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.
Brad Miller: Music Director, Pianist & Arranger
Brad Miller began playing the piano at the age of five and completed his musical training in
orchestration, arranging and modern harmony through Boston's prestigious Berklee College
of Music. His numerous theatre credits include In The Heights, Chicago, Ruthless!, A Chorus
Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Once On This Island, Hair, Godspell, Jerry’s Girls, Forever Plaid,
The Goodbye Girl and the Broadway revival of Candide on which Brad was invited to serve as
apprentice to legendary theatre director Harold Prince. Brad regularly serves as Musical
Director and pianist for Australian theatre icon Geraldine Turner including the national tour
of her acclaimed one-woman show Turner’s Turn. Brad received the great honour of being
appointed Musical Director, pianist and arranger for Broadway and West End star Ramin
Karimloo on his 2018 Australian concert tour. In addition to his musical direction work, Brad
serves as a Senior Instructor at the Australian Institute of Music and operates Key Change
Productions: an independent theatre production company and boutique music studio
specializing in composition for film, television & new media.
Since relocating from his native Vienna to Sydney, Nick has been heavily involved in the local
music industry as a promoter, DJ, producer, radio host and educator.
Over the course of his career, he has performed at major Australian festivals and live venues,
a wide range of corporate / media events and has been booked in the US, UK, Japan,
Indonesia, Malaysia and Tahiti.
Nick was the first hip hop DJ in Australia to sign a major label deal for a DJ-mixed album
('Blazin' Vol 1 / Universal Music, 2003) and has since released a number of DJ albums,
compilations and singles.
As part of the hip hop trio Foreign Heights he was nominated for an ARIA award in 2007.
He has toured / shared the stage with a multitude of artists such as Kanye West, Justin
Timberlake, Chronixx, De La Soul, Johnny Osbourne, Common, Michael Franti, Talib Kweli,
Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott, Jungle Brothers, 50 Cent, The Roots, Run DMC, Xzibit, J
Boog, Public Enemy, Ice T, Beatnuts, DJ Krush, QBert, Grandmaster Flash, MixMasterMike,
Jungle Brothers, Lyrics Born, Sean Paul, Cypress Hill, ColdCut, Jazzanova, Black Eyed Peas,
Scribe, Roots Manuva, Slum Village etc and has been booked for celebrity / industry events
like Donna Karan's birthday and Justin Timberlake's private party at the Sydney Opera
He has also produced and recorded with local and international artists including Mr Lif,
Casual, Will I Am, Pigeon John, Murs, Che'nelle, MC Trey, Maya Jupiter, 13th Son, Eternia
and DJ Regal and has licensed his music for TV campaigns in the US and France.
Nick’s Article One Events has been at the forefront of Caribbean / Tropical / Reggae Music in
the Australasian region since 2003 with some of the most successful club nights and
international tours of the genre, including a history-making show with hip hop icons Wu-Tang
Clan in Auckland in December 2018.
Since 1997, he has been sharing his knowledge and experience in the music industry as a
workshop facilitator / educator at institutions such as TAFE, Information & Cultural Exchange
(ICE) and Sydney University and since 2008 as senior instructor at the Australian Institute Of
His latest project, FutureSkool Of Music, opens 2018 and offers a boutique teaching space for
both young people and adults.
Matt is a composer, arranger, trombonist and musical director based in Melbourne.
He has established himself as a versatile arranger that has seen him working in almost every medium from T.V to the concert halls and everywhere in between. His T.V credits include Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two, Australia’s Got Talent, The Singing Bee and Australian Idol, his movie credits include Death Defying Acts (copyist) and Corporate Animals (orchestrator). Matt’s arrangements performed worldwide with notable groups including the Auckland Philharmonia, L.A Mambo All-Star orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Istanbul Symphony Orchestra.
As a musical director Matt runs his own 17 piece big band, he has been musical director for the Kew Festival and the Great Australian Ball which has seen him work with seasoned entertainers including Kate Cebrano, Jon Stevens, Shane Howard (Goanna), Normie Rowe, Mike Brady, Brian Cadd, Frankie J Holden, Bonnie Anderson, Wendy Matthews and Rose Tattoo (Angry Anderson).
