Our People

Sydney Vocal Academy exists for YOU - our wonderful students. We are committed to helping you to achieve your goals and reach your highest potential. It brings us so much joy to see you discover your unique voice & sound, to see you step onto the stage and perform and to confidently move in the direction of your musical dreams.

Our hand-picked teachers are talented and enthusiastic educators & music professionals and they have many years of music studies behind them.

SVA staff are involved in ongoing professional development and we work hard to ensure consistency across all our programs. At SVA we provide great working conditions and mentoring to ensure we continue to attract and retain excellent and committed teachers.

Our Philosophy

We have 3 core values that we seek to cultivate at SVA - Developing Confidence, Unleashing Creativity and Building Community. We've also written a blog about the future of music and how our vision informs our teaching practices, which you can read here.

Developing Confidence
This outcome of learning music cannot be underestimated, and its impact is life-changing. At SVA developing confidence and self-esteem is an integral part of the learning process, and we love hearing reports from parents about how much their children have grown in self-confidence as a result of their work with us. SVA provides a safe place for students to explore and develop their gifts. They are encouraged and empowered to find their own style and sound, rather than simply copying what they hear on the radio.

Unleashing Creativity
To provide a solid musical foundation, SVA programs are designed to simultaneously develop skills and knowledge in repertoire, technique, stagecraft, musicianship and music theory, and contemporary music history/musicology. These skills are taught in an engaging manner that gives students a sense of achievement and a high level of musical literacy.

From this base, students are encouraged to explore, create and refine their own musical expressions and to realise their contribution to the world of music is important and unique

Building Community
Students learn music for a variety of reasons and have different long-term goals. Some SVA students are active or aspiring professionals, while others learn for recreation or just to try something new. No matter what their goals, all students are valued at SVA, and all students are empowered and equipped to become the best musicians they can be.

We love watching our students develop friendships as they encourage, celebrate and support one another. They discover a community of like-minded people and a place where they belong.

Who We Are

Tim Moxey - Creative Director

BMus (Contemporary Voice), AMusA (Musical Theatre), Perf Dip (Modern Singing)

Tim is a highly respected performer & educator, not only at SVA but beyond - teaching masterclasses, workshops and marking tertiary music student recitals. He also has extensive performance and recording experience including television, radio, session vocals, musical theatre, church worship, live concerts and more.

Tim’s teaching philosophy is that students should have fun, while at the same time learning correct and safe vocal production methods. He wants to create singers who have the skills and musicality to deliver light & shade within a song, rather than just belting their way through. He believes technique is important, as many contemporary singers mimic what they hear on the radio, but have little understanding of the intricacies of the voice. Tim is encouraging and patient, and he is well-known for helping students to discover their own unique vocal sound.

Tim - About

Tim is an accomplished musician who specialises in teaching and performing all contemporary styles, including musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz and worship. Tim holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction (Contemporary Voice) from Central Queensland University, as well as an AMusA (Musical Theatre) from the AMEB and an ANZCA Performance Diploma (Modern Singing).

Tim's performance, recording and professional highlights include:
  • Artstart Grant from the Australia Council (2010)
  • Stargazing album (2012)
  • The Voice (2013)
  • Still With Me album (2015)
  • X Factor (2016)
  • The Kind Of Man single (2017)
  • Angels Cast Recording (backing vocalist) - Broadway Records (2017)
  • Ausfest Cronulla (2018)
  • Professional development trip to New York City (2018)
  • Classic Hits of 1976, 1977 and 1979 (2016, 2017 and 2019)
  • Sutherland Shire Mayoral Ball (2018 and 2019)
  • Shire Vibes (2019)
  • Georges River Council Australia Day (2020)

"In a world where everything is instant, the discipline of learning music gives students the satisfaction that comes from honing their craft over months & years and seeing something amazing come out of hard work. You can't learn to sing overnight, but I believe that, with rare health-related exceptions, everyone can be taught to sing well. When I am making music, I feel like I'm doing what I was born to do, and I want to give my students the tools so that they can experience that same feeling." Tim

Read more about Tim's performing & recording activities at www.timmoxey.com.au. Tim's music is available on iTunes, Spotify & YouTube.

Lauren Moxey - Business Director

PhD (Creative Arts) (current), BSc (Psychology), BMus (Contemporary Piano)

Lauren is a pianist who specialises in contemporary styles. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Piano Performance) and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and she is a current PhD (Creative Arts) candidate with James Cook University, where she is researching the evolution of Australian rock music.

