A band program for talented young musicians

in the Northern Sydney region

A band program for talented young musicians2019-09-29T19:38:32+11:00

The Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) is a band extension program designed for student musicians who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.
More about us …

Join us

NSSWE features a tiered program of 4 wind ensembles

Our Ensembles & how to join

Perform with us

NSSWE presents its Spring Music Festival each September at the Concourse in Chatswood

Our Festival is unique in Sydney because it is

  • non-competitive
  • held in a world class performance space
  • open to primary and high school wind ensembles
  • great fun for musicians and audiences
Spring Music Festival 2020 11 – 13 September

Hear us

NSSWE performs at a variety of locations throughout the year. Our upcoming performances include
  • Showcase Thursday 21 November the Concourse Chatswood
Upcoming performances

The NSSWE Plus Program

Are you a school leaver who would like to develop your skills as a professional musician whilst continuing to play in a high level ensemble? Our unique Plus program is designed to take your musical skills to the next level and covers a wide range of topics. Interested? Read more
11 – 13 September 2020

Upcoming Events

Latest News

2020 applications are now OPEN. Click on the blue JOIN US button to find out more.



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Professional Ensemble Conductors

Patrick Brennan
Patrick BrennanNSSWE’s Artistic Director & Senior Wind Ensemble Conductor & NSSWE Plus teacher
A highly regarded professional conductor, Patrick Brennan has studied music at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was selected to participate in the prestigious Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program.
> Read Patrick’s bio
Kylie Tyson
Kylie TysonIntermediate Wind Ensemble Conductor
Kylie graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1994 with a degree in Education majoring in Trumpet and Voice. Since graduating, Kylie has worked extensively as a primary, secondary and tertiary music educator in the classroom and on the podium, as an instrumental and vocal director.
> Read Kylie’s bio
Stephen Smith
Stephen SmithPrimary Wind Ensemble Conductor
Stephen attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in performance on Classical Trombone. In 2008 Stephen took an opportunity to gain experience in regional NSW, accepting a role at the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo.
> Read Stephen’s bio
Fiona Lucas
Fiona LucasJunior Wind Ensemble Conductor
Fiona Lucas graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music and was the first student to complete this degree in baroque flute. Fiona has studied wind band conducting with some of the field’s leading teachers. Fiona is the Director of Concert Band, Training Band, Advanced Recorder Consort and Recorder Ensemble at Chatswood Public School.
> Read Fiona’s bio

Our Students Say

I love going to band because you get to play beautiful pieces and collaborate with everyone

Kaylee (Primary Wind Ensemble)

Its fun.. it teaches me to play better and I meet new people and speak to other musicians

Brody (Primary Wind Ensemble)

The music is really interesting and challenges me

Bella (Junior Wind Ensemble)

I love our conductor Kylie, she makes rehearsal really fun and interesting

Sienna (Junior Wind Ensemble)
I love NSSWE because it’s fun, you get to meet new people and it’s great to play music outside of school.
Josh (Intermediate Wind Ensemble)

I love making new friends at NSSWE, particularly with those who play the same instrument.

Scarlett (Primary Wind Ensemble)
I love that at NSSWE everyone loves music and wants to play together.  We play new music all the time.
Poppy (Primary Wind Ensemble)

I love NSSWE because you meet new friends and get to extend your skills.

Alice (Primary Wind Ensemble)

NSSWE is a great opportunity to extend beyond my school music program – and I’ve made lots of new friends

Zoe (Junior Wind Ensemble)

I love playing new, challenging and exciting pieces in NSSWE. It is a great way to meet new people who love to play music.

Oliver (Primary Wind Ensemble)

Any Questions?

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