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.

Carol Starkey

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Sydney

Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Carol Starkey

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

Carol began her professional career when she joined the 1984 Australian and South East Asian tour of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ starring Marcia Hines, Doug Parkinson and Trevor White.  A fixture in the Sydney Fringe Theatre scene, from performing original works by ‘Not Another Theatre Company’ to major touring shows like: KINSELAS production of Glenn Shorrock’s ‘One for The Money’ and ‘Go Cat Go’, followed by other KINSELAS hit show’s: ‘Soulman’ and ‘The Motown Story’ featured alongside Doug Parkinson and Mark Williams. She then joined the cast of Reg Livermore’s ‘Big Sister’ and ‘Lily Munster’ in ‘Halloween Trick or Treat’ at the Entertainment Centre.

In 1991 Carol played the role of ‘Rizzo’ in the Gordon Frost’s production of ‘Grease’ which earned her a Mo Award nomination for best supporting actress.

On the rock/pop band scene, she has worked with popular bands such as ‘Wa Wa Nee’, supporting Cyndi Lauper on her 1986 Australian tour, also supporting Randy Crawford Australian Tour with Doug Parkinson and lead singer with Sydney dance bands of the 80’s and 90’s- ‘Baby Loves to Cha Cha’ and ‘Hip Hop’, to the more recent ‘Bodacious Cowboys’.

She has sung and toured with numerous Australian and international artists as a backing vocalist including:  Ian Moss, Christine Anu, Kate Ceberano, Marcia Hines, Jon English, Don Mclean & many more- not to mention a stint at the famed ‘Stardust Casino’ in Las Vegas with the TCB Band.

Carol has co-written and performed in her own show-group ‘Vanilla Supreme’ which was specifically devised for the corporate event scene, presenting the songs of Diana Ross and the Supremes. Also, in the Australian touring shows of Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt. She has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Superdome and several Premier’s Concerts at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Apart from many TV appearances and radio commercials, she has lent her voice as lead and background vocalist on the backing tracks for several major stage shows such as:

‘Leader of The Pack’- ‘Dusty’- Jason Gilkison’s ‘Burn the Floor’ and ‘Ballroom’ and

‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’.

Carol holds a Graduate Certificate in Music and has been teaching Voice for the Contemporary and Music Theatre Depts at the Australian Institute of Music since 2002.

    Hugh Fraser

    Position

    Academic Lecturer

    Campus

    Sydney

    Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
    AIM - Australian Institute of Music

    Hugh Fraser

    • Position

      Academic Lecturer

    • Campus

      Sydney

    Hugh Fraser was educated at the Sydney Conservatorium High School and has studied Classical, Jazz and Contemporary music graduating with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies (Sydney Conservatorium) and a Graduate Certificate of Music (A.I.M).  

     

    Hugh has taught at A.I.M since the mid ‘90s and brings a broad, multi skilled knowledge base developed at the highest level of musical performance and tuition. Teaching is about passing this knowledge on so students may best follow their own musical and creative thinking paths into the future.   

     

    Hugh has performed with an enormous list of Australia’s finest performers especially in the Jazz and Musical Theatre Genres such as international artists Lorna Luft (Daughter of Judy Garland), Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Tony award winning singer Lilias White, American theatre star Brad Little (Taiwan and Korean Tours, CD and DVD releases) and Guitarist Dominic Miller (Sting). He performs regularly with Rhonda Burchmore and Grace Knight and has recorded CD’s for Australian theatre legends Judy Connelli, Geraldine Turner and new artists Tyran Parke and Trevor Ashley. Jazz CD’s with Guy Strazz, Leonie Cohen, Richie Cole (US), Dwiki Dharmawan’s World Peace Orchestra (Indonesia) and Jane Rutter/John Huie’s Third Culture.

     

    Jazz credits include American artists Bobby Shew, Richie Cole, drummer Chester Thompson and Dewey Redman. Australian musicians Ten Part Invention, The Kinetic Jazz Orchestra, James Morrison, Ray Aldridge, Jeremy Sawkins, Sandy Evans, Dale Barlow, Guy Straz, Trish Delaney-Brown, Matt McMahon and many more.

