Clarence Valley Conservatorium Term 4 Newsletter

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Term 4 Lessons

Term 4 is a 10-week term - lessons will continue until Friday 16 December, 2022.

Scholarships 2023

Application forms for Music Scholarships 2023 are now available.

Scholarships are available for music students and are awarded to advanced students, and to students who demonstrate potential and commitment. Scholarships are also available for ensemble students. Students are required to prepare two pieces for their scholarship audition and be prepared to discuss their musical ambitions with the scholarship adjudicators.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 18 November.

Music Scholarship auditions will be held on Saturday, 26 November.

The Scholarship PAN for awardees will be held on Tuesday, 13 December 2022.

Applications can be completed online. DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES

APPLY NOW 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Student Reports

During term 4 the CVCon will once again be providing feedback to parents and students through Student Reports. CVCon believes that a report is an important part of the learning process and one that will help parents and students track their progress during their time with us.

Student Reports will include comments and feedback on the progress each student has made over the course of 2022. Please feel free to make email contact to discuss your students report.

Student Reports will be emailed to parents in the latter half of term 4.

Elders Open Garden Display

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival will be celebrated this year with a phenomenal ten day festival planned from Friday 28 October to Sunday 6 November.

This year the Conservatorium will be showcasing our gardens as part of the Elders Open Garden Display, we look forward to welcoming the many visitors who will tour through the garden areas of our property.


Visiting Artist Series Alexander Gadjiev


Italian Slovenian born, Alexander Gadjiev grew up in a musical family with both his parents well known piano teachers and musicians. The eclectic European culture of Gorizia, his city of origin, and a natural crossroads of peoples, cultures and languages, also had a strong influence on Alexander’s natural ability to absorb, process and rework, to his own taste, different musical styles and languages.

Studying piano with his father, Alexander made his concert debut at the age of nine, giving his first solo recital a year later. Alexander was awarded honours with his diploma at the age of seventeen and went on to participate in the Premio Venezia a competition reserved for the best young talents in Italy, winning the 30th edition of the award.

More recently, Alexander was selected for the 2019 2021 BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, which provided opportunities for him to perform in many of the major festivals and series in the UK, both in recital and as soloist with the BBC orchestras, and to record regularly for BBC Radio 3.

Fresh from his win at the prestigious 2021 Sydney International Online Piano Competition in Sydney, Alexander was awarded the Ernest Hutcheson First Prize and took home an additional six coveted prizes. Alexander is currently scheduled to play with Maestro Valery Gergiev, this December at the Mariinsky Piano Festival in St Petersburg, along with many other European and North American engagements, culminating in a national concert tour of Australia in the Spring of 2022, as part of his prize package.

Thursday, 13 October 7:00pm Evening Concert

Visiting Artist Series

Coco's Lunch & Drummergirl


- Thursday, 27 October 5:00pm at CVCon

Free Concert - Friday, 28 October 7:00pm at Market Square

Coco’s Lunch are pioneers in the composition and performance of contemporary world/jazz vocal repertoire that is now performed by vocal ensembles and choirs globally: South Indian vocal percussion, high vibration poetry and skin-tight harmonies are the hallmarks of this extraordinary music. The new Misra Chappu show by Coco's Lunch showcases all new pieces of exceptional beauty and unparalleled originality and forges an adventurous new direction in contemporary vocal music. This is heart music, set to the pulse of trademark Coco’s 4 part groove, and featuring the spectacular artform known as konnakol (South Indian vocal percussion). Composers Lisa Young and Jacqueline Gawler draw deeply from the rich sonic palettes of Australia, India and Africa, and between the singers an impressive alchemy brings these stories to life.

Joining Coco's Lunch for the first time onstage is the brilliant Simone Lang (, a specialist in traditional and contemporary West African drumming. She has travelled to many countries in the world including Guinea, Senegal and The Gambia to study whilst being immersed in the community and culture. Based on the Coffs Coast, Simone's mission is to inspire othersespecially women - to discover the joy of group drumming.

Term 4 Sunday Series Concerts

Luke Gough - Guitar

Resident heavy metal expert Luke Gough presents his 2022 Sunday Series Concert, showing us his other side

Performing some of his own compositions as well as showcasing the beauty of the guitar Sunday,

The teachers of the Conservatorium take to the stage to honour the Patroness Saint of Musicians. Come along and see the wonderful musicians we have here on the teaching staff at the Conservatorium Performances will include a variety of solos and duets from CVCON teachers and guests

23 October 3:00pm 2022 St Cecilia's Day
Sunday, 27 November

2022 Jacaranda Festival

Come along to the 2022 Grafton Jacaranda Festival - there are so many opportunities to see the fabulous CVCon students and staff as well as visiting musicians performing in and around Grafton.

