Sky High Opera

Posted by in Uncategorized | December 14, 2017

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South West Music Regional Conservatorium is bringing Sky High Opera to Deniliquin.

The Opera is being performed by Co-Opera, Australia’s operatic troubadours for 27 years. This wacky production, brimming with laughter and sumptuous costumes, will bring the magic of that tradition to audiences in Deniliquin.

The Barber of Seville is the best known and most popular work in comic opera. This production, set in the Australian goldfields of the 1880’s, will show why. Featuring the most famous tune in opera, it is a must-see for anyone who loves a good laugh, good music and a good night out.

The Sky High Opera on 14 April 2018 will form part of a weekend of celebrations at the airport, including the Deniliquin Aero Club fly-in and mini air show and the opening celebrations for the first stage of the WW2 No7 SFTS Heritage Centre. We are lucky enough to present the Opera in the Wettenhall Air Services hangar, which is an original hangar from when the airport was a WW2 Service Flying Teaching School.

Tickets – $40 each or 2 for $70
Seating is allocated, so book early.
You can also buy tickets online at

Employment Opportunity

Posted by in Uncategorized | November 22, 2017

Marketing and Administration Assistant

South West Music Regional Conservatorium is currently seeking an enthusiastic new team member.

South West Music Regional Conservatorium is a leader in Music Education in Deniliquin and across the region. We are currently seeking a Marketing and Administration Assistant to help build the profile of and participation in our various events and activities, through website development, marketing and social media. The role also provides support to the Administration Manager.

This is an entry-level role with the opportunity to gain further experience in a range of areas including administration and finance, database management, event management, communication and marketing.

Hrs: 15 hours per week – flexible hours


Selection criteria:


  • Website development experience
  • Social media management experience
  • Experience in producing marketing materials
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Administration experience
  • Data entry experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to work flexible hours

Download the Position Description – SWMRC Marketing and Administration Assistant


Please address the selection criteria in your application and send it, together with your CV, to:

Damien Johnson, Director –

Applications close: Friday 1st December 2017 5:00PM




We are seeking new members for our Board of Management

Posted by in Uncategorized | August 18, 2016

South West Music Regional Conservatorium is a not-for-profit community governed organisation, based in Deniliquin. We are seeking Board members for our dynamic and regionally expanding program.

South West Music’s mission is to promote, foster and develop the playing, learning, appreciation and availability of music throughout South-Western NSW. Our Board members work individually and collectively to help steer our organisation towards this mission.

Preferable expertise:

  • Governance understanding
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Project management
  • Funding and grant applications
  • Community knowledge and networking.
  • Legal knowledge
  • Music appreciation

Successful appointment to the South West Music RC board of management will enable you to contribute to decisions that affect your local community.

Our Board embraces diversity of membership to reflect the diversity of the communities we work in.


Click here to download the Expression Of Interest Form (PDF)


For further information and Expression of Interest Forms please contact:
Francie Cullenward, Chairperson, SWM Regional Conservatorium, PO 887 Deniliquin 2710, or Jane Harris (Vice Chair) at the same address.



Music Matters – March 2016

Posted by in MusicMatters | March 2, 2016

A huge thank you to all that attended and performed at our very successful Concert Series Launch last Friday. The night proved very popular, and included some really special performances by all of our Scholarship students. We were also treated to a wonderful introduction to the new Kawai piano by a rousing rendition of Rachmaninov by piano tutor Tomoko Niwa.

To those that were unable to attend, the concerts this year include a diverse range of genres, including swing (The Swing Merchants –12 March 7:30, Deniliquin Club), Jazz (The one and only Emma Pask – 15th April 7:30PM at the Con), Classical piano (Eugene Alcalay – 26th June 2:00PM) and last but not least, flute (Jane Rutter – 17th September 7:30 at the Con). Golden tickets are still available for all these concerts for an unbelievable $90. Phone South West Music to secure yours now.

These represent our concert series core, but stay tuned for numerous other events through the year including a tutor’s concert from all the teachers, and some classical guitar in Barooga and Hay (TBD). A big thank you to Paula Rutter, our Concert Promotor, for her tireless efforts in securing these great acts.

Ukulele group classes

Ukulele group classes are poised to commence with Chris Bodey very soon, and offer a very cost effective way to introduce students to the joy of music. If you have a child that is interested (or yourself!) please contact Chris in the office as soon as possible to arrange classes.

Piano Labs

Very effective, fun and inexpensive way to introduce pre-schoolers to the piano, and give them a flying start to music before reaching school age. Suitable ages are from 3-6.

Music Craft

Learn the theory and how to write music with Jo Watson in friendly classes designed to be instructive and fun. Cost is dependant on class sizes, but call us to find out how.



Posted by in Uncategorized | January 15, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to 2016. It looks as though it is going to be a great one at our Conservatorium, with a host of great concerts, new initiatives and exciting prospects for students and staff alike.

We will start teaching officially on Thursday 4th Feb this year, and will teach 10 lessons in this term for a normal student.

The Concert Series launch will be on 19th February at 6:15 pm at the Conservatorium. We will be unveiling a great new asset for the Conservatorium, as well as giving you a taste of what is in store for 2016.

I hope to see you all there, and look forward to a great new year with all of you,

Best Regards

Damien Johnson – Director

Music Matters – November

Posted by in Uncategorized | December 15, 2015

Congratulations to all those students who participated in the scholarship auditions on Saturday, especially those that secured some assistance with next year’s tuition. It was great to see such a dynamic and talented group of performers all striving for excellence.

