CLOSED: Position Vacant - Piano Teacher and Accompanist

Please note: applications have now closed for this position.

The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music is one of the largest Regional Conservatoriums in NSW with 1,700 students receiving tuition each week either at its base at Gleniffer Brae or in local schools. We are dedicated to motivating and inspiring students of all ages through music education and performance, enabling them to shine through music.

A long standing Piano Tutor & accompanist will be leaving for Europe, therefore the Con is seeking to hire a PIANO teacher on a casual contract to teach initially for Term 4, 2019, approximately 20 students per week (depending on demand) and the opportunity of the employment continuing in 2020.  .

Initially for Term 4, the successful applicant with take responsibility for the teaching of classical piano for current students from preliminary to advanced levels, ensuring continuity of their current teaching program. The teaching timetable for Term 4 is Monday, Wednesday & Saturday.    

The job responsibilities include:

·         One on one piano lessons from K – 12 students and adult students

·         Preparation for students to sit AMEB piano Exams

·         Preparation of students for scheduled concerts and other performance opportunities

·         Be the piano accompaniment for Conservatorium performance events.

Essential selection criteria:

•                   Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain relationships with parents, students, staff and other stakeholders.

•                   Tertiary qualifications in music and/or education.

•                   Committed to music education

•                   Minimum 2  years teaching experience

•                   Piano accompaniment skills

Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application including a statement addressing the selection criteria and CV. Application materials should be provided as a PDF file(s) and should be sent to [email protected]. There is no closing date for this role as recruitment/selection will commence on receipt of your application.  If interested please apply ASAP.

The Con adheres to Child Safety regulations and any employment is first subject to satisfactory completion of NSW Working with Children Check. Short-listed candidates will be required to attend interview 11/9 – 30/9/2019

For further information please contact the Conservatorium on 02 4228 1122.

Media release: 38 years at Wollongong Botanic Garden

The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music is encouraging the community to submit a response to Wollongong City Council’s Draft Botanic Garden Masterplan but specifically asking people to register a vote of support for the Con and to keep it as part of the Botanic Gardens.

The Con’s CEO Joe Gaudiosi commended the long term planning initiative by Council but said, “we are very disappointed that the Con’s 38 year presence and history at the Gardens has been totally ignored in the Masterplan. The Con has been here since 1980 and is not even listed as a key stakeholder”. 

He also noted that Council’s vision and principles for the Masterplan include culture, history, education and community that are mutually aligned with the Con. “The Con has had a significant impact on tens of thousands of students and many more from a broader community perspective, over that time. And we have much to offer in the future, so we are certainly surprised by the absence, both historically and also in terms of future”. 

The improved amenity and better integration across the site is welcomed. Mr Gaudiosi added “the Con attracts some 1,500 people each week to the site and some of these people already utilise the immediate grounds and the Gardens after their music classes”.

The Con also works offsite with some 500 school children across 25 school programs in the local community. The community music program has added a new band, orchestra and choir in the past 2 years. The music therapy program has grown and is expected to continue, as the Con is now a registered provider of music therapy services under the NDIS. 

“We believe it’s important to broaden our reach into the community” said Mr Gaudiosi. This is in addition to an already broad range of programs covering people from 3yrs to 83 yrs, beginner to advanced, private tuition to groups, bands or orchestras, and music theory. 

Mr Gaudiosi added “the red brick buildings (which are ear marked to be demolished) are not great, but they’ve been the Con’s home for 38 years and we’ll continue to work with them. A new building is a long way off and we look forward to working with Council in this regard in the future”.

Wollongong is a vibrant and diverse city. The Con sees itself as a key partner of Council in terms of contributing to the culture, education, arts and social well being of the community. Mr Gaudiosi said “this section of the site is marked on the Masterplan as ‘Heritage and Arts’ and we believe the Con is a natural fit. And we are encouraging people to support the Con in their feedback to Council”.

Council’s feedback closes at 5pm on Monday 3 September and details can be found on Council’s website or here on our website.

The Con and Gleniffer Brae

Update 29/8/18 - A note from the CEO

Help keep the Con next to the Botanic Gardens.

