Fairholme College works with a close network of many professional artists to provide opportunities to enrich both The Arts Program and each student on an individual basis. Please see Tuition forms to the right for further information.
Louise Buttsworth was brought up in Toowoomba, and attended Rangeville State School and Fairholme College. In her senior year at Fairholme in 1986, she was a prefect and Music Captain.
During her school years, Louise studied piano with a Toowoomba teacher of great renown, Mary Childe. Louise studied psychology and music at USQ for a Bachelor of Arts, and was awarded the A. Mus. A. (a performance diploma) in piano from the AMEB during that time.
After obtaining first class Honours at USQ, she then completed the Master of Arts at the University of Queensland. Throughout these 7 years of academic study, Louise taught piano and bassoon privately. She married David Buttsworth in 1991 and in 1994 they moved to Oxford (England) for nearly four years.
In the UK, Louise taught piano both individually and in groups at a music school, and also developed and ran music groups for rehabilitation patients in two hospitals where she worked as a psychologist assistant. She also had their first two children while in England (Timothy and Jonathan). The family arrived in Toowoomba towards the end of 1997, and have enjoyed being in this city ever since.
Louise has taught both piano and bassoon privately in her home since October 1997. In the year 2000 she was awarded the A. T. Mus. A (a teaching diploma) in piano from the AMEB, and her third baby, Tabitha, was born. Louise was Secretary for the local branch of the Music Teachers’ Association from 1998 - 2002, President 2003 - 2007 and then Secretary 2008 - 2010.
She enjoyed playing the bassoon for the Choral Society's “Westside Story” (in 1999), “Brigadoon” (in 2001) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (2003). In 2001-2004, she was employed by the Music Department at USQ for accompanying, lecturing and marking.
Louise commenced teaching piano at Fairholme College in July 2003, and currently has a large teaching practice both at home and at school with students ranging in age from Prep to Year 12 and ranging in ability level from beginners to A. Mus. A. level. Louise has also been on the piano sub-committee for the Toowoomba Eisteddfod since 2010.
She has also been heavily involved in her church over many years where she performs as a musician, teaches Sunday School, is a youth leader and also organises an annual music camp for 50-60 children each Easter. Most recently, Louise has completed a Diploma of Counselling.
Cert TTC, AMusA (Performers), LTCL (Performers and Teachers) Vocal Teacher – Co-ordinator of Fairholme Singing Studio
While still at Primary School, Gwenyth Summers gained a coveted place as a foundation piano student at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Nora Baird. She later studied with Dr William Lovelock, the Foundation Director, completing several diplomas while at the Home Science Teachers Training College. As well as being awarded Dux of her final year, she also formed a College choir. Upon returning to Brisbane from country service in Yeppoon (where Gwenyth formed two more choirs and sang leading roles at the local musical societies), she studied singing at the Queensland Conservatorium with Dr Peter Martin, and also performed various leads with the Queensland Light Opera Company.
Gwenyth married Sydneyite John Chappell, and in the same year was awarded two scholarships at the Conservatorium in Sydney – one to the Opera School and one for singing tuition for 5 years with Elizabeth Todd OAM. Her successes included numerous prizes at Queensland and Sydney Eisteddfods, The Singers of Australia Award, and solo performances for a number of consorts and choirs both in Sydney and Brisbane.
In Toowoomba, Gwenyth is proud to be at Fairholme College commencing on the Academic Staff in 1989. In the same year, at the College’s request singing lessons began as well with Gwenyth Chappell (her motto, ‘Striving for Excellence’) and now, in particular helping the many talented girls to reach their singing potential. This includes examinations, eisteddfods and/or singing for enjoyment. At the end of the year, each student is encouraged to sing at the Fairholme Singing Studio Recital.
In 2010, Fairholme’s Bella Voce Ensemble was formed to accommodate former singing students who are pursuing tertiary studies.
Martin Crook has been at the forefront of music making in Australia for nearly 40 years. His teachers include John Marc St. George, Gabor Reeves, Donald Westlake and Don Burrows.
Martin was previously Lecturer in Woodwind at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
In an orchestral career spanning more than 25 years, he held positions of Principal Clarinet in the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Associate Principal Clarinet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and was a member of the Australia Ensemble in 1986. As a freelance musician during this time he also toured with the Leningrad-Kirov Ballet, Shirley Bassey, Matt Munro, Phil Collins and Tom Jones.
