Damien Johnson was introduced to the cello at a very young age by Nathan Wax , who provided a strong technical foundation for his playing, and nurtured a deep love of the instrument.
He then studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Lois Simpson. He was a regular performer at the Conservatorium, and was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, with whom he toured with on several occasions.
He now resides predominantly in Wagga Wagga, as cello and guitar teacher, which has been his base for 14 years., performing regularly as a member of the chamber music group Trio Al Quartetto and other various ensembles.
He has served on the Board of Directors as staff representative, Acting Associate Director, assisting with policy and curriculum development, strategic direction and WHS compliance.
Chris Van Zeyl
With more than 10 years experience managing the office of her own business, Studio Image, and more recently working from a home office for a small local company, Chris brings with her a focus on customer service, professionalism and attention to detail.
Chris joined the team at South West Music in 2012 and she provides a high level of service to parents, students, teachers and staff in the area of office administration.
Returning to the local community, Sivonne brings experience in communication and event organisation gained in a range of organisations in Melbourne and overseas.
Sivonne joined the team at South West Music in 2016 to help organise and promote concerts at South West Music.