CURRENT TUTORS (Home visits) 2019/20

CLANCY MCLEOD
(GUITARIST)

Guitar (multiple styles) ; Theory ; Aural 

Clancy McLeod is “a captivating, expressive and very musical” guitarist with a promising future as a performer. After studying classical guitar for two years with Shannon Millard Clancy achieved a perfect score of 50 in VCE music. He subsequently gave a performance as part of The Top Acts program at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Clancy began his studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2015. In 2018 Clancy made it into the finals of the prestigious Adelaide International Guitar Competition. Later that year he was a finalist in the Melbourne International Guitar Competition and won second prize in the 3MBS ‘The Talent’ radio competition. Clancy also was a finalist of the multi-instrumental London Strings Competition in 2018. Clancy completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with top marks and first class honours under the tutelage of Daniel McKay in November 2018.

Clancy is a talented guitarist and a gifted performer, above all though, he is an artist and communicator. Clancy's dream is to share music with new and diverse audiences and to share and encourage passion for music with students.

Clancy is a skilled teacher with several years experience teaching students of all levels. He believes that an encouraging and empathetic teaching style enables students to develop their confidence, as well as freeing them to grow their passion for music. Clancy's aim is to inspire his students as well as to help them develop a firm foundation in essential skills such as technique, sight reading, theory and ensemble skills.

Clancy is an Australian musician and is currently based in London where he is freelancing and studying privately. In his free time Clancy loves hiking, reading and getting outdoors.

GABRIELĖ BIELSKYTĖ
(SINGER / STAGE PERFORMER)

Singing (classical/musical/pop) ; Piano ; Aural 

G.Bielskytė in 2010 graduated from Kaunas J. Gruodis Conservatory focusing on singing. She continued her studies at VMU Music Academy for Performing Arts, completed the study program and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in 2014, following it up 2 years later with a Master’s degree in Music. Starting 2014 she participated in master classes with a Swedish music artist Boel Adler and since 2016 participated in master classes with Derek Barnes. 

 

In 2014 she started working in Kaunas State Musical Theatre and in 2016 getting her first main role act of Carmen in F. Wildhorn’s musical "Carmen" for which she won a Kaunas theater "Fortune" award for the best debuting lead actress. The Same year she showed an outstanding performance in J.Larson’s musical “Rent” playing as Mimi. Since then she took on many more main roles like Aida In 2017 - Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “Aida”, Roxie Hart in 2017 - Johan Kander’s musical “Chicago”, Lucy Harris in 2018 - Frank Wildhorn’s musical “Jekyll and Hyde”. Esmeralda in 2018 - Riccardo Cocciante’s musical “Notre-Dame de Paris”.

MELIZA METZGER-GOMEZ
(SOPRANO)

Colombian soprano Meliza Metzger-Gomez recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Catherine Benson and Iain Ledingham. In 2016 graduated from the Conservatoire of Bordeaux obtaining her Diploma of Musical Studies in voice under the guidance of Sharon Coste. Meliza holds a bachelor degree from the Universidad los Andes (Colombia) in Music and Italian language and Cultural Studies.
 

Previous operatic experience include Belinda in “Dido and Aeneas” at Uniandes, Bogota, Queen of the night ”Die Zauberflote” in Concert version, Clorinda « la Cenerentola » and Adina “L’elisir D’amore” performed in a tour in Cinque Terre, Italy with Iain Ledingham, Marie "La fille du regiment", Giulietta “I capuleti ed I Montecchi” (RAM VF), Carolina in « il matrimonio segreto » , Prima sorella cercatrice « Suor Angelica » (CNR Bordeaux). In June 2017, debuted as soloist at the Auditorium of Bordeaux in the scheme of « La fête de la musique » noon recitals from the Opera of Bordeaux.
 

Oratorio repertoire include F. Beck Stabat Mater and Bernstein Mass with the Conservatory of Bordeaux Orchestra, Exultate Jubilate K.165, Mass C minor K.427 and Cantatas BW4, BW211, Purcell Te Deum with the University of los Andes Orchestra, chorus Soprano 1 on Mahler Symphony n.2 under the baton of Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
 

As an academy student with a big interest on bringing music to the community Meliza took part in community projects with the Open Academy, working mostly with primary schools and care homes. She continues taking part on outreach projects in Colombia working with children choirs and the exploration of operatic repertoire. Future engagements include recitals at the Festival Lent in Maribor, Slovenia and The 31st international Festival Imago Sloveniae in Ptuj, Slovenia.

RUSNĖ TUŠLAITĖ
(SOPRANO)

Singing ; Piano ; Aural ; Theory 

Singing ; Piano ; Aural ; Theory 

Rusnė Tušlaitė is a Lithuanian Soprano currently studying at Royal Academy of Music. Since 2011 Rusne was studying in Panevezys Vytautas Mikalauskas Art Gymnasium under teacher- methodist Edita Sargautyte, during the time she also had private weekly lessons with Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre‘s Associate Professor Jolanta Ciurilaite. She is continuing vocal studies with Professor Nuccia Focile and vocal coach Marek Ruszczynski since 2017.

Rusne is a winner of 6 National and 2 International grand prizes in singing competitions in Lithuania. As a winner she performed at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lithuania in the gala concert of television contest “Dainu Dainele 2016“. Same year her biography was published in the autobiographies’ book ‘Who will become who. The future of Lithuania’ as one of the most talented students in Lithuania. Rusne was also awarded with entrance scholarship at RAM, got commended in Historical Women Composer Prize 2018 as well as received Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize for Year 1 singing in the UK. In October 2018 with the highest mark for a singing exam in her course, she represented academy in '25th Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers'. Rusne is also emplyed as a Soprano in The Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme.

She is often requested to sing in concerts and masses in Panevezys, Kupiskis, Troskunai (Lithuania) and to collaborate with orchestras such as Naujamiestis brass band 'UP', Pereksliai brass band 'Sun'. Rusne also sang with Panevezys brass band 'Sound'. She is hoping to expand her horizons and experience performing solo in the UK and abroad.

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