Latest Press Releases

Proposed Partnership with Boston

What do Armidale and Boston have in common? Boston is 30 times larger than Armidale, and is almost exactly 10,000 miles away (in the old scale), but they both have a school of music called the New England Conservatorium! You may be surprised to learn that these two organisations have a lot more in common than just a name. Russell Bauer, the Director…

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Update on Music Therapy

Last month we had to sadly accept the resignation of our excellent music therapist, Hannah Rowland, who is busily completing her Education degree. While NECOM was unable to offer Music Therapy in Term Four, it is anticipated that a new practitioner will be connected to the Conservatorium from the start of 2018. The NECOM Director travelled to Sydney…

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Second Dead Composers Society

A second group of intrepid students signed up for the Dead Composers Society, a secretive guild of young musicologists charged with the duty of investigating some of history’s most mysterious music. Mia Emmanuel, Mia Baivucago, Disa Smart and Stephanie Clarkson met in the old Music Library of the Conservatorium and studied some of Mozart’s most complex…

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October Strings Report

Term 4 has begun in earnest. With HSC Music Extension exams over and our Year 12 cohort looking ahead to 2018 it is exciting to hear that a couple of NECOM students are preparing to audition for the Sydney Conservatorium in December. We wish them well in their musical endeavours. NECOM staff were delighted to be involved in The Armidale School's Paul…

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Teacher Spotlight - Camilla Tafra

Camilla Tafra: Cello teacher, Chamber Music in Schools, Ensemble Conductor  Camilla grew up in Armidale on unceded Anaiwan land, where she began learning cello with Susan Metcalfe at the age of five. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where she studied modern…

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Announcing NECOM’s new Mini Bass program

Announcing NECOM’s new Mini Bass program to commence in Term 1, 2018. Term 1 sessions will provide a fun introduction to learning the double bass in a group environment once a week. Emphasis will be on games and improvisation activities to develop introductory technique. Individual lessons will commence in Term 2 of the program once students have mastered…

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Encore nomination!

Congratulations to TAS student Sam Thatcher on being nominated for the 2018 HSC ENCORE showcase concert at Sydney Opera House. ENCORE is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by students from the 2017 HSC Music examinations held annually at the Sydney Opera House. Sam performed the Organ Concerto No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 7 No. 1,…

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Outstanding Number of Gondwana Places Offered to Armidale Students

An incredible 27 students from Armidale have been selected from almost a thousand applicants for the 2018 Gondwana National Choral School after a rigorous nationwide audition process. Through Gondwana, these young people will have access to world-class training by leading artists and be part of a group of equally passionate and talented young singers. The…

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Chamber music - a conversation between friends.

Twentieth century American biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen famously described chamber music as a “conversation between friends”. Just like a great conversation, chamber music entertains, soothes, and builds relationships between the participating individuals. Just like being able to participate fully in a great conversation, performing chamber music…

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Foundation Solo Concerts at NECOM

Family and friends of the NECOM Foundation Music Program have enjoyed listening to our young musicians of the future perform at the annual series of solo recitals held over the last three weeks of Term 3. Over 60 students participated in the concert aimed at those in the early years of learning stringed, woodwind and brass instruments. Performance…

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