Michelle is an alumnus of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, having held Principal Flute and Piccolo positions with the flagship orchestra between 2017-2019. Michelle holds a First-Class Honours degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Flute Performance. Her research was based around how harmony and theory could benefit performance, with a focus on Baroque repertoire.
Michelle teaches flute at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy and at various high schools around Sydney. She launched a theory programme at Willoughby Girls High School, which offers co-curricular theory classes for students wishing to sit the AMEB exams and to enhance their practical understanding. Michelle holds a passion for theory and musicianship, and is excited to share her knowledge with SYO’s young musicians.
As an avid performer as well as an educator, Michelle has been performing in symphony orchestras since the age of 12, and chamber ensembles since the age of 14. She has won multiple awards including the National KBB Award (NZ), Gold Award at the Summa Cum Laude Festival (Austria), and the Greenburg-Gurney-Jensen Scholarship (AU). She has also been a soloist with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Flute Ensemble. Michelle holds the strong belief that a good education in theory creates a better understanding of the music we perform, and therefore allows us to connect with our audiences more closely.