Performance. Development. Community. Fun
The Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) was established in early 2010 by our Artistic Director Patrick Brennan as an extension program for student musicians who play woodwind, brass or percussion across the Northern Sydney region.
NSSWE is about Community, Performance, Development and Fun!
NSSWE aims to complement and enhance the school band programs by challenging those students who have gained a high degree of musical proficiency.
The program provides students with opportunities for extension as they:
- perform musical repertoire of a very high standard, in professional and public venues such as The Concourse in Chatswood
- develop their musical skills and talent under the direction of highly qualified conductors
- share their love of music with like-minded peers through social interaction
- tour with their ensemble taking NSSWE out into the community through unique performance opportunities
Musical excellence and passion
Since our inception in 2010, NSSWE has evolved to become a major regional cultural organisation built on the ethos of young people expressing themselves through their music with passion, intensity and integrity.
Our focus remains on how we perform, rather than on what we play, and on entertaining, performing for, and giving back to the community from which we draw our musical talent.
We create a sustainable, vibrant and exciting musical environment by developing our musicians and creating new ensembles to provide new opportunities to grow musically, and by performing repertoires that continue to stretch us musically, yet which remain enjoyable and fun.
Each year, all our ensembles and bands go on tour, and these tours provide NSSWE musicians with new opportunities to see something of Australia and Overseas.
Our musical programs complement those of the schools in the northern Sydney region from which we draw our musicians and we collaborate closely with those schools.
NSSWE is overseen by a Management Committee. This board of volunteers sets the direction of the organisation, manages NSSWE’s finances and staffing, nurtures relationships with our sponsors, and ensures the welfare of the organisation as a whole. The board members also play active roles behind the scenes in organising performances, tours, and other vital activities.
The board is always interested in receiving feedback from the NSSWE community, and if you have any suggestions or comments on NSSWE’s activities, please contact us.
The following board members were elected at the AGM held 28 March 2019:
|President & Public Officer||Diana Perche|
|Vice President||Sarah Duncan|
|Committee Member||Patrick Brennan|
|Committee Member||Lisa Mead|
|Committee Member||Mhairi Holway|
|Committee Member||Nicholas Badger|
Code of Ethics and Conduct
NSSWE operates under a Code of Conduct.
The Code establishes the standards of behaviour expected of all student musicians, employees, volunteers, parents and carers of NSSWE. It places an obligation on everyone to take responsibility for their own conduct and to work with colleagues, parents, students and volunteers cooperatively to establish an environment everyone is happy and proud to be part of.
This Code of Conduct applies to all student musicians, employees, volunteers and parents and carers of NSSWE Incorporated and its music programs.
Read NSSWE’s Code of Conduct and Terms and Conditions
- Child Safe Policy
- Staff, Contractor and Volunteer Code of Conduct
- Participant Code of Conduct
- Participant Code of Conduct – Junior version
- Terms and Conditions
A copy of the 2018 NSSWE Annual Report is available for viewing here.
Employement. Current opportunities.
Junior Wind Ensemble Conductor
The Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) is seeking applications for an experienced wind ensemble conductor to work with our Junior Wind Ensemble. NSSWE is an exciting instrumental program that provides woodwind, brass and percussion musicians from primary and high school bands across the Northern Sydney region with opportunities for extension and development. NSSWE is seeking a skilled conductor with proven experience in teaching and performing music at a high level, and in successfully conducting ensembles of school-age musicians. The successful applicant will possess a breadth of knowledge of the symphonic wind ensemble repertoire, strong communication and organisational skills, and a demonstrated ability to provide artistic leadership in an educational environment. Working with Children legislation applies.
The successful applicant will be expected to begin at the start of Term 1 2020 and must be available for rehearsals on Tuesday afternoons during school terms.
Applications should be forwarded by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business on Monday 20 January 2020.
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