Concerts & Events

2021 Open Day – Free Classes for Kids!
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
2021 Open Day - Free Classes for Kids! @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Orange Regional Conservatorium 2021 Open Day

Learn all about the Orange Regional Conservatorium, find an instrument to inspire you, meet our tutors, join a choir or ensemble.

Come along to learn just what the ORC has to offer. Enrol in lessons with one of our many teachers across almost every instrument. Join our ever-growing groups, choirs, bands, orchestras and more. Take the tour and learn all about our growing community organisation.

FREE Introductory Classes for Kids ALL DAY!

Early Childhood Music, Singing for Kids, Beginner Brass, Djembe Drumming & Beginner Violin. No experience necessary!

Register Now! Spaces are limited.

Early Childhood Music Class – 10:00am

For ages 0-5 years, experience the joy of music making in this fun and interactive introduction to Early Childhood Music with Carmel Follent. Sing, dance, play instruments and more!

Young Singers – 10:30am & 12:30pm

Our Young Singers classes are an introduction to singing lessons in small groups for kids 5-10 years of age. Learn the fundamentals of music performance and theory through songs, games and activities. A great pathway into individual lessons and choirs.

Pbuzz – Brass for Beginners – 11:00am & 1:00pm

Brass instruments such as the Trumpet and Trombone are great fun to learn as a kid. Now the pBuzz makes it even more accessible to young beginners. A brightly coloured, lightweight new instrument designed to help kids start playing straight away. Try it out in this introductory session! Perfect for kids aged 5- 8.

Djembe Drumming – 11:30am & 1:30pm

The Djembe is a West African drum with a deep, rich sound. ORC percussion teacher Mitch Davis will guide young beginners through the fundamentals of traditional rhythms and technique. A great to start to learning drums in a group setting!

Beginner Violin – 12:00pm

Join Early Childhood Music expert Carmel Follent to learn the fundamentals of music through games, singing and music notation in a joyful group setting that will provide your child with a great start in music. Perfect for ages 3-6, parents and babies welcome to join in as well!

See You There!

Term 1 Regular Teaching Begins
Feb 1 all-day
2021 Program Launch: Caribé presents Havana Return
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2021 Program Launch: Caribé presents Havana Return @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
Traditional Cuban music meets contemporary jazz with Caribé’s Havana Return.

Drinks and Canapes from 6pm, performance begins at 6:30pm.

Dancer Adrian Medina and an 8-piece band will launch the 2021 ORC Program with an energetic and interactive show of Cuban dance, jazz, chanting and storytelling. Celebrate Orange Regional Conservatorium’s 2021 Program Launch with Caribé. This bountiful collaboration with Cuban dancer Adrian Medina and an 8-piece band is engaging and entertaining for wallflowers and hipshakers alike. Caribé’s Havana Return crafts Cuban traditional and classic forms in a contemporary way resulting in music that is unique and fresh. The percussion and rhythm section set up a crackling, thunderous bed for Medina to move and the group to solo over. Their enthusiasm and raw spontaneity is impossible to resist. “Rhythm is the spine and it is this heartbeat pulsing through everything”–Adrian Medina

Cuban dance, jazz, chanting, storytelling and participation.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Australian Horn Quartet
Feb 20 – Feb 21 all-day
Australian Horn Quartet @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia


Saturday 20 February | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Due to illness, the Australian Horn Quartet can no longer perform, the masterclass and horn ensemble will continue as planned. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please seek tickets refunds at the ORC admin office.


Masterclass and Q&A
Sunday 21 February | 11:30am – 1:00pm

Everyone is invited to attend this event, which is a great opportunity to learn some of the secrets of playing a brass instrument, to ask those questions about playing you’ve always wanted to ask, or to find out about life as a student at the Sydney Conservatorium! A small number of students will be performing in the Masterclass, with the Quartet offering advice or tips on playing, performing or musical aspects of the performance. If you wish to perform in the Masterclass please let us know. (See contact information below). Preference will be given to horn (French horn) players, but more advanced players of other brass instruments are welcome to register their interest.
Masterclass Participation $15 | Free Entry for Audience


Horn Ensemble
Sunday 21 February | 2pm – 4pm

Horn players are welcome to join us for some ensemble playing, lead by members of the Quartet. We will have the opportunity to work on some ensemble skills whilst playing alongside our guests. Players of all standards are welcome, we will break into different groups as required.
Please RSVP if you are coming along, indicating approximate level of playing for repertoire purposes.


For further information or to RSVP for the masterclass or Horn Ensemble please contact ORC Admin – (02) 6361 7974,

All events are held in the Auditorium of the Orange Regional Conservatorium
Orange Regional Conservatorium
73A Hill St, Orange NSW 2800

Presented by The Orange Regional Conservatorium in conjunction with The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Bright Orange

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship

Where better than Orange for the Sydney Symphony to bring the nation’s brightest new talent? As members of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program, the ten young emerging professionals will be given their moment to shine. They’ll be performing music by Johann Stamitz and Anton Reicha (contemporaries of Mozart and Beethoven) and the sunny masterpiece that is Dvorak’s ‘American’ String Quintet. Discover our next generation of brilliant young stars as they bring you some rich and colourful gems from the former land of Bohemia, home to one of Europe’s most dazzling musical cultures. 


