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The AYO is a fantastic breeding ground for the next generation of classical musicians. If you are a budding musician or know of one, follow this PROGRAM LINK for all the information about upcoming programs.



College Music Production 2021 NEWS

Please be advised, rehearsals for Mary Poppins Jr. are continuing. Our Creative Team have met and reviewed the rehearsal schedule, with adjustments to ensure we comply with all current COVID guidelines. Cast members are strongly encouraged to continue to learn and rehearse their musical numbers at home, using the tracks uploaded to the 2021 Musical Production page on CALEB.





Instrumental Teacher Highlights

Mr. Joshua Rea

Joshua is a multi-instrumentalist teacher and performer from Newcastle, Australia. Born in the UK, he was taught and progressed through the grades on piano and cello, completing grade 8 with distinction on both instruments at the age of 14. Upon moving to Newcastle, aged 15, he continued his musical journey through high school, followed by completing a postgraduate Bachelor of Music, majoring in Cello performance, from the University of Newcastle.  Joshua has been teaching a variety of instruments for a number of years now, as well as writing with various artists, touring and recording as a session musician under the label Universal Music, and restoring vintage pianos through his side project – ‘The Glassfront Project’. Through the years, Joshua has continued to learn and develop his skills in many musical directions. He now performs and records on a professional level on six different instruments.

To enquire about cello or piano lessons for your child with Josh here at the College please email:



Mr. 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 the University of Newcastle – 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 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 Lessons. Here you can follow the links to contact Instrumental staff directly. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Ross.


Gifted & High Potential Music Program                                                                         

Given the number of new enrolments to the College this semester we would like to inform parents and caregivers about the College’s GAHP (Gifted and High Potential) Music Program, which runs each Wednesday afternoon from 3.10-4.15pm. Our dedicated music staff, along with a rotating roster of specialist instrumental staff, offer students the opportunity to participate in Theory & Musicianship Workshops to build their knowledge of the written form and Performance Masterclasses to demonstrate and hone their stage performance skill-set.

If your child has achieved Grade 3 or above they would be very welcome to join this group. Please follow the link below to fill out the Expression of Interest.

For further information, please contact Mr. Gareth Ross.


Mr. Gareth Ross
Head of Creative Arts and Performance ­­­­­­­