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7 February 2017

Inside this issue:

From the Events & Communications Manager

Welcome back to another busy term.  Our admin team is working hard to get all the invoicing out for T1. If you haven't done so, please go online to complete your enrolment.  Ensembles commenced in Week 1. We have suspended a couple of smaller ensembles such as Junior Flute Ensemble and Sax/Clarinet Ensemble but are hoping that students will join one of the larger ensembles such as Super Band or SWO where the experience of playing in a large orchestra will be so valuable.  There are some exciting concerts and workshops coming up. Read on for more information.

Lisa Kelly
Piano Dept News

Be sure to book your tickets to see the winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Andrey Gugnin, on Sunday 2nd July from 2.30pm at Gosford Anglican Church.  You have until the 23 June to book your $5 CCC Student Ticket (one per student).  There will also be a student workshop at 11am.  Register your interest through the website.

Studio Movements:  We have had some movements in studios.  Carl Schmidt will now teach from The Annex and Svetlana Vokurka will teach in Studio 8 and the Hall.

Dates for Term 1:  Tues April 4th @  7pm, Robert Knox Hall - END OF TERM CONCERT. All families welcome - free entry.  Please enter your name and the piece you will be playing on the sign in sheet on the Student Notice Board.
Brass / Percussion Dept News

Congratulations to Maddy and Phillip Rutherford on the arrival of their baby son Samuel on 27th January.  We wish them all happiness and joy at this special time.

Dates for Term 1:  Saturday, February 25 at 3pm, Demountable 1 - BRASS/PERC CONCERT PRACTICE.  All families welcome - free entry. Rehearsals will take place on Friday February 24. Please enter your name and piece and whether you need an accompanist on the sign in sheet on the Student Notice Board.

Percussion Ensemble happens every Friday evening from 5.30pm to 6.00pm in The Garage with Sean Steele - new members are welcome.
Woodwind Dept News

Welcome to our new Woodwind teachers Nathan Henshaw (Sax/Clarinet, pic), Brenton McLennan (Sax/Clarinet/French Horn), and Brendan Berlach (Sax).  Nathan is available for sax and clarinet lessons - enquire through the office. Brenton and Brendan are working in the Schools Program. David Dallinger takes on the role of Head of Woodwind this year. He will be managing Concert Practices and concerts for the Woodwind Department.

Dates for Term 1:  Wk 6 - Fri, March 10 from 3.30pm, Robert Knox Hall - Rehearsal for Woodwind CP.  Sat, March 11, 2017 from 3pm, Robert Knox Hall - Woodwind CP.
Please enter your name and piece and whether you need an accompanist on the sign in sheet on the Student Notice Board.
Vocal Dept News

Students are encouraged to come along to the Bach to Broadway concert at Greenway Memorial Chapel on Sunday 19th February to hear Michaele Archer (Soprano, pic) and Tim Page (Tenor) sing. $5 tickets are available (one per student).

Dates for Term 1: Wk 8 - Mon, March 20 & Tues March 21 from 3.30pm, Robert Knox Hall - VOCAL CP.  Wk 9 - Tues, March 28 from 3.30pm, Robert Knox Hall - VOCAL CP.  Wk 10 - Fri, April 7 from 3.30pm, Robert Knox Hall - VOCAL CP

Please enter your name and piece and whether you need an accompanist/backing track on the sign in sheet on the Student Notice Board.
Strings Dept News

The Saturday Strings program commenced last week on 4th February.  After some juggling around of students into different groups, we believe the chamber groups, orchestras and beginner ensembles are ready to dive into a busy year of practice and performance.  There are still places available in the Saturday Strings program. See Peter Garrity (Head of Strings) for information, or talk with your string teacher.

MIMOSA DUO - Saturday March 18
Phoebe O'Shae (violin) and Morgan O'Shae (guitar) present a refreshing mix of classical and gypsy jazz music with a few twists and turns in between. Strings students are encouraged to attend, $5 tickets are available (one per student).

Dates for Term 1:  Wk 4 - Sat, February 25 from 1pm, Robert Knox Hall - STRINGS CP.  Wk 6 - Sat, March 11 from 1pm, Robert Knox Hall - STRINGS CP (Accomp. Lilli Naulu).

Strings Summer School  students deep in concentration at their end of School performance.
Guitar Dept News

Welcome to Pana Watson (pic) who is available for acoustic and electric guitar lessons at the Conservatorium.  Pana will also teach guitar students at Lisarow High School and Rudolf Steiner School.

Dates for Term 1:  Thursday, March 30 at 7pm, Robert Knox Hall - END OF TERM CONCERT.  An opportunity for all our guitar students and guitar ensembles to perform for friends and family.
Scholarships News

This year we will offer a number of lucrative scholarships for students for assistance with fees in 2018.

Start preparing, discuss your audition with your teacher, keep abreast of the progress and deadlines through the website and get your application in early.  You may also need to book an accompanist, prepare scores for the adjudicator and accompanist, book a rehearsal (or two).

Pictured, Kimberly Gilbert (Piano) receives her Ray Allen Scholarship from Charmian Gadd.


Central Coast Grammar School is offering a flexible range of scholarships for entry in 2018, available to both current and new students.  

Academic Scholarships for entry into Year 5, 7 and 11
Music Scholarships for entry into Year 7 and 11
All Rounder Scholarships for entry into Year 7
  • First round applications closed: Friday 3 February, 2017
  • Scholarship applications will still be accepted until Thursday 9 February 2017, however a higher application fee applies.
  • Scholarship Exam date: Thursday 16 February, 2017
Additional Requirements by 9 February, 2017:
  • Music applicant referees are also required to submit a Music Teacher Reference Form
  • Music applicants are also required to submit a music portfolio to CCGS, attention to: Registrar CCGS, Arundel Rd, Erina Heights NSW 2260
Head to the CCGS website for more details and to apply.
Student Workshops

I GOT RHYTHM - What makes a good "swing" feel? How do you make syncopated phrases sit just right? What are those weird rhythms in jazz? How can I play them and when can I use them?

Presented by double bass teacher, Fiona Lugg (pic), with Toby Hall (drums) and Gavin Ahearn (keys), this workshop/ concert is tailored to musicians, music teachers and music enthusiasts interested in developing their understanding and appreciation of the jazz idiom.  The afternoon will comprise three 45 minute sessions with discussion and group activities and performances by jazz trio.  Suitable for beginners and intermediate students to learn and develop a Swing feel - all instruments! Register your interest online..
Central Coast Conservatorium
35, 45 Mann Street GOSFORD NSW 2250
Phone: 4324 7477

45 MANN STREET GOSFORD 2250    PH 02 4324 7477  or  02 4322 3396     FAX 02 4324 2440