Kerry Nicholson


What do you teach at WollCon?


What genres do you teach?

I’m open to discussing vocal health in all music genres, but my students generally sing from folk and popular hits, through to jazz, music theatre, classical and opera. 

What is it that you love about teaching music – particularly at Wollongong Conservatorium?

I love teaching dedicated and keen students and have been impressed by the beautiful voices and people I have met while at the Wollongong Conservatorium on the lovely Gleniffer Brae campus.  I am especially looking forward to the ‘community’ which is unique to the Wollongong Conservatorium and watching the students perform in concert.

Please share a particular career highlight and why it’s special to you.

I would have to say a career highlight was winning the Australian National Aria Competition in Canberra.  Not only because this was a significant personal achievement, it enabled me to further develop as a musician performing lead roles in operas in Italy and Austria. 

What’s one piece of music that you’d recommend people listen to?

This one is so hard to answer. There is just so much great music out there in so many different time periods and genres to possibly pick one. Probably the song (aria) which most inspired me to train at singing was the Queen of the Night’s (Hell’s vengence) from The Magic Flute, by Mozart.