Hugo is a cellist and teacher, HOD of Music at Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School. In this role, he teaches a wild assortment of musical areas, from a full orchestral programme and a Suzuki Strings programme, to music technology and NCEA Music. This is all in the context of the Steiner Curriculum.
Prior to moving to Steiner, Hugo spent three years heading the Music Department at Mount Hutt College, a special character rural school in Methven, New Zealand. In that role, he taught a diverse bunch of Year 7 to 13 students classroom music and ran the Opuke Ensemble, a ‘Big Band with a Difference.’
During his time in Methven, his students made it clear to him that rural kids deeply desire to be participants and audience members of the Arts and ever since moving to Methven, he has worked hard to improve access to music and the Arts for all his students, regardless of their context. In 2016, Hugo completed his Core Education Vince Ham eFellowship, researching how the music room can become the centre of a vibrant school music scene, feeding off the expertise and inspiration of other scenes. The write up is here.
Hugo conducting the Opuke Ensemble at Mount Hutt Skifield, 2016
Before deciding to focus on being the best teacher he could be, Hugo was a professional cellist working in Freiburg, Germany and in post-quake Christchurch. He is an experienced and enthusiastic orchestral musician who became drawn to teaching by the opportunity to weave technology and pedagogy through his practice.
Hugo has a four month old son called George and a partner called Ruby. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.