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September 17, 2018

2019 Music Scholarships

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Applications for the 2019 Music Scholarships are now open!

Penrith Conservatorium, housed at The Joan, has enriched the lives of the local community for over 28 years through its passion for excellence in music education and performance. The Conservatorium has an ongoing commitment to developing and nurturing local talent through scholarships which are offered through a competitive application and audition process. These scholarships recognise talent and future potential and offer pathways for people to pursue a professional career in music.  Scholarships are open to all instruments, however in 2019 the Conservatorium particularly encourages students of WOODWIND, BRASS and ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION.

The Conservatorium team of over 25 tutors have outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers, offering individual tuition from beginner through to AMEB Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard. Many students go on to become musicians and music educators themselves, whilst many others enjoy the pleasure and excitement music brings into their everyday lives. Scholarships are offered to enrich individuals’ musical experience and development, as well as to offer pathways into a career as a professional musician.

The Conservatorium is offering six highly sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.

Thanks to the generosity of the Conservatorium’s current sponsors and partners; Penrith City Council, Berger Piepers, Ars Musica and the Joan Sutherland Foundation, six scholarships are open to all instruments including voice.

The Conservatorium is now calling for applicants for the 2019 scholarships!

To apply, download the Information Kit and the Application Form

ESSENTIAL INFO

Applications open Monday 17th September 2018

Applications close Friday 30th November 2018

Auditions will be held at The Joan on 18th January 2019

Scholarships are awarded either as FULL or HALF at the Penrith Conservatorium in 2019

You do not have to be an existing student of the Conservatorium to apply

Open to all residents of the Greater Western Sydney region (Some Scholarships require residency within Penrith LGA)

FULL SCHOLARSHIPS

The Richard Bonynge Scholarship

The Emerging Talent Scholarship – Open to students aged 12 – 18

The Mayoral Scholarship – Open to Penrith LGA residents

The Malcolm Borland full Scholarship – Piano Only

 HALF SCHOLARSHIPS

Two Penrith Conservatorium Scholarships

The Regional Talent Scholarship – Open to Penrith LGA residents

Image: Christina Mishell

Q LAB is Q Theatre’s annual artist residency program hosted by the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. The residency is designed to make creative space and time for the development of dynamic projects at an early stage of their conception.

Projects are selected through an open callout process and successful applicants will receive financial assistance, work-space in the Allan Mullins Studio as well as technical and dramaturgical support for dedicated creative development.

Q LAB is based on a commitment to supporting the development of independent artists and projects in the local Western Sydney area and the vibrancy that occurs as a result.

Building on the successes of previous residency programs, Q Theatre invites artists or groups of artists with a passion for a creative Penrith to apply for a Q LAB ’19 Residency.

“Q Theatre wants to help you dream up something big.”-  Nick Atkins, Creative Producer

The 2018 Q Lab recipients were director Margaret Davis, emerging playwright Jordan Manalo-Shea, cross disciplinary artist Kate Bobis and emerging theatremakers Vonne Patiag, Sophea Op & Will Tredinnick.

Dates:
Applications open: September 14 2018
Applications close: October 14 2018

Successful projects will be notified December 2018

Over the first half of 2019 Q Theatre will support four independent artists or groups of artists in the development of a new project. For a list of projects previously supported by the Q Lab program, click here.

Click here to apply »

Residency periods available in 2019 are:

  • 7 January – 18 January
  • 28 January – 8 February

If none of these residency periods are suitable for your project we encourage you to apply anyway and make a note of dates that would suit your project.

Q Lab is open to both emerging and established artists working across contemporary performance and theatre.

Q Theatre provides:

  • $2000 cash for artist fees
  • Two weeks full time studio space during business hours within the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
  • Technical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Dramaturgical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Access to available studio lighting, sound and AV equipment
  • The opportunity for a public presentation
  • The work created and supported through Q Lab will be considered for further development with Q Theatre

Selection Criteria:

  • Artistic rationale and process
  • Potential of project for development with Q Theatre
  • Calibre of the artistic team and key personnel

We strongly encourage applications from artists that identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and/or have a demonstrated connection to Western Sydney.

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…”

We are delighted to host Bell Shakespeare’s John Bell Scholarship auditions once again at The Joan this September.  The John Bell Scholarship (JBS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students living in regional or remote areas, who are interested in a career as a performer. Three students are selected each year from across Australia to come to Sydney and spend a week with Bell Shakespeare. They will participate in acting masterclasses, be taught by John Bell, observe one week of Bell Shakespeare rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.

