AIM's Faculty comprises a wealth of experience from across music, entertainment, performing arts, and education who are passionate and committed to the vision and mission of AIM. AIMs Faculty ensures that students receive the best possible education through high calibre teaching staff, professional ever developing facilities, and seamless administration.

Dr Paul Geddes

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Dr Paul Geddes

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

Paul is a critically acclaimed theatre practitioner, teacher and scholar. He has taught at AIM since 2009 across Music Theatre Performance, History and Theory units. As an educator and performer he has worked for Sydney Children's Choir, Gondwana National Choirs, Macquarie University and NIDA. Musical Direction credits include Man of La Mancha, The Drowsy Chaperone and [title of show] along with new writing projects for Parnassus' Den, New Musicals and Playwriting Australia. He has worked on numerous productions here at AIM including Lucky Stiff, Into the Woods (which he re-orchestrated), Urinetown, Selections from LOVEBiTES and Nine.

 

He spent three years in residence at The Deckhouse Restaurant and Cabaret Theatre in Maine, U.S.A. and time away on tour with Side by Side By Sondheim, Al Jolson Sings Again, Beaconsfield: The Musical (in the coveted role of Beryl) and the Australia Council production of Every Single Saturday. As a pianist and vocal coach he has worked privately and for many major and independent production companies including Squabbalogic, Darlinghurst Theatre, The Hayes, STC and Wicked Australia. He has an A.Mus.A in Piano and a PhD in English Literature with a thesis on the work of Stephen Sondheim.

    Nicola Crowe

    Position

    Academic Lecturer

    Campus

    Sydney

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    AIM - Australian Institute of Music

    Nicola Crowe

    • Position

      Academic Lecturer

    • Campus

      Sydney

    Nicola studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with James Kortum and later at the Royal College of Music with Simon Channing and Jaime Martin where she was awarded the RCM All Flutes Plus prize. During her time abroad, she was the co-principal of Southbank Sinfonia, the principal flute of the Band of the Royal Yeomanry and the flautist for the Dr K Sextet, specialising in contemporary ensemble music.

    On returning to Australia, she began a fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2015) followed by a second flute contract in 2016. She regularly performs with the Opera Australia Orchestra and has played with many orchestras and ensembles in Australia and abroad including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the English National Ballet, the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Macao Orchestra. Nicola’s approach to flute performance and pedagogy is informed by her own studies and performing experience in various ensembles.

    She enjoys helping AIM students achieve their musical goals, surpass their expectations of themselves and help guide them to their future career paths in music. She aims to provide an environment that encourages students to experiment, discover and develop the skills they need to achieve their best results and become confident, flexible and well equipped musicians who leave AIM ready for the demands of working in the constantly evolving world of music.

      Dr Vincent Giles

      Position

      Academic Lecturer

      Campus

      Melbourne

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      AIM - Australian Institute of Music

      Dr Vincent Giles

      • Position

        Academic Lecturer

      • Campus

        Melbourne

      Born in 1985, Vincent Giles is an experimental composer; a tinkerer with acoustic and electronic sound in the context of concert music, electronic music, installation, and performance. His works are influenced by the natural world, science and mathematics, and self-imposed compositional limitations. He sees music as a type of manifestation of already-existent natural phenomena and relationships, similar to how mathematics is often a notational form of those same relationships. Reflecting his fascination with things like particles, galaxies, atoms, chemicals, biological systems, his work often employs what he called polyphony of form: multiple structural forms superimposed, counterpointed against one another, interacting in tumultuous ways and leading to emergent structures. Vincent holds a doctorate from the University of Melbourne in sonic arts, in which he explored the intersection of music/sound art, neuroscience, information systems, and evolutionary replicator systems.

       

      Vincent is Vice-President and co-Director of Tilde New Music and Sound Art Inc., an organisation that presents a biennial festival, academy and other activities that provides a platform for experimentation and collaboration in new music, teaches composition at the Australian Institute of Music, is represented by the Australian Music Centre, and is published by – and on the review panel for – Wirripang. He has studied with a heap of composers and performers over the years, but would prefer not to mention them here. Outside music, he enjoys cooking and blogging about vegan food, drinking coffee and craft beer (not at the same time), pretending to garden, reading, and being a part-time recluse.

        Dr Phillip Johnston

        Position

        Academic Lecturer

        Campus

        Sydney

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        AIM - Australian Institute of Music

        Dr Phillip Johnston

        • Position

          Academic Lecturer

        • Campus

          Sydney

        Dr Phillip Johnston is known internationally as a jazz saxophonist and composer. He has composed extensively for film including Paul Mazursky’s Faithful, Philip Haas’ The Music of Chance and Money Man, Doris Dörrie’s Paradise and Geld, Stolen Life by Peter Rasmussen & Jackie Turnure (which won the New York Machinima Festival Award for Best Music Score), Noise by Henry Bean, and Kathryn Millard’s Shock Room which won the 2015 Antenna Documentary Film Festival Award for Best Australian Documentary. He has also written for silent film, including Tod Browning’s The Unknown, The George Méliès Project, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Page Of Madness, F.W. Murnau’s Faust and Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed. He has also composed for theatre (Bell Shakespeare Company, Griffin Theatre, New York’s Public Theatre), dance (his score for Keely Garfield’s Minor Repairs Necessary, won a ‘Bessie’ in 1999), television and radio. His opera with MacArthur Genius Award winner Richard Foreman, Young Goodman Brown, was produced at LaMaMa ETC in New York.

         

        As a jazz musician, he has played at clubs, concert halls, and festivals across Australia, Europe, Canada, the US and South America. The New Yorker has called him “An exceptionally individualistic composer and superb improviser…”  and Downbeat has described his music as “seminal, brilliant post-modern jazz”.

