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.

Interactive Proms Concert Gets Young Kids Involved in Music

Mums, dads, brothers and sisters alike poured into the ORC auditorium last Saturday morning for a special interactive treat, hosted by the Orange Youth Orchestra and conducted by Prem Love.

Parents and kids joined the orchestra onstage to play and sing along, helping out with the actions and sounds accompanying pieces such as the Barber of Seville and What’s Up at the Symphony.

OYO members performed their own short little musical pieces throughout the show recognizable from famous children’s TV shows, video games and movies, including Harry Potter, Star Wars and Super Mario Brothers – with costumes to go along with their selection.

Kids were even shown how to use some of the instruments and make interesting sounds, including how to blow into a trumpet, hitting the drums and seagull noises on a violin.

Super Mario Kart!

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!

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.