Music Staff Biographies

Paul Vickers

Director of Music

Conductor, trombonist, and music educator, Paul Vickers has a rich history in education across all sectors and ability levels. He prides himself on developing student musicians to display artistic independence and integrity.

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Administrative Assistant to the Music Department

100x163-biggins.jpgSally-Anne Biggins completed her studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and furthered her vocal studies under renowned Armenian soprano Arax Mansourian. She has performed as both soloist and ensemble member with many of Australia's leading orchestras, opera companies and choirs including Opera Queensland, The Queensland Orchestra, The Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and more. Major performances include Bizet's Carmen, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo for The Queensland Music Festival, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Orfeo ed Euridice by Glück (in which she made her operatic debut at 19 years old) to name just a few.

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Jonathan Bligh

Coordinator of Vocal Music

bligh.gifJonathan Bligh recently moved to Sydney after teaching for seven years at a performing arts school in Adelaide. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Music in flute and conducting from the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide) and is currently completing a Master of Music through the University of Queensland. He has a Graduate Diploma in Education (Adelaide) and a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (London). Jonathan has attended several conducting summer courses in the United States of America including the Rodney Eichenberger Choral Conducting Workshop in Virginia (George Fox University) and the Barbershop Harmony Society Harmony University (Missouri State University).

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Rebecca Cheng

Head of Keyboard and College Accompanist

Ms Cheng grew up in Sydney, in a predominately medical and musical family. She attended Roseville College where she started piano lessons at the age of 6. At school, she excelled in both science and music subjects and her aspirations to pursue a career as a scientist came after she won the Australian National Chemical Analysis Competition.

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Fiona Coleman

Prep Music Coordinator

Fiona Coleman has taught at Macarthur Anglican School for 13 years as a music teacher from Transition to Year 8.

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Lachlan Colquhoun

Composition Tutor

Lachlan ColquhounLachlan Colquhoun (b.1984) is a Sydney based musician, dividing his time between performing, composing and educating. He is equally excited about writing works for the concert hall, performing as an electric guitarist or working in the lab that is the recording studio. Lachlan has a passion for teaching, which has included the tuition of guitar, composition and music theory privately, audio electronics at a tertiary level and assisting with workshops for school children in song writing and recording.

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Paul Goodchild

Coordinator of Brass

Paul GoodchildPaul Goodchild has long been acknowledged as one of Australia's leading trumpet players on the world stage, having considerable orchestral, chamber and solo experience nationally and internationally. Paul began his studies with his father Cliff (former Principal Tuba of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra), then with Norm Harris, Lew Campbell and Ernest Llewellyn and lists John Robertson and Gordon Webb as major influences on his playing. Paul also studied percussion and advanced rhythm training with Michael Askell and Richard Miller from the SSO.

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Freya King

Classroom, Prep

After studying Music Performance, Early Childhood and Primary Education at both UNSW and Macquarie University, Freya was selected as a targeted graduate and placed in various primary schools across Sydney.

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Rebecca Lowe

Music Teacher, Senior

Rebecca LoweRebecca's interest in music spanned across several instruments and types of ensembles and genres while at school, leading her to pursue music education as a field in which musical variety is useful and available. Following on from school, she received a Bachelor of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, majoring in flute. Then with a special interest in primary music education, went on to teach classroom music as well as direct choirs and bands at several Sydney primary schools followed by numerous primary schools in London.

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Nicholas Tester

Head of Strings

Nicholas TesterNicholas Tester attended Lane Cove Public School where he was introduced to the violin and the joys of playing in orchestras and string ensembles. While in primary school Nicholas went on his first music tour to Europe with the North Shore Children's Orchestra, played in the New South Wales State Schools Orchestra and music camps, and Sydney Youth Orchestras. Nicholas attended high school at Knox Grammar School where he was introduced to his two great life mentors, Brian Buggy OAM and Sabine Pfuhl. Under their tutorage he graduated in the top 10 in the state in HSC Music.

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Andrea Van Den Bol

Dean of Creative Arts

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Mrs Van Den Bol joined the Music and Drama departments at The Scots College in August of 2011 as a classroom teacher, but also as the Junior Choir and Senior Vocal Quintet directors, and director of the Senior school musical. In December 2012, Mrs Van Den Bol accepted the position of MIC of Year 7 Co-Curricular Music which involves managing 120 students and their tutors, learning a wide range of orchestral instruments and incorporating their new skills into the classroom music programme.

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Alan Webb

Head of Woodwind

Alan WebbMr Webb has worked as a professional Musician for 38 years, in small ensembles to larger Theatrical groups and orchestras. Whilst the study of Jazz, along with classical composition, have been the focus of his eight years of study to gain two Bachelor degrees in Music, his passion remains with Jazz.

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Meet the Music Department

Paul Vickers - Director of Music

Sally-Anne Biggins - Administrative Assistant to the Music Department

Jonathan Bligh - Coordinator of Vocal Music

Rebecca Cheng - Head of Keyboard and College Accompanist

Fiona Coleman - Prep Music Coordinator

Lachlan Colquhoun - Composition Tutor

Paul Goodchild - Coordinator of Brass

Freya King - Classroom, Prep

Rebecca Lowe - Music Teacher, Senior

Nicholas Tester - Head of Strings

Andrea van den Bol - Dean of Creative Arts

Alan Webb - Head of Woodwind

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