         

        His most recent recordings are Diggin’ Bones by Phillip Johnston & the Coolerators and The Adventures of Prince Achmed, a silent film score. He continues to perform regularly in Australia and New York.

         

        He has taught at New York University, the University of the South, the Sydney Institute, and guest lectured at Bard College, the University of Ohio, AFTRS and UNSW. Having completed his PhD at the Newcastle Conservatorium in 2015, he continues to write for academic journals and give papers at scholarly conferences. His most recent publication is the chapter ‘Jazzin’ the Silents: Jazz and Improvised Music in Contemporary Scores for Silent Film’ in the book Cinema Changes: Incorporations of Jazz in the Film Soundtrack, forthcoming in 2019.

         

        His research interests are film music, silent film, Australian film, jazz and improvised music.

         

        www.phillipjohnston.com

          Michael Bartolomei

          Position

          Academic Lecturer

          Campus

          Sydney

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          AIM - Australian Institute of Music

          Michael Bartolomei

          • Position

            Academic Lecturer

          • Campus

            Sydney

          Michael Bartolomei has had an extensive career as a pianist, composer, and arranger for the past forty three years, having worked professionally since he was seventeen.

           

          In 1996 Michael composed both jazz songs and classical underscoring for The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Critics described his work as “superb”.

          In 1994 Michael produced and composed music with didgeridoo player Charlie McMahon for Gondwana’s C.D. Travelling, which has been widely sold throughout Australia, Japan and Europe.

          In 1992 Michael composed the soundtrack for the documentary Dive Deep. In 1991 he contributed original music for the film Resistance. Michael also composed the music for the 1992, ‘94, and ‘95 Schwarzkopf Hair

          Awards. He has also regularly composed and/or played for library production

          music, and many television and radio commercials. (June 1997 - Michael’s solo piano playing is currently featured on a Nescafe and Qantas television advertisements)

           

          For sixteen years Michael has worked with Kerrie Biddell as her musical director, arranger and accompanist. In 1996 Michael arranged and composed music for Kerrie’s latest C.D. The Singer.

          Performing regularly together they have played throughout Australasia including, the Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney Festivals, and the Auckland, York, Manly, Gold Coast, and Monsalvat Jazz Festivals.

          In 1980 they recorded with her band Compared to What, Australia’s first digital album.

           

          Michael has also worked in many small and large jazz ensembles with many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians including: Scott Tinkler quartet, Jullian Lee, John Hoffman big band, Dale Barlow, Emma Pask, Errol Buddell, Keith Stirling, Ralph Pyle Big band, Fabian Hevia’s Mano a Mano, Nichaud Fitzgibbon,

          Freddie Grigson, Jane Irving trio, Karlie Bruce, Brendan Clarke trio, Christine Sullivan, David Jones, Craig Walters’ band, Nielsen Gough trio and The Sydney All Stars Big Band. He has also played with American trombonist Carl Fontana and trumpeter Chuck Findlay.

           

          In 1981 he was awarded an Australian Arts Council International Fellowship Grant to study in New York with Dave Leibman, Hal Galper and Richie Beirach. In 1983 Michael was the winner of the

          Jazz Action Society Composition Competition for his work Stepping Fourth. While studying at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, from 1976 to 1979, Don Burrows and George Golla recorded three of Michael’s compositions for their album Other Places Other Times, entitled after one of Michael’s pieces.

          During his career Michael Bartolomei has also regularly worked with many Australian and International artists including; Renee Geyer, Debra Byrne (as M.D.), Buddy Greco, Tina Arena,

          John Farnham, The Supremes (U.S.A.), Tommy Emmanuel, Monica Trapaga, Dan’elle Gaha, Jenny Morris, Normie Rowe (as M.D.), Fran Koyobe (Nigeria), John Williamson, David Atkins, James Morrison, and Julie Anthony.

            Danielle Maas

            Position

            Academic Lecturer

            Campus

            Sydney

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            AIM - Australian Institute of Music

            Danielle Maas

            • Position

              Academic Lecturer

            • Campus

              Sydney

            Danielle is a performance-maker and educator working across theatre, opera and musical theatre, with a passion for devising and collaborative creation. She has previously taught for NIDA and Sydney Theatre School, lecturing in acting, devising, industry practices, theatre history and theory, world cinema, and academic writing.

             

            Her qualifications include a Masters of Advanced Theatre Practice (Distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, a Bachelor of Performance from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, and a Diploma of Theatre Performance from Sydney Theatre School. Danielle is also the recipient of a residency with the UK Live Art Development Agency/Create Dublin, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award. She is a member of the Directors' Lab (Theatre Works/Melbourne Festival) and has taken part in Playwriting Australia’s Dramaturgy Program and Makers’ Space for CuriousWorks.

             

            As a professional practitioner, she has worked in various capacities for Sydney Theatre Company, City of Sydney, Sydney Festival, the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney Architecture Festival, Carriageworks, Hayes Theatre Company,  the Old Fitz, Old 505 Theatre, PACT, New Theatre, TAP Gallery, Tamarama Rock Surfers, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Camden People’s Theatre and Hampstead Garden Opera. Currently, Danielle is an Artistic Associate of Sydney Chamber Opera, where she has assisted directors Kip Williams (An Index of Metals & The Lighthouse), Adena Jacobs (The Howling Girls), Janice Muller (Biographica) and Sarah Giles (O Mensch!).

             

            Danielle is interested in the relationship between mindfulness and creativity, and the search for meaning and authenticity in live performance.