Creative Arts

College Music Program News

We are very excited to welcome both parents and students back to the College for what is already proving to be an exciting and productive year in Music!

I would firstly like to welcome our newest member of teaching staff to The Creative and Performing Arts Faculty – Miss Lauren Crawford. Lauren completed her Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium with a major in classical guitar performance before graduating from a Master of Teaching with distinction at Avondale University College. After tutoring guitar in schools and performing locally for the past six years, Lauren is excited to move into the music classroom and share her passion for guitar, ukulele, keyboard, drums and singing with students from Year 1 through to Year 8 here at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College.

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are now available on campus before, during and after College hours. The College proudly boasts some of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s most talented and experienced instrumental staff. To enquire about lesson availability, fees etc, please go to CALEB – Co-Curricular – Instrumental Music Lesson. Here you can follow the links to contact Instrumental staff directly. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Ross

Primary Music

The Year 3 – 5 Instrumental Performance Program will commence Wednesday, 10 February, Week 3, and will run each Wednesday from Period 3 through to Period 6 inclusive. Each year group will be involved in a one-period sectional rehearsal, coming together in period 6 for their respective large ensemble rehearsal. We are very much looking forward to hearing their first Ensemble concert later in the year!

Co-Curricular Music

Further announcements regarding the College’s Co-Curricular Ensemble Program and Music GATS opportunities will be published very soon.

Instrumental Teacher Profile
Introducing Dr Chris Allan – Vocal Teacher

Chris is a voice teacher with over 30 years of experience.  Well known as a performer and teacher, he has been a senior lecturer in Voice at the University of Newcastle (UON) since 1995 helping a legion of students to find their voices and to become proficient singers.  Many have gone on to forge impressive careers as performers and teachers both in the contemporary and classical music fields.  Chris has now finished at UON and is available for private consultations.

Make contact to speak about your child’s aspirations, and see how Chris can assist you to bring these to life.

More about Chris

Chris is an experienced singer, performing as a soloist with leading choral organisations such as Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, with Opera Australia as Chorus member and understudy, with the Song Company as Baritone and guest artist and with local groups such as Echology and Newcastle University Choir.  With his friends Jennifer Barnes, Rosemary Saunders and Paul Bevan, Chris has sung in the group Waxing Lyrical in concerts throughout the Hunter Valley as well as interstate.  He has presented recitals of art songs including Lieder and English Art Song with such distinguished pianists as Nigel Butterley, Ann O’Hearn, Catherine Davis and Erin Sweetman.

Chris originally trained at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music with the late William Coombes and Marjorie Shires, later working with great teachers such as Grant Dickson (Sydney), John Carol Case (London) and Nigel Wickens (Cambridge).  In addition, he has worked with the distinguished teacher Janice Chapman in London.

In his continuing efforts to improve his own knowledge and breadth of experience, he was awarded his PhD in 2011 in Vocal Pedagogy for his dissertation entitled ‘Exploring the Value of Aural and Kinaesthetic Feedback using Speech Quality as a Catalyst for Vocal Development in the Training of Tertiary Voice Students’.  The insights gained in researching this area, as well as gleaned from teaching for many years, watching and talking with other voice teachers and attending and participating in conferences in the UK, Asia and Australia have given Chris a wide and varied background which he brings to his teaching.  He believes in a holistic approach to voice training, looking at the whole person and integrating vocal techniques with good functional use of the body and the use of positive psychology and imagination to bring about a full and rounded performance. Chris is interested in somatic learning – particularly the Feldenkrais Method and its effect on the use of the body for physical pursuits such as singing. For more information please see  In February 2019, Chris is to begin training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. A four-year process, the training delves deeply into our own experience of the body and the methodologies of the Method’s founded, Dr Moshe Feldenkrais.

In addition, Chris is a Choral Director currently directing the Newcastle University Choir ( where he has directed performances of many works of the standard Choral repertoire (e.g. Bach St Matthew Passion, Magnificat, Mozart Requiem and Vespers, Haydn Mass in the Time of War) as well as concerts of Jazz, Gospel and recent music for choir A Cappella.  In addition, Chris enjoys presenting vocal and choral workshops in Sydney, Newcastle, Far North Queensland and Victoria.

As well as being a vocal specialist, Chris is also an accomplished pianist.  He is seen regularly as an accompanist and enjoys sharing the stage with singers and instrumental colleagues.

To enquire about vocal lessons for your child with Chris here at the College please email:

Gareth Ross
Head of Creative Arts and Performance