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From NECOM CEO, Russell Bauer
With the Eisteddfod now behind us and other major activities and events looming (AMEB exams, Opera Australia visit, New England Sings), NECOM is now very much focussed on performance. No sooner had the last notes rung out from the Eisteddfod Gala Concert on 17 June then our developing ensembles were showcased at the annual Foundation Ensembles Concert on 19 June. Just two days later, large numbers of young children enjoyed a successful “Walk Through the Orchestra” presented by the Armidale Youth Orchestra, while the musicians in our Chamber Music Program presented their half-yearly concert on 22 June. Even as I type this report, I can hear the workshops being conducted by Tor Fromhyr and colleagues from the String and Piano departments of the Australian National University in Canberra, who have come to NECOM to give a series of classes to our high-level students as they prepare for AMEB exams and auditions in the next few months. The beautiful strains of Bartok and Bruch are being punctuated by the sounds of our photocopier busily churning out extra copies of music for the Junior Orchestra Workshop which begins next week, with almost 100 young orchestral players coming to NECOM to work with Ann Phelan (Bellingen Youth Orchestra) and a team of teachers. All this in the space of three weeks! 
June was also a month of accolades, with many students and adults in the region being rewarded for their dedication to musical excellence. Corinne Arter, NECOM Program Manager, was recognised by ASME for her years of work in assisting music teachers and students with assessment preparation, HCS trials and workshops, and the continuing success of “New England Sings!” which will be staged once again this October. One of NECOM’s most outstanding piano accompanists, Mrs Robyn Bradley, was also rewarded for her dedication and service to the community, receiving am OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. In the student world, we were excited to report on Jonathan Bruhl’s outstanding results in his AMEB viola exams, earning his A. Mus. A. with Distinction, a great tribute to Jonathan and his teacher, Laura Curotta. We have since learned that two other students in the region recently received their Associate from the AMEB, with Ben Ridges and Gracen Moore successfully completing their Diploma-level exams on recorder. A very young Ben and Gracen are pictured here attending a workshop with Hans Dieter Michatz back in 2013.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Randall Bollenhagen from UNE on having completed the first 12 months in the partnership program between NECOM and UNE. This unique program has allowed Randall to undertake the practical component of his music studies at UNE with NECOM’s Robert Jackson as his personal cello teacher and mentor. Congratulations to Randall, Robert and UNE for a successful 12 months in this trial program.
I would like to wish the entire NECOM community a happy and safe July holiday period, and I look forward to an energetic and earnest start to Semester Two.

Mr Russell Bauer

IN THIS EDITION - June Newsletter
ASME Excellence in Teaching Award
Madame Butterfly is Coming to Armidale
Walk Through the Orchestra
Last Chance for Junior Orchestra Workshop
Regional Youth Orchestra 2018
June Strings Report
Spotlight on Robyn Bradley
Opera Australia's Generous Donation to NECOM
Chamber Music Concert: A Performance Between Friends
Dalcroze Workshops
Piano Update?
What's On
Instruments for Sale
NECOM Contact Numbers
ASME Excellence in Teaching Award
NECOM is proud to announce that our Program Manager (and former Director) Corinne Arter has recently been awarded the ASME Excellence in Music Teaching Award for the state of New South Wales. ​Read more
Madame Butterfly is coming to Armidale

This August, Opera Australia brings John Bell’s highly acclaimed production of Puccini’s classic Madame Butterfly to Armidale.

Directed by one of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, this year’s production features some of Opera Australia’s finest singers. Read more

Walk Through the Orchestra
The annual Armidale Youth Orchestra “Walk Through The Orchestra” was a huge success this year. In conjunction with international “Make Music Day”, 100 preschool and 200 primary school students enjoyed live orchestral music in the NECOM Auditorium. Read more
Last chance for Junior Orchestra Workshop 2018

The Junior Orchestra Workshop is on 4 and 5 July. That's next week! If you haven't already, it is still possible to book in but be quick! Go to or come and see us at NECOM.

Regional Youth Orchestra 2018
NECOM and the young musicians of New England continue to “punch above their weight” by again having record numbers of orchestral musicians selected for the 2018 Regional Youth Orchestra program. As a result of auditions at the end of 2017, 13 Armidale students were offered places in RYO 2018, which sees students from all Conservatoria across the state coming together to learn difficult orchestral repertoire under the tutelage of industry-level teachers and conductors. ​ Read more
June Strings Report
June has been filled with many events big and small. It included many performances including an ADMS fundraiser, Eisteddfod Gala Concert, Foundation Music Program Concert and much more in the world of strings this month. Read more
Spotlight on Robyn Bradley

Robyn Bradley is one of NECOM's tireless piano accompanists. She has been recognised for her services to music in the wider community when she recently received an Order of Australia Medal. This month we decided to turn the spotlight onto Robyn to tell us more about what she does. Read more

Opera Australia's Generous Donation to NECOM
Following the incredible donation of music resources from UNE in April, Opera Australia has now followed suit and sent hundreds of opera recordings and scores to NECOM.​ Read more
Chamber Music Concert: A Performance Between Friends.
On the evening of Thursday 28th June NECOM held its regular end-of-term chamber music concert. An unusually special event in the routine of chamber music performances, this concert saw the debut of a new ensemble, The Crystal Notes who are a piano trio. Read more
Dalcroze Workshops
Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a process for awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement, ear-training and improvisation. The method is a unique approach to music learning developed by the Swiss composer and educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. Read more
Whats On
Whats on
Tour the Old Teachers College at Night
When: 6pm Friday 13 July
Book online:
After a hugely successful first set of tours in April, we are pleased to be offering our night tours once again. 7, 8 and 9pm tours have already sold out. 6pm has just been announced and is selling fast!
NECOM Fundraiser A Dog's Life
Celebrate 100 years since the release of Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic. Come and enjoy this beloved black-and-white masterpiece with a live piano soundtrack by NECOM CEO Russ Bauer.

When: 7pm, Saturday 21 July
Where: Auditorium, CB Newling Building 
Tickets: Child/Concession $10, Adult $15


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.

Banquet - A Musical Feast
When and Where: 7:30pm 21 September Armidale Town Hall
7:30pm 22 September Inverell Town Hall
Internationally renowned bass baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes returns in a highly anticipated performance. Joined by lyric coloratura tenor, Henry Choo, rising star mezzo soprano Ruth Strutt, celebrated soprano Peta Blyth and introuding much acclaimed pianist Rhodri Clarke in a thrilling evening of superb music.
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​
Petite Baby Grand Piano
In good condition.
Neumayer. A Harrods Edition. Made in the 1950’s.
$1300 ono
 Contact Susan Grant.
M- 0402037128
Rec‌eption, Fee payments
Nicky Price
02 6788‌ 2135
Accounts & Queries
Sop‌hie Willi‌ams
02 678‌8 2138
Marketing and Administration
Kate Thomas
02 678‌8 2137
Program Management
Cor‌inne Ar‌ter
02 67‌88 2139
Russell Bauer
02 678‌8 2140
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