Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff


Phil Snitch

Piano, Vocal, All Brass, All Woodwind, Percussion and Guitar

Phil studied Piano and cornet from the age of 4, completing his grades in piano at the age of 16. He played in many Salvation Army brass bands, mainly on cornet, but also played Euphonium, trombone, tenor horn, and other brass instruments. He commenced studying vocal from a teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium after he finished school, and later completed his grades in both vocal and trumpet. He has taught music on and off for over 40 years. In the 1980’s Phil toured the USA with an elite choir, singing tenor.

Phil arrived in Bathurst in 1994, where he completed a degree in Exercise physiology, partly paid for by teaching piano after hours, then worked as the PDHPE teacher and Sportsmaster at The Scots School Bathurst for three years. After leaving The Scots School, he opened his own fitness business called Fat Cat Fitness which operated for two years, during which time he continued to teach music. After this he began working for the Conservatorium of Music in Bathurst, which continued for a number of years, teaching brass and vocal, as well as conducting many school bands and the conservatorium junior choir.

In 2006 Phil and his wife Cath commenced Harmonikos, to cater for the needs of Bathurst music students, and be an alternative to the Conservatorium. Phil currently teaches most instruments, particularly brass and vocal, as well as teaching at a number of schools around Bathurst. He is also a regular member of the Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as conducting and playing in both the Harmonikos Jazz Band and the Kelso High stage band.

Cath Snitch

Administration and Piano

Having completed her AMEB grades in piano, vocal and musicianship, Cath started teaching piano from her lounge room in 2006.  Cath continues to enjoy teaching piano to students of all ages, and has a particular rapport with autistic children and adult beginners.

When her youngest child was a toddler, Cath formed an interest in developing fun musical programmes for parents and toddlers. She completed her training with Kindermusik, then later developed her own early childhood musical programme to suit the modern Australian family.  No longer leading early childhood classes herself, she mentors and supports other Harmonikos teachers in this role.

Cath completed her Masters is Business in 2016 and oversees the administration and management of the tuition and retail aspects of Harmonikos.

Cath enjoys playing the piano in the Harmonikos Jazz Band . Phil and Cath Snitch are the owner/managers of Harmonikos.

Garry Anderson

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin


Glen Wholohan

All Woodwind, Guitar & Drums

Glen has been part of the Harmonikos team since 2011 and has been playing the clarinet since he was 10 years old and the saxophone since 14.  He began teaching clarinet and saxophone after studying his Bachelor of Music/Teaching at the University of New England, Armidale and moved to Bathurst in 2008. While studying in Armidale he learned to play the guitar and later was trained on the oboe and achieved his 6th grade performance exam on this instrument in 2010. 

Glen is also able to improvise, usually in a jazz context, and plays in local trad jazz band "Cooking With Gas", who recently performed at the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival. In addition to this, he has been a regular in the Bathurst City and RSL concert Band since joining in 2008 and is a member of the Macquarie Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also recently begun a new jazz trio with local musicians. 

John Fuller

Drums

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Chris Dove

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Drums, Piano

Since the age of 8 years old I've been playing musical instruments which include trumpet, bugle, bagpipes, French horn, trombone, piano, drums, didgeridoo and voice. My greatest achievement is the trumpet, completing all grades in AMEB, playing the Last Post at many Anzac services and also playing with the Harmonikos stage band. Having complete grades for French Horn, I've learnt under a well-accomplished music teacher, Phil Snitch, and it's a great honour to now work with him at Harmonikos.

In 2016 Harmonikos has given me a great opportunity to now run a Junior Jazz Band, which is aimed to broaden the students’ abilities to improvise and learn new styles of music with a fun approach.

I approach teaching in a way that helps students to firstly enjoy their musical experiences whilst achieving to their highest musical level. As I wasn't always the model student, I have an understanding from a child's perspective that learning a musical instrument can sometimes be challenging, and I always look forward to sharing the joy of music with others.

Miriam Worrad

Violin and Cello

Miriam Worrad started learning violin at the tender age of 4 and cherishes memories of playing with her great-grandfather throughout her childhood. Her early years were spent in the Suzuki method, later moving on to AMEB and Guild examinations. Miriam has a particular interest in Australian folk music. In 2003 she took up the cello and is continuing her studies in both cello and music theory. 

Over the years she has performed with a number of local orchestral groups and ensembles. Miriam has three young children who have given her a real understanding of the challenges involved in teaching preschool-aged children to play musical instruments. Miriam began teaching at Harmonikos in 2013.

Luke Melton

Vocal, Piano, Guitar and Drums


Elissa Jones 

Trombone and Early Childhood Music Classes

Before working with Harmonikos, Elissa Jones taught trombone for both the Orange Conservatorium and Mitchell Conservatorium. Elissa studies the Alexander Technique with Greg Holdaway and professional development with Phil Snitch working towards the AMEB Associate Diploma of Music in 2016. She is an enthusiastic member of the Bathurst City and RSL Concert Band, the Central West Trombone Choir, Allegri Singers and Harmonikos Jazz.

Elissa loves teaching Early Childhood Music classes at Harmonikos and at Jenny's Kindergarten, and she hopes to inspire students through her own enjoyment of music.

Stewart Snitch 

Instrument Service and Repair

Stewart started learning trumpet at a very early age; he grew up competing (rarely winning) against Chris Dove in most trumpeting occasions, even when they were in the same band. He started working at Harmonikos as an Instrument Repair Technician in 2011. He travelled to Brisbane (in 2012) and Melbourne (in 2015) for training with NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instruments Repair Technicians) and after building up his experience was accepted as a Professional Member of NAPBIRT in May of 2014. Stewart is reasonably capable in playing almost any instrument, which is handy when you need to test if they work! He was the bass player in metal band City Falls, who toured the eastern coast of Australia, playing with many well-known heavy bands and continues to play in a few bands for his own enjoyment. He also plays lead trumpet in the Harmonikos Jazz Band. Stewart spends his alone time writing dodgy dance music on his computer at home, reading his books or spending far too much money on his car.
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