Mrs Music? leaves St James on a high note
By ADRIAN MILLER
AS a stalwart of the Clarence Valley music scene, Connie de Dassel has played a role in the artistic development of many young musicians.
Based at the Maclean Academy of Music and St James Catholic School Yamba, Mrs de Dassel has provided countless hours of musical tuition.
Mrs de Dassel has taught at St James since the school opened in 1997, but on Thursday she said farewell to her students as she will no longer deliver music classes at the school.
Mrs de Dassel, who taught piano and recorder, ran the choir and organised musicals at the school, said she was sad to be leaving.
"It's a day of mixed feelings because I've been involved with the school for so long," she said.
"It's also a day of joy to see the progress the students have made and the enjoyment they've all had out of music over the years I've been here."
Mrs de Dassel said while she was cutting her commitments down at the school, she would not be retiring completely.
"I'm still teaching at the Music Academy in Maclean and I'll still be involved in the school next year ? I'll take choir one day a week," she said.
"I'll still continue having concerts in the area to involve the youth and to raise money for charity."
Mrs de Dassel, who is reducing her commitments at the school because the travel was proving too difficult, said she would miss her students.
"I'm going to miss their enjoyment and enthusiasm and their trust," she said.
"They always had a great smile when you came to see them and they love music and they love singing."