A band program for talented young musicians

in the Northern Sydney region

A band program for talented young musicians2020-02-12T23:17:59+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
  • Autumn Community Concerts 4 – 7 May The Forest High School
  • Winter Community Concerts 22 – 25 June The Forest High School
  • Spring Festival 11 -13 September the Concourse Chatswood
  • Showcase Friday 27 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

There are still positions available for our 2020 program. Click on the blue JOIN US button to find out more.

Term 1 2020 will commence on Monday 3 February



For your Diary

May 04

2020 Autumn Community Concert Series

Mon 4 May @ 7:00 pm - Thu 7 May @ 9:00 pm
Jun 22

2020 Winter Community Concert Series

Mon 22 Jun @ 7:00 pm - Thu 25 Jun @ 9:00 pm
Sep 11

2020 NSSWE Spring Music Festival

Fri 11 Sep @ 7:00 pm - Sun 13 Sep @ 9:00 pm
Nov 14

2020 Audition Weekend (for 2021 intake)

Sat 14 Nov @ 8:00 am - Sun 15 Nov @ 5:00 pm
Nov 27

NSSWE 2020 Showcase

Fri 27 Nov @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

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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