Cheryl Oxley

BMus, AMus, LMus, FTCL, MAM
Singing, Brass, Piano, Accompanist Conductor, Coach

Cheryl Oxley

Welcome to Standout! I’m Cheryl Oxley, the Founder of this wonderful dynamic musical community, a hub of creative inspiration and top quality training for musicians and singers of all ages and abilities. I teach voice, brass and piano; coach and accompany performers; and conduct and oversee shows.

Now with over 3 decades of experience, I started in music probably just like you, simply because singing and playing music makes me happy. I started learning the piano at age 8, and it wasn’t long before I joined my brothers playing in the brass band my father conducted. I even became an Aussie champion on tenor horn before majoring in French Horn and Voice at Sydney Uni, leading to a full time position with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra at age 21. while guesting with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and working commercially as a musician. This invaluable experience in the music profession is something I’m so privileged to pass on to every student.

It was in year 12 at school that I had actually discovered my voice and the stage, landing the lead in My Fair Lady despite no formal vocal training. My teacher Jennifer King was inspirational, and created a musical learning environment at school that still impacts me to this day. I was hooked. I studied singing and worked through the exam system - even won some big competitions. This lead me from Sydney to New York [Metropolitan Opera] and London, to marriage and children - balancing a flourishing Music Studio, a family and performing.

Coming home to Australia after 13+ years, I was conducting 6 bands; training teachers and choirs; adjudicating Eisteddfods, accompanying and coaching everywhere - for Festivals at the Opera House and Town Hall, at National Band Competitions, Recitals and Exams; running Showcase Events - and the Music Studio.

Sounds crazy, but music was and still is - my exciting, happy place. After 30+ years of teaching and performing internationally, I wanted to find a way to give people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to experience the life-changing power of music, and to enrich music and the Arts in Australia. In search of answers I dived into some further high-powered education and completed a Masters in Arts Management, and so was birthed GoBravo Music [our original instrumental arm] and now StandOut Music Studio. My reward is the magic that happens in the Studio and on the Stage, where sparks of creativity and talent fuse with each person’s unique expressive qualities to bring us all wonderful performances, happiness and lifetime friendships.