Category Archives: Our Students

Annaka Dykstra wins Indy Idol 2012!

Matthew Ventura will be performing with Anthony Smith (piano) and Caitlyn Ventura (flute)

Come and enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon listening to solo flute music.

St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, prescription Commissioner Street, sales Cooma

  • Adult $15
  • Concession $10
  • Student $5

Includes free afternoon tea

Bookings: (02) 6452 5262

or email
The exploration of the intricately interlocking world of science and contemporary music.

With works by Brett Dean, this web
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Ian Shanahan, Rupert Summerson and David Bruce.

Muiscal Direction by Jonathan Barakat. Performed by fine musicians from the ANU School of Music.

Venue: CSIRO Discovery Centre, Atrium _ North-Science Road, Acton ACT 2601

Annaka gets "The Big Cheque"

Congratulations Annaka!

Hot on the heels of winning the Solo Classical Guitar Secondary Medal, story
the Solo Modern Guitar Medal, and the Narrawong Classical Guitar Trophy at this years Cooma Music Competition, Annaka has done it again. Well done!

VIKI PARSONS in Concert – Saturday 7 July 2012 at 7.00 pm

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Viki Parsons performing at Art Gallery NSW


  • Adults $20
  • Concessions/Pensioner/Senior $15
  • Snowy Monaro Arts Council Member $15
  • Student/Child $10
  • Family Ticket $50

 Tickets available at Cooma School of Music – Bookings (02) 6452 6067

About Viki Parsons:

Victoria Parsons first became interested in playing instruments at the age of 10, when Cooma Public School took the initiative to establish their first school band. Through chance she was given a flute to try and instantly fell in love with its sound. With the support of school bands, community bands, choirs, church music groups, the enthusiastic teachers at the Cooma School of Music and the wonderful opportunities this small musical community offers, Victoria has been encouraged to learn, grow and establish a true passion for music.

She currently tutors flute, voice and choir/ensembles at the Clavier School of Music in Hurstville and at North Cross Christian School in North Ryde. Victoria completed her Bachelor of Music: Classical Performance at the Australian Institute of Music with Dr. Danielle Eden, and has now commenced a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Anthropology and Music Studies at the University of Sydney. 


Flute Day

Viki Parsons will be conducting Masterclasses & Flute Ensemble Workshop

When: Saturday July 7, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Where: Cooma Little Theatre
Cost: $25 per participant, or $20 per observer.
Bring: Your own lunch, flute, and copies of music provided to you.
To register or make enquiries, please call Matthew on 6452 5262 or email:

Click here for more information about the Flute Day

Viki Parson’s Final Recital – Tuesday 1 May 2012

’40’ Cafe & Eatery

Brodie Nossiter

89 Sharp Street, decease Cooma NSW 2630

Phone: (02) 6452 2527

Mobile: 0419 032 443

40 Cafe would love to invite you to our Irish Evening on saturday this week, Free Music, BYO and wonderful food.

About ’40’ Cafe:

At ’40’ Café we are making, or trying to make, a difference in the lives of people locally and over seas!

We are doing that in a number of ways.


We are endeavouring to use local produce to help local farmers and local producers with their busness (if only in a small way).

We are producing great quality food for our local community and wonderful organic and fair trade coffee, produced in Byron Bay.

Highering local staff.

Wearing organic and ethically made uniforms, so the the money we spend is used wisely to benefit the production and the people making the product are getting paid for what they do!

Using Biodegradable packaging so that our waste goes back into the ground and doesn’t sit in land fills for our children to try to get rid of later!


Click here to find out about the charities we support.


We have many wonderful vegan, vegetarian main meals and desserts.

We also cater for gluten free diets, lactose intolerant and of course, we only use organic meat and free range eggs.

Make sure you try our wonderful coffee on your next visit – we use only the best quality – Bunn Coffe from Byron Bay.

and a flippin fantastic day to you too!
righto, here it is, Funky pies aims to address the way fast food impacts on the enviroment, you , the gereration after you and so on and so on.

were not interested in ripping off the planet to make a buck, and when you support us, you too will be supporting that philosophy.
now go and order your pies and stock up on some good karma…..

An Invitation from Viki….

Hello all!!

I would like to invite you to come along and celebrate the end of my music degree at The Australian Institute of Music! The final recital gives each student the fantastic opportunity to share our passion and love for music with our friends and family and play some awesome music.

Hope to see you there!! 😀


*as I seem to be having problems with the time thingy for the event, so you all know, the recital starts at 6.45pm. As I am the second recital for the evening, it should start right on time!

if you have any questions please feel free to fb me, email ( or call (0408693575)

Photos of Peter de Jager Concert

I’ve just been sent some photos of the Peter de Jager Cooma concert.

It reminded how great that concert was. Wow can that boy play!!!

There’s some nice images of Marie Cox giving Peter a belated Principles Award for Excellence in Music from Cooma North Primary School 🙂

Young@Art 2011 was a Great Success!

This year’s Young@Art was a great success. Young local musicians produced a wonderful concert of which they should be very proud. The Snowy Mountains Arts Council presented this concert. The SMAC have recently purchased a brand new Kaiwai grand piano and the new piano was another “star of the show”. This was the first ever performance for the new piano. This really is a wonderful instrument and an enormous addition to the vibrant music culture of this region.

Here’s an overview of the performances:

  • Snowy Mountains Ensemble: T Susato – Danserye
  • Louisa Wall, pilule piano: A Khatchaturian – Etude
  • Caitlin Ventura, purchase flute: General John Reid – Sonata for Flute & Piano (Accompanist, Matthew Ventura, Piano)
  • Cooma District Band Juniors: Rachel Stevenson, clarinet, Louisa Wall, clarinet, Emma Stevenson, trumpet, Tim Wall, trombone, Jared Sopnieski, trombone : O Hammerstein – Edelweiss & J Compello – Clarinet Capers.
  • Lucy Wiles, piano: D Cimaroso – Sonata
  • Magdalene Tugwell, clarinet: G Faure – Sicilienne (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Dara Smith, classical guitar: P Houghton – Black Rose
  • Miranda Evans, piano: M Mier – Steamboat Rag
  • Magdalene Tugwell, clarinet and Lucy Wiles, flute: A Dvorak – Humoresque (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Monaro High School Year 10 Music Class: Eagle Eyed Cherry – Save Tonight (Conductor Sarah Wall)
  • Nicholas Tugwell, baritone saxophone: N H Long – Undercurrent Theme and Variations (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Lucy Wiles, flute: C Debussy – Le Petit Negre (Accompanist, Judith Marriott, Piano)
  • Kai Bakker, piano: M Reger- Fast zu Keck
  • Alisha Brady, voice & guitar: T Reznor – Hurt
  • Emma Ventura, violin: J F Mazas – Duet No 16 Allegro Risoluto (Accompanist, Jarka Sekker, violin)
  • Niko Bakker, piano: F Chopin – Mazurka Op 67 No 4
  • Matthew Ventura, flute: C Chaminade – Concertino for Flute and Piano (Accompanist, Glenyss Allen)

The Compere for Young@Art was Simon Allen.

Matthew Ventura

The Snowy Mountains Ensemble are:

Tina Rooney, Caitlyn Ventura, Tamara John-Natley, Bridie Mackay, Matthew Ventura, Maai Johnson, Molly Barrett,

Sarah Ventura, Roslyn Carroll, Peter Hickling, Emma Ventura, Maggie Shatrov, Bradley Ventura and Happi Human;

playing Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Bassoon

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: