Our People

Assistants in italics

ADMINISTRATION

Music Program Manager

Andrew Buchanan-Smart

School Manager

Ann Shaffer

Ensembles

Orchestral Strings

Guitar Family

Woodwind/Brass

Clarinet/Saxophone

Oliver Barratt

Brass

Danny Roguski

Flute/Fife

Ashleigh Smith

Keyboard

Drums

Language of Western Music

Coordinator

Ye-Gon Ryoo

Music Makers


Abbie Kinney

Music Makers

abbie.k@wcsm.ac.nz

Abbie is studying for a Commercial Music degree at Wintec, with a concentration on performance. She has had two years of vocal training under Scot Hall and ongoing vocal training under Kyle Chuen. Abbie uses her eight years of playing guitar to support her to teach others about music and to help inspire them to find their own passion for music.

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Amanda Wood

Sinfonia Conductor

amanda.w@wcsm.ac.nz

Amanda brings great depth of experience in music and musical conducting to WCSM. Currently a teacher and dean at a local high school, she has taught and also directed choirs and musical productions at several other area schools. Amanda was Musical Director of the Waikato Schools Symphonic Band for a decade, and is a performer herself, singing, and playing Flute in bands and orchestras.

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Andrew Buchanan-Smart

Acting Music Program Manager

andrew@wcsm.ac.nz

Andrew was resident conductor of the Waikato Symphony Orchestra (1979–85) and founded the Opus Orchestra (Opus Chamber Ensemble) in 1991. He is a Life Member of both organisations. As Musical Director of Opera Waikato he conducted Jeannie Deans and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As Director of Music for Vision College, Andrew wrote all the papers for a BMus degree, audited by Otago University, approved and accredited by the NZQA.

He is currently a council member of The Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ, and a board member of The New Zealand Music Examinations Board. He has a very long association with both Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Andrew is frequently invited to adjudicate for musical events. He has a MMus (Composition) and an MA (Music) from The University of Waikato. Composing is becoming more important, the challenge is to have something to say.

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Ann Shaffer

School Manager

ann@wcsm.ac.nz

Ann has worked in WCSM administration since 2013.

Originally from the USA, Ann’s background is in market research and marketing. She worked in both areas in the USA, UK and New Zealand for companies including Procter & Gamble, Grand Metropolitan, Digipol and Versus Research. Ann emigrated to New Zealand in 1995. She belongs to several choirs and plays the piano poorly, but with feeling.

Ann holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

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Ann Speed

Violin, Viola

ann.s@wcsm.ac.nz

Recently arrived from Northern Ireland, Ann Speed was employed for 27 years as an Upper Strings Tutor by the Music Service of the Southern Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland. This role also included assistant conductor of the South Ulster Youth Orchestra and more recently musical director of the South Ulster String Orchestra. Alongside her teaching career, Ann remained an active performer in semi-professional orchestras and ensembles throughout Ireland.

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Ashleigh Smith

Flute, Fife

Flute Ensemble

ashleigh.s@wcsm.ac.nz

Ashleigh is currently a student at the University of Waikato studying music. She started learning at WCSM when she was 7 years old and has now been studying flute for over 12 years. Currently Ashleigh is also working towards her ABRSM Flute diploma.

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Bella Scott

Administrator

bella@wcsm.ac.nz

Bella has been a Violin student at WCSM for a number of years. She is currently Concert Master of our Sinfonia Orchestra and has been First Violin for the Waikato Youth Orchestra for three years. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Waikato.

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Brinstan D’Cruz

Violin

brinstan.d@wcsm.ac.nz

A highly-accomplished Violinist with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra, Brinstan is the most recent addition to our Violin tutor team. He has been teaching Violin for over six years, and has particular experience in preparing students for music examinations.

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Brooke Ottaway

Music Makers

Administrator

brooke@wcsm.ac.nz

A keen singer who has performed in several Riverlea Theatre productions, Brooke is also a top academic student, and comes highly recommended as a hard worker and a caring mentor when working with young children.

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Caleb Wilkinson-Mackie

Guitar

caleb.w@wcsm.ac.nz

Caleb has been studying Guitar for ten years and is currently completing a music degree at Vision College. He is proficient in fingerstyle guitar, including both percussive and tapping methodology, and has played in a variety of bands and ensembles.

