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Olive O’Reilly and the Australian World Orchestra

It was so amazing to be apart of this wonderful experience and I am so happy that I was representing the Northern Rivers Conservatorium! There were 20 kids from different regional conservatoriums around NSW, all of us violinists. We were divided into three groups: beginners, grade 1-4 and grade 5-8. I was one of the youngest in the grade 1-4 group. It was my first time in Sydney since I was two so I was very excited! On the first day we started by watching the Australian World Orchestra in rehearsals. Then we went and started our tutorials. The piece they gave us to learn was concerto for two violins by Bach. It is a pretty easy piece so we got to work lots on intonation, dynamics and responding to the conductor. We even had a session on breathing as an orchestra. The tutorials were with Belinda McFarlane from the London Symphony Orchestra. She was really nice and we called her Bindi. We also worked with Alexander Briger, the main conductor from the Australian World Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He conducted the rehearsals on the second day and Sir Simon Rattle conducted the dress rehearsals and final performance. I didn’t know of Sir Simon Rattle before this trip but I got to know lots about him and found out he is one of the most famous conductors in the world. He was really nice and funny. I also got to see a Stradivarius violin! They are the rarest and most special violins in the world. I have read about them in books. It was played by Dan... read more

Now Hiring

There is an opening on the team of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium for a highly energetic and skilled coordinator to manage our Community Music and Music in Schools programs. The Head of Community Music works closely with all members of the Administration and Teaching staff and maintains relationships with all clients and stakeholders. Are you: A firm believer in the importance of music education? Committed to the significance of the arts in a strong community? Extremely organised and efficient? Experienced in leading a team? A great communicator and problem solver? Attentive to detail and accuracy? A team player? Interested in a challenging, creative and varied work life? If you answered yes, then we’d love to hear from you. Please see here for Duty Statement and How to Apply:  Duty Statement HCM Applications Close Monday 13 July.... read more

Pre-Instrumental 5 week Music Course for School Aged children starting Tuesday July 21st

Learn the foundations of reading music and understanding music concepts through song, rhythm and movement Introduction to strings, voice, piano, guitar, drums and wind instruments with visits from our inspiring teachers Explore instruments from our range of musical resources Learn songs as a group Tuesdays from July 21st – 3.30pm til 4.30pm Ground Floor ECM Room @ Northern Rivers Conservatorium Bookings: 6621 2266 email: admin@nrcac.edu.au... read more

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2015 – tickets now available

Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra, our July School Holiday Orchestral Workshop is now open for enrolments. This is our fourth year of running this popular and valuable workshop since it was founded by the late, and greatly missed, Stephanie Higgs in 2012.  It culminates in a public concert on Thursday July 9 at Lismore Workers Club which is always very beautiful and of an impressive standard. Please note the following: All participants must enrol at  http://enrol.nrcac.edu.au/enrol_nryo/ by 24 May to have sufficient time to learn their music The workshop is suitable for musicians aged 7-21 who play an orchestral instrument at grade three level or above Early Strings players below grade three will be catered for in a Junior Strings Ensemble with a guest teacher from Sydney All interested students are also invited to join our Wednesday ensembles in preparation for NRYO Buddies from the Sydney Con tertiary program will be in attendance again If you have any questions about repertoire, please direct them to Musical Director Lynne Compton We look forward to seeing you all again this year and meeting some new young musicians. NRYO 2015... read more


Certificate III in Music – CUS30109

Designed if you’re keen to get a head start in the music industry. Guided by expert staff, with classes in music theory, business, ensemble, songwriting, music technology and more.  

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Diploma in Music – CUS50109

Consolidate and develop your technical and creative skills, artistic identity, and your ability to present and promote yourself in the music industry.

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Community Music

Community Music is just that – music for the whole community. Whether you are 18 months old or 81 years old, there is something for you at your Conservatorium.

We offer everything from group classes in Early Childhood Music, to individual tuition in the instrument of your choice, through to a wide range of ensemble opportunities.

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Early Childhood Music →

Ensembles and Choirs →

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Music in Schools

Our Music in Schools program exists to provide students with access to quality music education with conservatorium tutors during school hours at their school.

Our professionally qualified and dedicated tutors provide one on one, small group, and ensemble tuition, in response to the particular needs of the school community.

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Quality music education fostering our region’s cultural diversity and artistic wealth.