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Teachers and Committee
We have a great team of teachers and committee members at Belmont Music Centre.
Belmont Music Centre relies on volunteers to continue running. BMC Committee and Parent Helpers volunteer to help out on Saturday mornings (and the occasional admin job during the week).
Any help you could offer? We’d love to hear from you - click the email button above!
Susannah MacDonald - Flute and Recorder Teacher
Our longest-standing teacher, and always so positive and helpful! Susannah started out
teaching keyboard at BMC before moving to the flute. She can also play all sizes of recorder.
Susannah has a special interest in Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music. She has sung
in the Auckland Choral Society and performed house concerts with a recorder player and
guitarist/lute player. Susannah started as a primary school teacher but decided to specialise
in the arts. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts and is a professional artist specialising in painting,
drawing and illustration. She is a published author and poet, and has exhibited her art at
various places. She also teaches art to children.
Katie Helyer - Cello Teacher
BMC is delighted to have had Katie on the team for several years now! In addition to a strong
academic background in music (including two years of postgraduate study/teaching at the
Cleveland Institute of Music), Katie’s professional solo and chamber music career, as well as her
music teaching, has spanned over 30 years. Katie was a founding member of the Auckland
Dominic Cornfield - Keyboard Teacher
David Mojel - Trumpet Teacher
David, who used to be a BMC student, relieved our trumpet classes for some time before
becoming our permanant trumpet teacher. We have to put him out on the end classroom
as there is always so much noisy fun coming from his room! He has also been our Concert
Timothea Doyle - Drums/Percussion Teacher
Thea studied for a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland, majoring in Jazz Performance.
Having played drums for more than ten years, Thea's favourite styles are jazz, rock and classical
percussion. Thea writes music and plays in several bands, and is also a poet, artist and jeweller.
Nathan Pinkney - Violin Teacher
Elijah Whyte - Drums/Band Teacher
Elijah is another of our teachers who as a child learnt music at BMC! As well as running our
rock band, he also plays drums in a local band.
John Middleton - Guitar Teacher
John has been a brilliant relief teacher at BMC for years, stepping in masterfully for several
different instruments. At the moment he is teaching guitar, but can also teach violin, cello,
viola, double bass, keyboard and flute.
Brendan Dalton - Clarinet and Recorder/Ukulele Teacher
Brendan is yet another ex-BMC student who also taught clarinet here several years ago, and has
now returned. Welcome back! He can also play the sax.
Felicity Lewis - Singing and Keyboard Teacher
Felicity has been accepted as a member of the Auckland Youth Choir in 2020, and was a member
of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir (2017-2018), touring around NZ and overseas. At
Takapuna Grammar School she was head Chorister of the choir, Leonessa, which attended the Big
Sing Finale in both the past two years, received the 2019 singing trophy for ‘Excellence in Choral
music’, and took on the lead role of Sandy in the school production of Grease!
Grace Brownlie - Keyboard Teacher
Grace is currently in Year 13 at Epsom Girls Grammar, and is experienced working with children.
She has been learning piano since she was 6 and oboe since she was 12, and is first oboe in her school
orchestra. She is planning on sitting both Grade 8 piano and Grade 8 oboe this year.
Erin-Lee Gonzales - Flute, Guitar, Recorder, Keyboard, Ukulele
Erin is another ex-BMC student who has been a parent, committee member and relief teacher
at BMC for over 10 years. She played for many years in the North Shore Concert Band and
plays in her church music team. She has taught children and adults flute, maths, ESOL, and
other school subjects, and she currently homeschools three of her children.
James Turner - Clarinet
James taught clarinet at BMC several years ago and was also BMC Manager between 2015
and 2019. He continues to help out when needed as clarinet reliever.
Andrew Bian - Saxophone
Andrew focuses mainly on the classical saxophone, but enjoys practicing and playing jazz as
well. He has played saxophone for over 12 years and participated in numerous bands.
Andrew joined BMC in 2015 as a relief teacher before taking over as our saxophone teacher
in 2018 and 2019.
Evie Murphy - Flute, Intro Keyboard/Recorder/Ukulele
Evie taught recorder/ukulele at BMC a few years ago, and we welcome her back in 2020
as a relief teacher when she is not working as a doctor!
Robert Bisquera - Trumpet
Max Chen - Cello
Max is also an ex-BMC student, winning our cup for excellence in 2015. He is a member of
the Auckland Youth Orchestra and a reserve for the National Youth Orchestra.
Nikolai Pasichnik - Violin
Helene Piper - Percussion and Singing
Jose Tacson - Keyboard, Guitar, Drums
Jose is originally from Colombia, where he has over 15 years experience in education and
Dave Walker - Guitar
Dave sang and played music for many years in a folk band in England. He also has 20+
years experience as an ESOL teacher.
- Chairperson - Erin-lee Gonzales
- Secretary - Patricia Rajalingham
- Treasurer - Winnie Wong
- Assistant Treasurer - Aya Hashad
- Instrument Guardians - Glenn Riseborough, Xiaoying Xu, Yan Li, Shirley Sun, Nathan Gonzales
- Advertising - Iain Butler
- Website - Vict Gonzales
- Roster Coordinator - Deanna Barton
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