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Every student at Killester gets the chance to learn a musical instrument in either year 7 or year 8. The girls can choose between the following intruments - flute, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet, euphonium, trombone, and percussion. Each student is provided with an instrument. Extra teachers are employed to help the classroom teacher so that the girls can be taught in small groups. The girls learn to read music as well as play by ear and compose pieces. They cover theory and
aural skills that help them to progress on their instrument. Each week they have small group lessons and then come together to play as a band. At the end of each semester the girls perform at the Music Extravaganza, held at Monash University. This gives them the chance to show off their skills to their parents and watch the more advanced musicians perform.


Nick Maurer – Guitar

B. Mus, Dip Music Perf

Nick has been an active teacher and performer for over 15 years. He has worked on Channel Seven’s ‘Sunrise’ program and been profiled in ‘Australian Guitar’ magazine. Nick has taught in many schools including Eltham Music Studio, Montmorency Music, Templestowe Heights Primary, Billy Hyde Music, Alphington Grammar and Loyola College.

He prides himself on bringing a positive attitude to every lesson and places a great deal of emphasis on the enjoyment of learning a musical instrument.

Jenny Vallins – Flute & Piano.


Jenny trained at the Royal College of Music, UK, where her main instruments of study were flute and piano. Jenny performed with many ensembles in London, as well as teaching in several London schools. She was a member of the Inner London Woodwind Teaching Panel and taught “Special award” scholarship flute students.
In Melbourne she has taught in many schools and has extensive experience preparing students for AMEB exams. Jenny is also an experienced choral singer and performs regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra chorus, working with the world’s leading conductors and soloists.

Lizzie Kouznetsova - Strings

AMusA, LMusA, B.Mus, M.MPT
Australian National Academy Alumni

Elizabeth began playing the violin at the age of three. She completed her AmusA with Distinction and LMusA during high school and enjoyed participating in many nationwide solo competitions and music events.
Elizabeth was the leader of her school orchestra, string ensemble and quartet, but since then she has completed her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Performance Teaching at the University of Melbourne. She studied under the guidance of ex-leader of the MSO Wilma Smith.
Elizabeth currently plays with the Melbourne Opera Company, the Australian Ballet Company, and is leader of her own Trio. She is passionate about teaching, and has gained much experience doing placement at various schools and being head of upper strings at Hello Music Studios.

Ashleigh Grabau - Woodwind & Drums

BA/BMus(Hons.), Grad. Dip. Ed.(Secondary), MA(Mus. Perf.)

Ashleigh is a highly passionate and qualified musician and music teacher. She completed her Graduate Diploma of Education in Secondary Teaching in 2012, follwed by her Master of Arts in Music Performance in 2014 with the highest distinction. Ashleigh has been teaching instrumental music since 2008; she also enjoys directing ensembles and arranging fun and challenging music for her students.

Ashleigh is an avid performer. She performed live on 3MBS radio as part of trio Claribelli in 2008 and again in 2014 as a soloist on 3MBS' series "The Talent". Ashleigh performs clarinet and bass drum in the Australian Youth Band, touring overseas to China, Malaysia, New Zealand and North America. Ashleigh has also featured as a soloist with the band and as part of the AYB Woodwind Trio and Drumline and is on the Committee of Management.
Next year, Ashleigh will continue to develop her skills in music and teaching and she is looking forward to launching her own concert series of solo and chamber works.

Stella Felten - Piano

Mus/BA (hons). MA (Music performance)

After graduating from Killester College in 2008, Stella completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music (Hons) in 2013 under the tutelage of Tamara Smolyar.
During these five years at Monash University she was awarded the Joan Earle Prize for best overall result in Piano (2009-10), the Allans Music Prize for overall highest recital result (2010), and the Ernst Morawetz Prize for highest academic result in Honours (2013). While undertaking a further two years of study towards a Master of Arts in Music Performance (2014-15), Stella was awarded the Yamaha Post Graduate Research Scholarship in Performance. This enabled her to take part in the New York University Summer Piano Intensive program, where she was able to learn from their highly esteemed piano faculty including the last pupil of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz. Stella has worked as a piano teacher and accompanist since 2009 and has been fortunate enough to perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre, New York University, the Australia Club, The Edge at Federation Square and on 3MBS radio. She hopes to continue her studies with a Master of Teaching so that she may further her career in music education.

Emily Holland - Voice

B. Mus. Hons

Emily Holland is an experienced performer and singer. Receiving her own singing and acting tuition since the age of twelve, she continued further to complete a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Performance at the University of Queensland, graduating with Honours. Abroad in London, she was mentored by vocal professionals from the Royal Academy of Music and worked with other actors, singers and directors at Pinewood Studios and Mernier Chocolate Factory. In Australia and abroad, Theatre roles have included Johanna in Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Company, Catherine in Proof, Billie in Love Child and Ellen in Miss Saigon. A keen passion with Opera, Musical theatre, jazz and popular music has contributed to her own unique style and compositions.

Chloe Fererow-Yemm - Cello

Chloe is currently studying a double degree (Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts) at Monash University, where she is majoring in classical Cello, French and Chinese. A keen musician from an early age, she began piano lessons and joined the Young Voices of Melbourne when she was 5 years old, starting her cello studies two years later. She has had extensive solo and ensemble experience performing as a member of Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Monash Academy Orchestra.

In addition to being a dedicated cellist, Chloe is also a highly experienced choral singer, having toured both nationally and internationally and performed at such renowned events as ‘A Voyage of Songs’ in Thailand and the Canberra National Folk Festival. She is currently a member of Exaudi Youth Choir.

Chloe is a passionate teacher who recognises the importance of developing a well-rounded, solid technique while exploring musicality and personal interpretation.

Erica Russel – Strings

B.Ed B.Mus

Erica Russell began playing the violin in primary school and continued her violin studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

She recently completed a Bachelor of Music and Secondary Education at Monash University, where she studied violin under Elizabeth Sellars.

During her degree Erica pursued further music study at the Verdi Music School in Italy and at New York University. Erica performs regularly with the Monash Academy Orchestra, the Monash String Sinfonia and with a string quartet.

Erica has taught violin and viola at various schools around Melbourne and is passionate about bringing quality music education to her students.