About Us

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is a not for profit community based organisation whose vision is to provide an inspiring and creative hub for excellence in the performing arts. The Conservatorium offers multi-level training across a broad range of musical styles and instruments, including voice, from pre-school through to adults. Programs are designed to suit students of all ages, levels of expertise, experience and creative aspiration. Programs reflect the key teaching values of the Conservatorium:
  • To encourage and facilitate involvement in and appreciation of music
  • To develop skills and an understanding of music
  • To stimulate the development of creative expression, self-esteem and social interaction through music.
The Conservatorium services a wide geographic area – from Woolgoolga north of Coffs Harbour, to Nambucca Heads and Macksville in the south, and inland to Bellingen and Dorrigo.  Tuition takes place in the Conservatorium’s facility at the Bray St Complex (next to the cinema complex), cnr Bray St and Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, and in various schools.  Since its formation in 1984, hundreds of students of all ages have enrolled for lessons, joined ensembles and been involved in courses, concerts and workshops.  Some have progressed to become professional performers and teachers.  Most have achieved a level of technical proficiency that has enabled them to enjoy their music making for the rest of their lives. Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is one of a network of 17 regional conservatoriums, each of which provide a high standard of community-based music education for people living in regional New South Wales.  Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is managed by a team of professional staff overseen by an honorary Board of Directors.  The Conservatorium is primarily funded by grants provided by the NSW Government Department of Education, with support in part from local government, corporate sponsors and private benefactors. We are a founding member of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums. 


Operations Manager

  • Gillian Thaine

Office Administrators

  • Sheriden Sowter
  • Elly Bateup

Honorary Board

  • Lesley Schoer – Chair
  • Andy Munro – Vice Chair
  • Ian Hartcher – Treasurer
  • Anne Partridge – Minute Secretary
  • Ann Gee
  • Julianne McKeon
  • Dr Andrew Ramsay
  • Sara Bowen
  • Dr Terrence Hays
If you are interested in offering your voluntary services and professional expertise to the Board of the Conservatorium, please contact the Operations Manager Gillian Thaine on 6652 1592.

Donations are always welcome and go towards supporting programs and opportunities for our students and the community. 
No donation is too small, and all donations are tax deductible. Please click on the donations ticket box below, or contact our Operations Manager Gillian Thaine on 6652 1592 to discuss larger donations and sponsorship opportunities. 

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