Ian Parsons – Director of Woodwind and Jazz
Ian studied clarinet and saxophone from an early age. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), having studied bassoon under William Waterhouse and Charles Cracknell. Ian then went on to play as a freelance bassoonist with several prestigious orchestras including the BBC Northern Symphony and Halle. He also played bassoon with Musica Nel Chiostro, a chamber orchestra formed in Italy and conducted by Jane Glover. Since moving to New Zealand in 2003, Ian has continued work as a freelance musician forming the jazz band (High Society Jazz). He has also worked with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and has played principal bassoon for the Opus Chamber Orchestra and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.
Nigel Williams – Director of Vocal Performance and Chapel Organist
Nigel is a New Zealand composer of choral and organ music. He has composed work for choirs in Ireland and USA, St Peter’s Cathedral Hamilton, Baptist Church Kalamazoo and New Castle University Australia to name a few. He was recently commissioned to compose a festive hymn to mark the 375th anniversary of the first Baptist church in America. His work is well respected internationally. Selwyn College – which forms part of The University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom – have included his works in the college’s Lent term music list. He also has considerable experience as a singer and conductor of choral music.
Ian Campbell – Vocal Coach
Ian Campbell has worked on the international stage as a performer and teacher spending eight years with Opera Australia and seven years in the UK. Ian teaches classical, opera and musical theatre. Many past pupils have reached the final of the NZ Aria contest; two of which won the contest and one of which went on to win the McDonald’s Aria contest in Sydney, an internationally prestigious award. At secondary school level his students are consistently achieving merit and excellence passes at NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 and selected pupils sit Royal School of Music exams through to ATCL level.
Paul has played the banjo for more than fifty years and was a founding member of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band which become a household name in New Zealand in the late 60s and was the first Southern Hemisphere bluegrass band to appear in bluegrass festivals in the USA, finishing their tour in an appearance on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Paul teaches banjo at St Paul’s and is a member of St Paul’s Trad Band. He also finds the time to play in the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and Trenwith Sons and also hosts a bluegrass show on Hamilton’s community radio.
Alan has been teaching drums for 23 years. He has played in bands since he was 15, the most notable of these being Knightshade which achieved chart success with songs at nine, 14 and 23 in the New Zealand charts. Alan has also supported international bands including Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Guns and Roses, ZZ Top, Jimmy Barnes, Steve Vai and the Angels.
Sam has a grade eight at Trinity College on trumpet and a BA of Arts majoring in Music from the University of Waikato. His performing experience ranges from playing in orchestras to playing lead guitar on stage with blues-rock icon Chris Thompson of Manfred Mann fame.
Simon is a highly respected musician and experienced guitar tutor. His major musical achievements in performance and teaching includes composing the 8Forty8 album, Edge of Time, which won the Rock FM Album of the Year and coaching the Hamilton Girls High School group, Handsome Geoffrey, to win the national final of the Smokefreerockquest. In 2008, he played guitar for legendary bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple and Black Sabbath).
Derek Shaw is passionate about music and is currently involved with three bands in the Waikato and is a session musician for various bands and productions. He has played guitar fore more than 20 years and has a grade five in music theory and grade seven in classical guitar. Derek teaches rock guitar and bass and classical guitar. To-date he has had 100 percent pass rate with his private students.
Chikako attended Kunitachi Music High School, Tokyo, and graduated with a BA in Piano Performance from leading music institute Kunitachi University of Music. She taught the piano in Japan, performed extensively as a soloist in Tokyo and toured Austria with the Tokyo Bunka Choir. In 1992, she moved to Hamilton and has accompanied New Zealand Symphony Orchestra soloists, international flutists, Dame Malvina Major and Hamilton Civic Choir and played in the Hamilton Chamber Music Series and the University of Waikato Lunchtime Recital Series. She also plays synthesizer.
Greg Neil completed doctoral studies in piano at Boston University in 2006 after completing his masters degree. He also completed an undergraduate in music at Victoria University. He has taught piano at Auckland University, Waikato University, St. Cuthbert’s College and Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland and has been part of the music staff at the New Zealand Opera School since 2007. Greg has performed in many concert with most of NZ’s finest singers including Dame Malvina Major, Simon O’Neill, Philip Rhodes and Pene Pati.
Chris Greenslade was a student of leading pianist Bruce Greenfield. He went on to complete an honours degree in performance with Richard Mapp at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music where he received a NGCNZ Scholarship. He conducted research into the education of musically gifted children and continued his postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Mark Ray where he received a Julius Scholarship and a Lankhuysen/Whetu Kairangi Masonic Trust grant. Chris established the Greenslade Piano Studio and has a busy teaching schedule of prizewinning students. He also provides music appreciation classes at Conductive Education Waikato for children with special needs and teaches piano and the history of western music at Vision College Hamilton.
Bill studied under member of the Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Brass and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He moved to New Zealand in 2005 to take up a position with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. In 2006, he left the navy band and worked as a freelance musician and teacher in Auckland, during which time he worked with the Auckland Philharmonia, played with the National Youth Orchestra as a principal trumpet player and performed as a guest player with the Southern Sinfonia, Vector Wellington Orchestra and New Zealand Opera. Bill performs regularly as a soloist both in Hamilton and the larger Waikato area and is a soloist with the Opus Orchestra. He is also a founding member of Bold As and Waikato Brass Quintet.
Alison has played violin for 27 years, during which time she has performed with the Waikato Symphony Orchestra, Opus Chamber Orchestra and Tauranga Performing Arts Trust Orchestra. She also plays in quartets for weddings and other special occasions.