Paula is a Melbourne based flute player and specialist teacher who holds private lessons for children and adults. Paula currently plays regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on a casual basis, has been a 30 year member of Elision Ensemble and held the position of Associate Principal Flute in Orchestra Victoria for 16 years. Paula is a member of the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association and the Victorian Flute Guild.
Paula holds Bachelor of Arts with Distinction majoring in flute and a Graduate Diploma of Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied with Thomas Pinschof and Margaret Crawford. Further, Paula studied in Europe at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Aurele Nicolet, with Alain Marion in France and in England with William Bennett.
Paula is an AMEB examiner, and has examined for many years at the University of Melbourne and as a VCE assessor. A notable proportion of Paula’s students have successfully gained scholarships and competition prizes as well as excellent examination results, including Top Class VCE and the AMEB Leslie Barklamb Flute Award.
Paula is an experienced performer, educator and recording artist, accomplished across a wide range of musical styles. Paula has performed with a wide range of flagship orchestras and with the contemporary music ensemble Elision at all the major Australian festivals as well as concert halls in England, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Norway, New Zealand, China and South Korea. With Elision, Paula’s recording discography includes NMC, Etcetera, Ricordi, BMG , HCR and ABC Classics.
Paula combines a warm, caring and encouraging approach with thorough technical knowledge across the full range of levels. She aims to bring out the absolute best in all her students, and is successful in helping students and parents achieve their objectives through a mastery of the technical aspects of playing and an appreciation of the beauty and joy of music. Her diverse teaching and examining experience, combined with her extensive background as a professional musician, ensures Paula brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to teaching the flute.