Lions Club Of Young Welcomes Dr Wendy Brooks

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

IMAGE: Stuart Freudenstein presents Dr Wendy Brooks with a certificate of appreciation for her time at the Lions Club of Young dinner meeting on June 22.

The Lions Club of Young held their dinner meeting on June 22 at which they welcomed CEO of Young Regional Conservatorium, Wendy Brooks as guest speaker.

Ms Brooks shared that the School of Music was established by a small group in 1984 and has continued to grow over the years. There are currently 500 individual students receiving tuition from 17 tutors at the conservatorium.

The tutors teach individual lessons on site at over 20 schools as well as the conservatorium premises.

“We deliver music education to another 500 or so children in classroom music, school bands and choirs,” Ms Brooks said.

The Conservatorium works in Cowra, Boorowa, Jugiong, Harden/Murrumburrah, Cootamundra, Temora, Ariah Park, Grenfell, and Young and surrounding villages.

Ms Brooks shared with members that following community consultation, the name was officially changed to Young Regional Conservatorium.

Young Regional Conservatorium is one of 17 conservatoriums to make up the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.

Partial funding comes from the NSW Department of Education via the Regional Conservatorium Grants Program. This funding contributes to administrative and operational costs.

The Young Regional Conservatorium’s Bursary Assistance Program offers fee-relief to families in temporary or ongoing financial difficulty.

Ms Brooks stressed that the Conservatorium was grateful to the Lions Club of Young for donating to the program, enabling more children and young people to access the benefits of music education.

This year, the Lions Club of Young’s donation provided fee-free relief for individual music tuition and for children to attend a musical performance for schools by Opera Australia.

Members thanked Ms Brooks for her wonderful presentation and asked plenty of questions.

Ms Brooks was then presented with a certificate of appreciation.

KP Carmody

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