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Lorraine Chai

Lorraine Chai

Originally from Kuching, Lorraine has been based in Sydney for 7 years and is an accredited teacher of Voice, Piano, Clarinet, Violin and Musicianship and Theory.

She has been teaching and performing for many years, and writes her own music for choirs, duets and ensemble groups.

Lorraine Chai

Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Voice and Musicianship Teacher


Born in Kuching, Malaysia and living in Sydney for the past 7 years, Lorraine has been playing and performing music since she was 4 years old.
Her mother, Yap Chiew Phin, is a well-known musician in Kuching who introduced her to the world of music. Lorraine started on the piano and eventually entered the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a tertiary student. Here she studied piano with Alexandra Vinokurov and then with Philip Shovk, graduating as Bachelor of Music Studies in 2008 and completing a Graduate Diploma of Education at the Australian Catholic University a year later.

Lorraine completed her ATCL Recital (Associate Diploma Trinity College London), in classical singing in the same year. In 2011, Lorraine completed a certificate of conducting from The Australian Band and Orchestra Director’s Association under the direction of Jerry Nowak. A year later, she completed her ATCL in clarinet and LTCL in classical voice.
Through the years, Lorraine studied other instruments: Violin, Clarinet, Voice, Guitar, Percussion and Oboe, completing final grades on the Violin, Clarinet and Voice.
Although Lorraine has been classically trained, she has extended her extensive music skills to jazz studies with teachers such as Judy Bailey, Sandy Evans and Kerrie Biddell.
Lorraine loves to compose her own songs. She has created arrangements for choirs, duets and ensemble groups. In 2010 and 2011, she was asked to arrange choral scores for St Mary Primary School in Kuching, Malaysia, winning 1st prize in the state music competition.

Performance Experience:

Performance is second nature to Lorraine. She has been performing since she was seven years old in churches, weddings, charity functions, musicals, orchestras, choirs, clubs, restaurants, and other venues and events.

One of Lorraine’s theatrical moments was when she played the lead role Yum Yum in the musical The Mikado in Kuching, Malaysia in 2008.

Lorraine was the assistant conductor of the State choir SONS (Symphony Orchestra Negeri Sarawak) in Malaysia. At age 21, Lorraine was the stage manager for the SONS choir in the musical The Sorcerer. Lorraine was also involved in the SONS’ jazz orchestra playing the clarinet and the SONS’ classical orchestra on the violin.

In 2010 and 2011, Lorraine was a member of the Sydney Balalaika Orchestra in Sydney playing clarinet and has been involved in a Rock Band at Maroubra as a keyboardist and arranger.

Teaching Experience:

Lorraine has been teaching for many years having assisted her mother’s teaching business and teaching string and choral ensembles in churches. She has been invited to lead many instrumental and choral workshops and conduct in different churches, universities community choirs and schools around Malaysia and Sydney.

Currently, Lorraine teaches over 40 students at Lane Cove Music and Cultural Centre, she tutors at public and catholic schools and also privately.

Besides teaching, Lorraine also works as a piano accompanist and is the Music Director for Bondi Sings!

Lorraine’s teaching approach differs with age and capability of each student. She believes that anyone can learn and that no one is too old to learn or enjoy music. She teaches music from the knowledge she has about music, the instrument, performing and the experiences she has acquired at University, performances and throughout many years of working with students.

Lorraine is an accredited music teacher in Australia and can provide tuition in Piano, Violin, Clarinet, Voice, Musicianship and Music Theory.