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Music Staff

Head of Music Christina Hahm

Christina Hahm – Head of Music
Post Graduate Diploma Teaching and Learning in Secondary Music, BMus

Christina has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Canterbury, and her specialist areas are musicology, voice and conducting.

She has been an enthusiastic member of the Graduate Choir (NZ) and the Hong Kong Bach Choir. Early in her career as a teacher, she received the Teaching in Excellent Award from Achievement in Multicultural High Schools (NZ).

James Ioelu

James Ioelu – Head of Performing Arts
Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching, Masters in Performance Music, Bachelor of Arts

James received his Master’s in Performance Music in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, after which he joined one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious apprenticeship programmes, the National Opera Studio.

He has performed on stages across America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australasia.

Since returning from the UK, James has continued to perform throughout New Zealand in opera, oratorio, classical music and has come back to his roots by joining the Auckland Grammar School’s Staff Rock band. 

James is director of the School’s award-winning Big Band and Jazz Combo, in addition to his role as Head of Performing Arts.

Director of Performance Music Barry Wasson

Barry Wasson – Director of Performance Music

Barry studied performance music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and went on to enjoy a rewarding career as a freelance musician and teacher in the UK.

He performed regularly with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé and City of Birmingham Symphony as well as the shows Chicago and Barnum in London’s West End. Recording sessions spanned television, radio, film and commercial CD recordings.

Barry has taught at Auckland Grammar School since 2009. As Director of the Premier Concert Band and Wind Band, he takes a strong interest in all brass, wind and percussion players. He is actively involved in talent identification and development pathways for these musicians.

Itinerant teachers

Itinerant Music teacher Anita Austin

Anita Austin

Anita is a freelance French Horn performer and brass teacher. She was awarded a Masters in Music Studies (French horn) with The Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane and also has a Bachelor of Music (with Honours) from The University of Auckland.

She was also awarded an Auckland University Summer Research Scholarship that looked at teaching brass to 5-7 year olds via age-appropriate pedagogies.

Anita divides her time between teaching and a busy performing calendar. Alongside teaching at Epsom Girls Grammar School, Diocesan School for Girls, St Peter’s College, Auckland Grammar School, Orewa College and a private studio, she has also composed and published a book of 60 duets for French horn or trumpet entitled Duets from Aotearoa.

She is the current Principal horn of Bach Musica (Auckland) and Opus Orchestra (Waikato) as well as other project based orchestras and has worked with orchestras such as Auckland Philharmonia, Dunedin Symphony, Hawkes Bay and Festival Opera Orchestras. Previously, she has been principal horn of the Auckland Youth Orchestra, NZSO National Youth Orchestra and The University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra.

Anita also performs solo recitals around rest homes, retirement villages and public venues throughout New Zealand. As a soloist, she has performed Strauss Horn Concerto No.1 with Devonport Chamber Orchestra and Mozart Horn Concerto No.4 with Northland Sinfonia.

Itinerant Music teacher Ruth Brinkman

Ruth Brinkman, BMus (Performance), Dip Teaching

Ruth studied performance music at the University of Auckland, and was a member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for 35 years. She taught bassoon at the University of Auckland for 20 years.

Ruth has taught secondary students, both privately and in schools, for most of her professional career, with many students going on to study music at at tertiary level themselves.

Itinerant Music teacher Mark Close

Mark Close

Mark has obtained degrees in Music (BMus in Performance), Politics (BA Hons) and Town Planning (Master of Planning Practice). He held the position of sub-principal trombone with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra from 1995-2018.

Mark was a founding member of BonaNZa trombone quartet and Aucktet (an Auckland-based trombone octet) and regularly assists various amateur music groups in Auckland.

In addition, Mark has for over 30 years taught a range of brass instruments at many Auckland schools and has been Music Director of Kumeu Brass, Auckland City Brass, Takapuna Youth Brass and Acting MD of the RNZAF Base Auckland Band.

Itinerant Music teacher Felix Hayes-Tourelle

Felix Hayes-Tourelle

Felix studied jazz performance at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (with Honours) and receiving the 2018 Senior Scholar Award for the highest grades in his cohort.

Throughout his studies, Felix also received eight first in course awards, was the 2018 KBB Woodwind Player of the Year, and undertook further study into saxophone technique and improvisation through completing a University of Auckland Summer Research Scholarship.

Felix performs regularly as a jazz saxophonist and clarinettist, having played with numerous small jazz ensembles and big bands, including the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Queen City Big Band, Con Alma Big Band, and the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Alongside specialising in jazz performance and improvisation, Felix is also an experienced guitarist and is at home in contemporary pop and rock settings.

Felix has been teaching music privately since 2016, and since 2021, teaches contemporary music, improvisation, saxophone, and guitar at Auckland Grammar School.

Alison Jepson

Alison is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London where she studied with Terence MacDonagh and Sidney Sutcliffe.

She is principal oboist of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra as well as a freelance oboist, playing with many orchestras including the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Bach Musica, Pipers Sinfonia and the Handel Consort. She is also a member of Trio Fleuve, a flute, oboe and piano trio.

Alison teaches students of all ages, from beginners to diploma level, and her students regularly excel in examinations and competitions. She is co-founder and President of the New Zealand Double Reed Society and the co-organiser of the Ruapehu International Oboe Summer Schools.

Bryan Lin

Bryan Lin

Bryan completed his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, followed by receiving First Class Honours in Violin Performance from the University of Auckland.

On top of his full time private and school teaching, Bryan plays in many orchestras and chamber groups, performing around Northland. He is also the Auckland District Contest Organiser for the CMNZ Chamber Contest and works part time in the Auckland Philharmonia.

