Golden Guitar winner visits the ORC for two day song writing workshop


DSC_0436Acclaimed musician and two time golden guitar winner Mike Carr lent his knowledge and expertise to the kids of the ORC today as part of a two day song writing course. With help from local musician Kyle Manning, the two artists explained some of the techniques needed to be a successful, as well as professional lyricist.

“I think great songs come from how you feel. Ability is important, but it’s all about passion,” Mr. Carr said.

Mr Carr has worked with various famous artists in the music industry, from country musicians such as Graeme Connors to the likes of Jessica Mauboy.

The kids were eager to learn with pen and paper in hand as they were taught one of the world’s oldest talents, which Mr Carr says has changed very little in structure throughout the last century.

“Everyone has an attachment to music, and everyone loves it in some capacity. Even large blockbuster movies would be nothing without good music to bring out the emotion and drama,” Mr Carr said.

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ORC Music Director, Donna Riles, presents two of our students, Will Harper and Luka Mihalich on ABC radio. This audio clip is a snippet of what to expect at the Toddlers Proms Concert on Saturday 20th June at 10am.

Fun, Games and Music at the Toddlers Proms this Weekend

Bring your kids to the Orange Regional Conservatorium this Saturday the 20th of June for an hour and a half of music and fun with the Orange Youth Orchestra.

OYO players will be engaging with pre-school and early school aged children, introducing them to the world of music with interactive activities, costumes, sing-alongs and even their own instruments to play.

The youngsters will be entertained with some familiar songs, including orchestral pieces from Looney Tunes. Kids can come dressed up as one of their favourite characters from a cartoon show, book or story.

Parents and grandparents are also encouraged to come along and enjoy the fun.

The Toddlers Proms kicks off at 10am and finishes at 11:30am. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and free entry for kids. We hope to see you there!

Winter Workshops


Our Winter Workshops have been announced!

Jump in on a Jazz Improvisation class, learn the guitar, the violin, test your song writing skills with Mike Carr….the list goes on!

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Golden Guitar Winner Headlines Music Workshops at the ORC

MikeCarrRenowned Australian song writer Mike Carr, will be hosting a song-writing workshop at the Orange Regional Conservatorium’s annual Winter Workshops these upcoming school holidays.

Winner of two Golden Guitar awards, Mike has written well-known country songs for Adam Brand and Melissa Schneider, to name a few.

The song-writing workshop with Mike Carr and well-known local musician Kyle Manning, will run over two days on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th June – cost $40.

The Winter Workshop program will also include many other exciting music workshops including Glee Workshops; Guitar Start Up; Test Drive the Violin and a Piano Masterclass with ORC piano teacher Meriel Owen. These workshops are $10/session and will be held over two weeks from Monday 29th June to Friday 10th July.

All workshops will be held at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, 73a Hill Street, and are open to everyone – not just the kids. There is a workshop for all ages and abilities.

ORC Music Director, Donna Riles is thoroughly excited to be offering these workshops to the Orange community, “It is important for the ORC and the Orange community to be able to offer these workshops that increase music accessibility and music education delivery to more than just our regular students. Make your holiday’s fun and come and sign up for a workshop of two.”

Further details of the workshops can be found here or by calling the ORC Admin on 6361 7974.