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We are all living through an ever changing world and NECOM students, families and staff have met this challenge head on with inspiring results. Almost all our students having individual lessons were able to jump online from March and this has been vital to keep our conservatorium up and running. Thank you all most sincerely for your continuing support of music while juggling multiple online learning environments and maintaining the evolving requirements for the wellbeing and safety of us all.

We are really excited to announce that the gradual return to individual and small group face-to-face lessons has recommenced. A conservatorium without the bustle, sound and energy of students is quite surreal so we are looking forward to welcoming students back and hearing their lesson here once again. To facilitate this we have implemented substantial protection and hygiene strategies for our staff and students so please continue to follow these so we can uphold the government requirements to control COVID-19.

In addition, many of our school principals have welcomed NECOM teachers back into their classrooms at Ben Lomond PS, Glen Innes PS, Newling PS, PLC, Ross Hill PS and St Patricks Primary at Walcha – a big thank you and congratulations for their commitment and support.

At this stage our early childhood, choral and instrumental ensembles here at NECOM cannot commence face-to-face yet but our Learning Hub is going strong, with our conductors and accompanists creating weekly activities to keep every student engaged. Our teachers are also developing their technical skills and creating online ensemble rehearsals and performances of students playing in isolation at Armidale Secondary College and The Armidale School with great results.

In these times where we hear of the plight of musicians and teachers who have lost their livelihood all over the world, the NECOM community’s support has been incredible and ensured that the show is going on – long may it continue.

Susanne James


May Newsletter
Composition Eisteddfod Zooms ahead on Wednesday 10 June

Congratulations to AMTA (Armidale Music Teachers Association) and Corinne Arter, NECOM Program Manager, whose determination and commitment have ensured that the Composition Eisteddfod will go ahead this year as the only.. 

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NECOM's new Learning Hub

The Learning Hub is a specially designed online space for NECOM to continue delivering its ensemble programs during the Covid-19 restrictions. Unlike schools, we have no existing intranet with which to communicate and share resources.. 

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My Online Teaching Journey

As one of the “older generation” of teachers, it has been a real education to adopt the online learning platforms. Fortunately I had already experienced video conferencing lessons so the “dreaded lag” was not a surprise!

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Aberbaldie Bursary Applications Invited

It’s time to invite applications for the next round of Aberbaldie bursaries that give financial assistance to families and students of the New England Conservatorium and Music Educator Members.

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Welcome Eliza Scott, Violinist

Outstanding violinist and teacher Eliza Scott has joined the NECOM staff after her recent return home from London where she was in her final year of the Masters of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music. 

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We are extremely disappointed that all NECOM concerts/events up to the end of September are cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Thank you to all our audiences for their support and we will stay in touch with updates as they develop.

3/4 Size Cello

Comes with case and bow.
Contact Danielle:

Kawai KS-5F Piano

Contact Charlie:
0435 104 603


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

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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.

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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
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3/4 Violin

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

Good loud sound.
Used condition

Contact: Rebecca 0418 160 826

Gliga 111 Half size cello (anno 2010)

Beautiful tone
Excellent condition
Good provenance

Includes bow and hard styrofoam case (case fair condition)

Valued by Melbourne luthier Richard Bodinnar at $1500. Asking $1300

Contact: David Gee 0402 916 543

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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