On ABC Radio last week, I said I was disappointed that Council’s Botanic Garden Masterplan did not specifically include the Con as part of the future, referring to the Con as “TBD”. The Lord Mayor was interviewed afterwards and said he’ll be interested in the Community’s feedback.

The public feedback closes Monday 3 September.

It can take just a few minutes (depending on how much you wish to say!)

The Con has been at Gleniffer Brae for 38 years! (Since 1980!)

Right now, around 1,400 people come each week to Gleniffer Brae because of the Con. Some of those people continue on to visit the Botanic Gardens for morning tea or lunch after their music class, and some go straight home. With improved amenity and better integration with the Botanic Garden, the Con's contribution to the vision of Council’s Botanic Garden Masterplan can be further improved.

The red brick buildings may not be great but they are our home, and the home of tens of thousands of students over those 38 years. A new multi-storey building to replace the red brick buildings is great and we want to be a part of that and work with Council in that process when the time comes. We also currently use part of the beautiful heritage Manor House but we are happy to talk with Council regarding an alternate use if required.

Please let Council know that the Con is important to the Community and must be included in their broad Botanic Gardens Masterplan.

Newsletter 24/8/18

Wollongong City Council have released a draft Wollongong Botanic Garden Masterplan for public exhibition and community feedback. The document outlines a long-range vision for the entire precinct including Gleniffer Brae. We attended a presentation from WCC Officers and the Consultants engaged to undertake the Masterplan. The Masterplan itself is a very comprehensive and broad document but our attention quickly focused on Gleniffer Brae.
At that presentation there was general discussion concerning the eventual removal of the older red brick school buildings and replacing them with a potential new building, described as possibly ‘multi storey, multi purpose and encompassing the Con’. This appears on the current Draft Masterplan as “Potential Function Centre”.
The Con currently has a lease at Gleniffer Brae until July 2023. We will be striving and working with Council to make the Con’s future in the above potential new building a firm reality. The Con has a long and proud history at Gleniffer Brae and as a leading arts organisation, and a major contributor to the arts and culture of the community, has a natural belonging in this area of the Botanic Gardens precinct dedicated to heritage and arts.
We would greatly appreciate if you could please take a moment to answer Council’s two-question survey about the draft Wollongong Botanic Garden Masterplan and let Council know that you support and want to see the Con’s future secured at Gleniffer Brae.

Additional information about our programs and contribution to the Illawarra can be found here.

Jazz Orchestra - USA Tour Recap

The Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combos just finished a 10-day tour of America that included performances at Disneyland California, San Francisco, and the Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada. Members of the band made lots of new friends when they shared performances at El Dorado High School in Los Angeles and Dixon High School in the San Francisco Bay Area.  They also attended workshops by some of America’s leading jazz educators at the San Francisco Conservatory and the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley.  As well undertaking eight different performances the band also took in the sights in Hollywood, Disneyland, rode the iconic cable cars in San Francisco, and biked across the Golden Gate Bridge.

At the Reno Jazz Festival the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combos amasses eight “Superior” ratings from the judges for their outstanding performances. The judges and audience members were particularly impressed with the Australian content of our performances as the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo performed a number of compositions by Australian composers including our newly commissioned works by Jeremy Rose of The Vampires.

BlueScope Youth Orchestra - 2018 Regional Tour Recap

Last term the BlueScope Youth Orchestra embarked on their annual tour which started at Kildare Catholic College in Wagga Wagga. Our orchestra members became instrumental music teachers for the day, teaching individual Year 7 students violin, cello, clarinet, flute, keyboard, guitar and drums, with four one-hour classes and a concert spread throughout the day. It was a fantastic experience which our orchestra members thoroughly enjoyed. They were treated to a special morning tea and lunch. 

Later, after school, they joined forces with the Riverina Youth Orchestra from the Riverinia Conservatorium of Music to present a twilight concert at 6pm. This was lots of fun followed by a sumptuous dinner at Giuseppe's.

Over the weekend, performances were  held in the Temora Memorial Town Hall as guests of the Temora Shire Arts Council, and in the Yackandandah Community Hall in Victoria. On the Monday, two school concerts were held in Victoria as they had just finished school holidays. The first saw 300 students and teachers attend the Rutherglen Memorial Hall before an afternoon concert at the Beechworth Montessori School.

