Victoria Panckhurst



Victoria is the Director of the Specialist Music Programme at Westburn School. She believes education in Music is extremely important for all children, leading to better brain development, social connection, and psychological well being. Overseeing a programme which nurtures highly achieving young musicians is a dream come true for her. Victoria ensures the Specialist Music Programme at Westburn is a vibrant environment where like-minded children strive for excellence and thrive within a culture of companionship and inspiration. Being of the opinion that there is no such thing as failure if a lesson is learned, Victoria encourages her SMP students to pursue ambitious goals, and to always celebrate their own, and their peers’, success.  Victoria closely mentors each SMP student, and is in regular contact with caregivers and instrument teachers, to ensure opportunities for the children’s enrichment are being identified and provided.”

Jasmine Robb

Jasmine is a passionate and vibrant performer. Having trained in classical voice for six years before completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA), Jasmine has been exposed to a vast array of genres and singing styles. Jasmine’s theatre and performance credits include the Christchurch Earthquake memorials (2014-2016), Phantom of the Opera (Showbiz), Love Is… Cabaret, Oklahoma! (Ben McDonald Productions) Polly in Fairystories – a concert reading, Rhonny in Hair (NASDA), Susie, Yevette, Rose in Joseph K (NASDA), Cherie in Blackrock (NASDA), Guys and Dolls (NASDA), Beauty and the Beast(NASDA), Elaine Paige in Concert (NASDA Chorus), Magical Music of Disney with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NASDA Chorus). In 2015 Jasmine began to vocally train others. This quickly became a great passion for her and she is now teaching full time. Jasmine has a great desire to see young people being taught strong technique in order to master the art of contemporary singing.

Dr Patrick Shepherd


Patrick Shepherd has called New Zealand home since moving here from England in 1991. He is an accomplished composer, conductor, performer, researcher and teacher, and is well-known for his work in the community and with young people. He is passionate about new music, music education and creativity. As a composer his works have been performed in the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, South Korea, China and Australia as well as regular performances and broadcasts in New Zealand. At university he studied composition under Edward Gregson, Stanley Glasser, Robin Walker and Geoffrey Poole. A graduate of Manchester, London and Canterbury universities, Patrick also holds licentiate (LTCL) and fellowship (FTCL) diplomas in composition from Trinity College, London.
Patrick has been involved with the Specialist Music Programme since its inception in 1997. A programme designed to help promising young performers, the SMP provides a seamless link of musical study between Westburn Primary School, Burnside High School and the University of Canterbury. Appointed SMP President in 2017, Patrick takes an active part in working with the young people in the programme, helping out with rehearsals of the orchestra and big band at Westburn School, as well as arranging music for various groups within the programme. As President of the SMP Council, Patrick regularly visits and works with the SMP class at Westburn.
Being a multi-instrumentalist (he holds distinctions at grade 8 level on clarinet, violin and oboe and also plays sax, flute, recorder, percussion, guitar and piano) Patrick studied clarinet under George MacDonald (Northern Sinfonia) and Neville Duckworth (RNCM, English Saxophone Quartet, Northern Chamber Orchestra), Cyril “Paddy” O’Neill, with whom he also studied oboe, and violin under Margaret Eglington and Florence Wilson.  This in-depth knowledge of many of the instruments of the orchestra naturally led him to conducting. Patrick has conducted many orchestras and choirs, including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Garden City Symphony Orchestra and NASDA chorus and he is currently conductor of the Camerata Strings and the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Musical Director of the Festival.
Patrick is also an Honorary Antarctic Arts Fellow, having travelled to Antarctica twice in 2003/2004 and 2016/2017, and much of his current creative work is related to those trips, including painting and poetry as well as music. Somewhat paradoxically, his experience in Antarctica led him to research the medical condition synaesthesia (altered sensory perception), conducting research projects at local and national levels within New Zealand and presenting papers at conferences across Australasia and Europe.

Richard Oswin

MA (Auck), ATCL, LRSM, DipTchg

Richard is well known to many Christchurch musicians through his many years of involvement as pianist, composer, and then Musical Director, of the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival. Along with working as a tutor with the New Zealand Graduate School of Education, since retiring as DP of Elmwood Normal School, Richard is in high demand as a freelance arranger/composer, accompanist, and conductor in Christchurch. On Wednesday afternoons Richard works with the SMP children, and provides support in a number of ways including as a theory, and ensemble tutor, as well as providing accompaniment, and  arrangements for the children.