Bryan is the itinerant teacher for the violin and viola students.

Itinerant Music teacher Steven Logan

Steven Logan

Steven was appointed Section Principal Timpanist of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2016. He has performed throughout the United States, UK, France, China, Australia, and New Zealand.

Prior to joining the APO, he performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Monica Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the National Repertory Orchestra to name a few.

Steven is a JG Percussion artist and an alumnus of the University of Southern California and Rice University.

Christine Mori

Christine won a scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated with a Degree in Music Performance. She then joined the Australian Broadcasting National Training Orchestra on a scholarship for two years.

Christine worked in Sydney as a freelance musician, mainly with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, but also in private practice, teaching at Newington College and Sydney Boys’ High School. She then taught at the Canberra School of Music before taking up a similar position at the Sydney Conservatorium for four years.

On returning to New Zealand, Christine took up the position of Principal Flute with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a position she held for 20 years, appearing as a soloist, tutoring at the Orchestra’s summer music school and the NZ Secondary Schools’ Orchestra, and acting as a mentor for secondary school students.

Christine was a member of the Auckland Wind Quintet while playing with the APO. She has also taught at the Auckland School of Education and was a member of the Bach Musica Orchestra for many years. She has tutored many chamber music groups, orchestra and band sectionals, and has also a large private teaching practice as well as at secondary schools.

Itinerant Music teacher Josh Montgomerie

Josh Montgomerie

Josh was appointed as Director of the Auckland Grammar School Pipe Band Director in 2022, and is the Itinerant music teacher of bagpipes.

Born and bred in Auckland, Josh started learning the bagpipes at age 11 with the Pipes and Drums of St Kentigern College. He currently leads the Papakura Pipe Band, and with 25 years piping experience, Josh’s bagpiping journey has taken him all over the world.

Outside of pipe bands, Josh works as an ICT Professional and enjoys playing golf, low and slow barbecuing, and spending time with his family.

Vigdis Relph, FTCL (Performance/Piano and Cello), LTCL (Teacher’s Dip/Piano and Cello), M. Musicology, B. Musicology (Hons)

Vigdis is a graduate and postgraduate of the University of South Africa.

Her postgraduate work was undertaken in Switzerland, London and the UNISA for her thesis The Synthesis of Eastern European Style Folk Music and Western Art Music in selected works of Bela Bartok from 1930-1940.

Vigdis played in the SABC Orchestra and has trained and conducted various choirs in South Africa. She also sang Contralto in the SABC Choir and A-Capella in the Chanticlear Singers.

With more than 30 years’ experience as a tutor of cello, double bass, piano, theory musicianship and musical direction of large and small ensembles, Vigdis has trained and conducted orchestras and chamber groups in New Zealand, as well as choirs in South Africa.

Glen Rodgers, Advanced Certificate Drumming RSPBA

Glen’s achievements include being a former NZ Solo Drumming Champion, and winner of the NZ Pipe Band Championships in Grade 1. He stands on the RNZPBA National Judging Panel, and is a RZNZPBA College examiner.

Glen is a regular member of the teacher facility at the National Pipe Band Summer School and Drumming Principal of the Auckland Piping and Drumming Academy.

He also adjudicated the Australian National Solo Drumming Championships in Melbourne, and in 2016, he won the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships as a guest player with Wellington based Red Hackle Pipe Band. The international publication “Modern Drummer’ recently named him as one of the best drum teachers in the world.

Glen is a passionate teacher of young people and several of his students have been chosen as members of the RNZPBA Youth Pipe Band, and the National Youth Orchestra. He keeps a busy timetable as a self-employed drummer/itinerant drumming teacher specializing in Scottish Pipe Band Drumming and Drum Set.

Andrew Uren

Andrew is a keen educator of music and promoter of the bass clarinet and New Zealand music. He was a founding member of New Zealand’s contemporary ensemble 175 East, performing over 200 pieces of which 50 were written for the group.

In 2009, the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) awarded Andrew a Citation for Outstanding Services to New Zealand Music. In 2012, Andrew released New Zealand’s first bass clarinet album titled Steep Steps (Atoll label) to critical acclaim.

Andrew has performed with all major New Zealand orchestras, Netherlands Chamber Ensemble and Rotterdam Philharmonic. He has performed in many professional musicals most recently touring around Australasia with Cats and Matilda.

His teachers include Peter Scholes (clarinet), Harry Sparnaay (bass clarinet) and Jim Langabeer (saxophone). Andrew has adjudicated many competitions including the NZ Woodwind Competition and the NZ Community Trust Schools Chamber Music Contest.

Tim Wayne-Wright

Tim Wayne-Wright

Tim was a member of the Grammy-winning a cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers, for 10 years. He was fortunate enough to tour the world, singing in over 1,500 concerts in some of the world’s greatest venues.

Tim has taught over 500 masterclasses and workshops, imparting chamber music skills and techniques to choirs and instrumentalists across the globe. Since leaving The King’s Singers in 2018, he continues to thrive as part of the choral scene internationally.

Tim was the Artistic Director of CHORALSPACE’s Berlin Winter Festival 2021 and Summer Festival 2022. He manages an exciting roster of artists and holds consultancy roles with vocal ensembles in Canada and Australia.

Tim loves the opportunity to adjudicate choral competitions and to coach choirs of all sizes, taking great pleasure from working with musicians of all ages and ability. He is the founder of The A Cappella Academy and enjoys travelling globally to spend time with singers, helping them to master the craft of performance.

In March 2021, he emigrated to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and two children. Tim is absolutely thrilled to now call Aotearoa home, and delighted to be collaborating with so many wonderful performers across the country.