Monthly Archives: February 2014


Music Matters : February 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | February 4, 2014

I am delighted to be able to announce that the Board of Management has secured new premises for our Regional Conservatorium. Neville Purtill and his team are busy refurbishing the space at the rear of the Caltex Service Station in Hardinge Street and we hope that the building will be ready for us in Term 2. This building will provide us with the space we need to run all of our programs under one roof plus room for growth. We will have a large band room, a large performance space, 4 studios and administration area.
The Board has been working on securing new premises for over 3 years now and had to work within budget constraints and the limit of a 3x3x3 year lease. We are confident that this building will meet our needs and will ensure the long-term growth of our Conservatorium. We look forward to inviting all of our South West Music families and the general public to an Open Day after we have moved in. In the meantime, our Term 1 programs will continue at our current premises in George Street.

2014 ENROLMENTS 
Enrolments for 2014 are now overdue. New students and continuing students should contact our Administration Officer, Chris van Zeyl to organise their enrolment and secure a place on the timetable. Chris can be contacted on 5881 4736 or admin@swmusic.org.au. Enrolment forms and invoices were sent to existing students at the end of 2013. Lessons begin on 10th February.

2014 CONCERT SERIES
South West Music brings an exciting line up of professional musicians to our region. The 2014 Deniliquin Concert Series and the Bush Concert Series are organised in partnership with South West Arts. You can look forward to 9 wonderful concerts this year. Three of these are offered as part of the Deniliquin subscription Concert Series. Our Concert Series Launch will be held at South West Music on Friday 28th February at 7pm. Music will be provided by SWM teachers and students along with supper and drinks….and it’s free. Subscriptions will go on sale on the night for the special price of $70 for 3 concerts. All Concert performers and venues will be announced at the Launch. Prepare to be surprised!! Please RSVP to our office if you plan to attend.

2014 TEACHERS
Rose Sievers
Rose is our newest teacher and we welcome her to our Conservatorium. Rose teaches cello, piano, vocals and classroom music.

Delena Gaffney
Delena teaches early childhood music, classroom music, Young Musicians Club, choral studies, piano, flute, theory, voice and ukulele.

Brett Allitt
Brett teaches all styles of guitar.

Chris Bodey
Chris teaches all styles of guitar, double bass, mandolin, ukulele and band.

Campbell Robinson
Campbell teaches drum kit and percussion.

Richard Sievers
Richard teaches vocals and brass.

Will Eldridge (based in Moulamein)
Will teaches acoustic guitar, electric bass, ukulele and banjo

Clay Web & the Young Musicians Club at the Christmas Concert
Clay Web2013ChristmasConcert

Newsletter: Term1 2014

Posted by in Uncategorized | February 2, 2014

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,

NEW PREMISES:
I am delighted to be able to announce that the Board of Management of South West Music Regional Conservatorium has secured new premises. Neville Purtill and his team are busy refurbishing the space at the rear of the Caltex Service Station in Hardinge Street and we hope that the building will be ready for us in Term 2.

This building will provide us with the space we need to run all of our programs under one roof plus room for growth. We will have a large band room, a large performance space, which will house the grand piano, 4 studios and a large administration area.

The Board has been working on securing new premises for 3 years now and they have explored a huge number of options in that time. The main challenge has been to find premises, which we could afford. Many of the buildings we have inspected had huge potential and were well located in the CBD; however, landlords (in many cases Government Departments) were demanding market rent, which we were unable to afford with our budget constraints. Understandably, many also required a long-term lease. We are limited to signing a 3 (x3x3) year lease because we operate on triennial funding.

Neville Purtill has agreed to make the changes to the building, which we have suggested and he has indicated that he will do everything he can to resolve any issues, which may arise down the track. We have a very cooperative and philanthropic landlord in Neville.

The main issues we have addressed with the Hardinge Street building are safe vehicle and pedestrian access and noise spill between rooms.

South West Music traffic will be directed to enter from the driveway at the car wash end of the Caltex building and park out the back. The main entry for the Conservatorium will be at the back. Some of our students walk from the High School and they will be directed to walk along the northern side of the building to access the entry at the rear of the building.

There will always be some noise spill between rooms. We hope to minimise that with the installation of insulation between walls and in the ceiling.

Of course it is not the “prettiest” of buildings. The Board of Management plans to secure funding to commission artworks to beautify the building both inside and outside. We are hoping that our students and local artists will offer suggestions in this area also.

There will be no interruption to our Term 1 program. All Term 1 lessons will continue at our current premises in George Street.

Change is always challenging but we do hope that we have your support and cooperation. Securing new premises on a 3x3x3 year lease will provide our organisation with the security it needs and will allow us to focus our attention on our core business.

We look forward to the time when you are able to view the building. The Board of Management is planning an Open Day once we have moved in. Please contact me if you have any queries.

2014 ENROLMENTS
Thank you to the many families who have completed the 2014 enrolment. The due date was Friday, 24th January. Please contact the office immediately if you need help. We need to confirm our teaching rosters as soon as possible. If you are a re-enrolling student and you have not already completed your enrolment, you may find that your lesson time will change for this year.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
I am currently working on our Scholarships and Bursaries program and policy. We hope to have this in place by Term 2. Scholarships will be awarded on merit and Bursaries will be given based on financial need.

The Board of Management has asked me to pass on information regarding the Edward River Country Education Fund. This Fund provides financial assistance to school leavers and students up to 21 years of age. Applications close on February 3, 2014 and application forms can be downloaded from www.cef.org.au or collected from the Conargo Shire office in End Street.

FACEBOOK POSTS
A number of you are receiving our Facebook posts and I hope you are finding the information useful. I would encourage everyone to “Like” our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/swmusic so that you receive reminders and updates about our concerts and programs. I can assure you will not be pestered frequently. It would be great if you considered also encouraging your child to “Like” us so that they receive these posts directly also.

Looking forward to another great year of music making.
Regards,
Cheryl Fuller
Acting Director

2014 Concert Series Launch

Posted by in Uncategorized | February 2, 2014

The 2014 Concert Series Launch will be held at South West Music, 365 George Street on Friday 7th March at 7pm. Invitations will be distributed very soon. To ensure your subscription for the Deniliquin Concert Series and to find out about the exciting line up of Concerts for the coming year, you won’t want to miss this evening.

Entertainment will be provided as well as drinks and a light supper. RSVP would be appreciated.

2014 Lessons Begin

Posted by in Uncategorized | February 2, 2014

Welcome back to all students. Our 2014 teaching programs begin on 10th February and Chris van Zeyl is finalising Term 1 timetables. Late enrolments can still be processed. To secure a place on the timetable please contact Chris van Zeyl immediately on 5881 4736 or admin@swmusic.org.au