In 2005 South West Music became a Regional Conservatorium and in 2010 it entered into a Triennial funding agreement with the Department of Education.
Our premises at 165 Hardinge St., provides a professional space for teaching studios and administration. Teachers include Richard Sievers who teaches vocals and brass; Brett Allitt guitar; Chris Bodey guitar, double bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and band; Rose Sievers cello, piano, vocals, choral studies and classroom music; Campbell Robinson drum kit and percussion, Will Eldridge who teaches acoustic guitar, electric bass, ukulele, banjo and classroom music, Tomoko Niwa on piano and pre-school music. Damien Johnson teaches cello and we would like to welcome back Shane McGrath who has recently returned to take a position in guitar tuition. State of the Art Video Conferencing equipment also allows us access to a greater range of instruments from other Regional Conservatoriums, and the world.
Damien Johnson is our Director, Chris van Zeyl is our Administrator and Paula Rutter is the Project Officer for the Concert Series.
Our music programs cater for over 200 students, many of whom are taught in schools during school hours, not only in Deniliquin, but Moulamein, Balranald, Finley, Barooga, Jerilderie, Moama and Hay. Students receive individual lessons and are encouraged to form ensembles. Our students regularly perform at community events including the Ute Muster.
The Kawai Concert Grand Piano is housed in the Regional Conservatorium’s Concert Hall and it is used for both teaching and performances.
SWMRC aims to provide adults and children with the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of musical instruments. SWMRC also has a number of string, woodwind and brass instruments available for hire.