JO KELSEY - VOCALS, PIANO, CHOIR
Jo is a singer and pianist. She moved to London aged 18 to study contemporary vocals at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. She built up a steady performance career within the London music scene and has worked and sung for Guitar Hero, Accenture, Secret Cinema and British Soul Standard. Over the next 6 years, Jo worked as a session musician - working on a wide variety of albums and stage shows, performed and managed function bands (corporate events, weddings, clubs etc), in addition to building up a busy teaching practise working with institutions and privately and leading choirs for both children and adults across the city. At the same time, Jo released three studio EP's of her own work and toured throughout the UK and Europe in support of her original music.
COLLETTE LOCHORE - DRAMA
Collette Lochore has been teaching drama, both in full-time and casual positions for nearly 6 years. She has extensive experience on stage in theatre. From as young as 9 you could find Collette in advanced after-school classes and by 16 she was working as a paid actress for Southern Stars, performing to thousands at the Logan Campbell Centre. Collette's love for drama extends beyond acting itself to script writing, devised-based performances and directing. For over 1 year Collette worked in up to 3 schools a day, directing up to 15 performances per school term. She taught drama to the children at The Ronald McDonald House each Friday and worked with the teens from Variety The Children's Charity, putting on a show at The PumpHouse Theatre to raise money for the charity.
Collette has also transitioned her love for theatre to camera, working on various TVC's and movies. Her latest achievement is being cast by British director Baillie Walsh as a feature, working alongside Scarlett Johansson herself for her new commercial.
NICK DOUCH - DRUMS
Nick has been drumming for 20 years, playing in concert and jazz bands through high school before joining a rock band at the age of 16. For the last 4 years Nick has been the drummer in Auckland based band Ekko Park which has seen him play everywhere from clubs to arenas to festivals in NZ and overseas, as well as releasing two albums which have had both chart and radio success and a nomination at the NZ Music Awards. Nick also performs and records with a number of other kiwi musicians. As well as the the above, Nick also has a Bachelors in Media Arts, majoring in Music and teaches drums to all ages.
LEEA MADELYN - VOCALS AND CHOIR
As far as she can remember, there has never been a time when music wasn’t a part of Leea’s life. From growing up with her parents music playing around the house to being enveloped by music at University, Leea has developed an eclectic range of musical tastes and styles.
Leea studied classical vocals from the age of 12 and later developed a passion for contemporary vocals and songwriting which led her on her journey of study at The University Of Auckland, Majoring in Popular Music.
Since completing her bachelor, Leea has been accompanying and fronting various styles of Music all over Auckland. She also found joy in passing on her love of singing and songwriting with private tutoring and work through schools. She uses different elements of her studies to excite and engage students whilst giving them a boost of creativity and confidence.
BRAYDEN JEFFREY - VOCALS, PIANO, GUITAR AND UKULELE
A songwriter from a young age, Brayden has always held an earnest fascination for the creative process. After discovering the Popular Music degree at Auckland University, he moved to Auckland in 2011 where he developed his skills in composition and performance whilst honing his abilities as a guitarist and a vocalist.
Since leaving the University of Auckland, Brayden has worked for a number of projects, composing for short films, children’s television and playing in various bands, including his own garage rock trio, ‘Duck Duck Goose’. In 2016, Brayden ventured into one of his most ambitious projects yet, writing the music and lyrics for, ‘Schlunted’, a full length musical written, rehearsed and produced in the space of 100 Days.
Brayden believes in music tutors that are compassionate and enthusiastic about their students musical and creative development. He has strong memories of a handful of teachers that helped sculpt his passion into a viable career, and encouraged him to become the musician he is today. It’s these memories that have lead Brayden into teaching music himself, where he hopes he can provide for his students, the same level of enthusiasm, personal challenge and musical freedom that was available to him growing up.
SHANI OSBORNE - VOCALS AND GUITAR
As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Shani has spent the past 12 years avidly honing her skills as a musician and continuously re-discovering her love for music and performance.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland and since begun work on a debut EP due to be released later this year, Shani has garnered extensive performance and recording experience both as a vocalist in the commercial sector and also as an independent artist performing original music.
With a passion for inspiring students to express themselves musically, Shani aims to guide students on a rewarding journey of creative development and confidence in an encouraging and uplifting environment."
JESSE REEVES - GUITARS AND BASS
Jesse fell in love with music at the age of 13 after inheriting his mother’s first guitar. He then went on to discover the joy and groove of playing the bass, inspired by gospel funk and heavy metal. The joy of playing very quickly turned into a passion as he spent the next 4 years playing for bands in his church and school. He also became a musical director for many projects.
Jesse then started gigging almost every week, gaining all the experience he could along the way to realising his dream of becoming a professional musician. In 2014 Jesse decided to take his musicianship to the next level by enrolling at MAINZ in Auckland. He became a session musician after successfully completing his Bachelor of Musical Arts there.
Since starting on this journey he has had great success playing for up to 8 active projects at a time across various genres and has been blessed to play at some of the best venues in NZ. It has also been his honour to work on some great records with renown international producers and other like-minded session musicians at Roundhead studios and others in Auckland.
Jesse has a passion for song writing and believes that music should be something that you do for fun and with passion and love to fulfil your creative soul. As he says “Too many times have I seen talented people be put off playing music just because they were forced into it. I aim to change that in the way I teach and share my knowledge”