Monthly Archives: June 2011

Peter de Jager Concert in Cooma – Sunday 6 November

I Exist. Simon Murphy is on the far right.

Canberra based heavy metal band “I Exist” will be launching their latest CD ” The Broken Passage” at The Basement, valeologist 2 Cohen Street Belconnen ACT on Saturday 25 June at 8pm.

The high successful band features Simon Murphy on of our past music students at Cooma School of Music.

Here’s some handy links:

Peter de Jager, concert pianist and composer will be performing in Cooma in November. Peter grew up in Cooma and has now achieved an enormous reputation in music as a concert pianist, accompanist and composer. This year he won the International Chopin Piano Competition.

Cooma Concert Details:

  • When: Sunday 6 November 2011 at 3.00 pm
  • Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Commissioner Street, Cooma
  • Tickets: Adults $20, Arts Council Members $15, Students $5

This concert is presented by the Snowy Monaro Arts Council.

Click here for more information.

Thank you Viv Minell.

“I Exist” CD Launch – Saturday 25 June

I Exist. Simon Murphy is on the far right.

Canberra based heavy metal band “I Exist” will be launching their latest CD ” The Broken Passage” at The Basement, here 2 Cohen Street Belconnen ACT on Saturday 25 June at 8pm.

The high successful band features Simon Murphy on of our past music students at Cooma School of Music.

Here’s some handy links:

Elation Duo Concert In Cooma – Friday 15 July

The Elation Duo, store Robert Shearer (Tenor) and Tegan Peemoeller (Harp), will be performing in Cooma on Friday 15th of July at 7.00pm.  The venue will be the Uniting Church Complex in Soho Street.

This Cooma concert will be part of The Elation Duo’s 2011 South-East Tour. Other concerts will include: Bega, Moss Vale, Berry, Bundanoon and Ulladulla.

They will be performing works by Handel, Britten,  Le Gallion , Gilbert and Sullivan, and more.

Tickets will be sold at Cooma School of Music and at the door and they will be:

  • $20 – Adults
  • $15 – Seniors/Pensioners/Arts Council Members
  • $10 – Students

Supper included (Cooma & Moss Vale)

This concert is proudly presented by Cooma School of Music.

For more information contact Robert Shearer on 0488631946.

Robert Shearer (Tenor)

About Robert Shearer:
Robert Shearer is a gifted tenor and singing teacher. He commenced his studies in 1999, and has undergone extensive vocal training and music studies in some of Australia’s leading tertiary music institutions.
Robert received a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying there with Adele Nesbit. Since then he has completed a Master of Music in Voice and Opera at the ANU School of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Bennett, during which time he was a Wesley Scholar. He is currently a student of heldentenor Glenn Winslade
Robert has a great affinity with English art song and 20th century classical music, especially the works of Britten, Le Gallienne and Rubbra.

In 2009 he furthered his studies in correct vocal production by participating in Neil Semer’s Australian Vocal workshop; this workshop also helped to give him a wider view of the performance of vocal music.
In addition to singing, Robert has been composing since 2005 with a number of orchestral and vocal works to his name.

Tegan Peemoeller (Harp)

About Tegan Peemoeller:

Canberra harpist Tegan Peemoeller commenced her harp studies in 1999, and gave her first solo recital at the age of eighteen. A student of Alice Giles, she completed her Honours and Masters degrees in Harp Performance at the ANU School of Music and worked with Judith Liber in Italy, prior to entering the 2009 International Harp Contest in Israel.

As well as her solo performances, she also enjoys playing chamber music and harp duos, and is a founding member of the Seven Harp Ensemble. She has played in numerous orchestras including the New Zealand Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, National Capital Orchestra, and the touring Oakland Youth Orchestra from America.

She has just returned from a study trip to Canada and the United States of America working with Erica Goodman and Heidi Lehwalder.



New Piano Prize for Cooma Music Competition

The Peter de Jager Piano Prize

This year’s Cooma Music Competition will have a new piano prize:

Peter de Jager - Concert Pianist & Composer

The Peter de Jager Piano Prize. (incudes $200 cash)

Peter de Jager lived in Cooma for a time and learnt the piano from his mother, store Helen, ed at Cooma School of Music. Peter has gone on to achieve great success in his music career. This year he won the International Chopin Piano Competition. On seeing Peter do so well at this competition Viv Minell, recuperation a local music lover and pianist, decided to honour Peter by naming this award after him. Viv also wanted inspire up and coming piano students to new heights.

Peter de Jager used to be just another little kid going to Cooma North Primary and now he is a world class concert pianist and composer. (Click here to read more about Peter de Jager)

The Cooma Music Competition will be held this year on Sunday the 18th of September.

Cooma Music Competition 2011 is now in it’s sixth year. This year’s competition will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages and skills to perform and compete. We hope this competition will be as inclusive as possible. The competition will be open to all instruments and voice. Although the competition will be conducted by Cooma School of Music all amateur musicians are welcome to participate not just students of Cooma School of Music.

Prizes will include trophies and cash. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all competitors.

The Peter de Jager Piano Prize includes $200 cash and is exclusively for piano students.

For more information contact Allan Spencer:

  • (02) 6452 6067

Pete Murphy Tenor Ukulele

Peter Murphy is a talented, pfizer skilled and innovative guitar maker. He is  native born to the Snowy-Monaro Region and now lives in Jindabyne, urologist NSW. Pete is a past guitar student of Cooma School of Music. Peter Murphy is a fine guitarist and performs regularly.

Pete uses the very best in wood, hardware and parts in the construction of his wonderful guitars. With brands such as Seymour Duncan, TV Jones, Gover and  Gotoh, Pete doesn’t believe in cheap short-cuts. He loves to work with native timbers such as Tasmanian Blackwood, Victorian Mountain Ash, Queensland Maple as well as the exotics such as Afician Ebony and Indian Rosewood.

Pete will custom build your Dream Guitar to your specifications.

You can contact Pete:

  • Mobile: 0409 227 073
  • Email:

You can also see and play some of Pete’s guitars at Cooma School of Music:


Cooma School of Music

Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
Fax: 02 6452 4938

(Please click on the thumbnails below to see larger images)

Pete Murphy popped in the other day with his latest creation, recipe
a tenor ukulele.  A lovely instrument made from Tasmanian Blackwood with Curly Maple detailing. It sounds as great as it looks. Pete will custom make guitars or ukuleles for you. A fantastic instrument like this will cost you $800 to $1,000 depending on what you want.

You can contact Pete:

  • Mobile: 0409 227 073
  • Email:

Click here for more pictures of Pete’s guitars & ukuleles.

The Tasmanian Blackwood "glows"

Superb workmanship demonstrated in the fine detailing

Back view

Cooma Community Garden Celebration – with Live Music Sunday 26 June

Cooma Community Garden celebrates the passing of the winter solstice.

Lots of home grown organic food including pumpkin soup and scones, generic etc.

Live Music including  Numeralla Fingerplunkers (to be confirmed).

More musicians are welcome to join in! Please call Mike Waddell on 6452 7316

It’s Free!

  • Sunday 26 June between 11.30am & 1.30pm.
  • Cooma Community Garden 59 Soho Street Cooma (in the grounds of the Uniting Church)

Come & Join the Fun!