Current Mentors

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Lena Douglas

Melbourne Pianist Lena Douglas completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music Performance) degree at Victorian College Of The Arts in 2014 and now devotes most of her time to playing and composing original music. 

Her current bands include electro-pop outfit Tetrahedra and cinematic folk ensemble Tulalah as main vocalist. Lena has a wide range of performance experience; she has toured Australia playing keys with Killing Heidi and Bec Sandridge, and has performed at various festivals including Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival and Melbourne International Jazz Festival with contemporary jazz group Lazercatz 2000, and at Falls Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival with ten-piece funk/soul band, The Cactus Channel.

Lena has over 5 years experience teaching piano and is a founding member of  YoWo Music.

Listen to Lena’s music here:

Lazercatz 2000

Claire Cross

Claire is a bass player, vocalist and composer who completed her Honours Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition at Monash University in 2014. In addition to formal studies, in 2016 she was awarded a grant from Creative Victoria's Music Works program to undertake a mentorship with US-based trumpeter and composer Shane Endsley.

Over the past 10 years Claire has carved out a career for herself as a well-respected musician having worked with numerous artists in live performance, recording and touring capacities. Her most recent engagement include performing as a bassist and vocalist for indie-Australiana group The Outdoor Type, and bassist for the folk-pop outfit Saltwood. As a session musician Claire has worked alongside a string of incredible Australian female artists as part of the Her Sound, Her Story Project, which included performances with Ella Hooper, Julia Stone, Vera Blue, Montaigne, Airling and Sampa the Great. She also runs her own improvised jazz-rock ensemble 'The SURFACE project', having releasd a debut full-length album in 2015. 

Claire teaches privately at schools in Melbourne, and is an original co-founder and mentor at YoWo Music.

 Check out projects Claire has been been involved with below:

The Outdoor Type
The SURFACE Project
Her Sound, Her Story

Eilish Gilligan

Eilish Gilligan is a Melbourne-based vocalist, pianist and composer who completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Contemporary Music/Interactive Composition at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015.

She writes and performs in indie-soul band Frida, pop-songwriting project Gummi Venus, and also as a solo artist. She has been performing her own compositions live since she was a teenager, with performances at Falls Festival and Singapore’s Baybeats Festival with Frida. She has also performed at iconic Melbourne venues such as The Toff in Town, Northcote Social Club and The Corner Hotel.

Eilish has had over 3 years experience as a vocal coach and piano teacher, and is also currently working as a publicity co-ordinator at music PR firm, On The Map PR.

Annabelle Tunley

Annabelle Tunley has been a professional musician for her entire adult life. She is a founding member of Aluka, an original vocal trio, who have toured nationally and internationally, and are regulars on the festival circuit. They have released two albums independently and established themselves as the industry's go-to team for backing vocals. They have sung with Clare Bowditch for the last 6 years and have toured with Lisa Mitchell and Missy Higgins.

More recently, Annabelle formed pop/RnB band Ayawatamaya. The band gigged heavily in the Melbourne scene from 2013-16 and have had songs synced to TV in both Australia and the USA.

Annabelle pays her bills by playing weddings on weekends and running music workshops in schools on weekdays.

Nat Grant

Nat Grant is a drummer/percussionist and composer. She's been teaching music in Melbourne for over 10 years and works as a freelance performer and composer across music, theatre, film, and dance. Nat holds a PhD in Composition from the Victorian College of the Arts and incorporates digital processing with acoustic sound sources in her live and recorded works. Nat performs her own compositions regularly in Melbourne, and plays percussion and drums in Afrobeat band Papa Chango and with electro pop artist Emah Fox.