Providing exciting opportunities across the Orana region

Jubilation: More than 100 Dubbo music students joined visiting Sydney student orchestra Symphonia Jubilate for workshops and concerts. Photo: Supplied.
Jubilation: More than 100 Dubbo music students joined visiting Sydney student orchestra Symphonia Jubilate for workshops and concerts. Photo: Supplied.

Students of all ages took part in an exciting range of music activities at Macquarie Conservatorium in 2019, with more than 1,000 youth and adults participating in music tuition, workshops and performances.

Conservatorium staff travelled to schools in Dubbo, Gilgandra, Narromine, Warren and Wellington each week, giving students the opportunity to learn an instrument and play in their school band. Wind, brass, strings, drumming, guitar, classroom music and early childhood music were taught onsite at schools and pre-schools across the region.

In June at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod, major prizes and scholarships were awarded to Conservatorium students and ensembles, with trombone student Christopher Goud awarded the Daily Liberal Instrumental Scholarship.

Extravaganza: Students from schools across Dubbo and beyond banded together to play at Macquarie Conservatorium's Open Day. Photo: Supplied.

Extravaganza: Students from schools across Dubbo and beyond banded together to play at Macquarie Conservatorium's Open Day. Photo: Supplied.

Conservatorium students sat for AMEB practical exams in August, with eight students receiving High Distinction, 12 receiving Honours and 31 receiving Credit results.

Following the support of Macquarie Conservatorium, two advanced students also completed tertiary Diplomas of Music by distance with Emma Newby through Central Queensland University and Madelyn Fardell through University of New England.

The popular Youth Music Theatre Program for ages 8-12 years continued this year producing two different shows in June and December, and giving sold-out performances to large groups from schools and preschools.

String Show time: String students of all ages performed in the 2019 Student Showcase at Macquarie Conservatorium's Open Day. Photo: Supplied.

String Show time: String students of all ages performed in the 2019 Student Showcase at Macquarie Conservatorium's Open Day. Photo: Supplied.

The Conservatorium also facilitated exciting opportunities for local students to engage with visiting bands and orchestras. Symphonia Jubilate, an orchestra of students from Sydney schools, performed concerts and presented workshops in Dubbo and Warren, with over 150 regional students taking part.

Killarney Heights High School Band brought their big band sound to Dubbo for concerts and workshops, with local big bands from Dubbo College South Campus, Macquarie Conservatorium and Wellington's Tin Roof Big Band all joining in, while leading jazz musicians from the Australian National University School of Music visited for a public concert and jazz workshop with secondary students.

Other visiting artists from the Macquarie Conservatorium Concert Series, classical guitarists the Grigoryan Brothers, award-winning pianists Kenny Broberg and Edward Neeman, and chamber groups the Chrysalis Trio and Seraphim Trio, gave students the chance to perform and benefit from their feedback in masterclasses.

Expert advice: A Jazz Workshop was held for Dubbo music students with expert lecturers from the ANU School of Music. Photo: Supplied.

Expert advice: A Jazz Workshop was held for Dubbo music students with expert lecturers from the ANU School of Music. Photo: Supplied.

'Opera at Dundullimal' was presented in partnership with Dubbo's National Trust property, Dundullimal Homestead and a large crowd enjoyed this open air picnic event performed by visiting singers. This event returns in 2020 on May 17, celebrating the 75th anniversary of National Trust NSW.

Enrolments are now open for 2020 including tuition for all ages on a range of instruments and voice, and for performing ensembles in wind, brass, strings and drumming, the Youth Chorus and the Youth Music Theatre Workshop.

Fun music classes for pre-schoolers are available, as well as affordable group tuition options for tuition at our partner schools, plus after-school instrumental lessons at the Conservatorium. Visit www.macqcon.org.au for information on all programs and the 2020 enrolment package.

* Editorial Supplied

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