BARKIN SERTKAYA - GUITARS
Barkin Sertkaya started his music life with violin and sax at the age of 9. Having been mentored by professional artists around the world with a universal mindset, Barkin has gained considerable experience in several professional roles such as a university lecturer, performing artist and manager.
After acquiring his Bachelor's Degree at the renown Bilkent University at the age of 19, he was granted a position as a lecturer in the Classical Guitar Department. By familiarising himself with many diverse elements in the work environment, he was then granted another position at Cankaya University as a teacher on classical music history & literature. Meanwhile, he has continued to teach as a private instructor in various institutions.
After starting a professional performing artist career at the age of 15, he has given many concerts, recitals and recordings and continues to do so.
In 2011 he was nominated as a multi-instrumentalist in Cirque du Soleil.
In 2013 he founded Luna Private Music Institution, where he worked as the Managing Director, as well as a private instructor.
He is now residing in Auckland, where he seeks to bring his talent and experience to excellence.
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."