HOW THEY WORK
JBS auditions take the form of 15 minute one-on-one masterclasses with a member of Bell Shakespeare’s The Players.

To be eligible to audition, students must be at least 16 years of age by 31 December 2018, and still be at high school full-time in 2018. The Auditions at The Joan in Penrith will take place:

WHEN: Saturday 22 September, sessions between 1.00pm and 5.30pm

WHERE: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith (Getting here)

To book an audition session, eligible students must contact The Joan’s Theatre Programs Coordinator, Ian Zammit, to book an audition session and provide the student’s name, the high school they attend full time, and their parent’s or guardian’s contact name / phone number / email address. Book your audition session by contacting:

Ian Zammit, 02 4723 7606 (Tuesday-Friday 9.00am-4.30pm) or at ian.zammit@penrith.city

BOOKING DEADLINE: bookings close 4.30pm, Friday 31 August 2018

Auditioning students must then complete a registration form, to be handed to the Arts Educator at their audition on Saturday, 22 September. Students will not be eligible for the JBS if we do not have this form.

DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM

Important dates:
Shortlist announced: November 2018
Recipients announced: December 2018
Scholarship week: January 2019

HOW TO PREPARE
Each student must perform a 1-2 minute monologue from the suggested monologue list provided by Bell Shakespeare or a monologue of their choice from any Shakespeare play.

AUDITION MONOLOGUE LIST – FEMALE

AUDITION MONOLOGUE LIST – MALE

Please note, selecting from Bell Shakespeare’s suggested list will not affect the success of the students’ audition. The suggested list is designed to make the selection of appropriate monologues a simpler process for students. Students may perform from either list, regardless of character gender.

ARTS EDUCATORS
Bell Shakespeare’s Arts Educators are professional actors and/or directors who have worked with Bell Shakespeare in our main stage productions or our in-school performances and have been trained by the company as teachers. The Arts Educators present all Bell Shakespeare programmes and have a wealth of performance experience and knowledge of Shakespeare.

Your point of contact for further information or for any questions regarding the workshops is your local regional venue where the performances of Julius Caesar will be held.

Workshop contact: get in touch with Theatre Programs Coordinator at The Joan, Ian Zammit, between 9.00am-4.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays on 02 4723 7606 or via email on ian.zammit@penrith.city

JULIUS CAESAR AT THE JOAN

See Bell Shakespeare’s production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece of intrigue and treachery, Julius Caesar, on the Q Theatre’s stage, this October at The Joan.

JULIUS CAESAR by Bell Shakespeare

Friday, Oct 5 2018 7:30pm

Saturday, Oct 6 2018 2:00pm

Saturday, Oct 6 2018 7:30pm

Click here for full performance details and for how to book today!

 

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts

Finance Assistant

Full-time | Penrith Location | LGA Level 4

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts – comprising the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Q Theatre, Penrith Conservatorium and Penrith Regional Gallery – is seeking a Finance Assistant.

Do you thrive on maintaining order? Have a keen eye for detail? Proficient with numbers? Committed to accuracy? Then we’d love to hear from you.

Responsible for supporting the financial management of the organisation, the Finance Assistant is accountable for the accurate and timely provision of payroll services, financial reconciliations of payables and receivables, invoicing and administration of human resource functions.

Accounting qualifications and proficiency in financial and MS Office systems essential.

Closing date: Sunday 2 September

To apply: Email your resume to Dave Garner

More information: Download the Position Description here

Casual Cleaner

LGA Level 2 | Shift hours 6 – 10am

We are seeking a casual Cleaner to assist in the cleaning operations of its theatres, workshop and conservatorium spaces, public areas, back of house, housekeeping stores and other Penrith Performing & Visual Arts sites if required.

Part of The Joan’s dynamic Venue Services Team, the role will report to the Senior Cleaner and will be required to work on an on-call casual basis. Each call is a 6am to 10am shift. Due to the nature of our business, the shifts will not form a regular roster as such.

If you’re a motivated self-starter with plenty of initiative, excellent attention to detail and a genuine passion for cleaning, we’d love to hear from you.

Closing Date: 31 August

To apply: Email your resume to Dave Garner

More information: Download the Position Description here

Are you passionate about music education? Living in the Penrith surrounds? Interested in the role music can play in people’s lives? Then we’d love to hear from you!

