DAPA Tutors

Our tutors treat every student as an individual and not just a number. Our students always have fun while working hard and learning the real disciplines associated with the performing arts.

 

Our staff are governed by DAPA’s core values:

 

  • 1. Our students are at the centre of everything we do
  • 2. Kindness, respect and dedication are the cornerstones of our culture
  • 3. A real passion for what we do
  • 4. Striving for excellence in all things
  • 5. Continuous improvement
  • 6. Together is always better

Andre David: FIEMS, DAPA’s Artistic and Vocal Director

DAPA’s Director, Andre David started performing at the age of five and has over 15 years’ experience in teaching and direction.

An award-winning and critically acclaimed voice teacher, conductor and artistic director, Andre comes from a long line of professional singers and theatre personalities. An authority in his field, Andre has trained extensively in singing and vocal technique, choral direction, theatre and acting, and several dance styles including tap and street jazz. He is particularly passionate about musical theatre which combines all these skills to create some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring fruits of man’s creative capacity.

Andre has nurtured and developed over a thousand students through private lessons and school programmes and directed numerous critically acclaimed theatre productions both locally and overseas. His creative method of teaching develops not only performing arts excellence but gives practical lessons in key life skills.

He has produced and directed many major productions, is an Artistic Director of the Colombo Music Festival and Vice President of Voice and Performance for the Voice Over Festival of Performing Arts, an association of the British Arts Festivals Network.

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DAPA Board of Advisors

Nola Formentin

Consultant Choral Music and Voice Specialist

Graduated in 2010 from UWA, Nola Formentin holds an honours degree in classical singing. Since 2007, she has been a member of the West Australian Opera Chorus and has performed for audiences in over 25 productions. At the age of 10, Nola started to play the trombone and in 1982 was awarded a scholarship to study at the Perth Modern School. Throughout her studies she honed her skills as a concert band performer, orchestral member, jazz trombonist, and as a choral singer. She was awarded, in 1987, the Outstanding Music Student Award upon her graduation and continued on to win many musical award to her name.

Throughout the years Nola continued to improve her knowledge and skills in music. She served in the army as a musician and studied classical voice in 1991 at the Queensland Conservatorium under instructor Harry Coghill. After her discharge from the army in 1992, she returned to Perth and pursued her passion for music by participating in singing and playing opportunities with various groups, recording an album in 1996, and studying jazz trombone. Along her journey, in 2008, she was offered a position of voice tutor at Mercedes College in Perth. She has tutored over 200 students at the school and four of her classical students have gone on to study Masters Degrees in Manchester and London.

In 2013 Nola became the Vice President of Operabox Inc before resigning in 2015 to pursue a humanitarian role overseas in Malawi. She will be coordinating a volunteer programme in the township of Monkey Bay and hopefully in 2017 she will be able to begin a music programme encompassing instrumental, vocal and performance based learning with the children of the surrounding villages.

Prof. André De Quadros

Patron and President

Prof. Andre De Quadros – Conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, and human rights activist,having conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries. Professor of Music, Music Education Department, College of Fine Arts; Affiliate faculty: African Studies Center; Center for the Study of Asia; Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations; and Prison Education at Boston University; Member, Interkultur’s World Choir Council; Artistic Director, Aswatuna – Arab Choral Festival; Editor, Cambridge Companion to Choral Music (Cambridge University Press); Former Associate Professor and Director, Music Performance at Monash University School of Music—Conservatorium, Australia; Former Artistic Director, Melbourne International Festival of Choirs. (www.andredequadros.com)

Mary Anne David

Consultant Vice President, Vocal and Choral Direction

Andrew David

Consultant Vice President, Theatre and Production

Anne Wijesinghe

Consultant Vice President, Drama and Creative Education

Anil Wijesinghe

Consultant Vice President, Management and Success Education

Haadia Galely

Consultant, Event Management and Arts Advocacy

Dr. Vijith Kannangara

Consultant, Advertising, Publicity and Fund Raising

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