The Blue Mountains is home to many wonderful musicians and Academy Singers is proud to be associated with some of the best of them. If you would like to contact any of these fine instrumentalists, please get in touch with us at Academy Singers and we will pass on your details.


Jane Andino




Jane Andino is a well-known Classical music accompanist in the Blue Mountains area and has accompanied many of our concerts, workshops and Singing Days.  She is the rehearsal accompanist for Penrith City Choir and also accompanies Blue Mountains Youth Choir and Penrith City Children's Choir.

Jane is also an arranger and composer who has specialised in Latin American music.  She has regularly performed in the Blue Mountains with her husband, guitarist Ricardo Andino and with the Tango group Alturas.

Jane is currently working with singer Amanda Handel in Canto Latino, a Trio presenting songs in Spanish and Portugese.

Jane's compositions are available from Australian music publisher, Wirripang

Margo Adelson




Margo Adelson graduated from the Music Department of Sydney University with 1st class Honours and taught there for several years before taking up positions at the universities of Hong Kong, East Asia and Western Sydney. She was a Fine Music producer and broadcaster in Sydney and HK, as well as Concerts Organiser for HKU.

An experienced keyboard player (piano, harpsichord and organ), viola da gambist and singer, Margo is an official accompanist for the Penrith City and Hawkesbury Eisteddfods. She has directed Pure Chants (an a cappella group) and Warrimoo Chorale, and is currently Director of the Glenbrook Community Choir.

Margo has taught at Frensham school, MLC and Meriden, and continues to teach piano and musicianship at her home studio in Springwood.

Amy Johansen




Amy Johansen is University Organist and Carillonist at the University of Sydney, playing the organ in the Great Hall and the 54-bell War Memorial Carillon for graduation ceremonies, recitals, and special events.

In addition to her University duties, she maintains an active schedule as a recitalist on both organ and carillon in Australia and overseas, and has performed with many ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Australia Ensemble.

Born and educated in the USA, Ms Johansen earned the Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate in Organ at the University of Florida. She then completed her Masters Degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Postgraduate study took her to London as a pupil of Thomas Trotter, and Paris where she studied with Naji Hakim. Although her repertoire encompasses all periods of music, it was her first CD, The Embrace of Fire, devoted to the organ music of Naji Hakim, which initially brought Amy international acclaim.

 Ann Palumbo




Ann Palumbo has a background in classical, jazz and contemporary music on both double bass and guitar, but also has a good many other instruments under her belt. She is a songwriter/composer, has performed and recorded extensively with her own and other ensembles and is passionate about teaching. A large part of each year involves the development of performance skills of year 12 music students.

Although a freelance musician, Ann’s recent focus has been as musical director/producer/musician for Ben Noir’s French Cabaret, which she has been touring, and this has since led to other projects, including an invitation from the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra to produce their 50th anniversary recording with commissioned works by Elena Kats-Chernin among others.

Ann is member of acoustic trio RAPT, works regularly in creative ensemble with husband and double bassist/ luthier Paul Laszlo, Jane Andino and violinist Inge Courtenay-Haentjes, as well as being a long standing judge of the Australian Songwriting Association Awards.

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Kedumba Quartet 


Having previously enjoyed playing together in many chamber music settings, Rebecca Daniel, Elizabeth Cooney, Sam Harding and Patricia McMeekin formed the Kedumba Quartet. Between them these four upper-mountains musicians have a wealth of professional performance and teaching experience.

The quartet strives to bring both classical ensemble music and modern contemporary compositions to the community, and have performed numerous concerts supporting a number of local artists, musicians and ensembles in the Blue Mts.

Their most recent collaboration with Academy Singers was 'Broadway & Beyond' at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, in August 2017. Together with guest harpist, Leigha Dark, they accompanied the choir with arrangements of popular standards by Musical Director, Paul Terracini.




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