2016 Term 1 - Concerts, workshops and masterclasses


Bookings and inquiries for current 2016 events: 02 6884 6686



Macquarie Conservatorium

Concert Series 2016

Season of 6 concerts 19 February - 11 November


Enjoy superb music performed by exceptional musicians right here in Dubbo, with your series tickets to Macquarie Conservatorium’s 2016 Concert Series. Internationally acclaimed pianist Daniel de Borah returns to Dubbo in a virtuoso recital of Schumann, Brahms and Prokoviev; classical guitarist Karin Schaupp teams with actor Tama Matheson in a theatrical exploration of the lives of the great poet Lord Byron and mythical figure Don Juan, with music by Turina and Tarrega; the vibrant Streeton Trio are back by popular demand with themes and variations by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky; the renowned Flinders Quartet brings the classic sound of strings to the music of Beethoven and Britten; star vocalist Emma Pask with Dubbo’s own Phil Stack and his Trio add their cool jazz vibe to the series; and our grand finale is Australia’s most popular pianist Simon Tedeschi in a beautiful program of music by Schubert.

Purchase your great value series ticket to all six concerts now!
Series tickets: Adult $135 / Concession $115 / Family of 4 $250


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Free Come & Try Sessions:

Music for young children


  • MusicPlay 4-5yrs: Tue 19 January 10am
  • MusicMakers 5-6yrs: Tue 19 January 4pm
  • MusicPlay 2-3yrs: Thu 21 January 10am


Register now for your free Come and Try session: email


Young children and their parents can experience the fun music activities of Macquarie Conservatorium’s early childhood music program at free Come and Try sessions on 19 and 21 January 2016.


Sing, play, move and ENJOY music with our specialist teachers. Each of these sessions will last 30 minutes, and are for interested parents and their children who may like to enrol for 2016 classes. All children must be accompanied by an adult at these free Come and Try sessions.


Regular weekly classes in MusicPlay and MusicMakers start from 2 February. Enrolments are open now for these classes.


For more about this program, including the timetable of classes and fees:









Holiday Drumming Workshops:

for children aged 8-12yrs


  • Wednesday 20 January 2.00pm-3.00pm
  • Thursday 21 January 2.00pm-3.00pm


Try your hand at drumming exciting rhythms from Africa, South America and the Middle East; no previous experience required. Drums and other fun percussion instruments provided; just bring your hands! Workshops led by Macquarie Conservatorium’s legendary drum master, Dale Freeman. A great holiday activity for kids: join one workshop or do both!

Cost: $15 for both workshops or $10 for one workshop

Download workshop booking form here


Why not enrol in our weekly Kids Drumming Class - Tuesdays 4.00pm, starts 2 February. For details of enrolment and fees:



Youth Music Theatre Workshop 7-12yrs

Free Intro Session: Thursday 4 February 4pm


This 30 min session will explain what participants do in this popular program, and run through the calendar of rehearsals and performances for 2016. Interested children and parents welcome, including already enrolled new and returning students. Regular weekly sessions start from Thursday 11 February.
This popular program for children aged 7-12 yrs combines music and drama, and explores the exciting world of music theatre. Participants learn about singing, acting and movement, as well as perform in their own musical shows. No previous experience is required: anyone can join, if places are available.
Weekly sessions: Thursdays 4.00pm-5.30pm in school terms
Workshop tutors: Camilla Ward and Raelene Burn
Cost: $150 per term plus annual family membership fee $25

Intro Session Thu 4 February 4pm: FREE


For more about this program, including the 2016 calendar of sessions & performances:

Daniel de Borah

Concert: Friday 19 February 7.30pm

Adult $29 / Concession $25 / Family of 4 $58 / School student $7


Daniel de Borah was a major prize-winner at the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition and has since appeared as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London. The first half of this solo piano recital explores the unique circumstances that inspired two sets of theme and variations by Schumann and Brahms. The second half features Prokofiev’s much-loved Romeo and Juliet suite, a brilliant musical portrayal of Shakespeare’s tale of doomed love. By turns boisterous fun, pensive introspection, amazing virtuosity and heartfelt outpouring, this performance promises to be one to remember.


