Programs

Ensembles

Ensembles:
choir, drumming, guitar, strings, brass, wind, flute, chamber music, concert band


Participants in ensembles learn new skills and experience the fun of making music with others of similar ability. Ensembles perform at Conservatorium concerts, in eisteddfods, at community events, and also take part in other special projects and workshops. Ensemble playing and singing expands and enriches your musical repertoire to include music in many styles.


Each ensemble has its own level of experience and ability, so if you would like to join an ensemble please read the info below about each ensemble, or talk to your Conservatorium teacher if you are a Conservatorium student, or contact Macquarie Conservatorium if you have any queries.


These ensembles are open to all in the community: you do not need to be enrolled in instrumental or other tuition as a Conservatorium student to join one of our ensembles. You do need to meet the skill requirements as outlined below in the description for each ensemble, and commit to attending the regular weekly sessions.


Please note: for all ensembles, the term fee is a fixed amount per term that does not vary according to number of sessions in the term.

 

YOUTH CHORUS

 

Macquarie Conservatorium’s choir for youth aged 10-16yrs. No previous choir experience required, however this is an auditioned choir, just to make sure young voices are ready and suitable for this style of singing. New members are very welcome; if you are interested in joining this choir please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals:  Mondays 5.00-6.00pm
Conductors: Vivienne Winther/Raelene Burn
Cost: $50 per term plus annual membership fee

 

DRUMMING ENSEMBLE

 

Macquarie Conservatorium’s hand-drumming ensemble for adults and youth aged from 15 yrs. This group plays a variety of drums and percussion instruments in world music styles, including African, Middle Eastern and South American. Drums are provided, or some members have their own. The aim is to have lots of fun while exploring energetic drumming rhythms from many cultures. No previous experience is required to join this ensemble, although experienced players are welcome as well – the group encompasses a range of skill levels. New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble, please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.30pm
Group leader: Dale Freeman
Cost: $70 per term plus annual membership fee

 

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

 

Macquarie Conservatorium’s guitar ensemble for students of all ages, youth and adult, who have been playing acoustic classical guitar for at least 2-4 years, or are at approximate skill level AMEB Grade 2 and above. New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals:  Mondays 5.45pm-6.45pm
Conductor: Dale Freeman
Cost: $80* per term plus annual membership fee


*Discount 10% available for students enrolled in instrumental tuition with Macquarie Conservatorium

STRING ORCHESTRA

 

STRING ORCHESTRA
Macquarie Conservatorium’s String Orchestra is open to students of all ages, youth and adult, who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least 1 year, up to approximate skill level AMEB Grade 5. New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble please contact Macquarie Conservatorium


Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm, fortnightly
Conductor: Sue Hovenden
Cost: $20 per term plus annual membership fee

ADULT STRING ENSEMBLE

 

ADULT STRING ENSEMBLE
Macquarie Conservatorium’s string ensemble for adults and youth from 15 years, who play violin, viola, cello, and are at approximate skill level AMEB Grade 2 and above. New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals: Thursdays 7.00pm-8.00pm fortnightly
Conductor: Frances Wilson
Cost: $40* per term plus annual membership fee


*Discount 10% available for students enrolled in instrumental tuition with Macquarie Conservatorium

BRASS ENSEMBLE

 

Macquarie Conservatorium’s brass ensemble for students of all ages, youth and adult, who play trumpet, trombone, or French horn, and are at approximate skill level AMEB Grade 3 and above. New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm
Conductor: Neill Ryan
Cost: $80* per term plus annual membership fee


*Discount 10% available for students enrolled in instrumental tuition with Macquarie Conservatorium

WIND ENSEMBLE

 

Macquarie Conservatorium’s wind ensemble for students of all ages, youth and adult, who play flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone or bassoon, and are at approximate skill level AMEB Grade 3 and above. New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm
Conductor:  Nick Evans
Cost: $80* per term plus annual membership fee


*Discount 10% available for students enrolled in instrumental tuition with Macquarie Conservatorium

FLUTE CHOIR

 

Macquarie Conservatorium’s flute ensemble for students of all ages, youth and adult, who have been playing for at least 4 years, or are at approximate skill level AMEB Grade 4 and above. New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals: Thursdays 6.45pm-7.45pm
Conductor: Amanda Barton
Cost: $80* per term plus annual membership fee


*Discount 10% available for students enrolled in instrumental tuition with Macquarie Conservatorium

CHAMBER MUSIC

 

Chamber music groups are formed for interested students of suitable skill level, usually advanced, and in standard instrument combinations. If you are interested in playing chamber music with others of compatible skill level and instrument, please complete an Inquiry form and return to the Conservatorium office.


Rehearsals: 1 hr rehearsal per week; various times
Chamber music tutor: varies according to group
Cost: $60 per term plus annual membership

MACQUARIE INTERMEDIATE BAND

 

This band is a partnership venture between Macquarie Conservatorium and Dubbo District Band Inc, providing opportunities for wind, brass and percussion players to expand their ensemble skills and learn new repertoire beyond the primary school band level. This band is open to players of wind, brass and percussion instruments, youth from 10yrs and adults, who are at approximate skill level AMEB Grade 3 and above.  New members are very welcome: if you are interested in joining this ensemble please contact Macquarie Conservatorium.


Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6.00-7.00pm
Rehearsal Venue:  Dubbo Band Hall, Boundary Rd South Dubbo
Conductor: Neill Ryan


Cost: participants must be financial members of both Macquarie Conservatorium and Dubbo District Band Inc