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From NECOM CEO, Russell Bauer
This is a very exciting time to be part of the NECOM team. As I approach the end of my first 12 months at the helm of the Conservatorium, I can report that not only is the Percussion program already proving popular in its first few weeks, but we are now in a position to invite enrolments for piano lessons at NECOM. We approach this new and important music discipline with the blessing of current piano teachers in the area, as it is vital that the Conservatorium continues to be a support for music teachers and studios in the region. The addition of classical piano to our already extensive list of programs will signify a new era for NECOM.
I’m also delighted that the Chamber Music in Schools program, under the direction of Deidre Rickards, is heading out into regional centres once more, delivering high quality chamber music to young students who might otherwise never experience live performance of this kind. The trio will be taking their educational program to schools in Uralla and Mungindi, with Armidale, Inverell, Bingara and Glen Innes receiving visits in Semester Two. There really is no other program like this throughout Australia, and it deserves much more recognition for the service it provides to quality music education in rural areas.
As you read this, the Armidale Eisteddfod is now in its final few weeks, but with the New England Championship, Class Ensembles and “Band Night” still to come, there are plenty more opportunities to come along and here some of this region’s finest musicians presenting their carefully-prepared work. As a young performer in the 1970s, I learned to approach Eisteddfods (technically, Eisteddfodau) as performances, not competitions. The most important part of the process is having the chance to perform in front of a sea of unfamiliar faces; the more you do this, the faster that block of ice we call nerves will start to melt away prior to a performance. Of course, receiving a place is a bonus, but the comments that the adjudicator offers you will be of much more value to you as a performer than a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize trophy.
We were reminded of what world-class performances sound like when Richard Gill and the Sydney Chamber Choir presented an evening of a capella choral works to a
near sold-out audience at Lazenby Hall on May 3rd. The choristers are drawn from many different backgrounds in Sydney and surrounds, but the way in which they blended their choral sound was inspiring to all who attended. Richard Gill is irrepressible! In the afternoon before the concert, he gave an exemplary demonstration of why he is rated amongst this country’s finest music educators, by delivering a workshop on choral rehearsals, including warm-ups, breathing and pronunciation. The next morning, he was busy giving 15 of New England’s leading Primary teachers tips on how to best use the limited time and resources available to schools in order to achieve the greatest outcomes musically. We are all saddened to hear that Richard has fallen ill in the past week, and the entire NECOM community wishes him a speedy recovery.

Mr Russell Bauer

IN THIS EDITION - May Newsletter
Piano at NECOM - ENROL Now!
Eisteddfod Choral Report
Register now for Junior Orchestra Workshop 2018
Change of Title for Head of NECOM
NECOM showcased at CWA national conference​
Dalcroze Eurythmics Workshop
May Strings Report
Video Conference Lessons for Glen Innes Public School
Percussion Ensemble Update
Armidale to Join International "Make Music Day"
Michele Walsh lessons for HSC students
New England Sings!
Armidale Secondary College Strings
Double Bass Ensemble's Eisteddfod Debut
Teacher Spotlight: Robert Jackson
Join the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2019
What's On
Instruments for Sale
NECOM Contact Numbers
After 15 years of operation, we are pleased to announce that, for the first time, piano lessons will be available through NECOM in the near-future. If you would like your child to be considered for piano lessons at NECOM, please contact us ( at your earliest convenience so that we can determine numbers and establish a program for the incoming teacher. Read more
Eisteddfod Choral Report
NECOM choirs performed at the annual Armidale Eisteddfod on the 15/16 May with many fine performances and some wonderful results. The adjudicator was impressed with the collegial atmosphere at the choral events and commented on the cross-pollination of students and teachers between the choirs in our community.​ Read more
Register Now for Junior Orchestra Workshop 2018

The Junior Orchestra Workshop gives students an intensive two days of invaluable performance experience playing in a large ensemble under the leadership of conductor and music education specialist Ann Phelan. Open to students in Years 3-9 who can read music and have at least 12 months experience playing their instrument. Read more

Change of Title for Head of NECOM
Following the most recent NECOM Board meeting, all Board members voted unanimously to support a change of title from “Director of NECOM” to “CEO of NECOM”.  This is to align NECOM (a Tier One Conservatorium) with the other five Tier One Conservatoria, and to reflect the managerial role of the position.
NECOM showcased at CWA national conference
The national conference of the CWA was held in Armidale from the 30 April to 5 May and featured performances by NECOM students. The New England Singers performed at the official opening of the conference and were commended by the NSW State Governor David Hurley on their outstanding performance. Read more.
Dalcroze Eurythmics Workshops
NECOM’s Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics is ideal for pre-school and K-Yr 6 teachers, secondary music and studio teachers, tertiary education students, conductors, composers, performers (musicians and dancers), music therapists and anyone interested in improving their skills in music.
Sat 23 June
Session 1: 9:00-12:00pm – Infants/Early Childhood
Session 2: 1:30pm – 4:30pm – Primary
Sun 24 June
Session 3: 9:00-12:00pm – Secondary
Session 4: 1:30pm – 4:30pm – Studio Teachers 
Read more
May Strings Report

