List of Classes

Ensemble Program

The Con's ensemble program is designed as a holistic approach to supplement students' individual tuition. One fee per term entitles the student to play in any number of ensembles and also includes access to music theory / aural classes. Ensembles regularly perform in the area and tour both within Australia and overseas.

Orchestras

    Concert Bands

    Jazz

    Choirs

    Instrument-Specific Ensembles

    Community Music Ensembles

    Theory Classes

    Other Classes

    All group classes are offered at a standard price per term for either 30-minute, 45-minute, or 60-minute lessons.

    JAZZ COMBOS

    Speech and Drama

    Music Therapy

    Other Group Lessons

     

    Enrolment

    To apply for any of these classes, please use our online form.

    If you are unsure what to apply for, you can contact us on [email protected] For most ensembles, you are welcome to come and try out for a couple of weeks before committing. Or if you apply immediately, the information we collect in the application process will help us to determine which ensembles will be suitable before confirming your enrolment.

    Descriptions of Classes

    Orchestras

    To apply for any of these orchestras, please use our online enrolment system here.

    Llewellyn String Orchestra

    Instructor: Sefora Cohut

    An entry level string orchestra for players from approx. Unit 1 / AMEB grade 1 standard.

    Powell String Orchestra

    Instructor: Tanya Phillips

    A string orchestra for high school players from approximately Unit 3 / AMEB grade 3 standard.

    BlueScope Youth Orchestra

    Instructors: Tanya Phillips, Nigel Edwards, Scott Taggart, Tony Grimm

    Wollongong Conservatorium of Music’s senior orchestra. This orchestra performs through the year and tours regularly. String players from approx. Unit 5 / AMEB grade 5 standard, wind & brass from approx. Unit 6 / AMEB grade 6 standard. Entry is by audition/recommendation.

    Friday Camerata

    Instructor: Nigel Edwards

    A chamber orchestra for advanced players only. Entry by audition/recommendation.

    Concert Bands

    To apply to join any of these bands, please use our online enrolment system here.

    Beginner Band

    Instructor: David Rooney

    An entry level band for students who are just learning how to play an instrument. Students who have some prior experience are also welcome to join this band.

    Junior Band

    Instructor: Eric Dunan

    For students with at least one year of experience on their instrument.

    Concert Band

    Instructor: Eric Dunan

    For more experienced players, this band will tackle challenging concert band repertoire. From approx. Unit 3 / AMEB grade 3 standard.

    Wind Ensemble

    Instructor: David Rooney

    Entry by audition or recommendation only. Primarily aimed at secondary school students, a small number of advanced Year 6 students may also be invited to participate.

    Jazz

    To apply to join any of these jazz groups, please use our online enrolment system here.

    Jazz Band

    Instructor: Eric Dunan

    A band that is suitable for students who have had at least one year of experience on their instrument. This band is an opportunity for students to learn and play various jazz styles and for guitarist, pianists, and drummers who may not have previous experience in a band to learn ensemble skills. Entry by audition/recommendation.

    Introduction to Jazz Improvisation

    Instructor: Eric Dunan

    For any instrumentalist wanting to learn basic jazz and jazz improvisation concepts. This is a hands-on class where students of all levels will ‘have a go’ at improvising and learning jazz songs. Students must have at least one year of experience on their instrument and be able to play a concert Bb Major scale.

    This is an ideal opportunity for pianists, guitarists, and drummers to play in a jazz ensemble. No prior jazz experience is necessary. Drummers are not required to be able to read music. Guitarists must be able to read tablature and play some chords.

    Latin Jazz Ensemble

    Instructor: Eric Dunan

    For more experienced students to work on advanced ensemble skills. This band will play challenging jazz literature with a focus on Latin, swing, bebop, and modern jazz styles. Entry by audition/recommendation.

    Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra

    Instructor: Eric Dunan

    For advanced players including university age and adults. This band will focus on challenging big band literature and advanced concepts of jazz. Entry by audition/recommendation.

    Jazz Combos

    Jazz Combos provide students with an opportunity to work in small groups to develop their skills in jazz performance under the close supervision of a professional musician and educator.

    NOTE: Jazz Combos do not  fall under our Ensemble Program but have a separate fee, equivalent to a 60-minute group lesson.

    Choirs

    To apply to join any of these choirs, please use our online enrolment system here.

    Children's Choir

    Instructor: Jenna Hogan

    This is a great introduction into singing in a choir. Skills to be developed include musicality, confidence building, music appreciation, singing as a group, and harmonising.

    Youth Theatre Chorus

    Instructor: Jenna Hogan

    The class will focus on teaching operatic and musical theatre choral and chorus music and is open to students aged 10 and up.

    The choir will be taught by Rachel Bate (Head of Voice). Skills to be developed and learned involve sight singing, correct pitching and intonation, harmonic singing, confidence building, strengthening performance skills, musicianship, correct vocal breathing and technique. Members should be prepared to be engaged in various concert opportunities within the community.

    The Conchords

    The Con Community Choir led by Jenna Hogan

    Inspired by the music and idea of 'The Choir of Hardknocks', The Conchords is a choir for those who are looking for a more relaxed, fun and easy going choral experience. 

    With repertoire spanning rock, jazz, gospel, folk, music theatre, classical and more, this is a choir for everyone who just wants to sing and have a good time.

    We perform regularly throughout the community and welcome beginners and experienced singers alike.

    The choir is open to ages 16 and up.

    instrument-Specific Ensembles

    To apply to join any of these ensembles, pleas use our online enrolment system here.

    Clarinet Ensemble

    Instructor: Ralph Wilkinson

    Participants will learn to play music specifically written for two, three and four clarinets.  These arrangements will feature a variety of musical styles from classical, folk, popular, jazz and rock repertoire. The aim is to help clarinet students to learn important ensemble playing skills whilst enjoying ensemble music making in a smaller, more supportive environment.

