Music teacher brings classical flare to St Paul’s

Music teacher brings classical flare to St Paul’s

9 August 2021

As an accomplished performer in both solo and ensemble settings, new music teacher Jonathan Dunlop brings an impressive musical resume to St Paul’s.

Talented across a range of instruments including the organ (and chamber organ), piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, cello and singing, Jonathan is excited to share his knowledge with students.

Jonathan is passionate about classical music and has interest in compositions from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. In 2019, he won the Mozart Recital at the Te Awamutu Performing Arts Festival, showcasing his talent on the piano.

With over ten years teaching experience, most recently as Repetiteur for Accelerando Rotorua and Itinerant Piano Teacher at James Cook High School, Jonathan’s new position at St Paul’s has been welcomed by staff and students.

Completing his Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Auckland in 2016, this was the start of Jonathan’s academic career in music. He went on to finish his Master of Music in 2018 and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Waikato. He is writing a thesis on “Expressive Pedalling Techniques in Late Classical and Early Romantic Piano Repertoire,” which is projected to be finished in May 2022. As part of his doctoral studies, Jonathan is producing a 35,000 word thesis and performing four recitals over three years. Most recently he featured Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Schumann’s Fantasie in C and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat.

Jonathan will become a familiar face in the music department closer to exam time where he will accompany student singers and instrumentalists when they sit their NCEA music exams. He will also lead the school in song as plays the organ at chapel and special services for the school.