STAMITZ: Wind Quartet, Op.8 No.2

LANNER arr. Mnozil/Vail: Styrian Dances

MARTINŮ: Four Madrigals for oboe, clarinet and bassoon

REICHA arr. Holcombe: Four brass trios from Op.82

DVOŘÁK: String Quintet No.3, Op.97: ‘American’

The Silk Road | Concert 1 – From the East
Mar 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

2021 Chamber Music Series | The Silk Road

Travel across cultures, along the Silk Road from East to West with the musicians of the Orange Regional Conservatorium as your guide.

Over the span of four concerts listeners will be taken on a musical journey along the path of the Silk Road. Beginning in the Far East with music from Japan and China, through Russia and the Steppes, onto the Middle East before reaching our destination in Europe.

Music from or inspired by each region will feature across the series, classics will be heard alongside folk melodies in diverse and inspiring programs, drawing together the Conservatorium’s wealth of experienced musicians, themselves from a diversity of cultures.

Concert 1 | From the East

A musical journey from Japan & China in the Far East, traveling toward Russia and beyond! Featuring works by Hisaishi, Huanzhi, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov and more.

We start our journey in the east, where the sun rises. Folk songs of Japan will mix with modern works, through China into Russia, beginning our year-long trip down the Silk Road.

5, 6, 7, 8! – POSTPONED
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Songs from the greatest Musicals of all time performed by the students & ensembles of the Orange Regional Conservatorium.

We can all name a song from West Side Story or The Sound of Music or Jesus Christ Superstar. Musicals have given us some of the greatest music of all time, now it’s time for us to celebrate the ‘music’ that makes the Musical .

Each year the students, choirs and ensembles of the Orange Regional Conservatorium join forces to present a themed concert. 2018’s ‘Beatlemania’ and 20129’s ‘That 70’s Concert’ were huge, sellout events and this year ‘5,6,7,8!’ will be no different.

Term 1 Ensembles Concert
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Term 1 Ensembles Concert @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

An end of term concert featuring a selection of ORC choirs, bands and orchestras.

Unfortunately, we cannot yet hold the scheduled ‘5, 6, 7, 8!’ concert due to current covid restrictions. Instead, we will be presenting a smaller concert featuring a selection of Orange Regional Conservatorium choirs, bands and orchestras

Term 1 Concludes
Apr 1 all-day
Orange Chamber Music Festival
Apr 8 – Apr 11 all-day
Orange Chamber Music Festival

Come and celebrate the emerging and established musical talents the Orange Region has to offer.

8th to 11th April 2021

The Orange Chamber Music Festival is the new Art Music event of the Central West, featuring established Australian ensembles, domestic and local artists within a variety of locations, ranging from the concert stage to cellar doors and hatted restaurants.

Tickets to individual events are now on sale! The Festival features a great variety of performances and settings, for all tastes and ages.  The link below allows you to purchase a single event ticket or tickets to multiple events.


New Voices | A weekend workshop for singers & composers
Apr 16 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm
New Voices | A weekend workshop for singers & composers @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Join us for a weekend of workshops & concerts with leading musicians & mentors.

Over the weekend of 16 –18 April, our Artistic Director Brett Weymark, conductor Elizabeth Scott and pre-eminent composer, pianist and mentor Elena Kats-Chernin will be in Orange for our very first regional composer workshop. Hosted by the Orange Regional Conservatorium, the workshop seeks to involve local composers and singers.

Other works to be explored will be Kats-Chernin’s Human Waves and new works by James Henry. The weekend culminates in a wonderful Sunday afternoon concert for friends and families of everyone involved.

Our friends at Dimdima Wines will provide delicious wine to enjoy at the Sunday concert.

Friday 16 April – Sunday 18 April

Orange Regional Conservatorium

73a Hill Street | Orange


To register to be a part of this experience please email or call 6361 7974


Elena KATS-CHERNIN Human Waves

Other works from local composers

Brett Weymark musical director

Elizabeth Scott conductor
Elena Kats-Chernin composer, mentor, pianist

Elina Yasumoto, piano

Vocal Detour

Local choirs

Concert | Human Waves | Sunday 18 April, 2pm – FREE TICKET REGISTRATIONS HERE

Term 2 Commences
Apr 19 all-day
Arcadia Winds Workshop
Apr 22 all-day
Arcadia Winds
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Arcadia Winds @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Doors open 6pm, performance begins at 6:30pm.

Musica Viva’s inaugural FutureMakers (2016/17), Arcadia Winds are making a great career for themselves. Since their ‘graduation’ from this innovative musical leadership program at the end of 2017, this superb group of musicians have released their eponymous debut EP, launched their own Australian composition prize, and are developing a unique online portal for Australian wind music.

This vivacious program finds the Arcadia Winds in their element: Pēteris Vasks’s delightful Music for Fleeting Birds and Taffanel’s G minor Quintet bookend a concert with Ravel’s beautiful Sonatine arranged for wind quintet, and the world premiere performances of Australian Cyrus Meurant’s new work All through an empty place I go.

Kiran Phatak flute

David Reichelt oboe

Lloyd van’t Hoff clarinet

Rachel Shaw horn

Matthew Kneale bassoon

“Captivating from the moment they took to the stage. Playing with great gusto and passion, these five uber talented musicians…stole the hearts of everyone in the crowd.” – The Adelaide Review

String Spectacular
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm