We’re a group of professionals in the fields of music, health, organisational development and the media, who are passionate about bringing high-quality classical music to people with special needs.
Grace Kim – pianist, founding artistic director and president
A Winston Churchill Fellow, concert pianist, artistic director and music educator, Grace Kim believes that quality live music should be accessible to everyone with a desire to hear it.
As a concerto soloist, Grace has performed with the major symphony orchestras of Australia, Belgium, Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, and won numerous prizes in various national and international competitions. Grace was the National Keyboard Winner of the 2000 Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, also receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubillee Trust.
Grace has performed in important concert venues such as Het Concertgebouw, De Doelen, and the Sydney Opera House. Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television in Australasia and Europe.
Grace is now based in Sydney and the Blue Mountains after living and working in the Netherlands for 8 years.
A mother of two young children, Grace has always been an advocate of music education. She has founded Sensory Concerts to provide quality classical music concerts for children with sensory needs.
Grace currently teaches in the Rising Stars Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is the founding Artistic Director of Mountain Concerts, and Blue Mountains Opera Festival.
Jane has over 25 years’ experience providing assessment and treatment services to children and adolescents, adults and families in the public and private sector. She uses a family/person-centred approach to assist in addressing an individual’s core needs. This promotes effective intervention to assist individuals reach their full potential. Jane is experienced working in consultation with GPs, psychiatrists, paediatricians, speech pathologist, occupational therapists, teachers and other health professionals.
She has a special interest in helping children and adults overcome difficulties with anxiety, depression and emotional regulation. Jane has extensive experience assisting individuals with learning, developmental and intellectual disabilities and childhood behaviour difficulties.
Josey is the owner of Josey Sharpe Occupational Therapy and is dedicated to supporting every family she works with, to help their child reach their full potential so that they can actively participate in everyday activities.
Josey grew up in South Africa and moved to Australia in 2005. Josey graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004. She was educated and mentored at the undergraduate level in sensory processing. It was here that her passion for this area of occupational therapy was ignited.
Since moving to Australia, Josey has worked in both community and private paediatric settings. Since 2013, Josey has been organizing and leading social skills groups and school readiness groups in partnership with Nepean Speech and Language.
Jenny Wu is a physiotherapist who specializes in neurological conditions such as Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord injury and Neuromuscular disorders. She is the owner of Rehab Therapies, a specialist allied health service for those with neurological conditions and complex rehabilitation needs.
With over 15 years of physiotherapy experience, she has worked in major organizations and hospitals including St Vincent’s Hospital, War Memorial Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The Cerebral Palsy alliance.
Jenny helped to build the Orthopaedic Surgery service for children with Cerebral Palsy at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she worked closely with leading Orthopaedic surgeons and Rehabilitation Specialists.
During her time at Performance health, Jenny was often confronted with the lack of neurological care providers outside of the health system. Rehab Therapies combines Jenny’s knowledge and experience in clinical care and business. Her vision for Rehab Therapies is to create a sustainable, holistic expert service for adult and children where clients are “Treated Like Family”.
Michelle is an experienced not-for-profit leader specializing in organizational and business development. She is currently the Manager, Widening Participation Office, at University of Sydney. Underpinning Michelle’s career is a deep commitment to improving opportunities and outcomes for young people.
Michelle is the proud parent of two neurodivergent children. As a result of this personal experience, her tertiary music education and her long and proud relationship as a fundraiser for the performing arts, she has a unique understanding of the significance of Your Music.
Teije Hylkema is the Principal Cellist of the Opera Australia Orchestra.
Teije moved from The Netherlands to Australia in 2012 and has worked as a guest principal with various orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra before attaining the Principal position at Opera Australia Orchestra (formerly known as Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra).
He has also performed in close collaborations with violinist Andrew Haveron, accordionist James Crabb, didgeridoo player William Barton and with major art companies such as Opera Queensland, Opera Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Dance North.
In the Netherlands, Teije was the co-principal cellist at the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, an orchestra that specialized in baroque and modern repertoire with chief conductors Jaap van Zweden and Frans Brüggen. He was also a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado.
Louise started her career as a Registered Nurse, with highlights including working and teaching overseas, as well as management and administrative roles.
A mother of three young children, Louise is passionate about accessibility and inclusion, with a particular interest in the disability and aged care sectors.
Helen Tobler is an experienced freelance journalist and writer based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Before becoming a freelancer, Helen was a staff journalist for the national broadsheet newspaper The Australian for 10 years.
As a result of watching her mother’s experience as a cancer patient in hospital and palliative care, Helen believes there is a huge need for the therapeutic benefits of quality live music within the often impersonal and sterile environment of hospitals, and that elderly and not-so-elderly patients deserve the emotional escape that music can provide.
As a parent of two young children, Helen believes all children should have access to the benefits and joys of the arts, no matter what their circumstances or background.