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Our Term 1 programs are running smoothly and I would It is with great pleasure and excitement that I am able to announce we have appointed a new Director of our Conservatorium. Mark Wilson, along with his wife and family, has recently relocated to Deniliquin from England. Mark has a strong connection with Deniliquin as his wife grew up in
the district and he has been visiting family here for a number
Mark is an accomplished musician, playing guitar and drums and he has performed extensively in England, including the Glastonbury Festival. Some of you may have seen him perform at the last Muso Night here in Deniliquin.
Much of Mark’s working background has been in Finance Management and Administration and these skills will be invaluable for the smooth running of our organisation. I look forward to introducing Mark to our SWM families and the wider community over the coming days. He will commence duties next week.
This will be my final Music Matters column as Acting Director of South West Music Regional Conservatorium. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 18 months and I sincerely thank the Board, Chris van Zeyl our Administration Officer and our teachers for their support and hard work.
We are extremely fortunate to have a Regional Conservatorium located in our small town and I know from my many conversations with parents, schools, politicians and community members, that the work we do to promote and deliver music education is valued enormously.
Once again, I would like to remind our students and parents that we are still operating from our current premises in George Street. Our new building in Hardinge Street is up to the painting stage. An exact move in date is not
I look forward to seeing you at the Blues and Roots Festival!
New enrolments are always welcome. Please contact our Administration Officer, Chris van Zeyl to organise an enrolment package. Chris can be contacted on 5881 4736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invoices for Term 2 have already been sent out to our enrolled students. Payment is due by 4th April and can be made online. Payment by the due date will guarantee your current time slot on the timetable.
Our office hours are:
8.30-3.00 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY
For a number of years now South West Music has delivered music tuition using the very latest videoconference technology. Local students have received lessons in violin, cello and voice from teachers at the Riverina Conservatorium in Wagga. Our own teacher, Chris Bodey has also delivered guitar lessons to a student at Hay High School. This term, Ashma Spalding and Catrina Paul are learning the violin via videoconference. Each Saturday morning the girls come to our studio, switch on the large screen and tune into their lesson with Tamaris Pfeiffer who sits in front of her own screen in Wagga. Both girls began learning the violin at around 10 years of age. Ashma was inspired to take up the instrument when she saw a violinist play on the television as a young child in Japan, and Catrina fell in love with the violin watching her father and older sister play. They love their lessons with Tamaris and they are making excellent progress.
DENILIQUIN CONCERT SERIES
Launch of the Deniliquin Subscription
The dates and venues for our 3 Subscription Concerts can be viewed on our website. You can see all three concerts including “Lior”, for only $75.
“THE BEGGARS” – Bush Concert Series
Large audiences attended performances by The Beggars at
Blighty and Mathoura. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Congratulations to both communities on supporting two terrific musical events.
YES, WE TEACH ADULTS TOO
So much of our conversation is about the importance of music education for children but the benefits of music are not limited to a particular age group. We have a number of adults enrolled in our programs. Lesson times can be flexible to fit in with working hours or school hours. The frequency of lessons can also be flexible.