The Northern Rivers Conservatorium has appointed composer and conductor Sean O’Boyle, AM as Resident Creative Artist who will commence an initial 6 month tenure next week.

Sean is an Australian composer, conductor and educator whose music has been performed and recorded by Australian, European and North American orchestras. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2015 for his service to music.

“I’m thrilled to be coming to NRC as Resident Creative Artist” said Sean, “there’s nothing more rewarding than making and creating music in a vibrant community.”

Joining the dedicated team of music educators and leaders, Sean will develop and lead education, performance and professional development projects at the Conservatorium to provide extension and immersion opportunities for staff and students. NRC woodwind and Youth Jazz Orchestra students will be working directly with Sean as a teacher and ensemble leader on a weekly basis. His projects will increase community access and engagement to expand the reach of the Conservatorium.

“Embedding an individual of Sean’s calibre, creativity and capacity for delivering ideas in our organisation is a once in a lifetime opportunity” says the NRC’s Executive Director, Anita Bellman “with potential to inspire and create positive change for our students, staff and the wider community, including the other Regional Conservatoriums in NSW” she added.

Sean composed the theme for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games ABC Broadcast and for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His interest in Indigenous Australian music inspired his Concerto for Didgeridoo and Orchestra which was voted #32 in ABC FM’s Classic 100 Concertos.

He has conducted orchestras in concert halls from Sydney Opera House to those in London, New York and Toronto and concerts under the stars in outback Australia.

“I am excited by the possibilities ahead for our darling Con and the community she serves” concluded Anita.

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