Irena joined the Conservatorium in 2020, bringing extensive general management experience from the education and arts sectors. She previously held roles at UNSW, Opera Australia, and Epic Arts Cambodia.
Irena is passionate about music education and comes from a background in music and performing arts. She attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School of Music, then completed a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music at the University of Sydney.
Above all else, Irena strives to support and develop the high-performing team of music educators at the Con, and to build relationships with students, parents and supporters.
Artistic Director, Conductor (CCPWE & School Bands)
Patrick Brennan attained his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and as a professional bassoonist performed with Australia’s leading orchestras for 15 years before pursuing a career as a conductor.
He participated in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program whilst directing several school and community bands and symphonic wind ensembles. In 2020 Patrick won a coveted position in the Australian Conducting Academy, working with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra.
Patrick has created and developed several cornerstone organisations including the Northern Sydney Schools Wind Orchestra, Central Coast Opera, Regional Youth Orchestra NSW and the NSSWE program that now offers weekly professional development for tertiary music students, focusing on best practice in pedagogy and conducting.
As a music educator Patrick has worked within the Department of Education Arts Unit, in government and non-government schools as well as in tertiary institutions, including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
He was also appointed as the NSW representative of the Bassoon syllabus for the AMEB.
As a member of the Curriculum Development Committee for the ANSWRC Patrick is currently developing a state-wide curriculum for music students across regional NSW.
As Artistic Director of the Central Coast Conservatorium, Patrick musically directs the major premier music ensembles on the NSW Central Coast.
Rod Bowman joined the Conservatorium with extensive expertise in financial and commercial management. Her was previously a Partner at CFO On Call and Commercial Manager at Serco Sodexo Defence Services.
Rod holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Newcastle Graduate School of Business.