Education & Awards

Awards, scholarships and merit-based organisations:
  • Downbeat Student Music Award: UNT Two O’Clock Lab Band member (2012-2013) – Best University Large Jazz Ensemble (graduate-level winner, 2014).
  • Downbeat Student Music Award: Juan Chaves Big Band member – Best University Latin Group (graduate-level winner, 2014).
  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society – (member since 2014).
  • ANU Staff Development Scholarship – full subsidy towards Graduate Certificate in Management (2011).
  • Big Brother Movement (BBM) Scholarship – funding towards further study with Tommy Smith and Gilad Atzmon as well as professional experience in the United Kingdom (2006).
  • Australian National University (ANU) University Medalist – exceptionally high achievement in music (2005).
  • ANU Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Award – awarded to the highest achieving graduate of their year at the ANU School of Music (2005).
  • Golden Key International Honors Society  – (member since 2003).
  • Burgmann College Academic Achievement Award for Music (2002).

Formal education (post-secondary):
  • 2014: Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Performance), University of North Texas College of Music, under the tutelage of Prof. Bradford Leali.
  • 2012: Graduate Certificate in Management, Australian National University College of Business and Economics.
  • 2005: Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance (Saxophone) with First Class Honors, Australian National University School of Music, under the tutelage of Mr. John Mackey.

Supporting studies:
  • 2006-2014: music study with internationally renowned artists: Tommy Smith (2006, UK), Gilad Atzmon (2006-7, UK), Barry Harris (2007, UK), Paul Wertico (2007, Ireland), Mornington Lockett (2009, UK), Jamie Oehlers (2010, Australia), Rich Perry (2012, USA), Dan Higgins (2014, USA), Bob Sheppard (2014, USA).
  • 2010: Professional development course Foundations of University Teaching and Learning, Centre for Educational Development & Academic Methods, Australian National University.
  • 2007: Attendance at international jazz forum/summer school Sligo Jazz Project (Ireland).
  • 2006: Attendance at international jazz forum/summer school Global Music Foundation (Italy).