The Joan is on the lookout for qualified, experienced, engaging and vibrant music teachers to play a vital role in supporting and developing music education in an individual lesson setting whilst actively encouraging students to partake in the wider scope of activities and events occurring at the Joan.

Current Vacancies:

  • Drum teachers
  • Orchestral percussion teachers
  • Violin and Viola teachers
  • Voice teachers
  • Piano teachers
  • Cello teachers
  • Guitar teachers
  • Woodwind teachers
  • Brass teachers
  • Early childhood music teachers

What’s required:

·         A NSW Working With Children’s Check clearance

·         Minimum level of attainment: AMEB AMusA level and/or a completed tertiary studies.

·         Minimum 2 years of teaching experience

·         Availability to teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Desirable:

·         You are located near Penrith

·         Own transport

·         Ability to teach multiple instruments highly regarded

To apply:

Please send a current resume detailing your experience, availability and include contact information for at least two referees to conservatorium@penrith.city

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people who visit us as students, performers or audience. We aim to provide a safe and inspirational place for children and young people to learn, participate and experience.

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (The Joan, Q Theatre, Penrith Conservatorium & Penrith Regional Gallery) wishes to extend a hearty congratulations to Cr Karen McKeown, who was recently honoured as a recipient of an Order of Australia Medal.

Cr McKeown is a member of the PP&VA Board and has been awarded the OAM for her service to local government, to the Community of Penrith and to women.

Propel is a training opportunity for up and coming playwrights, 16 – 26 years old, from across Western Sydney and beyond. WestWords and Q Theatre are offering up to 6 emerging playwrights the chance to develop a new short work under the mentorship of a team of professional theatre makers.

Propel will help you to:
• Meet like minded artists and collaborators
• Learn from industry professionals
• Hear your work read by performers

When?
Workshop Schedule for 2018:
• #1: 1st August, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
• #2: 8th August, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
• #3: 15th August, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
• #4: 22nd August, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
• #5: 29th August, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
• #6: 5th September, 5.00pm – 8.00pm
• #7 11th September, 10am – 4.00pm Intensive with performers
• Short Work Readings: 12th September, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Where?
All workshops and readings will be hosted at The Joan, 597 High St, Penrith.

What next?

Click on the link below to apply for Propel. You will need to include your name, a contact number and email address within the application, along with:

• a bit of background on yourself as an artist (max 1 page). It would be good to tell us a little about what you write whether it be plays, poetry, stories, what you like or would like to write about and what you would like to get out of participating in the Propel playwriting project.
• a short sample of something you’ve written (max 4 pages)

Notes:

Applications must be received by end of day Friday 13 July 2018.

Applicants under the age of 18 require parent / guardian consent, provided at the and of the application.

Click here for the PROPEL Application Form

 

Propel is presented in partnership with WestWords

WestWords, based in Parramatta, is dedicated to celebrating and championing the stories of the people, places and cultures that comprise the heart of Western Sydney. A guiding philosophy of WestWords is a belief in the power of literature and literacy (written, oral and visual), self-expression and creativity to change lives and the experience of communities. With a strategic focus on children and young people and through a comprehensive program of workshops, residencies, fellowships and support for writers we offer professional opportunities for the growth of distinctive voices.

June 4, 2018

Music Teachers Wanted!

Categories: Jobs, News, Opportunities

Music Teachers Wanted!

Are you passionate about music education? Living in the Penrith surrounds? Interested in the role music can play in people’s lives? Then we’d love to hear from you!

The Joan is on the lookout for qualified, experienced, engaging and vibrant music teachers to play a vital role in supporting and developing music education in an individual lesson setting whilst actively encouraging students to partake in the wider scope of activities and events occurring at the Joan.

Current Vacancies:

  • Saxophone teacher
  • Brass teacher (trumpet, trombone, tuba, horn)
  • Orchestral percussion teacher

What’s required:

  • A NSW Working With Children’s Check clearance
  • Minimum level of attainment: AMEB AMusA level and/or a completed tertiary studies.
  • Minimum 2 years of teaching experience

Desirable:

  • You are located near Penrith
  • Own transport
  • Ability to teach multiple instruments highly regarded

To apply:

Please send a current resume detailing your experience, availability and include contact information for at least two referees to conservatorium@penrith.city

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people who visit us as students, performers or audience. We aim to provide a safe and inspirational place for children and young people to learn, participate and experience.

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