Photos: BlueScope Youth Orchestra members pictured teaching, performing and testing the versatility of their concert attire on the sports field.

BlueScope Youth Orchestra - 2018 Regional Tour 

The BlueScope Youth Orchestra is about to embark on a 5-day regional tour as part of its 2018 performance program. Leaving Thursday 12 April, the Orchestra will undertake a number of different types of concerts whilst away during Youth Week. Each year during Youth Week the BlueScope Youth Orchestra seeks to showcase the achievements of youth from the Illawarra to those in other regional areas of Australia. This year the Orchestra will be performing in Wagga, Temora and Yackandandah as well as Rutherglen and Beechworth in Victoria.

For the first time the students are going to become 'teachers for a day', teaching students from four different Year 7 classes at Kildare Catholic College in Wagga Wagga. Each class has the task of learning and preparing a different piece ready to be performed at 2pm that day. The Year 7 students involved only started learning their instruments 8 weeks ago, so it is hoped our students can impart as much knowledge as possible about how to play their particular instrument in the hour. The afternoon concert will then allow the Year 7s to play their easy parts with the BlueScope Youth Orchestra so they experience what it's like playing in an Orchestra. Nigel, Tanya and Tony are looking forward to watching how the Orchestra respond to the challenge.

Whilst in Wagga Wagga the Orchestra will also present a joint  evening concert with the Riverina Youth Orchestra from the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. The Orchestra will then perform general community concerts in Temora and Yackandandah as guests of both the Temora and Indigo Shire Councils respectively. As the Victorian schools have finished their school holidays, the BlueScope Youth Orchestra will finish the tour performing Proms Concerts to students from Rutherglen Public School and St Mary's School Rutherglen, before being the first guests to perform in the brand new school hall at the Montessori School in Beechworth.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1

Monday 5 February – Sunday 15 April

Easter falls within the term, so the affected Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday lessons will be held in Week 10 of term, from 91-5 April.

Term 2

Monday 30 April – Monday 2 July

The Queen's Birthday holiday Monday falls within the term, so the last ordinary teaching day of term will be Monday 2 July.

Term 3

Monday 23 July –Sunday 23 September

No public holidays this term.

Term 4

Monday 15 October –Sunday 16 December

No public holidays this term.

2017 Regional Youth Orchestra NSW

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music is a member of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC). One great aspect of our membership is the opportunity available to our students to work with musicians from world-class orchestras including the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Regional Conservatorium students rehearse alongside 30 London Symphony Orchestra players in 2014.

Regional Conservatorium students rehearse alongside 30 London Symphony Orchestra players in 2014.

Regional Youth Orchestra NSW is about to commence activity for 2017 with a camp in July for existing members (as well as a handful of lucky players of oboe, bassoon, French horn and double bass - 6th grade and above who may be able to fill existing gaps). Please contact the office if you meet this description and would like to be considered.

For everyone else, please read on to get an idea about what the orchestra gets up to and get ready to audition once the process opens in the near future... 

Regional Youth Orchestra NSW (RYO NSW) is an audition-based youth orchestra for talented
students from NSW Regional Conservatoriums, providing opportunities to play and perform with other regional youth musicians, and to learn from leading conductors, orchestras and artists from Australia and the world in a range of projects each year.

The aim of RYO NSW is to annually audition and assemble a cohort of talented students to form a youth orchestra, with RYO members growing in experience from project to project.
RYO NSW was established in 2016 by the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.

