World renowned Jazz trio makes their way to the Orange Regional Conservatorium

World renowned vocalist Janet Seidel is currently touring around the Central West and will be visiting the Orange Regional Conservatorium on Thursday 10th of September for a masterclass and concert.

Janet will be performing as a trio alongside fellow musicians Chuck Morgan and David Seidel, for a night of jazz, classical and even more modern pieces. The masterclass will also give students of the ORC and members of the public an opportunity to further their musical talents learning tips and tricks from one Australia’s more successful jazz artists.


The masterclass will run for an hour between 4pm and 5pm, before the night concert kicks off at 7:30pm.


Mrs Seidel said the trio has been very busy, having not long ago returned from a concert feature in Shanghai, where she was described as “the singer from Australia with the perfect voice” and received high praise for their performance.


With a wealth of experience worldwide, from recording studios (18 CDs released), live radio performances (including ABC, BBC, Japan), concert halls, theatres, jazz clubs and festivals, cabaret venues to country halls and private parties, Janet’s captivating voice along with superb guitar and bass, wins over new audiences time and again.


Reviewers have compared her favourably with iconic artists including Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Julie London and Blossom Dearie, accurately noting her influences. The trio uses the renowned Nat King Cole line up (piano/vocals, jazz guitar and double bass) and the extensive repertoire ranges from jazz standards, ballads, Latin, French Chanson, through to the more quirky depending on the setting.


Mrs Seidel said she is eager to play at the ORC, and always enjoys performing in regional areas.
“I am very excited about coming to Orange, and am looking forward to my visit,” she said.

“I really enjoyed my last visit, it’s a beautiful town.”


For tickets please contact the ORC Admin – 63617974 or via Moshtix. Adults $25, Concession $20. All ORC school age students receive free entry and are to collect their pass from the ORC Admin.

Registration for the Masterclass is required via the ORC Admin only – $15 entry.

ORC student to perform with the Australian World Orchestra


Twenty young violinists from regional towns across NSW will have the experience of a lifetime this Thursday 30 July, when they perform on the stage of the Sydney Opera House alongside professional musicians from the Australian World Orchestra & elite players from the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Six year old Charlotte Johnstone of Orange will be representing the Orange Regional Conservatorium at this exciting event.

The regional students will be conducted by one of the most famous and highly regarded musicians in the world, Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, who is in Sydney for concerts with the Australian World Orchestra, a unique ensemble made up of exceptional Australian musicians drawn from top orchestras around the world.

The regional music students taking part in this two-day project of rehearsals, tutorials and concerts at the Sydney Opera House range in age from 6 to 17, and in skill level from beginner to advanced.

They are all students of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, a network of 17 regional music schools funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Education to provide high quality music education to regional school students.

“Over the past 3 years, the NSW Regional Conservatoriums have forged wonderful partnerships with the Sydney Opera House and a number of leading Australian and international orchestras,” says President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, Stephen O’Connell.

“Our students have had similar opportunities with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the Netherlands, the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as our own Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.”

For some of the students, this experience with the Australian World Orchestra will be the first time they have played with a full string orchestra.

“In smaller regional centres, there are not always enough musicians in town to form youth or community orchestras for our young violinists to play with,” says the director of Dubbo’s Macquarie Conservatorium, Vivienne Winther.

“So the thrill of playing right in the middle of a large orchestra will be quite new for some of them, on top of being tutored by brilliant professional players and led by an amazing conductor.”

The students have learnt specially arranged parts of the Bach Double Violin Concerto, participating in video-conference link-ups to work on their music together. The NSW Regional Conservatoriums use state-of-the-art video-conferencing to link students with high quality music teachers, in another initiative that provides regional youth with the best possible music opportunities.

“While in Sydney, our students will watch the Australian World Orchestra in rehearsal and in concert, have intensive tutorials on their parts, and join with the other players to rehearse as an orchestra, before performing their music on Thursday evening before a VIP audience,” says Patrick Brennan, director of the Central Coast Conservatorium.

“At our previous orchestral projects, several students gained real insight into the life of a professional musician and decided to pursue music as a career as a result. I’m sure this experience with Sir Simon Rattle and the Australian World Orchestra will bring similar inspiration to our young musicians.”


The Idea of North


Australia’s most acclaimed vocal quartet is making its way to the Orange Regional Conservatorium this winter.

The multi-ARIA award winning foursome, comprised of Sally Cameron (soprano), Naomi Crellin (alto), Nick Begbie (tenor) and Andrew Piper (bass) will be hosting a Professional Development Day for vocal music teachers from across Orange on Wednesday 12th of August, with a community workshop and concert on the 15th.

The workshop will provide members of the community of all ages some hands on experience with some of Australia’s most talented singers, including voice coaching and advice on how to improve vocal skills.

In 2003 TION won The Harmony Sweepstakes in the USA. This is one of the largest international a cappella competitions in the world, open to any a cappella group of three to seven people singing in any musical style or genre.

The group originally formed back in 1993, and at first was only a means of fun for four musically minded friends – but soon grew into a musical phenomenon.

“It was a total fluke how we formed the quartet… At first we were just having fun, but we had such a massive crowd form at our first CD launch that we knew we could take it further,” Mr Begbie said.

Mr Begbie said the group is excited to visit the ORC, and particularly enjoys performing in regional areas due to having a more receptive and lively audience.

“Some of our most appreciative audiences come from the country and regional areas… A lot of people don’t do it (perform regionally) but we love it,” he said.

The quartet will perform a range of different songs on the night, including jazz, folk, pop, gospel and even a bit of comedy for a few laughs.

“There is definitely something for everyone,” Mr Begbie said.

The Professional Development Day will run from 12pm-5:30pm on Wednesday August 12th, the workshop from 11am-12:30pm on Saturday the 15th and the concert starts at 7pm Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. Package deals for both the workshop and concert, as well as large groups are available.