AS WE begin 2016, Clarence Valley Conservatorium welcomes you to join us for another exciting year which is set to invigorate and stir your emotions.

The office is now back up and running after the holiday break and our friendly administration staff are pleased to help you with any inquiries and new enrolments.

Our staff and tutors are busily preparing for the new term with private lessons at 'the Con' having already commenced and our school programs recommencing this week. Conservatorium tutors offer lessons on a large range of different instruments including piano, flute, guitar, brass, violin, voice and percussion with students ranging in age from 0-80.

Drama tutors Bronwyn Berman and Roz Muir-Smith co-ordinate group and individual lessons for those students keen on the dramatic arts.

This term the Con welcomes new staff member Melissa Christie to the team. Melissa was educated in the Clarence Valley and has recently returned to live in the area. Melissa, a talented contemporary singer songwriter, has gained many skills and a wealth of experience working in the music industry not only as a musician but also as a band/tour manager. Melissa is also adept on a number of instruments including flute, piano, sax, clarinet, and guitar.

Once again, the Con (with support from the Department of Education and Musica Viva) is able to host a series of selected visiting artist concerts in the Clarence Valley.

With four concerts planned, this year's visiting artists list includes The String Contingent on March 5, Anna Goldsworthy on April 3, and later in the year Don Juan and the Streeton Trio. Also returning this year is Deborah Cheetham of Short Black Opera who will be conducting a week long residency. Deborah will be working with selected local students.

Not forgetting the under fives not yet at school, little SmARTies with Mel Smith will kick off again at the Grafton Regional Gallery. Little SmARTies was developed to provide a stimulating and engaging experience for toddlers to share with parents and carers. The program consists of three components - an interactive tots tour, a creative activity with local artists and a live kids' music concert in partnership with the Clarence Valley Conservatorium. Entry is by gold coin donation.

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