Autumn Piano School: 17-21 April 2024

During the first week of the April holidays, 78 students from around Australia took part in the inaugural Autumn Piano School, held at the Armidale Teachers’ College. The School was a collaboration between Piano+ (organizers […]


Term 1 Wind Report

NECOM was very fortunate to host the Newcastle-based Army Band. The visiting musicians were exceedingly friendly, helpful, and complimentary toward our young musicians. Our inaugural event was an exhilarating concert, which showcased collaborative performances with […]


Contemporary Music Department Report – April 2024

I present to you a concise overview of the projects undertaken during the first term of 2024, despite unforeseen circumstances. This report outlines the executed projects, cancellations, and provides insights into upcoming endeavors later in […]


Year 9/10 Music Day

NECOM’s annual Year 9 & 10 Music Workshop on 6 March brought together elective music students from around the New England/North West region for a day of fun syllabus-based practical activities to complement their elective […]



Wendy and Warren arrived in Armidale in 1965, Wendy being appointed to Armidale High School.  During her two years there she worked with the choir, established a Senior Vocal Ensemble, set the groundwork for the […]


Term 1 2024 Strings Report

Term 1 began smoothly as the String Team welcomed back keen students and many more newly enrolled students. Since Term 4 of last year we have had fabulous new string teaching staff joining the team, […]


Rusty Singers perform at NERAM

As part of the recent Senior’s Week celebrations, the Rusty Singers choir visited NERAM on the morning of Wednesday March 20. They sang in the room where the Hinton collection is hung. This had a […]


NECOM’s annual HSC Composition Workshop

NECOM’s annual HSC Composition Workshop was held on 6 March with students travelling from all over the region to attend and work with the brilliant composer Luke Byrne. The day started with a session Open […]

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Sharny Russell

Sharny Russell is a seasoned and respected Australian jazz singer, pianist, composer andteacher of unique abilities. Her list of experience and achievements is difficult to categorize.After completing her studies at Queensland Conservatorium of Music in […]