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Community Engagement Out West

Members of the Orange community with Teranga at Orange Regional Conservatorium


Community building through joyful musical encounters in Orange, NSW in partnership with the Godfrey Turner Memorial Music trust.

Since 2015, Musica Viva In Schools has been fortunate to work collaboratively with the Godfrey Turner Memorial Music Trust to develop an engagement program which builds music skills and considers the unique needs of the Orange region in New South Wales, bringing together locals schools, communities and the regional conservatorium. 

Dedicated to providing the best musical experiences in the region of Orange, the Trust facilitates Musica Viva In Schools workshops, teacher forums, school performances and community concerts for the children and community of Orange and has also seen Musica Viva deepen its relationship with the Orange Regional Conservatorium. 

Children are encouraged to be the cultural co-ordinators in their own families by inviting their parents, grandparents and siblings to see a concert presented by world class artists that they have already experienced at school and are familiar with. 

“We are seeing children leading their parents into the beautiful Orange Regional Conservatorium (some for the first time), their chests puffed up with pride. The ensembles always perform one or two of their numbers from the school show for their “loyal fans” and then extend the experience by playing additional material from the genre the children have been learning about into a full one hour set of music...our first community concert this year was by African Ensemble Teranga and attracted a capacity crowd of 180 people”. 

Mary Scicchitano, Musica Viva In Schools, NSW

"The lovely thing is to see the intergenerational audiences that come along for this music experience- toddlers all the way to grandparents"