About the Teachers   

Sabrina Surace  

SINGING, PIANO, VCE TUITION, THEORY AND SONG WRITING

A singing, piano, recorder teacher and performer, teaching a wide variety of singing and piano techniques to all types of students, from beginner to intermediate, from ages 4 and up!

 

Originally from Adelaide, Sabrina moved to Melbourne to pursue her opera, performance studies and career.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance Honors from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters of Music Performance Studies from the Melbourne University.  ​Sabrina has written a thesis called 'Eastern and Western Methodologies: Application to the Vocalist' and undertaken study of the Estill Vocal Science International training. She has a current Working With Children Check Certificate. 

 

Sabrina's teaching style is warm, nurturing, effective, fun and inspiring, all with a solid technical basis behind it. She has been teaching students for over ten years, helping them establish their music careers and preparing them for exams, performances, competitions, auditions and VCE preparation. She has also taught many business people the important of projection and good vocal health for giving speeches and presentations.

 

Having worked with various opera companies throughout Melbourne and Adelaide and she has also won numerous competitions and eisteddfods. She has been the recipient of many scholarships and young artists programs including the Doctor Ruby Davey Scholarship and one of the 3MBS Armstead Singing Award Finalists. In 2014 Sabrina travelled to Europe to attend the Trentino Music Mezzano Romantica Italy under the baton of Maestro David Jackson and undertook master classes with Renata Scotto, furthering her music education and skill. 

It is never a good idea to have a teacher who has never performed on a professional or semi-professional level as they cannot understand the demands of public performance and preparation, that is why Sabrina continues to perform regularly, whilst perfecting her teaching skill. In 2015 and 2016 Sabrina performed the following roles Valerie  in The Merry Window, Patience in Patience, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance and debuted with Lyric Opera of Melbourne as L'Amour in Pygmalion and also toured china in the Magic Flute with The International Opera Company. This year she performed at Chapel off Chapel with Lyric Opera of Melbourne again in their production of Le Mamelles de Tirésias and sang for the 3MBS open day live on air. 

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Sung Loh

GUITAR & CONTEMPORARY SINGING & SONG WRITING & MUSIC PRODUCTION  

Sung is a professional freelance guitarist, singer and a songwriter with a Bachelor of Music from Monash University (including some time on exchange at The Verdi School in Prato, Italy). Having taught in a wide variety of schools and private music institutions as well as playing in everything from hip hop and alternative rock to jazz and acoustic pop, Sung’s love of music and open mind philosophy is something he seeks to instil in all of his students. Creating a positive learning environment and creating keen, excited students is key to seeing continued growth and development. Sung recently returned to Melbourne, after two years abroad, immersing himself in the music scenes of London, Kyoto and Edinburgh. Sung's energy and enthusiasm for music is infectious, get too close and you will catch his vibe for the love of all things guitar and music. 

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Catherine Menezes 

PIANO & SINGING & SONG WRITING 

Catherine is a Singer, Songwriter and Educator. She is a graduate of Melbourne University and was awarded the most Creative Performance award in Improvisation in 2012. Catherine teachers both contemporary and classical piano and singing and strives to equip students with performance; composition and theoretical skills necessary to follow any path they desire. She loves to see students excel, no matter which path or instrument they choose and her teaching style is very warm, nurturing and encouraging. She has prepared students for AMEB and VCE examinations as well as concerts and competitions and her main goal is to make music fun for all ages she teaches. As a songwriter, Catherine also offers lessons in composition - so if you want to express yourself musically, then Catherine can help you explore this also. 

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Diana Emry 

SINGING & PIANO & ACTING - SPECIALIST PRIMARY AND PRE- SCHOOL TEACHER 

Diana’s experience within the performing arts industry is extensive as both performer and educator. She has a Bachelor of Arts Drama Honours and a Graduate Diploma of Opera from the VCA as well as Grade 6 Piano grading from Trinity College and a Diploma of Education from Latrobe University. She has run her own sideline business  "Very Funny Parties"  for 15 years and particularly enjoys teaching primary aged children. Diana has taught music privately for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including HeartWell Primary School, at Cary Grammar and Camberwell Grammar school. Her teaching style is warm and nurturing, encouraging maximum potential in all students and enhancing their self-esteem and confidence. Her lessons are all designed to tailor to individual students needs. Her other experience includes working within the theatre and film industry, where she has worked with director Baz Luhrmann, Michael Kantor, and within Opera Australia, therefore if you are interested in acting lessons then Diana is also your women for all things dramatic and performing.

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Roxanne Viggiano 

CLASSICAL/JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY PIANO & SINGING & CHOIR 

Roxanne is an exceptionally experienced and proficient, specialist pianist and piano teacher. She has a Degree in Music Education from Melbourne University, and an AMUS in classical piano.  Her approach to teaching is friendly, positive and inspiring and she works with the individual style and personality of the student in order to help them achieve the best they can from their music lessons. 

Not only is Roxanne a talented pianist she is also an accomplished accompanist and choir conductor and has worked with the Australian Youth Choir, Sing Out Surrey Hills Community Singing Group and the Choir of Hard Knocks. She has also worked professionally in musical theatre and operetta as the lead pianist. Roxanne has helped many students achieve high results through examinations in AMEB, ABRSM, ANZCA & Trinity College as well as concerts, auditions and competitors. If you are after a teacher who pushes you to achieve your best, all while keeping you motived and encouraged, then Roxanne is teacher for you. 

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Rada Tolchana 

 

CLASSICAL/CONTEMPORARY/MUSICAL THEATRE PIANO & SINGING  

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Andreana J 

 

CLASSICAL/JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY/ PIANO & SINGING 

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Michael Coco 

 

DRUM KIT

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