     

    Theatre credits include the major Australian productions of 'Guys and Dolls', 'We Will Rock You' (Australian-Japanese tour and Japanese recording), 'Cabaret' Australian tour featuring Tina Arena, Lisa McCune, 'Little Woman', ‘Legally Blond’, 'Company', ‘The Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular’, 'The Hatpin' (Including the cast recording with Caroline O’Conner and Peter Cousens), ‘Miracle City’ featuring Missy Higgins, 'The Producers', 'The Mikado' and 'Pirates of Penzance' featuring Simon Gallaher and Jon English (CD’s, DVD’s and Australian and New Zealand tours).

     

    Please feel free to drop by hughfraser.net for more info.

      Dr Gemma Turner

      Position

      Academic Lecturer

      Campus

      Sydney

      Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
      AIM - Australian Institute of Music

      Dr Gemma Turner

      • Position

        Academic Lecturer

      • Campus

        Sydney

      Dr Gemma Turner is a singer, songwriter and voice educator who has had a broad singing career focussing on a cappella and world music vocal styles. She is best known for her work as founding member and writer/arranger for the high profile nineties all-women a cappella group Blindman’s Holiday, which was described as “the best a cappella group in Australia and one of the best in the world” (SMH).

      She released three CDs and toured the world with them to critical acclaim. She is lead vocalist with The Transylvaniacs with whom she released two albums and toured Europe, singing Hungarian, Romanian and Roma repertoire. Additional musical forays have include early music with Oxford-based Sinfonye, salsa band Banana Republic, originals voice and percussion ensemble Tokakros, Hungarian folk/jazz funk fusion with Jackie Orszacsky and Steve Reich’s Tehillim with the Seymour Group.

      She received her research doctorate from Sydney University in 2011, focussing on body movement and its effect on intensity in contemporary popular voice and her work has been published internationally in peer-reviewed journals. Her recent research focus has been on Australian Aboriginal language revitalisation through song and singing for mental health.

        Nicholas Gentile

        Position

        Academic Lecturer

        Campus

        Sydney

        Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
        AIM - Australian Institute of Music

        Nicholas Gentile

        • Position

          Academic Lecturer

        • Campus

          Sydney

        Nicholas Gentile has established himself as a fine talent in the music industry with shining testimonials concerning theatre, performance and composition. A proud graduate of the prestigious Talent Development Project, Nicholas has performed and studied around the world.

         

        His BMM scholarship allowed Nicholas the opportunity to study conducting on the West End under Denise Ham and Colin Pettit on Les Miserables. In 2013, Nicholas travelled to Broadway through the Talent Development Project to work with composers such as Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, Godspell, Pippin) and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Aladdin), going on to perform in theatre venues around New York and Washington such as Don’t Tell Mamma and The Kennedy Centre. He was invited back as a student in the Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program. Back home in Australia, Nicholas became the Chief conductor of the Sydney Girls Orchestra.

         

        Nicholas was later invited back by the ASCAP Foundation, and has since participated in the development of new musicals as a performer and Musical Director under the direction of Stephen Schwartz.

         

        Nicholas is the composer of La Creole, Together Apart, and a musical short film trilogy online (Identical, Devoted, Loving) starring Philip Quast. He has worked as a composer and orchestrator on various short films for international film festivals. Most recently Nicholas has been commissioned by Fine Music Australia to write a new Opera entitled Émile & Voltaire. His opera was developed in Italy in 2019 as part of the Puccini International Opera Composition Program and will premiere in Lucca, Italy in May 2020.

         

        As a teacher Nicholas has designed the musical theatre curriculum for the Sydney Actors School and continues to teach musical theatre at the Australian Institute of Music,  occasionally joining the staff at NIDA.

         

        Nicholas is the creator and producer of Broadway Reimagined, which is now travelling internationally, throughout the corporate and cruise sectors.