For ten years from 1997 - 2007 as woodwind lecturer, was a member of the trio in residence at USQ; The Phoenix Ensemble with Wendy and Andrew Lorenz, touring South East Asia and making many recordings for ABC Classic FM. His artistic partnership then coupled with keyboard lecturer, Marilyn Meier-Kapavale and cellist Matthew Kinmont from the QSO. Apart from collaborations with renowned Organist and accompanist, Dr. Phillip Gearing, Martin now works as a Woodwind specialist, at Fairholme College, Toowoomba, directing ensembles and teaching clarinet and saxophone.
He regularly travels to the United Kingdom every January as a guest artist and pedagogue at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and is currently undertaking research into English clarinet virtuoso, Frederick Thurston (1901-1953).
Elizabeth’s 17 year career in music has encompassed piano, vocal, violin, ‘cello and theory tuition; choral, vocal and instrumental accompanying; and choral and strings conducting in a variety of schools, churches and societies in the Toowoomba area.
She currently teaches piano, theory and singing and has recently been appointed as the Conductor of the Fairholme College Year 7 Vocal Ensemble and The Toowoomba Choral Society adult choir.
The activities Elizabeth has been involved in throughout her career have given her numerous opportunities to collaborate with a wide range of esteemed musicians, and the zeal to nurture and encourage the next generation of musicians.
Nicola Hayden is a freelance flautist who performs regularly as a soloist and in ensembles of various genres. As an educator, she currently teaches flute at USQ and at local colleges.
Nicola has studied with a number of noted flautists in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Holding a Master of Music performance degree, Nicola is the recipient of numerous bursaries and awards, including the USQ Joyce Campbell-Lloyd Scholarship for Overseas Musical Studies and the Empire Theatre Brian Boak Developing Performer Award.
Elizabeth Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Violin) and Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, and an LMusA on both Violin and the Viola.
She is a member of Camerata of St John’s, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and performs with them regularly in concerts, festivals and tours around Australia.
Elizabeth taught at a number of Brisbane schools until moving to Toowoomba where she is now based.
Mal Gaydon has over thirty years experience teaching Brass Instruments around Toowoomba including Lower Brass Tutor at U.S.Q since 1982 and Lower Brass Specialist at the Anglican Church Grammar School Brisbane in the early nineties.
Mal has a Diploma of Creative Art [Performance], Bachelor of Art [Music] Majoring in Conducting and Arranging and a Diploma of Secondary Education majoring in Music and Visual Art. Mal has been principal Trombone with the former Qld Philharmonic Orchestra, Qld Pops, Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Military College Band Duntroon.
Mal has also performed with James Morrison, Don Burrows, Phil Emanuel, John Farnham and Kylie Minogue to name a few. Mal has also recorded commercially on Trombone, Trumpet and Tuba. Mal currently teaches at Fairholme College, Downlands College, St Joseph’s College , Mater Dai Primary and the U.S.Q.
Ian started drumming whilst in high school but there was little opportunity to study music as he lived in a small rural town.
After completing high school Ian moved to a large city and started private tuition. After several years of private study he joined a military band as a full time musician, remaining there for nine years. Ian then studied percussion at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) Hollywood, USA. Its location permitted Ian to be taught by, and exposed to, top professional musicians.
Ian has performed on several shows including: Annie, Grease, I Love My Wife, Singing in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, Me and My Girl, Sweet Charity and Tell Me on a Sunday. Ian currently plays in the Paul Edwards Quartet and occasionally with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra.
Allana is an Honours graduate in Drama from the University of Queensland. She holds an ASDA from the Australian Music Examinations Board, and works for the board as an examiner in Speech and Drama. Allana has taught in this area for over twenty years.
She has performed in a range of amateur and professional productions, devised performances for the Queensland Museum and toured with the Queensland Arts Council. She has also enjoyed performing in Shakespearean tragedy.
One of her favourite roles was Constance in Trocadero’s “King John” at Brisbane’s Boggo Road Gaol. Since moving to Toowoomba Allana has taken great delight in performing in a number of Empire Theatre productions.