Music Festivals

Years 3 to 12 students and teachers

Public school students from across NSW combine to celebrate musical excellence in a series of concerts that feature soloists and ensembles in a variety of musical styles. They have the opportunity to work with professional conductors and perform music specifically chosen and commissioned for them. Opportunities exist for outstanding instrumental and vocal items to perform at some of these festivals.

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Students singing at a music festival

2022 Opportunities

School instrumental and vocal items

Performance opportunities are available for outstanding school instrumental and vocal items at the Festival of Instrumental Music, Festival of Choral Music and Primary Proms. These opportunities are open to all public school students (Years K to 12) and can include music ensembles of all sizes, large or small – including soloists.

In Concert – Secondary Choral Festival (Years 7 to 12)

There will be 1 concert in the In Concert - Secondary Choral Festival held in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. The concert will feature a combined secondary choir of 750 voices made up of students from Years 7 to 12, that will join forces with The Arts Unit's premier instrumental music ensembles. These concerts provide secondary students with the opportunity to sing in a massed choir to perform a range of significant choral works.

Festival of Instrumental Music (Years 3 to 6)

There will be 3 concerts in the Festival of Instrumental Music held in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Each concert features a combined recorder ensemble and a combined string ensemble made up of students from Years 3 to 6, as well as outstanding school instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.

Primary Proms (Years 3 and 4)

There will be 4 concerts in the Primary Proms held in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall. Each concert will feature a combined primary choir of 450 voices made up of students from Years 3 and 4, as well as outstanding school instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.

Festival of Choral Music (Years 3 to 6)

There will be 4 concerts in the Festival of Choral Music held in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Each concert will feature a combined primary choir of 700 voices made up of students from Years 3 to 6, as well as outstanding school instrumental and vocal items from public schools across NSW.

Compass Music Festival – Coffs Harbour (Years 3 to  12)

The Compass Music Festival – Coffs Harbour will be held at Coffs Harbour High School. This concert will feature a combined primary choir (Years 3 to 6), a combined secondary choir (Years 7 to 12) and a combined recorder ensemble (Years 3 to 12), as well as a featured wind orchestra, a featured secondary choir, a featured recorder consort and a featured string ensemble.

Professional learning

Professional learning opportunities are available online in Term 1. The following 2-hour music workshops will instruct teachers on conducting methods and suggest ways to improve music performance and teaching skills.

  • In Concert - teachers’ professional development webinar (secondary choral)
  • Festival of Instrumental Music – Recorders - teachers’ professional development webinar
  • Festival of Instrumental Music – Strings - teachers’ professional development webinar
  • Primary Proms - teachers’ professional development webinar (Years 3 and 4 choral)
  • Festival of Choral Music - teachers’ professional development webinar (primary choral)

Digital Engagement

Explore the online music resources from The Arts Unit.
 

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