Compass Music Festival – Coffs Harbour

Region: Regional North | Coffs Harbour
Year 3 to 12 students and teachers
Local arts program Public schools Music

The NSW Department of Education will present a combined public schools performance at Coffs Harbour High School. The concert will feature a combined secondary choir, primary choir and combined recorder ensemble that will join forces with the Bellingen Youth Orchestra.

Rehearsal  and performance date

Monday 3 June 2024 (Term 2 Week 6)

Schools participating in Compass Music Festival will come together to rehearse throughout the day and perform an evening concert.

Combined ensembles

Combined rehearsals will be held in June 2024.

The combined ensembles include:

  • combined secondary school choir (Years 7 to 12)
  • combined primary school choir (Years 3 to 6)
  • combined recorder ensemble (Years 3 to 12)

There is no audition required for the combined ensembles. All schools that apply will be accepted.

Opportunities for cluster rehearsals will become available in Term 1 and Term 2 2024.


The repertoire for combined ensembles will be made up of selections from:

  • 2024 In Concert (combined secondary choir) –  and finale item
  • 2024 Festival of Choral Music (combined primary choir) –  and finale item
  • 2024 Festival of Instrumental Music (combined recorder ensemble) and finale item (singing)

All of the combined ensembles will perform a combined opening and finale item as part of a massed choir.

Further information for Compass Music Festival - Coffs Harbour will become available in Term 4, 2023.


  • Participation fee of $20.00 per student will be payable upon confirmation of numbers late Term 1, 2024. 
  • Each participating student and teacher will receive a specially designed T-shirt to wear at the performance.

Professional learning and resources

  • Teachers from participating school are encouraged to attend teachers’ professional development workshops for the musical component in which their school is involved. A link to this will be provided as it becomes available.
  • Teachers will receive a master copy of the relevant repertoire (secondary choral and/or recorders and/or primary choral) from which to make copies for every participating student.
  • Access a range of online repertoire resources will become available soon

Featured ensemble opportunity

In 2024 performance opportunities are available for outstanding individual school instrumental and vocal items at Compass Music Festival- Coffs Harbour. Solos, duet, or small ensembles are encouraged to apply. Pieces selected on the basis high quality and providing variety to the concert.  

Further information for Compass Music Festival - Coffs Harbour will become available in Term 4, 2023.

Applicants will be required to be available for a sound-check on Sunday 2 June and the evening performance Monday 3 June 2024.

VET Entertainment

There are opportunities for Entertainment Industry (VET) students to undertake work placement at this event. VET Entertainment teachers should contact Simon Kermode, Arts Coordination Officer, The Arts Unit – email: for further information.


For further information concerning the Compass Music Festival – Coffs Harbour please contact Simon Kermode, Arts Coordination Officer, The Arts Unit – email:


Simon Kermode
Arts Coordination Officer
Coffs Harbour


Coffs Harbour High School
Corner Edinburgh and Nile Street
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

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