Regional Youth Orchestra NSW 2017 information:
• Orchestra Camp and AWO masterclasses - Sydney, July
• Orchestra Camp and ARTSTATE Performance - Lismore, November-December
• 2017 Application and Audition Process

RYO NSW Orchestra Camp and AWO Masterclasses – Sydney, July 2017

• 2-day Orchestral Workshop in partnership with Sydney Conservatorium
• Masterclasses in partnership with Australian World Orchestra
• Tickets to two world class concerts: SSO and AWO Chamber 8 Players

• Orchestral Workshop at Sydney Conservatorium: 8 hours of orchestra rehearsals over 2
days, led by RYO conductors Patrick Brennan & Adam Wills, rehearsing exciting symphonic
repertoire in preparation for RYO concert performance later in the year
• Sectional tutorials with visiting tutors
• Masterclasses with Australian World Orchestra musicians at City Recital Hall
• Tickets to two world class concerts: SSO conducted by David Robertson in Mahler’s 3rd
Symphony; and Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber 8 Players

Students arrive evening Sunday 23 July and depart morning Wednesday 26 July
Rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts: Monday 24 July and Tuesday 25 July

This activity is open to 2016 RYO NSW participants who are enrolled as a student at their regional conservatorium in 2017 – see attached list. (Please note this does not include elementary level players who were involved with the AWO Project last year). Students do not need to re-audition for this activity.

Places are available for players in full symphony orchestra. If there are more applicants than places, students will be chosen based on their 2016 audition rankings and on their contribution to the Artlands orchestral camp last year.

Students can also nominate to play in the AWO masterclasses for violin, viola, cello and clarinet. All students will attend the masterclasses, with selected students performing. Masterclasses may be possible for French horn and bassoon, but only if there are multiple students on those instruments – interested student may also nominate on these instruments.

The cost for this event is $360 per student, payable to the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums. This activity is a residential supervised camp. Regional Conservatorium staff will be in residence as supervisors. This fee includes student’s accommodation at Darling Harbour Sydney, all meals, all orchestral and masterclass activities, and both concert tickets.
Travel from student’s home to Sydney and return is not included. Students also need to bring an Opal card with credit for some train travel within the CBD.

Students who wish to apply for a place in this activity must complete the application form at the link given in the email by Tuesday 13 June. Students do not need to reaudition for this activity.

Once notified they have a place, students must accept their place and pay a deposit of $150 by
Monday 19 June and remainder of fee by 29 June.
Students will be notified if they have not been allocated a place due to more applicants than places.
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW

RYO NSW Orchestral Camp and ARTSTATE Concert Lismore

This activity will be very similar to the 2016 Artlands project, with a 3-day orchestra camp in Lismore culminating in a full concert performance as a key event in Regional NSW’s new state-wide conference and festival, ARTSTATE. Northern Rivers Conservatorium will be hosting RYO NSW for this event. For this activity, students will be selected from the 2017 auditions.

Students arrive Wednesday 29 November and depart Sunday 3 or Monday 4 December
Orchestral rehearsals: Thursday 30 November – Sunday 3 December
Concert: Sunday 3 December
Cost: to be advised

2017 Applications and Auditions – Opening soon.

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music will advise students when 2017 auditions open via this website, Facebook page and email newsletter.

All eligible regional conservatorium students, including 2016 RYO NSW students, must apply to
audition if they wish to be considered for selection for the 2017 RYO NSW Lismore project and
further RYO NSW projects to be held in the first half of 2018.

2016 RYO NSW students will be emailed directly when the application process opens.

Regional Youth Orchestra NSW is supported by:
Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums and
NSW Government through the NSW Department of Education

BlueScope Youth Orchestra - 2017 Regional Tour

Following the success of their recent Wollongong Town Hall performance alongside Steel City Strings, BlueScope Youth Orchestra will hit the road in April to present a program entitled:

Mozart and more....

Mozart Symphony No.40,
Overture from the Barber to Seville
Special guest appearance by piano soloist (and winner of the Conservatorium Concerto Award) Sarah Bradley playing the first movement of Mendelssohn piano concerto No.1 in G Minor.


Sunday 9th April 7pm in the Temora Town Hall, hosted by the Temora Shire Arts Council

Saturday 8th April 3pm in the Athenium Theatre Junee - Tickets $10 available at the door Includes a special guest appearance by the Riverina Youth Orchestra'

Monday 10th April 2pm in the Rutherglen Town Hall - Free Entry, Hosted by the Indigo Shire Council

Tuesday 11th April 11am in the Beechworth Memorial Hall - Free Entry hosted by the Indigo Shire Council

2017 Scholarships

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music is committed to helping young musicians reach their full potential. We award funding to young musicians from any musical genre who demonstrate ability, with a focus on students whose financial circumstances mean they may not be otherwise able to fulfill their musical potential.