Lauren is an experienced educator and performer, and is also the Business Director of Sydney Vocal Academy. She assists in lesson programming and planning our learning pathways, where her psychology studies are put to good use in devising innovative and engaging teaching methods. Lauren and Tim are the proud parents of Jeremy, Nate and Ben.

"As a child and teenager, music was always a really important escape for me. I would spend hours at the piano, playing everything from Bach and Chopin, to Sculthorpe and contemporary popular music. It is such a joy to work with Tim and our other staff to create the kind of music school we would have loved to be part of when we were younger. I believe that high-quality music education provides a lifetime of wonderful musical experiences and has a lasting significance in the life of a child."
- Lauren

Lauren - About

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Our Teachers

Laura - About

Laura Garrick

BTheatre (Music Theatre), Cert IV (Dance)

Hailing from Brisbane, Laura is a passionate and encouraging teacher who holds a Bachelor of Theatre (Music Theatre) from Central Queensland University. Laura has also completed the Certificate IV in Dance at Ettingshausens Pro. Laura is an experienced teacher and an excellent vocalist, with plenty of performance experience. She has played the roles of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Nickie Pignatelli in Sweet Charity, Glinda in the Rockdale Musical Society production of Wizard of Oz, and most recently appeared as Eponine in the Miranda Musical Society production of Les Misérables​​. Laura is also an international children's entertainer and show host, heading such shows as Peppa Pig and Shopkins: Live on Stage throughout Asia.

“Being able to play a part in a student’s journey and influence their understanding and performance of singing is a truly unique and rewarding gift! I find there is a true sense of joy and accomplishment in watching a student grow and thrive, not only in their singing abilities, but also as a person.” Laura

Alexis online 0200 e1579944428350 - About

Lexy Hutchinson

BMus (Music Theatre) (current), Cert IV (Dance)

Lexy is an exceptional singer who is currently studying a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, in order to prepare her for a future career in musical theatre. She also recently completed a Cert IV in Dance at Ettingshausens Pro. She has considerable performance experience, being cast in many amateur productions, most recently playing "Patty Simcox" in Grease and "Lucy" in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. In 2016 Lexy travelled to the US as a camp counsellor, teaching drama at Fernwood Summer Camp for Girls, where she also directed junior productions of Matilda & Little Shop of Horrors.

"Performing has always been such a huge part of my life, which is why I love sharing my love of singing and performing with the students at SVA! I believe that studying music at a young age is so important; it teaches students to work hard at something they are passionate about and to dream big dreams!" Lexy

Freyja - About

Freyja Garbett

BMus (Jazz Composition and Performance)

Freyja is a pianist, keyboardist and composer whose sound and interests encompass an eclectic array of contemporary musical genres. Freyja graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, in Boston MA, USA, where she majored in Jazz Composition and Performance. She has also completed her 8th Grade AMEB classical piano. Freyja has been recording and playing regularly throughout Boston, NYC, Miami, Los Angeles and Australia, and is a rising star in the Australian jazz scene.

“I love teaching and creating music with my students, and helping them to develop a life-long love and appreciation for music, as well as valuable social skills and confidence” Freyja

Billie - About

Billie Palin

BMus (Music Theatre)

Hailing from Dubbo NSW, Billie trained as a strong vocal soloist from a young age. She has acquired experience singing musical theatre, contemporary pop, jazz and and classical repertoire. Billie was a successful recipient of the 2016 Arts NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship, which took her to London’s West End with West End on Demand's Summer Academy where she nurtured her passion for musical theatre. Billie has completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) at the Australian Institute of Music, and aside from performing, has for musical directing (UTS Women’s revue 2018), and developing new performance works with some of Australia’s leading creatives. Billie has had experience in both lead and ensemble roles in various productions both in Dubbo and Sydney, and enjoyed singing jazz and blues as the featured vocalist for the Western Plains Big Band. Billie has always loved teaching, mentoring and sharing her passion for music and performance, and believes that quality music education is vital to the creative development of young people.

"Music has given me the opportunity to express my individual passion and creativity and has shaped me into the person I am today. I am thrilled to help the new generation of young people with big dreams find and develop their own love for music and singing at SVA." - Billie