Events for Students

Student workshop series (various dates and venues)

9th Mar - 12:00 am
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW


Student Workshop Series

Join our leading music educators as they direct students in a series of instrument specific workshops. These are presented in public lesson-like performances to enable both students and teacher-audience members to further their learning.

Saturday 9th March: Voice workshop at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Sunday 19th May: Piano workshop at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Saturday ** June: Instrument Workshops at Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music

Sunday 20th October: Instrument Workshops at Hunter Valley Grammar School, Maitland

For student registration and audience ticketing, visit: https://www.trybooking.com/ZQVR

For more information, contact Michael Power (michael.power@live.com.au)

Newcastle Student Concert Series (Various Dates)

28th Mar - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Adamstown Uniting Church, Adamstown


Student Concert Series

28th March, 6:30pm

6th June, 6:30pm

29th August, 6:30pm

24th October, 6:30pm

The Newcastle Branch is proud to present students of MTA teachers in concert. From the youngest to the most experienced, the evening recitals provide great performance practise opportunity for the musicians and a varied program for its audience. The concert series is presented on Thursday nights at Adamstown Uniting Church.

Adamstown Uniting Church

Cnr Brunker Rd & Glebe Rd Adamstown

Audience Entry $5 per adult (children/students – free), payable at the door.

For student participation, contact Michael Power (michael.power@live.com.au)

The Wendy Ireland Award for Young Cellists

25th May - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW


The Wendy Ireland Award

for young cellists

Saturday 25th May, 10am

Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Laman St, Newcastle

The Newcastle Branch is proud to present the inaugural Wendy Ireland award for young cellists in 2019. Wendy Ireland was a leading Australian teacher, pedagogue, cellist and composer who devoted much of her career to the teaching of young musicians in Newcastle, many alumni who are now in significant music positions and orchestras around the world. Wendy developed successful programs at the Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Grammar School and more recently at Queenwood School for Girls.

Competitors are required to present two contrasting works in a live, public audition, and must be 18 years or younger at the time of performance (recommended minimum 5th grade or equivalent). Audience attendance is free.

Competitor Registrations: www.trybooking.com/ZQVR

Junior Music Festival Newcastle

23rd Jun - 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Adamstown Uniting Church, Adamstown


Junior Music Festival, Newcastle

Proudly presented by MTA NSW, Head Office

Sunday 23rd June at 12:30pm

Adamstown Uniting Church

Cnr Brunker Rd & Glebe Rd Adamstown

A friendly and relaxed environment, the Junior Music Festival is a great opportunity for students to perform to a supportive audience and are categorised in skill level.

For full details and entrant information, please visit the Junior Music Festivals page under the Student tab of the MTA NSW website.

MTA of NSW Piano Scholarships sponsored by the Newcastle branch

17th Aug - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle NSW


MTA NSW Piano Scholarships

sponsored by the Newcastle Branch

Saturday 17th August 2019, 10am to 1pm

Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music

Laman St, Newcastle

The Piano Scholarships include the awarding of both the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship and the Joyce Blewitt Award, providing two competitive sections for young pianists. Nan Price was a renowned pianist, teacher and examiner who performed often as an accompanist and was an exceptional sight-reader. A graduate of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Price went on to teach at the Conservatorium of Music in Newcastle, having lived there as a child. Following the establishment of Newcastle’s branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, Price conducted numerous workshops and masterclasses for the association, which were highly sought after amongst the music community. Her explicit teaching and high standards were key to the success of the workshops. Price was also well-respected for her expertise in performing works by Beethoven. In Price’s legacy, the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW (Newcastle Branch) established an annual award in her name, awarding over twenty successful recipients since her passing. Alumni of the award include pianists Frances Ross, Michael Power, William Cesta and Nicholas Kennedy who have all gone on to pursue careers in music. In 2019, The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW is proud to present the piano scholarships as part of the Newcastle Music Festival program. Details of the two divisions and performance requirements are available via the Newcastle Music Festival and MTA NSW websites. The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW will welcome a guest pianist, Maria Raspopova to adjudicate the competition and announce the award winners for 2019. Attendance is free and all members of the public are welcome.

For entrant registration, visit: www.trybooking.com/ZQVR
For more information, contact Michael Power (michael.power@live.com.au)

Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod - Division Awards

1st Sep - All Day
Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay NSW


Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod – Division Awards

September & October

Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre

Lake St, Warners Bay

The Newcastle Branch of the MTA NSW proudly sponsors a number of divisions in the piano division of the Lake Macquarie Eisteddfod, and administrates the Errol Collins Memorial Scholarship in the strings division with thanks to its private donors.

Full dates, award information and division registrations are available at www.lakemacquariemusicsociety.org.au

Diploma Recital

8th Sep - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Diploma Recital

Sunday 8th September, 2pm

Newcastle Private Residence

Students from the region who are preparing for diploma performance exams will present a combined recital of their advanced repertoire.

To perform in this concert or for more details, please contact Michael Power.

Audience Entry $5 per adult (children/students – free), payable at the door.