Named Scholarships

IMB - Roger Soden Scholarship - for organ, tenor horn, clarinet or saxophone - up to $2000 to be used for individual lessons

Noel Lamerton Scholarship - for residents of Shellharbour - up to $500 to be used for individual lessons

Conservatorium Concerto Award - for advanced students - winner must play in a Conservatorium ensemble in 2016/2017 (if applicable) - competition will take place on 11 December from 9am - competitors must play one movement from a concerto - up to $2000 ($1500 for non-ensemble instruments)

Conservatorium Scholarships

Conservatorium Scholarships may be awarded for:
•    Individual instrumental / vocal lessons
•    Group classes (including speech and drama)
•    Ensemble fees

Scholarships are awarded for a 12-month period only.

The maximum award available will be 50% of the cost of enrolment in one program. However, all scholarship winners will be expected to enrol in a Conservatorium ensemble where appropriate. If this is an additional enrolment then the scholarship award will also cover 50% of the ensemble fee.

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarship winners will be selected on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:
1.    Musical ability and potential
2.    Financial circumstances. Wollongong Conservatorium of Music does not set a family income limit, as to do so would take no account of an individual family’s circumstances. It is up to the applicant to make a reasonable financial case for support.
3.    Other family circumstances
4.    References. These will be sought directly from Conservatorium teachers and ensemble directors as required by the selection panel.
Please provide material that will assist the panel to assess the application against all relevant criteria from the list above. 
Scholarship winners’ progress will be monitored and evaluated. Further details of this evaluation will be given if a scholarship is awarded.

2017 Scholarship application terms and conditions

1.    Scholarship applications must be received by 20 November 2016.
2.    Applicants must be attending school in 2017.
3.    To apply for a named scholarship please select the name(s) of the scholarship in the appropriate place on the application form. To apply for a Conservatorium scholarship, simply select Conservatorium scholarship at the appropriate place. Applicants can apply for named scholarships and Conservatorium scholarships on the same form.
4.    A scholarship award panel shall be formed comprising the Chief Executive Officer, along with a number of Conservatorium instrumental/vocal co-ordinators. Views of other Conservatorium staff members may be sought to provide additional information.
5.    Students can apply for multiple scholarships, but may only be awarded one. If the panel deems that a student is suitable for more than one scholarship they will be awarded the scholarship with the highest value.
6.    If there is no eligible student for the named scholarships the money will be held over in trust until the following year.
7.    The Conservatorium reserves the right to refuse entry to the competitively awarded scholarships.
8.    Where a scholarship requires membership of a Conservatorium Ensemble, that ensemble must be part of the single-fee Ensemble Program in 2017. Applicants who are not willing to join a relevant ensemble will not be awarded the scholarship and scholarships must be taken as described in this document.
9.    Scholarships may be split between multiple students if the panel cannot choose between them.
10.    Auditions may be used to assist the panel in separating students, but will only be used for this purpose (except for scholarships where auditions are specified). Should an audition be necessary, the use of an accompanist is optional.
11.    All applicants shall receive notification of the panel’s decision by 16 December.
12.    All scholarships awarded shall be applied as credits to recipient’s accounts on a pro-rata basis per lesson.
13.    Students awarded ensemble scholarships will be required to commit to the relevant ensemble(s) for the full year.
14.    The panel / adjudicator’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15.    Scholarships may be withdrawn at any time if the recipient’s commitment and / or progress is not deemed satisfactory or if the scholarship winner does not fulfill any of the terms and conditions of the scholarship as advised.
16.    Scholarship winners will be expected to attend at least eight professional concerts (two per term) in 2017.
17.    Scholarship winners will be expected to perform at least twice (once per semester) in our Performance Day series of concerts.
18.    Scholarships may only be used for the specific purpose outlined above and are not transferable. Scholarship are only awarded for programs at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music.
19.    Current and former scholarship recipients who have not met scholarship requirements for the current or earlier years are are eligible to apply for a scholarship in 2017 but their past record will be considered as part of the assessment process.