The month  of May has been a busy one with staff and students involved in many school, community and NECOM events. The  Bach Festival provided performance opportunities for most our staff members as sectional leaders and players for the Armidale Symphony Orchestra’s performance and in other chamber ensemble performances. Read more

Video Conference Lessons for Glen Innes Public School
Over the last term and half, wind teachers Paul Marshall and Kristal Spreadborough have been delivering flute, clarinet, and trumpet lessons to students at Glen Innes Public School. Read more
Percussion Ensemble Update
There has been such a great response to the new Percussion Ensemble program this month that we needed to create two ensembles! Read more
Armidale to join International "Make Music Day"
NECOMis proud to be part of International "Make Music Day", an event that is being celebrated all over the world. Read more
Michele Walsh lessons for HSC students

The Eisteddfod adjudicator, Michele Walsh, stayed on after the final session to provide individual lessons for our six HSC violin/viola students working towards their HSC performance programmes. Read more

New England Sings!

This year’s New England Sings! is bigger and better than ever before with almost 30 schools participating in the project. Schools from around our region (including Glen Innes, Inverell, Ashford, Walcha, Dorrigo, Bellingen Tamworth, Gunnedah and more!) will come together for a choral/orchestral spectacular on the weekend of the 20/21 October at Lazenby Hall, UNE. Read more.

Armidale Secondary College Strings
Armidale Secondary College Strings (formally Armidale High and Duval High String Group) gave an outstanding debut performance at the recent Armidale Eisteddfod. Read more
Double Bass Ensemble's Eisteddfod Debut

The new Foundation Double Bass Ensemble premiered their first performance at the Eisteddfod Sunday 27th May with a bang! This ensemble won the Bowed Instrument Open Section with the award generously sponsored by Armidale Rotary Clubs. ​ Read more

Teacher Spotlight: Robert Jackson
As a young boy, I always wanted to be an Astronomer. I would put stars on my ceiling and I had my own telescope. I would find all the planets and knew many stars. I had also started xylophone and piano and did early music classes at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. I wanted to play the violin, but “they were all out” mum said. That’s the story with me. I’m a violinist who started on the Cello.​
Read more
Join the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2019
Applications for the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2019 programs will be open from 12–29 June! Full program details will be released during the coming weeks, so stay tuned and register your interest on the AYO website:
Whats On
Whats on
ADMS Restoration Dinner and Auction
Where: Armidale City Bowling Club
When: Saturday 2 June, 6:30-11pm
Price: $50 per person
Book online:

Fundraiser for restoration of The Armidale Playhouse. 

Will include silent auction, live auction, raffle, games. It will be a fun and entertaining night in support of the local community. 
Armidale Eisteddfod Gala Concert
The Eisteddfod Gala Concert will be on Sunday 18 June provides a wonderful afternoon's entertainment, showing off the best of this year's Eisteddfod entries, featuring choirs, bands, speech and drama, this concert is not to be missed!

When: 2pm, Sunday 17 June
Where: Auditorium, CB Newling Building (Old Teachers College)
Tickets: Child/Concession $2, Adult $5, Family $12

Opera Australia Presents Madame Butterfly
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE
When: Thursday 9 August, 7:30pm

One of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this English-language production, complete with beautiful costumes and sets.

Hear Opera Australia’s wonderful singers perform with a chamber orchestra and NECOM's own children’s chorus.

Gala Concert
When and Where: 21 September Armidale Town Hall
22 September Inverell Town Hall
Gala Concert starring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, lyric coloratura tenor, Henry Choo, Opera Australian rising star mezzo-soprano Ruth Strutt, soprano Peta Blyth and pianist Rhodri Clarke.
Goldner Quartet
Where: Armidale Town Hall
When: Thursday 8 November 7:00pm
Cost: Adults $45, Pensioners $35, Students $25
Approaching their 25th anniversary in 2020, Australia’s premier string quartet remain in demand internationally as performers and recording artists. With no changes to their line-up since their inception in 1995, the Goldners bring unmatched musical intuition to every phrase. It’s this closeness that makes them so appealing to watch in performance – every motion and every glance appears in the music as well.
Instruments for Sale
Whats on
Full Size Violin
Ragetti RV4 in excellent condition
Comes with bow and case
Contact Wylie on 5713 6781
3/4 Size Cello
Comes with case and bow.
Contact Danielle at 0468950635.
Immaculate condition flute - silver plated
Blessings brand made in America
One owner​
$250 neg
Contact Bec 0402996072​
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