Playing music with other people is a great way to improve your musicianship and technical skills, and have fun doing it.


Northern Rivers Conservatorium provides a range of opportunities for ensemble playing, catering for different musical styles and levels of playing ability. There are also exciting opportunities to perform, including regular community performance nights.

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Youth Jazz Orchestra

Julius Hofstetter

Monday  |   6:30 – 8:00pm

YJO, as they are affectionately known, relish the challenge of mastering and performing Latin, Swing, Funk and Ballad tunes by composers and arrangers such as Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington and Bob Mintzer. When you see YJO perform, you are hearing some of the most talented young musicians across the Northern Rivers region. In fact, many YJO alumni have gone on to further study at the some of the top tertiary institutions across the country including Brisbane Conservatorium and Monash University.

YJO perform regularly across the region and over the years have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such stellar artists as John Hoffman who has played with Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky and leading music educator and conductor Richard Gill.

YJO get together on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Cost – $160 per term

Enrol here – https://enrol.nrcac.edu.au

Youth Jazz Orchestra Jr

With Kate Gittins 

Monday | 6:30 – 8:00pm

YJO Jr is designed for intermediate primary ( yr 5 and 6 ) and lower high school students who play wind and brass instruments. 
The ensemble is designed to develop basic sectional and improvisational skills.  

YJO perform regularly across the region and over the years have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such stellar artists as John Hoffman who has played with Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky and leading music educator and conductor Richard Gill.  Skills learnt in the JYO Jr workshop will progress students to YJO, and meaningful performance opportunities.

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Youth Performance Ensemble

Jaylene Fergus

Time to be confirmed. Please enrol as an expression of interest. 

$160 per term 

The Youth Performance Ensemble is a performance focused ensemble consisting of repertoire chosen by students. If you would like to perform contemporary music with your peers we would love to hear from you!
Join the Youth Performance Ensemble directed by Jaylene Fergus and perform your favorite tunes at conservatorium concerts and events. Learn the necessary skills to play in a band and be supported for your performances. Build your performance repertoire in a variety of genres. Suitable for anyone already learning an instrument or voice from stage 3 primary through to senior high school student.
*Singers, horns, woodwinds, flutes, strings, guitars and bass player wanted!

Enrol here – https://enrol.nrcac.edu.au

 Junior Strings

Michael McCabe

Tuesdays  | 5:15-6:00pm

Designed for primary school aged students currently learning violin, viola, cello or bass from Beginner to Second grade levels. Young players have the opportunity to develop their skills alongside students of similar age and ability.

This ensemble aims to assist the students in developing

  • technical and musical skills
  • reading skills
  • confidence
  • ensemble skills
  • good posture
  • best performance practise

Junior Strings is the ideal ensemble in conjunct with their private lesson.

Skills learned in this ensemble will prepare members to progress to higher level String Ensembles and in time, the opportunity to join ensembles of other musical genres.

Cello Ensemble

Lynne Compton

Wednesday  |  1:30 – 2:30pm

Lynne Compton welcomes Cellists of all abilities to play together in a social setting.  Repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary, and parts can be arranged to suit your ability (or just above, to scaffold you to the next level!).  Collaborations between Cello Ensemble and other String Ensembles are a regular feature of the Conservatorium concert calendar.

Enrol here: https://enrol.nrcac.edu.au  

World Music Ensemble

Mark Bromley

Seeking expressions of interest!

The world Music Ensemble is an eclectic mix of musicians that get together for one hour a week to play music from around the globe. Arrangements are created for the ability of the ensemble members.

Reading music, while not essential, helps. Improvisation and ensemble arrangement/orchestration is encouraged. All instruments and voice are welcome. Performance experience is also a focus as the ensemble performs in the local community whenever it can.

Chamber Strings

Michael McCabe

Wednesday  |  5:30 – 7.00pm  |  Concert Room

This is an ensemble designed to complement and enhance the work that the students are doing in their lessons. The repertoire covers a number of styles from baroque through to rock/jazz. It is here that we explore listening skills for pitch, rhythm, tone and texture within the ensemble as well as the basic “playing together”.

Chamber Strings is a multi-generational ensemble currently with the minimum standard of 3rd grade through to 6th-7th grade. This group is conductor-less to encourage the players to listen and communicate with each other.

Chamber Strings get together on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Cost – $150 per term

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Vox Caldera

Nicholas Routley

Tuesday  |  6.50pm – 9.15pm | Auditioned  |  Concert Room

Formed in 2012, Vox Caldera (“the voice of the cauldron”) is a chamber choir of 21 singers specialising in the unaccompanied Classical repertoire. The choir’s founding and current musical director is Nicholas Routley, formerly musical director of the Sydney Chamber Choir.

The choir’s repertoire currently runs from the music of Adam de la Halle in the 14th century to Benjamin Britten in the 20th, encompassing Josquin des Prez, Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Bruckner, and Debussy among others. It has performed at the Bangalow and Tyalgum Festivals.

It is an auditioned choir suitable for experienced readers of music.



Youth Rock Band

Mark Bromley

Wednesday | 5:30 – 6:30pm

Mark Bromley’s Rock Band is the perfect ensemble for those of you with a love for rock music. Catering for a variety of skill levels, previous repertoire of Rock Band includes The White Stripes, The Cranberries, and Greenday.

Focusing on performance experience, Rock Band recently performed at the 2017 Byron Bay Guitar Festival which was a great success. There is also an emphasis on musical devices such as song form, improvisation, and groove.

Enrol in rock band today by clicking here: https://enrol.nrcac.edu.au

Jazz & Blues Improv

Mark Bromley

Wednesday | 6:30 – 7:30pm

In this ensemble, learn repertoire and improvisation in a blues and jazz idioms. Reading music and understanding chord and scale theory is encouraged. Playing tunes and improvising is the main focus of the ensemble. All instruments and voice are welcome. Beginners to advanced and all ages are welcome.

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