Ensembles

The Coffs Con Ensemble Program offers a unique learning experience for all ages and abilities.

Students from across the Coast come together weekly to rehearse and learn, creating a fun, supportive and professional learning environment.

We encourage all students to join an ensemble, directed by our highly qualified tutors and enjoy the experience of sharing a stage with friends and learning the joys of music.

Choose the right ensemble for you

Love singing? Want to develop your musical skills or rediscover your love of music?

Come and join one of the Coffs Conservatorium’s choirs

Want to perform alongside your friends, make new ones and work with the Con’s Director, Pat Brearley?

If so, the Coffs Con Youth Orchestra is perfect for you! Open to students aged 5-19 join the Coffs Con to have fun, learn, and experience the joy and power of the Youth Orchestra.

Want to play in a band?

The Jazz & Contemporary Band Program caters to students of all ages and abilities, creating learning and performance opportunities throughout the year alongside friends, colleagues and tutors.

Playing music with others is a whole lot of fun!  

Whether harmonising in a choir, performing in a jazz quartet or jamming with your friends in a youth orchestra, students of all ages learn valuable skills when joining the ensemble program at the Con.

Learn to cooperate and collaborate, gain valuable experiences on stage with friends in a fun and supportive environment, and join the wonderful Coffs Con community through the ensemble program.  

Playing in an ensemble will increase your skills in harmony, rhythm, balance, intonation and performance – and you’ll be able to take what you’ve learned back into your individual lessons. The ensemble program also gives opportunities to perform all over the Coffs Coast, creating exciting and memorable musical experiences. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ensemble comes from the French word “together”. Ensembles are groups of musicians who play music together, and the Con has a great ensemble program for all levels and styles of music.  We encourage all students to join an ensemble, taught by our highly qualified tutors.

Ensemble rehearsals vary from 30 – 90 minutes.

Yes!  We have a range of instruments available for hire – apart from pianos, which are too big! Contact us for more information.

Not at all. The ensemble programs are open to everyone and anyone who wants to perform alongside other students and make music, all while having fun and meeting new people.

It’s the difference between “take” and “make”!  Individual lessons give students the chance to work on technique and ‘take’ learning from their tutor.  Ensembles enable students to start ‘making’ music with each other, once they have reached a certain level of proficiency.

Yes, they do!  We have a varied schedule of performances throughout the year, and our ensembles are often invited to perform at external events such as the Bello Winter Music Festival.

We love classical music.  And jazz. And hip-hop.  And chamber music, and pop music…  In fact, we love ALL kinds of music and our tutors and students play all kinds of music!
You certainly don’t have to be a classical musician to study at the Con (although we love teaching classical techniques too), so speak to your tutor or contact our office for more information about how you play the kinds of music you love.

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity, something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.

Billy Joel

Ensemble rehearsal times and waiting lists

Ensemble rehearsals are held Monday to Friday at various times of the week.

Ensemble programs run for nine weeks each term, in line with the NSW public school term dates.

Generally there are no waitlists for ensembles so you can jump right in and start enjoying music right away!

Whether you know what group you’re interested in or you’d like more information, we can help you select the best ensemble for your needs – contact us on 02 6652 1592 or register your interest and we’ll get in touch with you!