Thursday, 20 October - Illuminate See Park (Jazz Ensemble)

Thursday, 27 October - Illuminate See Park (Flute Ensemble and Strings)

Friday, 28 October - Coco's Lunch and Drummer Girl Market Square

Monday, 31 October - Valley Schools on Show Market Square

Wednesday, 2 November Broadway at its Best and Regional Youth Orchestra NSW Market Square

Thursday, 3 November - Illuminate See Park (Guitarchestra)

2022 Christmas at the Con

Our final Ensembles Concert for 2022 includes a special celebration of Christmas.

You'll have the opportunity to sing some of your favourite carols as well as hearing Christmas music (and some nonChristmas music) performed by the wonderful ensembles of the Conservatorium.

The evening will culminate in a massed performance, showcasing the talented musicians and staff of the Clarence Valley Conservatorium.

Monday, 12 December 7:00pm

Term 3 at CVCon

Choirs, Ensembles & Groups at CVCON


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 Jill Carter Concert Band 4.45-5.30 Peter Morgan Con Youth Chorus 5.00 6.00 Jill Carter

Jazz Ensemble 5.40 6.40 Peter Morgan Con Chorus 6.30 7.30 Jill Carter


Forget Me Not Choir 10.00-11.30 Jenny W & Leigh R

Pre Instrumental 3.30 4.00 Jill Carter Guitarchestra 5.30 6.30 Luke Gough Adult Combo 6.30 7.30 Kris Edwards


Pre-Instrumental 3.30-4.00 Jill Carter

Piano Ensemble 4.00 4.45 Jayne Logan Percussion Ensemble 4.00 4.45 Adam Wills String Ensemble 5.30 7.00 Sarah Nicholls


Kidzjam 10.30-11.00 Jill Carter KISS Vocal Group 12.00 1.00 Jill Carter Flute Ensemble 5.15 6.00 Sharon Davidge


Lunchtime Drum Circle 12 30-1 30 Luke Gough Ensemble/Theory (Seniors) 4.00-4.45 Peter Morgan Sax Ensemble 4.45 5.30 Peter Morgan


Chairperson - Jenny Worrell

Vice Chairperson Calvin Terry Treasurer / Public Officer Mark Thompson

Members - Kathy Crittenden, Bree Dahl, Paul Kennedy, Fran McHugh, Deborah Wray


Director Adam Wills

Administration Manager Vicki Forbes

Finance Manager - Carolyn Maunder

Programs Co-ordinator - Kris Edwards

Projects Officer - Roslyn Kennedy


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, Ukelele, Music Production - Luke Gough

Guitar, Bottle Neck Slide Guitar, Banjo Robert Hughes

Guitar, Ukelele, Banjo, Harmonica Damien Sullivan

Percussion - Adam Wills

Percussion - Wesley Chegwidden

Piano, Piano Accordion - Greta Enns

Piano, Flute, Accompanying - Jayne Logan Piano, Accompanying Leanne Taylor Strings n Things (Ensemble) Sarah Nicholls

Violin, Viola - Cherry Collins

Voice, Choirs - Jill Carter

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Who's Who at Clarence Valley Conservatorium
What's on in Term 4 Monday 10 October: Term 4 lessons commence Thursday 13 October: Visiting Artist, Alexander Gadjiev Thursday 20 October: Jazz Ensemble at See Park Sunday 23 October: Sunday Series, Luke Gough Thursday 27 October: Coco's Lunch & Drummergirl Workshop (5pm) Thursday 27 October: Flute Ensemble & Strings at See Park Friday 28 October: Coco's Lunch & Drummergirl (Market Square, 7pm) Wednesday 2 November: Broadway at It's Best and RYO NSW Thursday 3 November: Guitarchestra at See Park Saturday 26 November: Scholarship Auditions Sunday 27 November: Sunday Series, St Cecilia's Concert Monday 12 December: Christmas at the Con Friday 16 December: School & CVCon lessons end for 2022 PerformingArtsNights PAN'sTerm4Week10 Monday5December Tuesday6December Wednesday7December Thursday8December ScholarshipPAN Tuesday13December Welookforwardto seeingyouperform, bookinnow.
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