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September 17, 2018

2019 Music Scholarships

Categories: News, Opportunities

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

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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.

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.

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.

Sydney Fringe Festival and Q Theatre are coming together to present two new independent theatre projects in 2018. If you have a new work you’d like to present as part of our Q Indie season, we’d love to hear from you.

We welcome submissions from theatre, comedy, dance, movement, performance art, visual art & interdisciplinary artists.

Our offer –

  1. One week season in our Allan Mullins theatre.
  2. 70% of box income.
  3. Use of our standard LX and SND rig.
  4. Online hosting of your show and ticketing infrastructure as part of the Q Theatre Indie Season.
  5. Marketing support ( hosting website, DM, limited print collateral)
  6. 21 x hours technical support
  7. 14 x hours of FOH support
  8. 1 x week of rehearsal space.

What we need from you –

  1. Production of play
  2. A work that needs to be ready for production.
  3. Production Team (Cast, LX designer, SFX designer, Production designer/s, Stage Manager)

Apps open until 13th April

Presentation dates: 6th – 19th September

If you have any questions contact Emele at emele.ugavule@penrith.city

Click here to apply.

Q Theatre is holding auditions for 16 young artists, 8 x theatre artists and 8 x musicians, (18 – 26) to take part in the 2018 ‘Originate’ project. This is a skills development project that results in a public outcome. The show will be presented in the Allan Mullins Studio at The Joan, Penrith.

PRODUCER: Q Theatre is the resident theatre making program at The Joan.

ROLES: 16 young artists (18 – 26). Within this we’re looking for 8 theatre makers and 8 musicians.

EXPERIENCE: Performers of various levels of experience are encouraged to apply. A background or interest in devising new work will be an advantage.

OBJECTIVE: ‘Originate’ seeks to up-skill early-career artists in the areas of new work development, cross art form practice and to facilitate new collaborations.

THE SHOW: ‘Originate’ is where ideas start. An ensemble of emerging theatre makers will collaborate with an ensemble of emerging musicians to create a new show about the here and now. Guided by Co-Directors from theatre and music, the group will move through a workshop process that dreams a new performance from the ground up. ‘Originate’ is a holding title for a performance that is yet to be developed and will be defined by the thoughts, beliefs, hopes and fears of the ensemble. Watch this space.

AVAILABILITY: To be considered for inclusion in the project artists must be available for the following dates:

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays 23/05/18 – 13/06/18

10.00am – 4.00pm | Saturday & Sunday 26/05/18 – 27/05/18

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays 20/06/18 – 12/07/18

10.00am – 4.00pm | Saturday & Sunday 14/07/18 – 15/07/18

5.00pm – 9.00pm | 16/07/18 – 21/07/18

7.30pm onwards | 19/07/18 – 21/07/18

COST: There is no charge for participation in this program.

TO AUDITION: Complete an application form by clicking here.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 18/04/18

AUDITIONS HELD: 02/05/18 & 03/05/18

If you have any queries about your application, please email Emele at emele.ugavule@penrith.city

CURRENT VACANCY – APPLY NOW!

MUSIC COORDINATOR – PART-TIME

Are you passionate about music education? Interested in the role music can play in people’s lives? The thrill of live performance and new ideas and initiatives in music? Then we’d love to hear from you.

The Joan is on the lookout for a Music Coordinator to play a vital role in supporting and developing music education and engagement activities across genres.

Working as part of the Penrith Conservatorium of Music team, the Music Coordinator implements and supports music education programs with a focus on the Penrith Youth Orchestra (delivered in partnership with Penrith Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra) and ensembles. Through these programs, the Music Coordinator will also build access and understanding around music performance and career pathways, as well as working toward the highest level of visitor experience for all teachers, students, parents and partner organisations.

The Music Coordinator will also assist in supporting links to of a range of music programming and engagement strategies via the Conservatorium, community, commercial and entrepreneurial programs.

To apply please send a current résumé detailing your experience, availability and including contact information for at least two referees to Dave Garner, Business Manager: dave.garner@penrith.city

For more information please contact Hania Radvan, Chief Executive Officer hania.radvan@penrith.city.

Download the Position Description here.

Closing Date for applications: Tuesday 3 April, midnight.

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.

CASUAL FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF – APPLY NOW!

We’re hiring! The Joan is expanding its pool of Front of House casual staff. The Front of House team helps deliver an enjoyable experience for our audiences and is a vital part of our organisation. If you have the required certificates and experience, love helping people and are passionate about the arts, we’d love to hear from you!

Applicants must have a current RSA, First Aid Certificate and NSW Working With Children Check as well as previous bar or hospitality experience &/or proven experience working in a similar role.

Applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends and may also on occasion be offered weekday shifts. The position is suited to a positive, professional and well-presented person who is comfortable with dealing with the general public. Maturity and common-sense are highly valued in the Front of House role.

Duties include ushering for performances and events, bar service, assisting with enquiries and ticket sales through the Box Office, set-up & clean-up for events, general customer service, and various other duties as directed by the FOH Supervisor.

To apply please send a current résumé detailing your experience, availability and including contact information for at least two referees to Dave Garner, Business Manager: dave.garner@penrith.city

For more information please contact Haydn Vredegoor, Venue Services Coordinator haydn.vredegoor@penrith.city.

Download the Position Description here.

Closing Date for applications: Friday 16 March 2018

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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