This website is an unofficial information resource for past, current and future members of the The Con Artists, Curious Rendition Orchestra (CROW), and the Con Community Orchestra. For more details about joining one of these ensembles or info regarding the other great programs at The Con, please visit the official Wollongong Conservatorium of Music website at www.wollcon.com.au
Con Community Orchestra
Rehearsals: Monday 6.30-8.30pm (Con Auditorium)
Cameron Zingel, Conductor / David Rooney, Coordinator. The Wollongong Con Community Orchestra is an inclusive all ages community orchestra. The orchestra exists for the benefit of musicians in and around the Illawarra Region and South Coast, following a long tradition of community based orchestras in the region. Members of the Con Community Orchestra have played in the original Illawarra Symphony Orchestra, The South Coast Orchestra, The Wollongong Symphony, Wollongong Community Orchestra and Steel City Strings. No audition is required. Players from intermediate to advanced are invited to participate. (there may be limited places for woodwind, brass, percussion). The Community Orchestra rehearses during term and plays at least four concerts per year.
The Con Artists
Rehearsals: Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm (Con Auditorium)
Led by David Rooney and Mark Holder-Keeping, The Wollongong Conservatorium's all ages community band combines young up and coming Con students, adult community musicians, and some of the regions most prominent folk musicians, playing dissident and celebratory folk music from around the world. Fun and irreverent, The Con Artists are a carnival of percussion, wind, brass, accordions and fiddles.
Curious Rendition Orchestra
Rehearsals: Tuesday 7-8.30pm (Con Auditorium)
Led by David Rooney and Mark Holder-Keeping, The Curious Rendition Orchestra or CROW was conceived in 2014 with a mission to offer a Con Artists style ensemble at a slower pace for inexperienced adult musicians and comeback players. Since then CROW has developed an identify of its own. The band has appeared at Coledale Markets, Red Point Artists 'Art on The Grass', Jam n Bread, The Illawarra Folk Festival, Viva La Gong, HONK! Oz Festival of Street Music and the Perisher Peak Music Festival.
HONK! Oz . . .
The HONK! Oz Festival of Street Music was conceived at The Wollongong Conservatorium by members of the Con Artists, with the first ever festival happening in January 2015. The HONK! Oz Association is now a separate non-profit, volunteer run organisation working in collaboration with The Wollongong Con, Wollongong City Council, Illawarra Folk Club and Merrigong Theatre. Bands come from interstate and even overseas to participate. Leading up to the festival, Con staff facilitate a series of workshops including Kids HONK!. For more information about HONK! Oz please visit honkfest.org.au .