This was the first scholarship day held at SWMRC, and is truly was a celebration of the talent that lies around us.


Taylah King performing at SWMRC

I would really like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Deniliquin and surrounds community for the generous sponsorship that have enabled this annual event to be staged, many of whom wish to remain anonymous. It is really heartening to see the level of support music education and its obvious flow on effects for the community has in our town.

Enrolments for 2016 are quickly filling up, so if you were thinking about giving your child (or yourself!) the opportunity to learn an instrument, either in a group environment or in individual lessons, I strongly recommend that you contact us NOW to secure a spot.

Music Matters – October

Posted by in MusicMatters | November 26, 2015

With Term 4 just around the corner, it was great to see so many students from South West Music RC involved in a range of musical activities around the traps.

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Ballarat Grammar performing at SWMRC

This month, we had the pleasure of hosting Ballarat Grammar who joined forces with students of SWMRC and delivered a really wonderful concert, utilising a talented string ensemble, and a swing band that ended the concert with a bang.

We then had our final student recital for the term, and although small in participant number, was very pleasing to see such a range of ages and instruments utilising a performance opportunity.

We also welcomed Fanny Lumsden back to the region, as she opened her Small Halls tour, in association with SWMRC, at Wanganella. What a great night! The band were good enough to also conduct a workshop for SWMRC students on performance skills at our facility in Hardinge St.

Dates for your diary:


Tuesday 6th October: Commence term 4

Saturday 10th October: Dave Brubeck tribute concert 7:30PM. Early Bird discounts available (Ph. 58814736)

Friday 16th October: Student Recital

Saturday 17th October: Vocal/piano workshop – Free

Saturday 31st October: Scholarship Day


Try to also catch our tutors Shane McGrath, Sophie Butcher and Rose Sievers playing at various venues around town. Have a great musical month!!

Music Matters – September

Posted by in MusicMatters | November 26, 2015

We have had a marvellous month of concerts and workshops at South West Music, starting with a fabulous concert in Deniliquin multi – arts centre with the Cordover brothers last Saturday night. Their concert differed greatly from the ordinary classical music concert, and was enjoyed greatly by the appreciative audience.

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We then had the privilege of welcoming the two Stephens to Deniliquin, Stephen O’Connell (sax) and Stephen Neville (drums) who delighted many of the students from Deni South Primary, Deni North primary and Deni High with their engaging and informative workshops.


The 2 Stephens delivering workshops

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Enrolments are now being taken for Term 4, so please feel welcome to call our office at any time from Tuesday- Friday to discuss your instrumental and vocal options. Please remember that payment for term 4 is due by the 11th September, and contact us if you are experiencing any difficulties.


Piano Labs

Pre –school kids are invited to come and join our Piano Lab for group tuition in introductory music lessons. This is a very cost effective way to introduce your child to music in a fun and engaging way, and give them a flying start to their musical lives.

Music Matters – August 2015

Posted by in MusicMatters | July 31, 2015

This month was a very busy one for all our staff at SWMRC. Along with welcoming some new instrumental and vocal teachers, new students and schools programmes, one of our lucky students got to perform on the Concert Hall stage in the Opera House alongside members of the Australian World Orchestra. This was a great example of Regional Conservatoriums forging partnerships with organisations that will give music students from the bush opportunities of a lifetime.

Regional Con students final rehearsal with AWO.

Concert hall 

This month, please remember and support our AGM, which occurs on the 27th August at 7:00PM. We would love some input from community members that have some vision and dynamic to join our very generous and innovative standing Board members.

Thank you to all that came and enjoyed the Janet Seidel Trio that played some sultry Jazz last month. This month’s treat features world-class classical guitar set to narration and promises to be something really special. I hope you can make the Cordover Brothers.


Jacob and Gideon Cordover.

Multi Arts Centre, Friday 21st August. 7:30PM

Music matters July 2015

Posted by in MusicMatters | July 15, 2015




Yet another school term has flown by with alarming speed. Our third term will be upon us in no time, so I would like to advise of several exciting things happening at your Music Con, in the next session.

South West Music RC AGM

The Annual General Meeting of South West Music Regional Conservatorium will take place on Thursday 27th August at 7:00PM onsite at 162 Hardinge St. Deniliquin, (behind Purtill’s). Two members of the Board will be declaring their positions open. I would encourage anyone with expertise in governance, financial management, marketing (or indeed some other talent you may envisage as being useful) that feels a desire to give back to community by offering their wisdom to an Organisation that enriches the town through musical experiences to come along and get involved.


New Guitar Teacher

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We would very much like to welcome back to Deni, one the Conservatorium’s finest students, Shane McGrath who is returning to his hometown, to teach and perform through SWMRC.

Since being selected in the Schools Spectacular in 2007 as a featured artist he went on to graduate through the talent development program in 2009. Since then he has been working as a musician in Sydney. His expertise spans jazz, funk, rock, and modern finger style. Welcome home Shane and Ellie!

Janet Seidel Trio

Jazz at it’s best. Janet Seidel Vocals, Joe Chindamo piano, and Chuck Morgan Guitar bring some of the classic jazz standards to Deni.

Saturday 18th July, 7:30PM –at the Con.