“Playing in an ensemble gives the students a chance to experience music as a social activity as well as working as an individual. It builds self-esteem and develops the capacity to work cooperatively with others. When we tour it also gives the students diverse experiences and broadens their outlook. In the past we have had parents tell us that the tour was a life-changing experience for their child.”
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Welcome to Wollongong Conservatorium
Positive Change Through Music
Our ensembles are a community of musicians of all ages and abilities with a shared love of making music.
WollCon has an ensemble for everyone. By joining one of our many ensembles you can be part of a community of instrumentalists and singers of all ages and abilities with a shared love of making music. Most ensembles are un-auditioned, are highly social and explore a wide range of musical genres.
Ensembles meet each week during term and are led by several of our wonderful music-staff, so all participants get the support they need to be a great contributor.
All our ensembles work towards public performances where family, friends and supporters can come and listen.
Participants can take part in any number of ensembles for a single registration fee, allowing them to truly explore all styles of music and discover where your passion lies.
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If you are a young musician, you’d be welcome to join one of our Youth Orchestras. There are groups for beginners right up to flagship ensembles like the BlueScope Youth Orchestra. Generally, our Youth Orchestras are for young musicians interested in classical music, although other styles of music are always in the mix. As skills develop players can ‘graduate’ from one Orchestra to the next.
Who doesn’t love to sing? Singing is one of the most accessible and joyful ways in which we can make music together. Our Youth Choirs cover everything from contemporary to classical ensemble singing. Participants learn to sing in harmony, whatever the genre and to take part in performances throughout the year.
Youth Wind Bands
WollCon has an impressive Youth Wind Band Program which reaches many young players across the region in schools, as well as hosting three significant youth bands who rehearse weekly at WollCon.
Youth Jazz Bands
WollCon has an international reputation for Jazz, which has been developed through the outstanding work of our jazz teachers under the guidance of our Head of Jazz, Eric Dunan. The program includes large Jazz Orchestras to small combo groups and presents concerts throughout the year, many of which include amazing guest musicians.
Combined Youth & Adult Ensembles
Our all-ages ensembles welcome young people and adults to learn and perform together. Between them these ensembles cover Jazz, classical orchestral music and world and street music with The Con Artists. Expect the unexpected in terms of making music and giving performances.
Whether you are an orchestral player, singer or want to be part of a world music style ensemble we have a group for you. We have a string group, an Orchestra, a community ‘band’ (Curious Rendition Orchestra) as well as Conchords – our adult community choir.
So you've decided to join the WollCon community? We can't wait to make music with you. Let's make that happen!
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