devised shows for The Melbourne International Festival and Out Of The Box Festival. She has been the recipient of a Sydney Theatre Company Director Affiliateship and she wrote/produced the winning film at Tropfest 1999. She has had various TV scripts in development with John Edwards/Southern Star, Fremantle and ABC TV. She was Head of Movement at the Queensland University of Technology and has worked in many acting schools including NIDA.

    She has taught in many primary and high schools. Inspired by teaching children and teenagers – she finds writing stage productions for them an excellent way to utilise their rich imaginations and what they learn in drama classes.
  • Jason McHugh

    Bio coming soon
  • Jed Wilson

    Bio coming soon

    My name is Kye Meizer, I currently work at the Academy of Music and Drama in Thirroul as a singing and guitar tutor. I have been singing since I was 11 years old and guitar over the past three years. My performance experiences vary from regional to the state level with opportunities to perform in Southern Stars from 2012 to 2019 as a featured artist, ISE Regional Touring Ensemble since 2014 to 2018. As a leader, I Started two bands called “Forgotten Authority” and “Antisca” as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist and soon to be starting another new band. My influences are pop, rock, contemporary and classical.

  • Lana Morini


    Lana is delighted to join the team at Thirroul Academy and is especially grateful to be able to share her love of music with others.

    She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours Class I) in classical voice, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/German), and a Master of Philosophy (voice) from The University of Queensland.

    During her studies, she performed the Faure Requiem soprano solo in the QPAC Concert Hall, was awarded the Musicology Prize, and completed a semester abroad studying opera in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Lana has had the joy of teaching voice and musicianship in group classes and privately for several years and is passionate about highlighting the cognitive benefits of music training for all ages.

    She has recently returned from New York City, where she spent over two years working with world-renowned soprano, Renée Fleming, on an initiative focusing on music, health, and neuroscience.

    Lana loves that making music is not only great fun, but can boost our health and brainpower, too!
  • Mel Martin

    Singing | Early Childhood

    I have over 15 years’ experience in the music Field. I spent 5 years teaching Singing at The Shire Studio of Modern Singing in Sutherland, having been tutored by my own vocal teacher whom I learnt with for many years.

    This included teaching adults, children and groups. I’ve sung in numerous bands and female harmony groups over the years and love performing and sharing my experience with others.

  • Michael Burns

    Bio coming soon
  • Molly Burton

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  • Molly Parish-Gibbons

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  • Olive Cullen

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  • Peter Teodorescu

    Singing | Piano | Music Theory | Composition

    Petre Teodorescu is a Romanian composer, music advisor, vocal coach, pianist, singer, music arranger, and music teacher.

    He studied music from the age of 7 and graduated from the National University of Music, Bucharest specialty Composition. For the past 6 years, he was the musical and vocal adviser, piano accompanist, and vocal coach for 12 seasons of the Romanian version of the International TV series -Your Face Sounds Familiar, a singing, dancing, and acting competition. On this show, Petre coached well-known actors, pop artists, and finalists (including winners) from the X Factor and The Voice.

    Petre has toured all over Europe, UK, and the USA as a pianist, percussionist and composer. As a composer, he released three albums of spectral, instrumental and electronic music from 2004 to 2008.

    Petre’s pop music compositions have been sold to International artists.

    He is a member of SACEM (Paris) since 2004 and collaborated as a member of the International Hyperion Ensemble (also playing percussion, double bass and cello) which has performed worldwide.
  • Sonia SOZIO

    Piano | Music Theory | Early Childhood

    Sonia Sozio holds a Bachelor of Music (Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Wollongong, an Associate Diploma in Music Performance (AMusA – Pianoforte) through the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) and an Advanced Diploma of Music (Performance) through the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.

    Sonia has 25 years’ experience as a teacher of piano and theory, providing tuition to students of all ages. Sonia is also a Music Teacher who has taught in both primary and secondary schools. Responsibilities have included developing Learning and Teaching Programs, Band Director, Choir Director, Producer of a School Musical, Entertainment organiser and Concert organiser. Sonia has performed in numerous Eisteddfods and concerts and was the recipient of a number of scholarships during her studies. Sonia aims to develop student creativity and passion for music through composition, improvisation and performance. She has a love for music and understands the importance music plays in unlocking self-expression, intelligence and creativity in every student.
  • Zac Ellevsen

    Singing | Guitar | Piano | Drums | Drama

    Zac is a passionate, creative musician and actor who loves to teach and share his experiences as a performer and passion for the arts with others. Zac began his music training at the age of four, studying drums which soon led to the additional study of piano, voice, drama and guitar. Zac has honed his performance skills through performing at International, State, Regional and Corporate events.

    Zac’s genuine love and passion for Musical Theatre has seen him successfully audition for the roles of “Jack” in “Into the Woods” (WHSPA Productions 2018) and “Marius” In “Les Miserable” (WHSPA Productions 2017). Zac has sung, representing Australia at the Chicago and Hollywood Christmas Parades and had the honour of recording at Universal studio’s in LA, with two songs currently available on iTunes.

    A Featured artist at Southern Stars (Wollongong Entertainment Centre) for the last five years and currently a member of the prestigious Talent Development Program (a national initiative for exceptionally talented young people) Zac continues to refine and develop his technical and performance skills, which he then shares with his students.