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Calling previous Canberra Youth Orchestra members
To celebrate CYO's 50 years, we are currently seeking alumni who are still in Canberra and who would like to be profiled and photographed.
Welcome to Term 1, 2017!
It's day one of classes for 2017 and we are looking forward to welcoming you all to your classes this week. There are a few exceptions as follows...
Congratulations Larry Sitsky AO
Music for Canberra wishes to extend best congratulations to Canberra Youth Orchestra Patron, Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky for his recent recognition in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.
Review: JMO Celebrate Spring at Wesley
On Saturday 3rd September, our James McCusker Orchestra presented an uplifting concert at the Wesley Music Centre Church to herald the start of Spring!
Review: Rock School at CIT Woden
From 4th - 8th July 2016, a bunch of talented young musicians formed brand new bands in our Rock School holiday workshop, and performed together at CIT Woden.
Review: Canberra Youth Orchestra's 'Dvorak'
On Sunday 26th June the Canberra Youth Orchestra presented ICONS: Dvorak, the 2nd installment of their 2016 Llewellyn Hall series.
Review: Drumkit, String Stream & JMO perform
On Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June we had a HUGE weekend of performances, with our drumkit, String Stream & JMO students all performing, as well as CYO.
Review: Children's Choirs & Pop-up Chamber Orchestra
On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June, MFC's 3 choirs for children and our annual "pop-up" orchestra delighted mid-winter audiences.
Review: Solstice Soirée Series & Concerto Competition
On Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th June, MFC's woodwind students of all ages, and soloists from the Canberra Youth Orchestra, kick-started our mid-year concert schedule.
Australian National Eisteddfod: Orchestras & Bands wrap-up
On Saturday 21st and Thursday 26th May, MFC orchestral & band groups gave outstanding performances at the Australian National Eisteddfod.
Music For Canberra's 2016 AGM
Thank you to those members who attended our 2016 AGM on Saturday 7th May.
JMO performs for Goodwin Village residents
The James McCusker Orchestra performed a special concert for elderly residents.
Brass Ensemble wows crowd at CAP Expo
Our bold youth Brass Ensemble worked the crowd at the CAP Expo!
Allegro Choir Sings at Age-Friendly Report Launch
Our newest recruit to the MFC family, the Allegro Choir, provided entertainment for the local community.
Jam It bands rocked the Multicultural Festival
Our talented young rock bands wowed national festival-goers!
ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Award 2015
Music For Canberra receives the Chief Minister's award for Inclusion in Education & Training
JMO's performance at Floriade
The James McCusker Orchestra rounded out MFC's performances at Floriade this year with a great set on Stage 88.
String Ensemble & Peg Mantle Strings performance at Bus Depot Markets
Two of our String Stream groups gave a fantastic public performance at the Old Bus Depot Markets!
A busy weekend of MFC performances
The weekend of 19th & 20th September saw a very busy weekend of performances for MFC students!
Canberra Children's Choir & Youth Choir win at the National Eisteddfod!
Congratulations to the Canberra Children's Choir & Youth Choir for taking out silver & gold places at the Australian National Choirs Eisteddfod 2015!
Music Jam Mixed Abilities workshop
On Friday 17th July, participants from our smaller group Mixed Abilities classes came together for a big morning of musical fun!
'Crash!' Drum Kit Concert
On Sunday 28th June, our drum kit students presented the first ever drum kit concert, 'Crash!'
Strings & Songs end of term performance
On Saturday 27th June, our string stream groups and the Training Choir presented a lovely afternoon of music at Orana's 'Overture Hall'.
The Solstice Soiree Series
On Sunday 21st June, the day of the winter solstice, some Music For Canberra students held a series of small "soiree" style performances for family & friends
Brass Ensemble Play at 'Fete de la Musique'
The Brass Ensemble, led by conductor Zach Raffan, performed at the Alliance Francaise 'Fete de la Musique' on Friday 19th June 2015
Australian Youth Orchestra applications open
The 2016 program offers AYO’s 22nd international tour to Europe, Beijing and Shanghai, for orchestral musicians aged 12-30 years.
JMO win gold & Not All There win silver at the National Eisteddfod!
Congratulations to the James McCusker Orchestra & rock band Not All There for taking out gold & silver places at the Australian National Eisteddfod 2015!
Audio up from the ‘Jam It’ school holiday band program
This year’s bands - Spotto, Neon Thieves & Breaking The Silence – proved once again how much talent is brewing in Canberra’s young music scene. Check out the audio & images from this great workshop in the January 2015 school holidays!