Compass Music Festival – Far South Coast

Region: Rural South and West | Bega
Year 3 to 12 students and teachers
Local arts program Music
Tags: Choral music, Music

The NSW Department of Education will present a combined public schools performance at Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. The concert will feature a combined secondary choir, primary choir, primary string ensemble and combined recorder ensemble.

Rehearsal and performance date

Thursday 6 June 2024 (Term 2 Week 6)

Schools participating in Compass Music Festival will come together to rehearse throughout the day and perform an evening concert.

Combined ensembles

The combined ensembles include:

  • combined choir (Years 3 to 12)
  • combined recorder ensemble (Years 3 to 12)

There is no audition required for the combined ensembles. All schools that apply will be accepted.


The repertoire for combined ensembles will be made up of selections from:

  • 2024 Festival of Choral Music (combined choir)
  • 2024 Festival of Instrumental Music (combined recorder ensemble).

All of the combined ensembles will perform a combined opening and finale item as part of a massed choir.


  • A participation fee of $20.00 per student will be payable upon confirmation of numbers late Term 1, 2024. 
  • Each participating student and teacher will receive a specially designed T-shirt to wear at the performance.

Professional learning and resources

  • Teachers will receive a master copy of the relevant repertoire (choir and/or recorders) from which to make copies for every participating student.
  • Access to a range of online repertoire resources will become available soon.
  • Teachers from participating schools are encouraged to attend in-person teachers’ professional development workshops for the musical component in which their school is involved.

Local teacher professional development workshops available to participating schools include:

  • Compass recorder workshop Term 1 Week 5
    Monday 26 February 2024 at Bega High School 9 am to 2 pm
  • Compass primary choir workshop Term 1 Week 5
    Monday 26 February 2024 at Bega High School 9 am to 2 pm.

Sydney teacher professional development workshops also covering the Compass repertoire include:

  • Festival of Instrumental Music strings workshop Tuesday 13 February 2024 at Sydney Conservatorium of Music 9 am to 2 pm
  • Festival of Instrumental Music recorder workshop Wednesday 14 February 2024 at Sydney Conservatorium of Music 9 am to 2 pm
  • In Concert secondary choir workshop Thursday 15 February 2024 at The Arts Unit, Lewisham 9 am to 3 pm
  • Festival of Choral Music primary choir workshop Friday 16 February 2024 at Sydney Conservatorium of Music 9 am to 2 pm.

Teachers may choose to attend their local professional development workshop and/or the corresponding Sydney workshop. Registrations for each workshop will open early in Term 1 2024.

Featured ensemble opportunity

In 2024, performance opportunities are available for outstanding individual school instrumental and vocal items at Compass Music Festival – Far South Coast. Solos, duets, or small ensembles are encouraged to apply. Pieces will be selected on the basis of providing high quality and variety to the concert.  

Applicants must be available for a sound check on Wednesday 5 June and the evening performance Thursday 6 June 2024.

VET Entertainment

There are opportunities for Entertainment Industry (VET) students to undertake a work placement at this event. VET Entertainment teachers should contact Sue Dawson, Arts Coordination Officer for further information.


For further information concerning the Compass Music Festival – Far South Coast please contact Sue Dawson, Arts Coordination Officer, The Arts Unit – email:


Sue Dawson
Arts Coordination Officer
0402 992 897


Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre
Zingel Place
Bega NSW 2550

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All Arts Unit programs are inclusive. If support is required to participate in the Compass Music Festival – Far South Coast, please email so that we can assist.