Jonathan Tanner

Mus.B, PGDip, MA

Jonathan Tanner is a versatile violinist, violist and teacher based in Christchurch. He began violin lessons at the age of six in Motueka, moving to Christchurch ten years later where he attended Burnside High School as a SMP student, and studied with Stephen Larsen. Becoming a professional musician was never the plan, but he enrolled at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington with the intention of becoming a high school music teacher. Very quickly he discovered the possibilities of a performing career through playing professionally with Orchestra Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan completed his Bachelor degree and Post-graduate Diploma in Wellington, during which time he was appointed as concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra and accepted into the World Youth Orchestra in Italy. Chamber music involvement saw his string quartets perform concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand and the Adam International Chamber Music Festival.
In 2013, Jonathan moved to Switzerland to continue his studies. He received his Master degree from Bern University of the Arts in 2015, where he was awarded the top mark for his final recital.
Jonathan’s past teachers include Helene Pohl, Vesa-Matti Leppänen and Monika Urbaniak. He has also participated in masterclasses with Yair Kless, Feng Ning, Benjamin Schmid and Shmuel Ashkenasi and has enjoyed extensive chamber music coaching with artists such as the Tokyo, Takács, Penderecki and New Zealand String Quartets.
Since returning to New Zealand, Jonathan has discovered a real love of teaching. He has also worked with many of the country’s professional orchestras and performs regularly with the Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. He plays a wide variety of musical styles including Classical, Irish and Bluegrass and enjoys improvisation. He also loves to play outside the classical genre and is equally comfortable in a rock or folk band.
Jonathan is involved in SMP as an ensemble tutor. The children enjoy working with Jonathan, especially due to his investment into their sessions. A high standard of performance is reached by every group he works with.

Matthew Lee

MusB(Hons), MMus

Currently living in the United States, while studying a Performance Diploma at Boston University under Linda Toote, renowned flautist and pedagogue, when in Christchurch, Matthew is involved as a chamber music tutor for the Specialist Music Programme at Westburn school.
Matthew’s students have gone on to pass Grade 8 with excellent results and also gain places in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra. From 2014 – 2017 Matthew was the Assistant Conductor of Large Ensembles at the Christchurch School of music and in 2018 was appointed conductor of Windpower and Windjammers, he was also appointed Assistant Conductor of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra in 2016 working with conductor Helen Renaud.
Matthew has participated in masterclasses with Emily Beynon at the International Flute Symposium 2017, which alongside Tony Ferner and Ai Ando-Ferner, he organised and ran to great success. He has also participated in conducting masterclasses with Benjamin Northey (Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra), including conducting the CSO in these masterclasses.
Matthew is an active orchestral flutist. He has been a member of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra since 2012 and was appointed Principal Flute in 2014. He has also been a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra since February 2014, having participated in 6 seasons and has recently been appointed to the position of Section Co-Principal Flute for the 2018-2019 season. Matthew has been playing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and has played in all positions in the orchestra, including acting as Associate Principal and Principal Flute. In 2016 Matthew was also the Fellowship student with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, in this programme Matthew played in rehearsal with the NZSO and had lessons with Bridget Douglas (Section Principal Flute) and Lloyd Hudson (Former Principal Piccolo).
Matthew’s biggest influences in his flute playing have been Anthony Ferner, his teacher of 5 years, James Kortum, Bridget Douglas, Kathryn Moorhead and Eric Lamb. 

Heather Libeau-Dow

Separate to the Specialist Music Programme, Westburn School operates it’s own Junior Extension Music (JEM) programme for students in Years 3&4, taught by Mrs Heather Libeau-Dow.
Heather is well known throughout New Zealand and came to Westburn from an extensive career in music, including lecturing in music at Canterbury University, teaching choir, singing and recorder, and as a specialist in the Orff Schulwerk method. Heather was the first recipient of a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Education with a specialisation in Music Education from Waikato University in 2010.
Heather’s enthusiasm, skill and passion for music are the perfect inspiration for our junior musicians to enjoy JEM lessons and progress in their musical knowledge and skill.
The objective of the JEM programme is to support and inspire junior students at Westburn who display an aptitude for music. Although some JEM students audition for SMP at the end of Year 4 and progress into the SMP programme from Year 5, there is no automatic entry and JEM is not coordinated by SMP. However, Heather works closely with Victoria to ensure that the programme progresses through levels of musical skill and is suitably challenging for our students and we strongly encourage children who currently attend Westburn, and are interested in auditioning for SMP in the future, to attend the JEM classes at years 3 and 4.