    A technical standard equivalent to AMEB Grade 3 or Wollongong Conservatorium Level 1, Unit 3 is desirable with students expected to have relatively competent music reading skills.

    Junior Guitar Ensemble

    Instructor: Luke Tierney

    For players approx. AMEB Preliminary Grade and above. This ensemble will consist mainly of primary-aged students but younger secondary-aged students may join this ensemble if they are still working towards the entry level required for the Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble.

    Conservatorium Guitar Ensemble

    Instructor: Nigel Jones

    For players approx. Unit 3 / AMEB grade 3 and above.

    Community Music Ensembles

    To apply to join any of these groups, please use our online enrolment system here.

    The Con Artists

    Band Leaders: David Rooney and Mark Holder-Keeping

    The Wollongong Conservatorium's all ages community band combines young up and coming Con students, adult community musicians, and some of the regions most prominent folk musicians, playing dissident and celebratory folk music from around the world. Fun and irreverent, The Con Artists are a carnival of percussion, wind, brass, accordions and fiddles.

    Curious Rendition Orchestra

    Band Leaders: David Rooney and Mark Holder-Keeping

    The Curious Rendition Orchestra or CROW was conceived in 2014 with a mission to offer a Con Artists style ensemble at a slower pace for inexperienced adult musicians and comeback players. Since then CROW has developed an identify of its own. The band has appeared at Coledale Markets, Red Point Artists 'Art on The Grass', Jam n Bread, The Illawarra Folk Festival, Viva La Gong, HONK! Oz Festival of Street Music and the Perisher Peak Music Festival.

    Conservatorium Community Orchestra

    Cameron Zingel, Conductor / David Rooney, Coordinator

    The Wollongong Con Community Orchestra is an inclusive all ages community orchestra. The orchestra exists for the benefit of musicians in and around the Illawarra Region and South Coast, following a long tradition of community based orchestras in the region. Members of the Con Community Orchestra have played in the original Illawarra Symphony Orchestra, The South Coast Orchestra, The Wollongong Symphony, Wollongong Community Orchestra and Steel City Strings. No audition is required. Players from intermediate to advanced are invited to participate (there may be limited places for woodwind, brass, percussion). The Community Orchestra rehearses during term and plays at least four concerts per year.

    The Conchords

    The Con Community Choir led by Trish Delaney-Brown

    Inspired by the music and idea of 'The Choir of Hardknocks', The Conchords is a choir for those who are looking for a more relaxed, fun and easy going choral experience. 

    With repertoire spanning rock, jazz, gospel, folk, music theatre, classical and more, this is a choir for everyone who just wants to sing and have a good time.

    We perform regularly throughout the community and welcome beginners and experienced singers alike.

    The choir is open to ages 16 and up.

    Music Theory

    To apply for theory classes please use our online enrolment system here.

    To apply for individual theory or composition lessons, please use our Private Lessons inquiry form here, and select theory or composition as the instrument.

    Junior Theory

    Instructor: John Spence

    Elementary theory for primary-school aged children. Children generally need to be at least 9 years of age and have a year's experience on an instrument before taking theory lessons.

    High School Theory

    Instructor: John Spence

    Theory for high-school age children includes classes for elementary levels as well as more advance classes. We will be in touch with you to determine the most suitable class.

    HSC Support

    Instructor: John Spence

    There are separate classes for students in Year 11, Year 12 Music 1, and Year 12 Music 2. We will be in touch with you to ensure the student is placed into the correct stream.

    Jazz Theory

    Instructor: John Spence

    An excellent course for those who are playing jazz, to fill out and extend their practical playing knowledge.

    Theory for Adults

    Instructor: John Spence

    Adults of any ability level are welcome to join this class. Each student is given work to take them forward from your current ability level at your own pace.

    The Conservatorium offers a Speech and Drama program that can be taken either as group classes or individual lessons. Focusing on the individual needs of the student, Speech and Drama can be used to develop skills in public speaking, debating, characterisation, mime, improvisation, and recitation of prose and poetry. Speech and Drama is perfect for those struggling with speech impediments or accents as it works towards developing confidence and clarity of speech. A good basis upon which to build a career in the dramatic industries, it can also be taken as a leisure course for those students just wishing to embrace their creative and extrovert personalities.

    The Speech and Drama program participates in many Eistedfodds around the local and state areas and, whilst participation is not compulsory, all students are encouraged to attend to develop key performance skills. Speech and Drama teachers offer considerable support leading up to the Eisteddfod period, and the Conservatorium's students are often featured in the prizes.

    To apply for Speech & Drama group lessons (including lessons shared between two students), please click here to go to our online enrolment system.

    To apply for individual Speech & Drama lessons, please use our Private Lessons inquiry form here, and choose Speech & Drama as the instrument.

    Wollongong Conservatorium of Music has three qualified Music Therapists on staff who can offer individually tailored program to suit most student's needs. These programs are available by consultation with our therapists and can be adjusted to cover a variety of different situations. For further information please contact Janet Andrews on 4228 1122.

    In addition to the individual Music Therapy programs the Conservatorium offers our highly successful Pathways to Music rock program. For more information please contact the Conservatorium.

    There are a few group lessons that we offer at set times. These are:

    Keyboard group - Wednesday afternoons
    Taken by Val Poddubecki, these are 30 minutes classes for beginners. We usually fill 2-3 different timeslots.

    Speech & Drama - Mondays and Thursdays
    There are some groups already running and we can put together more groups from students who apply. Once we receive your application we will contact the teachers and look for an opportunity for your child to join a group.

    Other Lessons

    If a group of students approaches us wanting lessons together we can approach the teacher and it may be possible to accommodate the group.