Our People


Justine Cormack – Chair and Music Advisor

A staunch advocate for the enormous creativity that exists within the arts community of New Zealand, Justine actively supports and promotes this creative wealth both here in NZ and internationally. From 2002 to mid-2017, as a founding member and violinist of NZTrio, she was instrumental in the commissioning and performing of close to 40 works from NZ composers, proudly showcasing these compositions within the trio's diverse programmes on the world stage. NZTrio also struck up an inspiring relationship with NZ's 'avant-garde' luxury fashion house WORLD, and Justine continues to collaborate with them, proudly wearing their bold, colourful and witty clothing.

An active recording artist, she regularly guests as Concertmaster, and is a sought after adjudicator for competitions and tertiary exams. Some recent highlights have been her involvement on the first four international judging panels of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and the highly acclaimed release of a Douglas Lilburn Duos recording with pianist Michael Houstoun.

Justine's notable orchestral career saw her appointed to NZSO Sub-Principal 1st-Violin in the 1990's, followed by Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia from 2000-2004, where she was regularly featured as soloist.

A graduate of the University of Canterbury, Justine has a Masters degree from San Francisco Conservatory and a Doctoral degree from Stony Brook in New York. She has taught violin at Wellington’s Victoria University and held a position as Violin Lecturer at The University of Auckland.

Peter Hubscher – Co-founder and Treasurer

Peter had a career with Montana Wines from 1973 when he started as Chief Winemaker, and became Managing Director in 2003. He was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1998 for his services to the wine industry, and in 1999 named Executive of the Year in the Deloitte Management Magazine Top 100 Awards. Peter was a Director of Ports of Auckland Limited and Auckland Regional Holdings.  He held positions on the Boards of NZ School of Music. the World of Wearable Arts, and is currently a Trustee of the NZ String Quartet.

Pam Hubscher – Co-founder and Secretary

Pam’s vocation in life has been in providing educational opportunities for people with few advantages, whether as a primary school teacher, teacher of English for migrant and refugee women, parent and foster parent . Apart from the “regulation” piano lessons and school choir as a child, her interest in music is as a keen listener rather than a performer.

Barbara Glaser – CEO of Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra

Barbara has been the CEO of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since April 2006. She holds a B Mus and B.A. from the University of Melbourne, majoring in music performance and art history. She has taught music and been involved with orchestras for all of her professional career beginning by heading the brass department at PLC Melbourne and simultaneously founding a chamber orchestra.

Belinda Kusabs

Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour, who made the first school contacts for us.  She continues to give us valuable advice and assistance on staffing and school administration.

Jonathan Tommy - Consultant Engineer

Murray Rutherford - Retired Financial Consultant 



Catherine Blomfield MA (Hons) BEd (Hons) - Manager

Catherine Blomfield comes from an education background, having taught for 25 years in the Primary sector, the last nine as a music specialist in Intermediate schools. In 2007 she was part-time Primary Music Facilitator at Team Solutions, Auckland. On leaving the teaching profession, she embarked on further study, completing a Masters degree in Arts Management at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Catherine is also heavily immersed in choral music, and sings soprano in various Auckland-based choirs such as Musica Sacra and Bach Musica. She has been a member of the Auckland committee of the New Zealand Choral Federation and has coordinated both The Kids Sing and The Big Sing competitions for school choirs.

Catherine is passionate about continually striving to find new ways to help students and community groups engage with the orchestra. Her duties at the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra included managing the annual APO Orchestral Summer School, APO Dance Project and various community events involving interaction with the orchestra. Catherine also enjoyed programming and managing APO 4 Kids and Kiwi Kapers education concerts.


James Bush - Teacher of Cello

Charles Brooks - Teacher of Cello

Andrew Robinson - Teacher of Violin

Eric Scholes - Teacher of Double Bass

Jacob Fraser - Teacher of Trombone

Albert Lee - Teacher of Percussion/ Resource Coordinator

Yid-Ee Goh - String tutor and Mentor

Tim Sutton - Teacher of Trombone and Band Leader

Jennie Khan - Teacher of Cello and Double Bass

Rebecca Celebuski - Teacher of Percussion

Miyo Yoon - Teacher of Violin

Hannah Viskari Griffiths - Teacher of Saxophone and Band Leader

Teacher of Cello and Double Bass

Robin Snape - Teacher of Cello and Double Bass

Robin grew up in Auckland, studied at Otago and Auckland Universities, and pursued postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she worked and taught as a freelance cellist. 

Robin teaches the cello, and is a member of the Nikau String Quartet, a group with a passion for playing great music from classics by Bach to jazz.

As cello teacher with the trio of string teachers including Lyn Insley and Loata Mahe, Robin has worked for TMT since 2008, and now has Year 5 and 6 students at Papatoetoe East Primary, and Year 7 and 8 students at Papatoetoe Intermediate. 

Teacher of Brass instruments

Katherine Clayton - Teacher of Brass instruments

Katherine was inspired to play the trumpet at the age of 11 and it has been an important part of her life ever since. She is a Registered Nurse by profession but  has enjoyed passing on the skills and joys of playing brass to the younger generation, previously for the Manurewa Junior School of Music and now for the Tironui Music Trust. 

Katherine has been a longstanding stalwart of the Manukau Concert Band's trumpet section and has enjoyed being part of the band's strive for excellence, which has made it a regular Gold Award winner at the annual Concert Bands Association Festivals.

Seeing a 9 year old child master their first notes on a trumpet or trombone, and helping  them make musical sense from the squiggles on the page,  gives Katherine great satisfaction.

Kathryn Stevenson - Teacher of Flute

Kathryn teaches flute at Papatoetoe West and Puhinui Schools. Her profession is Music Therapist and she has worked in New Zealand, Australia and USA with children with multiple disabilities.

Kathryn also plays the flute with the Manukau Concert Band. Read more at www.musictherapy.co.nz.

Natalie Tantrum BMus (Perf)(Hons) Auckland University, Professional Performance Diploma (RNCM, UK) - Teacher of Violin and Viola

Natalie is experienced and accomplished in a variety of musical disciplines - performing, teaching, mentoring, directing groups, facilitating music therapy, composing, and arranging music. She looks for ways to find fun and celebrate beauty in music – bringing stories and visual art into her work.

Natalie has worked as a trainee music therapist (Music Unlimited), workshop presenter in special schools for children with disabilities or behaviour issues as part of a team of musicians (Live Music Now! UK), Junior Fellow in Chamber Music, RNCM and Assistant Tutor, Chetham’s School, Manchester, U.K.

Other activities include working as a professional musician, music teacher, community string orchestra director (Mozart Orchestra), orchestra leader (Auckland Chamber Orchestra), Buskaid Project helper (1998, Soweto).