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Danielle Heke

Music Makers

danielle.h@wcsm.ac.nz

A recent University of Waikato graduate, Danielle is also a violinist and was musician of the year when graduating from her secondary school. Danielle worked overseas for 18 months and was an intern with the Waikato-Tainui College of Research and Development.

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Danny Roguski

Brass, Ukulele

Concert Band Conductor

danny.r@wcsm.ac.nz

Danny has extensive experience as a Brass, Wind, and Bass Guitar player and teacher, a band leader, and a Ukulele player/teacher. He first played with the Waikato Symphony Orchestra in 1968, after a time playing in the 3rd Battalion, Auckland Regimental (Territorial Army) band as 1st Trumpet and currently plays trombone with the Hamilton Big Band. He has been an in-school music teacher and served as guest player and mentor with the United Youth Orchestra. Danny established the current Ukulele program at WCSM and incorporated Ukulele into the Concert Band.

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Denise Hudson

Bass

Sinfonia

denise.h@wcsm.ac.nz

Originally a student at Waikato Community School of Music, Denise volunteered at the school before joining as a tutor in 2018. She plays Bass and Double Bass, and was in both Waikato Symphonic Band and Orchestra, Waikato Secondary Schools Orchestra, and Shenanigans Irish Band. Denise directed a Musikmakers Variety Show and has played Bass for many of the group’s performances. She is also a member of Hamilton Blues Society, and holds a Commercial Music degree from Wintec.

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Euan Safey

Sinfonia

euan.s@wcsm.ac.nz

Euan Safey has studied clarinet at WCSM and played in the sinfonia since 2014 and is currently understudying the Sinfonia conductor role. He has established himself in the Waikato music community, playing the piano/keyboard, clarinet and oboe in Waikato based orchestras such as Opus Orchestra, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra Waikato and the University of Waikato Orchestra, and teaching private piano lessons. Euan is studying towards a Bachelor of Music Majoring in Performance Piano at Waikato University under Katherine Austin, and has been workshopping his conducting skills with Rupert D’cruze and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra for the past 3 years.

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Ian Cosgrove

Classical Guitar

Guitar Ensemble Coordinator

ian.c@wcsm.ac.nz

Ian has played both plectrum and classical guitar for many years. He completed Trinity College Grade 8 with Distinction and holds a Trinity Level 4 Diploma in Music Performance. Ian has given solo recitals on the classical guitar, played in many rock bands, and has tutored Guitar privately for a number of years.

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Isabella Falconer

Young Voices

isabella.f@wcsm.ac.nz

Bella started performing at the age of 6 with musical theatre performances through musical stars company which she attended for 7 years. This continued onto exams through Trinity school of London where she earned distinction 4 years in a row. She was accepted into into the 2019 New Zealand singing school where she was guided through a classical vocals programme and performances.
2 years later, she now uses her love of opera to teach young children the basics of music through school holiday programmes and conducting and directing school choirs.

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Jake Smith

Drums

jake.s@wcsm.ac.nz

Jake has been a drummer for 8 years. His ‘Albert St’ band was formed four years ago. The band reached regional finals in the Smokefree Rockquest in both 2018 and 2019, and were regional winners in 2020, enabling them to perform in the National final. He often helps out at events such as Bandslam.

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Jean Paterson

Violin

String Orchestra

Jean has taught Violin both privately and in schools for over 30 years. She is involved wit tutoring the students in the WCSM String Orchestra, and plays with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.

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Joyce Roguski

Keyboard

joyce.r@wcsm.ac.nz

Joyce has taught Electronic Keyboard and piano in Hamilton, both privately and in group format, for a number of years. She is experienced in the music syllabus of Trinity College of Music, London, and has a highly successful record of preparing keyboard and piano students for the College’s examinations. 

Many of her students have achieved quite high exam results. Joyce encourages her students to have a strong work ethic, which will serve them well in all walks of life.

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Julie Pescud

Violin

String Orchestra Coordinator, Sinfonia

julie.p@wcsm.ac.nz

Julie has taught Violin both privately and in schools for 15 years. She leads the WCSM String Orchestra and prepares music for the group. She is a section leader and relief conductor for the WCSM Sinfonia Orchestra and plays with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.