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Piano Masterclass

with Daniel de Borah

Saturday 20 Feburary 11am

$7 entry for all participants and observers


Piano students, teachers and music lovers are all welcome to attend this masterclass. Daniel de Borah studied at the Liszt Academy Budapest, the St Petersburg State Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music London, receiving high level training in the major European schools of piano playing. He has just been appointed to the teaching faculty of the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University, so this is a wonderful opportunity for local pianists to learn from this expert. Student pianists and piano teachers wishing to participate actively as performers in this master class should download and return the registration form in advance – bookings essential for participants. This masterclass is open to everyone as audience/observers - no need to book, just pay entry fee at the door.


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Free Singing Workshops for school students

with Michelle Leonard, Moorambilla Festival and

members of The Song Company


Workshop for Secondary Students yrs 7-11

Tuesday 8 March 1.00pm-2.45pm


Afterschool Workshop for Primary students yrs 3-6

Tuesday 8 March 4.00-5.15pm


An exciting opportunity for students to SING, COMPOSE, MOVE, CREATE, led by award-winning singer, conductor and artistic director of Moorambilla Festival, MICHELLE LEONARD, and members of Sydney’s SONG COMPANY. No previous singing experience is necessary to take part in the workshop. From this workshop, some students with interest and potential may be offered a place in primary students’ Moorambilla Voices Regional Children’s Choir, or MAXed–OUT for secondary students, with performances in Dubbo in September. For more information, visit

Advance registration from schools/homeschoolers by Tue 1 March essential for secondary students workshop.

All primary students must bring to the workshop a completed registration form signed by parent in order to take part.


Download info and registration forms here:
Workshop Secondary Students.pdf
Workshop Primary Students.pdf


Macquarie Conservatorium, cnr Darling & Bultje Sts Dubbo


FREE Film Screening:


Thursday 17 March 6.30pm


Wide Open Sky is an uplifting documentary about the children’s choir called Moorambilla Voices in a remote corner of NSW. Out here, footy is king and music education is rare as rain. The children travel far from home to music camp to prepare for a big concert in Coonamble. They have three days to learn a demanding repertoire, led by Moorambilla Artistic Director, the inspirational Michelle Leonard. Wide Open Sky follows four primary-aged children brave enough to dream big. While the choir means something different to each of them, it matters a hell-of-a-lot to all of them. Moving and funny, the film reminds us why no child, anywhere, should grow up without music.


Director/writer: Lisa Nicol    

Writer/Editor: Anna Craney


Duration: 80 minutes


Free screening, no bookings.


Classical Guitar Masterclass

with Karin Schaupp

Friday 18 March 4.30pm

$7 entry for all participants and observers


Guitar students, teachers and all music lovers are welcome to attend this masterclass. Karin Schaupp is one of Australia’s most highly regarded classical guitarists. Her guitar training began at the age of five and she first performed in public the following year. While still in her teens she won prizes at international competitions in Lagonegro, Italy and Madrid, Spain. She is a member of the teaching faculty of the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University, so this is a wonderful opportunity for local classical guitarists to learn from this expert. Student guitarists and guitar teachers wishing to participate actively as performers in this master class should download and return the registration form in advance – bookings essential for performing participants. This masterclass is open to everyone as audience/observers - no need to book, just pay entry fee at the door.


Download info & registration form here



Karin Schaupp & Tama Matheson in

“Don Juan”

Concert: Friday 18 March 7.30pm

Adult $29 / Concession $25 / Family of 4 $58 / School student $7


Don Juan is a feast of music and adventure, exploring the life of one of the most magnetic and seductive heroes in western literature, and that of his equally charismatic creator, Lord Byron. Actor, writer and director Tama Matheson and acclaimed guitarist and actor Karin Schaupp interweave poetry, drama and music into a unique semi-staged performance. The evocative Spanish guitar music of Turina, Pujol, and Tarrega transports the audience to the worlds of Byron and Don Juan. Tama Matheson and Karin Schaupp are a formidable duo, creating a colourful tapestry of beautifully crafted words and virtuosic music of the highest calibre, in this passionate and intriguing theatrical event.

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