Laura Cross
P1 Musical Play & Choir

Laura Cross, BA Hons (Performing Arts - Music Major), PGCE (Primary), is a primary teacher with City of Edinburgh Council and also worked for 12 years with the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS), teaching Kodaly musicianship in Edinburgh primary schools. She has twice travelled to Hungary, to observe best practice in Early Years and Primary music in the home country of the Kodaly method. She studied violin with Maurice Memmot and has played with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra since moving to Edinburgh in 1986.

Mairi Cross
Pre-School Musical Play

Mairi Cross was one of EYM's first pre-school pupils at its inception in 1998, attending classes for 12 years, before becoming an assistant & subsequently joining the teaching staff. She studied both Music Performance and Technical Theatre at Edinburgh College & has several years' experience working in childcare, specialising in early years education. Mairi is the director of Thistle N' Thorn Productions musical theatre company and also takes freelance work in various aspects of theatre.

Anne Giles
Violin, Viola & Orchestra

Anne Giles, B.Ed, LTCL, taught violin & viola at The Mary Erskine School & Stewart's Melville College for many years as well as working with the younger pupils at St. Mary's Music School. She currently teaches violin & viola privately, sings with the Chapter House Singers, plays violin with Scottish Sinfonia and plays early stringed instruments with the Edinburgh Renaissance Band.

Alex Goskirk
Musical Workshop & Choir

Alex Goskirk, BA Hons (singing teaching endorsement), ALCM, studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow, winning the Prize for Vocal Ensemble with the Athena Quartet in her first year. She is a freelance soprano soloist, has worked as a Kodaly musicianship teacher in primary schools and is currently a full-time singing teacher in Stirling Council High Schools. She is a vocal coach for the NYCoS National Girls Choir and was on the music staff of NYCoS Stirling Choir for many years.

Sarah Kegerreis
Cello & Chamber Music

Sarah Kegerreis, BA(Hons), has been playing cello, flute and piano since primary school and is still teaching all three today. At the University of York she received the David Blake prize for orchestral contributions, ran and arranged music for numerous chamber groups, and performed in every context she could, from cathedrals to childrens' musicals. In the years since, she has focused on education and is currently teaching cello and flute privately, teaching piano with Rimmers Music School, and performing solo cello at private functions.

Heidi Kuehne
Violin & Viola

Heidi Kuehne, MSES, PhD, trained as a violinist with Walter Levin, Jens Elllerman, Taras Gabora and LaSalle Quartet and attended masterclasses conducted by Dorothy DeLay. She has performed with the San Jose Symphony Orchestra and enjoyed an active freelance career in USA, including three years playing and touring with commercial artists including Andy Williams, Charles Aznavour, Pia Zadora, Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick. After retraining and spending many years as a research scientist in evolutionary biology, she now plays as a semi-professional violinist in the Edinburgh area and has a private violin & viola teaching practice covering all ages and stages.

Jean Murray
Director & Recorder

Jean Murray, B.Mus, has been organising extra-curricular musical activities for children for over 30 years.  As a freelance flautist she plays at weddings and other functions as well as concerts.  She has taught the flute at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and her private flute-teaching practice covers all ages and stages.  She is a Trustee and former Director of the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust which runs residential courses and occasional days of orchestral playing for children aged 8 to 15.

Simon Rennard
Recorder & Chamber Music

Simon Rennard, MMus, BMus (Hons), LTCL, is a woodwind instructor in Edinburgh schools & takes private recorder & bassoon pupils. Since completing his studies in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Amsterdam, his work as a freelance bassoonist has included playing with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber, Royal Scottish National, London Philharmonic, Britten-Pears, British Youth Opera, Flevolands Symphony & Manchester Camerata. He has also been a double reed specialist for Sistema Scotland in Stirling.

Helen Robbie
Musical Foundations, Musicianship & Choir

Helen Robbie, BMus (Hons), is a music graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, where she studied saxophone with Sue McKenzie and wrote her undergraduate dissertation on the Kodaly method of music education. She teaches musicianship for NYCoS, is Music Director of Accord, an Edinburgh-based female choir, and has worked for a number of Youth Music Initiative projects in nurseries and primary schools. Helen has twice travelled to Hungary to observe best practice in Early Years and Primary music in the home country of the Kodaly method and has completed post-graduate modules in Kodaly Pedagogy with NYCoS and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.