A band program for talented young musicians

in the Northern Sydney region

A band program for talented young musicians2018-08-16T18:38:45+00:00

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 Festival & Community Concerts

Hear us

NSSWE performs at a variety of locations throughout the year. Our upcoming performances include
  • Spring Music Festival Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September the Concourse Chatswood
  • Showcase Thursday 22 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

The Spring Festival is coming soon

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For your Diary

Sat 22

2018 Spring Music Festival

Fri 21 Sep @ 7:00 pm - Sun 23 Sep @ 9:00 pm
Thu 27

2018 Joint Junior and Intermediate Tour Bellingen

Thu 27 Sep @ 7:00 am - Sun 30 Sep @ 5:00 pm
Nov 10

2018 Audition Weekend (for 2019 intake)

Sat 10 Nov @ 9:00 am - Sun 11 Nov @ 4:00 pm
Nov 22

NSSWE 2018 Showcase Concert

Thu 22 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
Darren Jones
Darren JonesIntermediate Wind Ensemble Conductor
Darren Jones is currently on leave. Stephen Smith will conduct the ensemble in the interim.
Darren is a fully qualified school music teacher and brass instrumentalist who has played with a number of ensembles in Australia and the UK.
> Read Darren’s bio
Kylie Tyson
Kylie TysonJunior 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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