Matt has been working in education for the past 16 years at numerous high schools and private institutions, he has presented workshops at various conferences and served as Head of Arranging and Music Production for the Victorian State School Spectacular. Matt is currently the Victorian representative on the executive board of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia (MAGA) and has educational big band and concert band compositions publish by Brolga Music Publishing and JEA Jazz Press.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Victorian College of the Arts, a Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary studies) from the University of Southern Queensland and is currently completing his Masters of Teaching and Learning while still maintain a hectic freelance and teaching schedule.
Andrew Smith is a Sydney based saxophonist who is at the forefront of classical saxophone in Australia. A highly active performer, Andrew can be frequently seen performing in chamber (Nexas Quartet, The Sax Summit) orchestral (Sydney Symphony) and solo settings.
One of the hallmarks of Andrew’s musical endeavors has been his close collaborations with a number of composers resulting in countless premiers of new works. Composers Andrew has worked with include Cyrus Meurant, Tristan Coelho, Paul Castles, Lachlan Skipworth, Mark Oliviero, Mark Bradshaw and Matthew Hindson.
As a member of the Nexas Saxophone Quartet and the Chronology Arts core ensemble Andrew has attempted to further the repertoire of the saxophone through initiating a number of commissions and transcriptions, as well as exploring a number of collaborations with associate artists and cross art collaborations.
Notable festival performances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Adelaide Cabaret, Sydney Festival, Aurora Festival, International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), and World Saxophone Congress. International performances have seen travels to Scotland, France, Hong Kong and China. Andrew has also been involved in a number of live to air radio broadcasts for ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 2MBS. CD releases include: "Ballads of a Pleasant Life" Nexas Quartet/Peter Coleman-Wright (ABC Classics) and "Current" (Nexas Quartet). Through performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Andrew has also had the pleasure to perform solos with pop artists including Natalie Cole, Ben Folds and Conchita Wurst. Andrew has also recorded for a number of soundtracks including the recent HBO/BBC production "Top of the Lake: China Girl" with music by Mark Bradshaw.
In his saxophone study Andrew was awarded both a B.Mus (Hons) and M.Mus from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The study of the latter was undertaken with the assistance of the prestigious Henderson Postgraduate Award. Throughout his tertiary study Andrew won numerous competitions and received a number of scholarships as well as furthering his studies with numerous European sojourns.
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Dr Annie Wong
Dr. Annie Wong is an active pedagogue, soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. Her performances have been described as “imaginative and evocative” and audiences are thrilled by her “powerhouse” exuberance. She has performed across Canada and the United States, with highlights including concerts at Lincoln Center, Koerner Hall, Mazzoleni Hall, and The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Annie received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah University on a full scholarship, studying with esteemed pianist Dr. John O'Conor, and graduating with The Outstanding Performance in Piano Award. She was twice the recipient of the prestigious Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award in recognition of her exceptional academic achievements. She received her Master of Music degree along with the Dean’s Award from the Mannes School of Music as a student of Professor Irina Morozova, and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia as a student of Professor Jane Coop and Dr. Terence Dawson, graduating at the top of her class.
Annie has taught master classes, presented workshops, coached chamber ensembles, and adjudicated festivals and auditions. She has served as instructor of Piano and Music Theory at Shenandoah University and was on faculty at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy. She is currently on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada and is a member of the College of Examiners. Many of her students have achieved success at the RCM examinations in both practical and theoretical subjects, auditions, festivals, and competitions.
Scott Saunders has had a remarkable 40 year musical career as a composer, performer, musical director, producer and educator.
Best known as the founder of dig (aka Direction in Groove) a band that enjoyed success locally and internationally playing at major venues and festivals including, Montreux Jazz and The North Sea Jazz Festival .He received a Gold Record, a MO, two APRA awards and, several ARIA Nominations. dig remain highly respected for their unique contribution to Australian musical culture.
Scott has composed for screen and theatre, including, Dying to Leave (Logie best documentary) and Bondi Rescue, and has been Composer/Musical Director on Large-scale community musical works for the Queensland Music Festival and Festival of Sydney.
In 2016 Scott arranged and produced backing tracks for Dave Mason’s “karaoke” show Dark for the VIVID festival in Sydney.
Scott is a Master of Philosophy (Music) with his thesis on “The Aesthetics of Groove”.
He is happiest behind a grand piano or on a vintage keyboard locking into the groove or a swinging jazz improvisation.
In his role as Program Leader for Specialisation Scott is very excited to be working with students on the passion that drives them and forms the core of their studies. Whether that means the desire to be a singer, musician, actor, composer, technician or manager, it is this motivation that brings students to AIM and will sustain them through their professional careers when they leave.