Cardinia commenced violin studies at the early age of three, learning the Suzuki method from Yasuki Nakamura AM, an original student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. In the following years she studied under Askar Nurlanov and progressed through the AMEB syllabus. By the age of 12, she had completed her eighth grade with a high distinction. Cardinia was accepted to study at the selective Conservatorium High School and continued her studies with Associate Professor Ole Bohn. She also received classical vocal training from Dr Narelle Yeo (double major), composition studies with Tristan Coelho and music theory and musicology studies with Elizabeth Colman. Cardinia was elected as House Captain in her final year of secondary school and led her peers to success at the annual music concert. As a graduate of the Conservatorium High School, Cardinia has had a variety of experience as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral member and chorister.
Cardinia has also been an orchestral member of the SBS Youth Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestra and a chorister in the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices. In 2012, Cardinia was cast as Bonnie in the Sydney Conservatorium’s Opera production of ‘Daisy Bates’. She has won several eisteddfods and received various awards including the Coralie Butler Vocal Scholarship (2013) and an encore nomination (2013). Cardinia has been admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales following completion of a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney and a summer clerkship at Australia’s not-for-profit copyright collective, APRA AMCOS. In 2018, Cardinia was appointed as General Manager at the Lane Cove Music and Cultural Centre, a not-for-profit community organisation. In her spare time she continues to teach violin to a selected number of students, performs nationally at corporate events with the String Diva trio and arranges voluntary violin recitals at local retirement homes. Cardinia has achieved an AmusA Diploma in Violin and maintains an up to date Working With Children’s Check and First Aid Certificate.
Why does Cardinia love teaching? “I love the rewarding experience that is attached to working with young families long term. My goal is to be able to work with as many young students as possible to develop their music, communication and cognitive skills and provide a holistic music education that allows them to progress and achieve excellent results. I like to teach in a structured and logical manner that complements students learning in an academic environment whilst developing a love, respect and appreciation for music.“
Jessie is an alumnus of the Conservatorium High School, the only specialist music school in New South Wales, and the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Throughout her high school years, she was a high achiever. She was accepted to accelerate in order to complete her HSC music in Year 11, receiving an Encore nomination. In Year 12, her music extension performances resulted in full marks and another Encore nomination. She also graduated as Dux of the Class of 2014. Jessie’s musical excellence continued throughout her time at the Sydney Conservatorium. Throughout her studies, she was on a full scholarship awarded by the university. She was consistently in the top class for aural and harmony. She also represented the Conservatorium at a number of masterclasses, recordings and other external events.
Gabi Powell Thomas
Gabi began violin studies at the age four with Dr Susan Collins. She was part of the Junior Vocal Stream’s first intake at the Conservatorium High School, a special program offered for choristers in the Sydney Children’s Choir. As a graduate of the Conservatorium High School, she has had the privilege of undertaking violin studies with Associate Professor Goetz Richter, composition classes with highly regarded Australian composer Joseph Twist and studying chamber music with Kathryn Selby AM. Her musical highlights include participation in the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Conservatorium High School Orchestra and a live national broadcast with her piano trio on Fine Music 102.5. She is a recipient of the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award, an initiative by the Australian Government in conjunction with the Australian Defence force that recognises senior students that display leadership and teamwork skills. She has also received the Pierre de Coubertin award, an accolade presented by the Australian Olympic Committee that acknowledges displays of fair play and sportsmanship.
Gabi has been a tutor at Symphonia Jubilate, an initiative that provides students with an opportunity to rehearse, learn and perform orchestral music, as well as fostering a new level of music appreciation and skill. Following excellent HSC results, Gabi has been accepted as a Dalyell Scholar at the University of Sydney, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Languages)/Advanced Studies. Gabi is passionate about teaching music to children in small groups and brings a wealth of music experience, leadership and teamwork skills to the TrebleMakers team.
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