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Kartika Sulistiowati

Violin

kartika.s@wcsm.ac.nz

Kartika joined WCSM following a number of years of teaching and performance in Indonesia. She spent three years with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra and currently plays Violin with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. Kartika taught in a number of music schools in Indonesia, and she is currently working towards a Commercial Music degree at Wintec’s School of Media Arts.

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Marshall Vidulich

Drums

marshall.v@wcsm.ac.nz

Marshall has been studying Drums since he was aged 14. He is a first-year Drum Major studying towards a Bachelor in Music at Vision College, with the goal of becoming a full-time music teacher. He played in Melbourne as the drummer for his high school jazz band, as well as at a number of church conferences, and now plays weekly for his home church. Marshall’s passion is to help students understand unfamiliar concepts, improve current abilities and develop new skills.

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Mary Smith

Music Makers

mary.s@wcsm.ac.nz

Mary is originally from the UK. Music has always been a huge part of her life. She began Violin at age 4, was singing in choirs from age 9, and plays both Guitar and Piano. Music has taken her around the world, from performing in the Royal Albert Hall in London to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and now in various locations around NZ. Mary plays Violin in the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.

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Michael Germon

Guitar

michael.g@wcsm.ac.nz

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Natalie Garcia-Gil

Recorder

Sinfonia

natalie.g@wcsm.ac.nz

Natalie is a multi-talented 16-year-old. She plays the Violin, Recorder and various Percussion instruments, and has performed several times with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. Natalie began work for WCSM as an assistant in our Music Makers Programme and has progressed to mentoring other students in the Orchestra, as well as tutoring Recorder.

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Nom Kohara

Guitar

nom.k@wcsm.ac.nz

Nom is studying towards a Graduate Diploma of Music in Performance Guitar at the University of Waikato. His speciality is Flamenco Guitar and he spent a number of years studying in Spain. Nom has won Guitar performance competitions in both Japan and New Zealand.

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Oliver Barratt

Clarinet, Saxophone

oliver.b@wcsm.ac.nz

Oliver is a fully registered music teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre Studies, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato. He was the Music Specialist at Matamata Intermediate school for 5 years and he is currently teaching woodwind, brass, ukulele & percussion at St Paul’s Collegiate School, Matamata Intermediate School and privately.

As a freelance musician, Oliver regularly performs in show orchestras for local schools and the Hamilton Operatic Society, Oliver!, Cats, Pippin & Phantom of the Opera are among the productions I have been involved in.

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Richard Lummus

Photographer

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Shirley Lambert

Administrator

shirley@wcsm.ac.nz

In addition to having been a Classical Guitar tutor and team leader at WCSM for several years, Shirley also has a background in administration and customer service with both government and academic institutions. Her work with Riding for the Disabled included marketing and volunteer vetting/organisation.

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Teno-Faith Terry

Guitar

teno.t@wcsm.ac.nz

Teno has been studying Guitar since the age of seven, and is currently working towards the Grade 6 Trinity College Classical Guitar performance exam. She has won a number of awards at area performing arts competitions, and regularly performs as a part of Guitar and Recorder duos.

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Torres Transfield

Music Makers

torres.t@wcsm.ac.nz

The Dux of her high school this year, Torres was also a school ambassador and served on the Student Council as music co-ordinator. She plays violin, flute, saxophone and clarinet, and has worked with young children as a church group volunteer.

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Ye-Gon Ryoo

Language of Western Music Coordinator

Webmaster & IT Manager

yegon@wcsm.ac.nz

A former composition student at the University of Waikato, he’s passionate about woodwind instruments of all shapes, sizes, and styles. He served as Section Leader with the Waikato Youth Symphonic Band for a number of years, as well as performing with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra and various local theatre productions. His current overcommitments include a barbershop quartet, the Hamilton Big Band, and the Hamilton City Pops Orchestra. Outside of music, he is a former chef, current coder, and chronic photographer of his two pet cockatiels.

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Yotam Levy

Cello

yotam.l@wcsm.ac.nz

Yotam has played Cello since the age of eight, and has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance Cello from the University of Waikato. He has worked as a freelance musician for a number of years and also plays with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra (TWSO). The recipient of the 2007 Hamilton Civic Choir Associate Artist Award, Yotam also participated in the NZSO NYO in 2011 and 2012 as sub principal.

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