Creative Arts

College Music Production 2021 NEWS
The College is excited to announce that we are planning a 2021 show run of Mary Poppins Jnr. in Term 4, Week 1.
The Musical features the jack-of-all trades, Bert, who introduces the audience to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises, “Anything can happen if you let it.” Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.

Students who have indicated a desire to audition for a lead or ensemble role will be required to submit a video audition. Information regarding audition requirements will soon be communicated via the College 2021 Musical Production Caleb Page.

College Music Program News
A reminder – Opportunities for Gifted and High Potential Music Students
The College has established two new programs targeting our high number of Gifted and High Potential Music students, every Wednesday from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm.

These classes take the form of a Theory/Musicianship class catering for all levels, and a Performance Workshop Masterclass series available to students who have attained a minimum of Grade 3 A.M.E.B/Trinity, or equivalent, providing them with the opportunity to perform for an exciting roster of musicians to receive individual and detailed feedback on their performance practice.

To express your interest and register your child please complete the form via the QR code here.

Instrumental Teacher Profile
NEW STAFF – Introducing Beth Porter
Beth Porter has spent many years working as a music educator, particularly as an upper strings specialist and director of string programs. She is a graduate of the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (BMus), majoring in Violin Performance and studying with Elizabeth Hollowell.

Beth is most passionate about string education and specifically about working with younger students in their developing stages. She has regularly worked alongside exceptional teachers and performers, including postgraduate study with Kato Havas (Oxford, UK), Professor Gerald Doan (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music), Wendy Ireland (Australia), all of whom have been both inspiring and influential to her own practice.

Since 1998, she has held positions at a number of schools and institutions across Newcastle and Sydney including Newcastle Conservatorium and Newcastle Grammar School. Most recently for 13 years until mid-2020, Beth held the full-time position as Head of Strings at Moriah College in Sydney. Beth has extensive experience in individual Violin and Viola teaching and small group tuition, inclusive of preparing students for AMEB examinations and directing String ensembles. She has a deep commitment to the welfare of young people and encourages all students, irrespective of ability, to focus not on one particular method but on working to find the best process for each individual student.

In returning to her home town of Newcastle, Beth is delighted to be joining the team at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, to work with and support the string students in their musical growth and development.

To enquire about violin or viola lessons for your child with Beth here at the College please email:

NEW STAFF – Introducing Tina Marsden
Tina Marsden brings more than 25 years of teaching experience to every lesson. She has tutored students from elementary to tertiary standard, many of whom have successfully passed Year 12 Music and AMEB examinations. Students have found placement in University music courses and she has tutored students through their University music degrees in Queensland and New South Wales. She has also maintained private studios in Brisbane, Munich and Sydney.

Tina completed music studies in Munich and thereafter taught at a music school in Southern Germany for a period of five years before returning to Brisbane and quickly establishing herself as a sought-after teacher in the South-East Queensland corner. She held a sessional position instructing, examining and auditioning flautists at the Queensland Conservatorium before moving to Sydney to teach. Tina currently teaches in schools and runs a successful private flute studio on Sydney’s North Shore. She is delighted to have the opportunity to teach students here at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College.

Tina enjoys the challenge of finding innovative ways to encourage students to do their best. Spurred on by COVID online teaching, she is especially interested in the way in which music technology offers students new learning avenues. We heartily welcome Tina to our College and look forward to her seeing her experience and skill in action.

To enquire about flute lessons for your child with Tina here at the College please email:

NEW STAFF – Introducing Zach Horne
Zach is a highly experienced and passionate teacher with over a decade’s experience teaching all ability levels and all age groups. He has a wealth of knowledge and skills to impart which he delivers in a relaxed, friendly, and encouraging way.

Zach learnt his craft playing throughout Sydney since moving there at 18. At 19 Zach began studying with renowned musicians such as Warwick Alder, Mark Johns, Sean Coffin and Jeremy Sawkins at the Australian Institute of Music. While in Sydney Zach played in a variety of ensembles from jazz duos like Horne/Niven all the way up to Big Bands and Salsa Bands. Zach is currently performing with his own ensembles ZENNtet and the Zach Horne Trio throughout the Hunter. Although principally a Jazz musician, Zach has a depth of knowledge in a variety of styles including Pop, Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock, and Latin.

In 2017 Zach completed a Bachelor of Music, and in 2019 attained a Master of Education (Secondary). During 2018-2020 he taught at Port Macquarie High Schools before returning to Newcastle to pursue postgraduate music study at UoN – investigating the place of Australian Folk Songs in contemporary music styles. Zach currently performs throughout the Hunter region, teaches privately and is involved with NIMA (Newcastle Improvised Music Association) and the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra.

To enquire about guitar lessons for your child with Zach here at the College please email:

Instrumental Lessons
Here at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, we embrace proven research that shows a clear correlation between the engagement in learning and playing a musical instrument, and brain development in young people – even from as early as infanthood.

The skills students develop when involved in music education, and the learning of an instrument, include communication, insight into others, cooperation and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas. As you know, such skills are imperatives to enhance lifelong learning and are integral in preparing your child for the real world – regardless of their future career endeavours.

I would like to take this opportunity to again share this clip with parents and caregivers.

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

Visual Arts News
The Year 10 Visual Arts class are exploring conceptual practices to develop a body of artworks that respond to current local or global political issues. Lyla C and Georgia C flex their political muscles using the photo-emulsion silkscreen printing method!
Mr Gareth Ross
Head of Creative Arts and Performance ­­­­­­­