Following recent completion of the four-year Bmus(hons) degree at Trinity College of Music in 2011, Sam returned to Jersey to perform and teach the piano. Sam studied with Chris George in the years leading up to music college and then with Douglas Finch at Trinity College of Music. In 2007 Sam was recipient of PWC’s Young Musician of the Year.
Musicianship Team, Reception/Key Stage One Classes
Born in Scotland, Morag studied at Aberdeen University and College of Education where she gained the Diploma in Teaching Music at both Primary and Secondary levels. Following a move to England, she then went on to complete the joint Post Graduate Diplomas in Educational Studies and Educational Management at Anglia Ruskin University. Having taught Music extensively in Scotland and England, latterly as Director of Music at Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Morag moved to Jersey in 2008 having been appointed to set up the Faculty of Performing Arts at Le Rocquier School. Her experience as a pianist, accompanist and conductor has seen her perform with various ensembles at The Royal Tournament, Earls Court, London, The Julliard School of Music, New York City, Capitol Hill Buildings, Washington and with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at The Proms in the Park. Morag currently enjoys singing with The Holmchase Choir and The Jersey Island Singers.
Tara studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has only very recently moved to Jersey. She is an experienced teacher at both junior and senior level and held the positions of Head of Instrumental Studies at Bradfield College, as well as Director of Music at Abingdon Prep in Oxfordshire. She has been an A level examiner for OCR and an adjudicator for school competitions. She enjoys playing chamber music and is in great demand as an accompanist.
Cello, Musicianship Team
Born in Montauban, France, Emmanuelle studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Since moving to Jersey with Chris George in 2004, following completion of the Masters course, they have together initiated various musical activities on the island including three tours from the young professional London-based Emfeb orchestra, the establishment of the summer music course Musique et Aventure, the formation of the Jersey Chamber Orchestra and Music In Action, and together they manage the Jersey Academy of Music. Recent alumni successes include two cellists awarded entry into Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s leading specialist music school for under 18s.
Grace has been a keen pianist since the age of 6, first learning the piano in Jersey with Timothy de Quetteville. At the age of 13 she was offered a place at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester to further her studies under the tutelage of John Gough. In 2012 she was awarded a DipABRSM (performance) after having studied for the qualification in her final year at Chetham’s. Since returning home to Jersey in 2013, Grace has taken up a number of musical activities across the island which includes accompaniment for local choirs and societies as well as teaching.
Piano, Grade 6-8 Theory
Born in Jersey, Chris George studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Since returning to the island following completion of the Masters course in 2004 he has been teaching and performing regularly on the island and overseas, including various performances locally with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Jersey Chamber Orchestra. Through teaching he has taken several students through to conservatoire level entry, with former local students now studying piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music, and Trinity School of Music.
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Chamber Music
Andrew joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1998 playing Flute/Piccolo and Saxophone. After completing three years training he was awarded the Prince’s Badge for the best all round musician passing for duty. Andrew has since been the principal flute at the band of the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Scotland. September 2011 saw Andrew being appointed the Flute and Saxophone instructor at the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth. He also studied for a BMus(Hons) degree, performance Diplomas and a Teaching Diploma. He has been the assistant conductor at Emsworth Concert Band and has also conducted extensively at the Royal Marines School of Music. He has a keen interest in developing ensemble players and encouraging them to perform music together.
Flute, Piano, Theory, Recorder, Chamber Music
Born in Jersey, Claire has been teaching flute on the Island for over seventeen years. Recent alumni successes including three flautists being awarded places in the National Children’s Wind Sinfonia and Orchestra of Great Britain, one flautist being awarded a place in the National Children’s Orchestra. Her flute students have been awarded overall winner of the Woodwind Heats of the PWC Jersey Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016, with one of her students being crowned Jersey Young Musician of the Year 2016. Claire currently tutors Flutasia, a local flute choir which has recently performed on tour in Coutances, France and at many venues and functions on the Island. In 1994, Claire was the youngest winner of the Jersey Young Musician of the Year Competition and since then has performed regularly with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Jersey Festival Orchestra as well as with smaller ensembles.
Yin-Shan (Eva) Hsieh completed her Postgraduate diploma in advanced performance with distinction at the Royal College of Music in 2010. Highlights of her time at the RCM included giving a concerto performance with the RCM Sinfonietta and being selected to perform a solo recital as part of the Exhibition Road Music Day celebrations. Previously, Eva achieved a first class degree for her BMus(Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2008. In her time at the Conservatoire she made a considerable impact as a soloist; winning the Percussion Prize in 2004, the Winfred Micklam Prize in 2005, the Ludlow Concerto Prize in 2006, and the prestigious Symphony Hall Recital Prize in 2008. Further competition success includes winning the Chandos Young Musician competition in 2006 and being awarded third prize in the prestigious Bromsgrove International Young Musicians platform in 2010.
Young Pyo Lee was born in Bordeaux, France. He studied at the Bordeaux Conservatory with Professors Jean-Luc Fort and Vladimir Nemtanu. Young Pyo moved to London in 2002 to study with Professors Yfrah Neaman and Jacqueline Ross at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he completed Bachelor of Music, PostGraduate Diploma, Advanced Instrumental Studies, and Master of Music. During his studies he benefited from the advice of, among others, Professor Lewis Kaplan. Throughout this time, Young Pyo played in the Orchestre National Bordeaux-Aquitaine, the London Symphony Orchestra (as part of the LSO Strings Scheme) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has taken part in Festivals such as Prussia Cove, the Holland Music Sessions, the Salzburg Mozarteum and Bowdoin (USA). As a chamber musician, he has performed in France, Spain, the USA, Switzerland, the UK, Cyprus, and the Czech Republic with the London Bela Trio, the Heath String Quartet and the Ensemble Z. Young-Pyo is a familiar face on Jersey, having taught on the summer music course Musique et Aventure since 2008. He combines teaching on the violin faculty of ‘London Music Masters’ with attending the Jersey Academy of Music on a weekly basis.
Brass, Chamber Music
Born in Jersey, Pippa studied the French Horn at Trinity College of Music, gaining both undergraduate & postgraduate diplomas in performance, plus a Licentiate in Brass Teaching. During her time in London she taught Brass and coached ensembles in many UK schools as well as working for Hertfordshire & Brent music services, and also working for a period of time in event management at the Royal Albert Hall. Since returning to Jersey 8 years ago Pippa teaches Brass and coaches ensembles at many of the private schools on the island.
Piano, Wunderkeys, KiddyKeys, Stringbabies, Toddler/Pre-School Groups
Locally born, and winner of the Jersey Young Musician competition in 2001, Julie graduated with a Bachelor of Music from King’s College, London, in 2005. After a foray into secondary music teaching she returned to Jersey in 2001, teaching piano and violin privately before joining the JAM faculty. Since then Julie has developed a specialism teaching preschool music and young beginners. Julie is a registered teacher of the Wunderkeys, KiddyKeys and Stringbabies programmes. She is currently an active member of the European String Teachers’ Association and an associate member of the European Piano Teachers’ Association.
Born in Jersey, Natasha began playing the trumpet at the age of 9 and shortly after began playing the piano. She has recently completed an Advanced Certificate in trumpet performance and can regularly be seen performing with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Premier Brass and La Ronde Concert Band.