Teacher Spotlight – Arlene Fletcher

Arlene Fletcher started her classical Double Bass training as a scholarship student of NECOM back in 2004. This passion for the instrument extended into her undertaking the Bachelor of Improvisation Music degree at the Victorian […]


Teacher Spotlight – Camilla Tafra

Camilla Tafra: Cello teacher, Chamber Music in Schools, Ensemble Conductor Camilla grew up in Armidale on unceded Anaiwan land, where she began learning cello with Susan Metcalfe at the age of five. She holds a Bachelor of Music with […]

Jazz Open Rehearsal at NECOM

Jazz at NECOM

Gershwin once said, “Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise”. It’s one of the few musical artforms where the same piece could be played night after night, but sound different every […]


ANU Jazz Faculty

This month we were delighted to have the Jazz Faculty from the ANU School of Music visit Armidale to meet with students. Five lecturers from Canberra delivered a jazz workshop on Wednesday, September 6th, discussing […]


Con Brio Needs String Players

The Con Brio string orchestra, a community music program supported by the New England Conservatorium of Music, is looking for players of violin, viola, cello, or contrabass. The repertoire suits adult beginners or those who […]


September Chamber Ensembles Concert

Twentieth century American biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen famously described chamber music as a “conversation between friends”. Just like a great conversation, chamber music entertains, soothes, and builds relationships between the participating individuals. Just like being […]


Dead Composers Society

In the tradition of the Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society, five intrepid students met on the evening of September 15 and formed the first Dead Composers Society. Granted access to the dimly-lit and mysterious […]

Foundation Solo Concert

Foundation Solo Concerts

It is a Term 3 NECOM tradition to have three concerts over three consecutive weeks to showcase students from the Foundation Music Program who are in the earlier stages of learning. The concerts are held in […]

Eisteddfod Choirs

Spectacular Eisteddfod Results for NECOM Choirs

Congratulations to all the NECOM choristers in Mini Singers, Cantilena, Cantilena Chorale, New England Singers and the New England Chamber Choir for their outstanding performances in the Armidale Eisteddfod this year. The Armidale Eisteddfod showcases […]

Luke Byrne Choral Conductors Workshop

Luke Byrne presents workshops at NECOM

Luke Byrne visited Armidale to adjudicate the choir and composition sections of the Eisteddfod in May. While here he conducted two workshops at NECOM. The first was with many of our Cantilena choristers who stayed […]