Meet the Faculty
Head of Faculty Janette Kelly has been teaching music in Qld secondary schools for over 30 years. She developed an extensive Performing Arts Department at The Glennie School in Toowoomba and has since been Head of Department at All Saints Anglican School and currently at St Hilda’s School on the Gold Coast. Janette has been the chair of both the QSA Toowoomba and Gold Coast District Music Panels, President of the Toowoomba Eisteddfod Committee and on the founding Board of Directors of Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre.
Janette was also involved in the development of both the 2004 and 2013 Qld Senior Music Syllabii and the respective revision of the 2008 Music Extension Syllabus . In 2015, she has been part of the QCAA Senior Curriculum and Assessment Music Working Group. Janette was the recipient of an Australian Government Quality Teacher Program’s Recognition of Excellence in Teaching School Music Education Award in 2007 and is a member of ASME Qld, co-convening their 2011 National Conference held on the Gold Coast and currently being Secretary of the ASME Qld Chapter.
Louise Emery holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours from the University of Adelaide and a Diploma of Secondary Education from Victoria University.
Her teaching career began in Ballarat, Victoria in 2009 where she held instrumental positions at St. Patrick’s and Loreto College’s teaching the flute. In 2010 she commenced at part-time contract at Ballarat Clarendon College teaching classroom music across junior, middle and senior year levels, including direction of concert bands, choirs and musicals. In 2012 she was made a permanent member of staff at Ballarat Clarendon College. In July 2015 Louise joined the St. Hilda’s Junior School faculty as a full-time permanent member of staff teaching classroom music from Pre-prep to Year 4, and direction of the Prep/1 and 4, 5, 6 Choir; Co-director of 4, 5, 6 Vocal Ensemble and Junior Concert Band.
Prep/1 and 4, 5, 6 Choir; Co-director of 4, 5, 6 Vocal Ensemble and Junior Concert Band.
Antony Zambolt holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University where he studied with acclaimed concert pianist Gerard Willems and toured internationally as a member of the Sydney Conservatorium Chorale. He spent a number of years post-study undertaking a variety of artistic pursuits, including conducting various Gold Coast Youth Orchestra ensembles and being co-producer and musical director of his own repertory company, Emerging Artists Productions.
Antony commenced his teaching career in 2003 through Education Queensland and has been a permanent part-time member of the St Hilda’s staff since 2005, teaching classroom music from Years 7-10 as well as the specialist areas of Piano, Theory and Woodwind. He is director of both Big Band and the Year 4-6 Vocal Ensemble, co-director of both the Middle / Senior Concert Band with Mr Chen Yang and Junior Concert Band with Mrs Louise Emery and accompanist for the Year 4-6 Choir.
Antony is a member of ASME and the current Treasurer of its QLD Chapter as well as being the Assistant Musical Director for in-house productions at the Arts Centre, Gold Coast. Outside of teaching, Antony is regularly engaged as a composer, arranger, musician and musical director and enjoys spending time with his young family.
Richard Ham graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1976, having obtained Bachelor of Arts (MusEd.), Distinction in Organ, and L.T.C.L (Organ). Prior to this he had obtained A.Mus.A (Organ) whilst still at secondary school.
He then taught secondary School Class Music in three Brisbane State Schools, as well as TSS (1983-1987) after moving to the Gold Coast . During this time he was the MD for productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, and Westside Story at the school. From 1987 to 1990 Richard was Principal Keyboard in the Showroom orchestra at Conrad International Hotel Broadbeach for the inaugural shows Starz, Galaxies, and Hollywood Legends.
As an organist Richard has played on most of the Grand organs in Cathedrals and town halls throughout Australia, and Christchurch NZ., as well as many parish churches. He has taught piano, organ, theory, accompanied choirs, and been the chapel organist at St.Hildas since the early 2000s, following similar endeavours at TSS and ASAS in the 1990s.