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Phillip Rutherford

Head of Program (Musicianship), Brass Teacher, Conductor (CCPWE, School Bands), Musicianship Teacher

Dr Phillip Rutherford is a composer, performer, teacher and conductor. Phillip works as Head of Musicianship, teaching all aspects of Music Theory, history and composition. Phillip also works as a brass teacher and school band conductor across the Central Coast. Phillip as designed and written a series of books as a new Musicianship course, The Poco Musician.

As a performer and conductor Phillip is currently in charge of the Primary Wind Ensemble ('Superband'), and has previously been Musical Director of Gosford City Brass Band and Central Coast Youth Band, and has performed in the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Central Coast Brass, Gosford City Brass Band and Waratah Brass. Phillip has previously lectured at the Australian Institute of Music, and as a freelance lecturer in the community.

Phillip received his PhD and Masters in Music (Composition) at Sydney Conservatorium, and received his Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium.

Bachelor of Music (Newcastle Con); PhD (Sydney Con)
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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates


Term 1
1-1 Lessons Wed 27/1 to Thur 1/4
Sat Strings Ensembles Sat 6/2 - Sat 26/3
CCYO & Ext program Tue 9/2 - Tue 30/03
PWE & SWO Wed 10/2 - Wed 31/03

Term 2
Monday 19/4 to Saturday 26/06 

Term 3
Monday 12/7 to Saturday 18/09

Term 4
Monday 05/10 to Saturday 18/12



Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.