Term 2, 2024 Newsletter

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APRIL 2024 VOL 2

What's on in Term 2

Monday 29 April: Term 2 lessons commence at CVCon

Monday 29 April: Boom Bang Boogie at CVCon

Tuesday 30 April: CVCon lessons in Schools restart

Saturday 11 May: CVCon Series, Musical Wonderland - 10:30am

Sunday 26 May: Sunday Series, Jayne Logan & Greta Enns - 3:00pm

Sunday 2 June: CVCon Series, Bands in The Park - 2:00pm

Friday 14 June: Flute Fiesta at CVCon

Sunday 16 June: Strings’n’Things at Maclean Public School Concert

Friday 5 July: CVCon lessons in Schools & at CVCon end for Term 2

Sunday 7 July: Visiting Artists, Acacia Quartet - 3:00pm ---------------------------------------------------------------






Thursday4July @7:00pm

Welookforwardtoseeingyouperform, pleasebookinnow.

Term 2 Lessons

Term 2 is a 10 week term, lessons will commence: 29 April 2024 at the Conservatorium and 30 April 2024 in Schools with CVCon tutors.

All students from Term 1 have been re-enrolled for Term 2 unless you have indicated otherwise.

PLEASE NOTE: Term 2 Invoices will be sent out during Week 1 for just this term.

Welcome to Term 2 at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium!

At the beginning of Term 1 we welcomed Oscar Eager to the CVCon to teach brass instruments. Oscar is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Jazz Course and is teaching in schools and at the Con.

At the end of Term 1 we said goodbye to our choirs and voice teacher, Jill Carter. Jill has made a big contribution to the CVCon and has grown our choir programs. We say thank you and good luck to Jill and her family as they undertake the next chapter and hope that Jill and Leo will visit Grafton in the years to come


Sunday Series Concerts

Jayne Logan & Greta Enns

Experience an enchanting musical journey at the second Sunday Series Concert of 2024, where the dynamic duo of Layne Logan and Greta Enns, esteemed tutors of Clarence Valley Conservatorium, take the stage together.

Prepare to be captivated by an afternoon of mesmerizing piano duets and duos, complemented by captivating works for accordion and piano. Join us for an unforgettable performance that promises to delight and inspire music lovers of all ages. .

Sunday, 26 May 3:00pm





Strings’N’Things, Kids Chorus

Saturday, May 11 @ 10:30am

Clarence Valley Conservatorium

CVCon Series

Musical Wonderland: A Joyful Journey For Little Ears

Embark o s Concert! Prepare f odies and Join e an unforg where imaginat miss out on the for all!

Visiting Artists Series Acacia Quartet

Forming in 2010, Acacia Quartet are one of Australia’s most respected string ensembles. Having recorded twelve albums, Acacia is known for presenting versatile and inventive programs which prominently feature Australia’s leading composers. Nominated for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music 'Award for Excellence' (2013), and Aria Music Awards ‘Best Classical Album’, twice (2013 and 2020), Acacia are renowned recording artists with their recordings regularly featured on radio around the world.

Having toured extensively, Acacia is in high demand both locally and internationally. Locally, Acacia's engagements include the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Hall, as well as extensive touring through regional NSW and Victoria. Internationally, Acacia had their international debut in Vancouver, Canada at the Roundhouse in June 2016 and have since followed up with performances in Europe. Passionate supporters of young musicians, Acacia has previously worked with NSW’s Regional Youth Orchestra and are proud to share their love of music with audiences of all ages.

Returning to the Clarence Valley in 2024 is the highly acclaimed Acacia Quartet. Featuring string quartets by Tchaikovsky and Schostakovich as well as a special guest marimba performance by CVCon Director Adam Wills.

CVCon Series

Bands in the Park

Getreadyforthe2024BandsintheParkconcert!Joinusforadayfilledwith sensationalperformancesbysomeofClarenceValleyConservatorium'sfinest ensemblesincluding,JazzEnsemble,ConcertBand,SaxophoneEnsemble,Flute EnsembleandRockBand.

