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As this most extraordinary Term 2 comes to an end, our most important and exciting announcement is looking towards the future - NECOM group programs will restart in Term 3! 

Read on for further details about this very welcome development in the easing of restrictions during the coronavirus crisis. 

Throughout Term 2 this crisis did not deter us from delivering our core music education program - our teachers gave hundreds of individual instrumental and vocal lessons online to our students, created engaging resources for the NECOM Learning Hub and returned to some schools to ensure their classroom music curriculum continued. Read on for more news about our students achievements during this time.

Throughout this period the commitment to music education from students, parents and schools was incredibly inspiring. Thank you all for keeping NECOM sustained and going strong throughout these months and we can’t wait to see you in Term 3.

Susanne James


Term 2 Newsletter
Covid - 19 Update July 2020

All you need to know about NECOM’s latest details, policies and safety plans for Term 3 are right here 

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HSC Music Bootcamps this July

Calling all Year 12 music students - blitz your Music 1 or Music 2 written exams at NECOM’s annual one-day bootcamps this July. It’s never too late to pick up pick up extra tips, strategies and free take-home resource notes so enrol now and achieve your personal best in the upcoming exams.

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Choirs & Ensembles Return in Term 3

Yes! NECOM programs will recommence in Term 3 after the long recess due to COVID-19. Ensembles and Choirs will commence in Week 2 from Monday 27 July onwards. In preparation for this return, NECOM has worked diligently to implement extensive health and safety policies

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Students Win Places in Queensland Honours Ensembles

The Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University recently held national auditions for their Honours Ensemble Program. Our sincere congratulations to Emma Dauparas (cello), Rose Light (violin) and India Smith (violin)

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Mini Minstrels Returns! Bonus Free Instrument Pack

Our early childhood Mini Minstrels classes for children and their parents will resume in Term 3, starting on Saturday 25 July. To ensure that kids, mums and dads stay safe NECOM is giving each enrolled child a FREE instrument pack valued at over $25 

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New England Sings! Update

Great news as New England Sings! can go ahead in 2021 as it has just secured a government grant of $10,000 from Destination NSW to help support delivery of our flagship choral project. As the largest choral event in regional Australia, New England Sings!

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Student Spotlight - Violinist Rose Light

Each week the keen and talented 15 yr old violinist Rose Light, travels a 5-hour round trip from Coffs Harbour to Armidale for lessons with NECOM’s Head of Strings Joanna Fairs-Wu.

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Armidale’s 1st Composition Eisteddfod

Armidale Eisteddfod’s only section to go ahead this year was the Composition Eisteddfod due to its conversion to a Zoom on-line presentation facilitated by NECOM Program Manager Corinne Arter and AMTA (Armidale Music Teachers Association).

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Bb Clarinet

Yamaha Custom CX with Vandoren B45 mouthpiece and original mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and BG leather elasticated neckstrap. 

With hard case and instrument stand. Has had a fair bit of use but still in really good condition. $2000.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Tenor Saxophone

Yamaha Custom YTS-82Z with Vandoren T20 mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and BG yoke leather neckstrap. Hard case and instrument stand. 

Superb condition. $5,000.

TENOR SAXOPHONE MOUTHPIECE - Yanagisawa metal mouthpiece (7) with metal ligature and cap. Never been used. $100.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Soprano Saxophone

Yanagisawa 901 with Selmer C* mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and Yanagisawa neckstrap. 

High F# key. Hard case and separate gigbag. Superb condition. $2,500.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

3/4 Violin

KG Instruments Model #100, 2004.
Includes bow and case.

Good loud sound.
Used condition

Contact: Rebecca 0418 160 826

Kawai KS-5F Piano

Contact Charlie:
0435 104 603


Sankyo Etude. Hard case within soft carry case. Excellent condition. $1,000.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Clarinet in A

Yamaha Custom CX with original, never used, mouthpiece, ligature and metal cap.

Long barrel. With hard case that takes the A clarinet and a Bb clarinet and a BG clarinet stand. Excellent condition. $2000.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Enrolments and Account Queries

Nicola Price
02 6788 2135

Finance Manager

Sophie Williams
02 6788 2138


Edwina Bach
02 6788 2137

Program Manager

Corinne Arter
02 6788 2139


Susanne James
02 6788 2140

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