Don'tmissthisopportunitytoenjoyadiverserangeofmusicalgenres,fromjazzand classicaltorockandcontemporary,allinthepicturesquesettingofMarketSquare

Bringyourfriends,family,andpicnicblanketsforadayofmusic,laughterand unforgettablemoments.SeeyouatBandsinthePark!��✨

Sunday,2June2024 MarketSquare,Grafton 2:00pm FREE-Ticketsnotrequired

2024 Schwinghammer Scholarship

Congratulations to Casey Palmer, the recipient of the prestigious 2024 Schwinghammer Scholarship! We thank the Schwinghammer Foundation for their generous donation to allow for the scholarship valued at $3000. A percussionist of talent and promise, Casey embodies the spirit that the Schwinghammer Scholarship stands for.

Throughout Casey's time at CVCon, he has demonstrated a commitment to his musical studies and is a regular member of the CVCon Jazz Ensemble and Regional Youth Orchestra NSW.

We are proud to support Casey Palmer's continued musical pursuits and look forward to witnessing his future accomplishments.

Congratulations once again on this well-deserved recognition as the 2024 Schwinghammer Scholarship winner!


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Here'swhatyoucanexpectfromourBeginnerStringGroup: Beginner-FriendlyApproach:Inannaisskilledatintroducingmusicconceptsinawaythatisaccessible andenjoyableforlearnersofallages.


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Here’s some of what happened in Term 1, 2024

Choirs, Ensembles & Groups at CVCON




Greta Enns

Jayne Logan String Ensemble

Sarah Nicholls


Kidzjam 10.30-11.00

Pre-Instrumental 3.30-4.00

Flute Ensemble 5 30-6 15


Wesley Chegwidden

Wesley Chegwidden

Sharon Davidge

Lunchtime Drum Circle 12.30-1.30 Luke Gough

Ensemble/Theory (Seniors) 4.00-4.45

Adult Flute Ensemble 4.00-4:45

Sax Ensemble 4 45-5 30

Peter Morgan

Sharon Davidge

Peter Morgan

Good Vibes Choir 1.00-2.30 Brenda Little Theory for Juniors 4.00-4.45 Peter Morgan Con Kids Chorus 4 00-4 45 TBA Concert Band 4.45-5.30 Peter Morgan Con Youth Chorus 5.00-6.00 TBA Jazz Ensemble 5.40-6.40 Peter Morgan Con Chorus 6.30-7.30 TBA
Forget Me Nots Choir 10.00-11.30
R Pre-Instrumental 4.00-4.30 Wesley Chegwidden Rock Band 4.30-5.30 Wesley Chegwidden Beginner Strings 4.45-5.30 Inanna Sage Guitarchestra 5.30-6.30 Luke Gough Adult Combo 6 30-7 30 Kris Edwards
Jenny W & Leigh
KISS Vocal Group 12.00-1.00 TBA
Circle 1.00-2.00
Pre-Instrumental 3.30-4.00
Squeeze Box
Wesley Chegwidden Piano Ensemble
00-4 45

Who's Who at Clarence Valley Conservatorium


Chairperson - Jenny Worrell

Vice Chairperson - Calvin Terry

Treasurer / Public Officer - Mark Thompson

Members - Kate Joseph, Paul Kennedy, Yvonne Ledingham, Fran McHugh, Deborah Wray


Director - Adam Wills

Administration Manager - Vicki Forbes

Finance Manager - Carolyn Maunder

Programs Co-ordinator - Kris Edwards

Projects Officer - Roslyn Kennedy


Brass - Oscar Eager

Clarinet, Saxophone, Bass Guitar, Adult Combo (Ens) - Kris Edwards

Clarinet, Saxophone - Peter Morgan

Flute, Fife, Piccolo, Panpipes - Sharon Davidge

Guitar: Classical, Folk - Ryan Enns

Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Music Production - Luke Gough

Guitar, Bottle Neck Slide Guitar, Banjo - Robert Hughes

Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Harmonica - Damien Sullivan

Percussion - Adam Wills

Percussion, Rock Band - Wesley Chegwidden

Piano, Piano Accordion - Greta Enns

Piano, Flute, Accompanying - Jayne Logan

School Groups - Elizabeth Moore

Strings n Things (Ensemble) - Sarah Nicholls

Violin, Piano - Inanna Sage

Voice, Choirs - Elysha West

Choirs - Brenda Little

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