Compass Music Festival - Coffs Harbour

Years 3 to 12 students and teachers

Compass Music Festival – Coffs Harbour 

Monday 6 June (Term 2 Week 7).
Venue: Coffs Harbour High School, Years 3 to 12.

Applications now open and close Friday 11 February (Term 1 Week 3)

Combined rehearsals will be held in May 2022.

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 a featured wind band, secondary choir, recorder consort and string ensemble. Signing choirs (deaf and hard of hearing students) are also encouraged to participate – these teachers should contact for details.

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.

student singing

Please be aware that this Festival will be contingent on advice provided by the Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health, and can change at short notice.

Department of Education latest information on COVID-19 advice.

Performance date

Monday 6 June 2022 (Term 2 Week 7) 7:00 pm – Coffs Harbour High School

How to apply

Applications for the Compass Music Festival - Coffs Harbour 2022 are now open.

To apply for the Compass Music Festival - Coffs Harbour 2022 complete the online application form via The Arts Unit Community.

We are using a new online portal, The Arts Unit Community to receive 2022 school applications. Adding 'The Arts Unit Community' tile in your 'Essentials - Inside the department', you can edit your forms and communicate with us. 

If you need IT assistance with your application in the TAU Community portal, please log an EDConnect remedy request or email

Applications close Friday 11 February 2022.


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

  • 2022 In Concert (combined secondary choir) – 2 pieces and finale item
  • 2022 Festival of Choral Music (combined primary choir) – 4 pieces and finale item
  • 2022 Festival of Instrumental Music (combined recorder ensemble) – 1 piece and finale item (singing)
  • Signing choirs can access the resources for two of the pieces that have been developed for deaf and hard of hearing students (including the finale item

All of the combined ensembles (above) will perform the combined finale item ‘Journey to the Past’ as part of a massed choir.

Combined preliminary rehearsals

  • Combined secondary choir: May TBC – Venue TBC
  • Combined primary choir: May TBC – Venue TBC
  • Combined recorder ensemble: May TBC – Venue TBC


  • Participation fee of $20.00 per student will be payable upon acceptance into the program.  
  • In the event of a COVID-19 related withdrawal from the festival performance, schools will be refunded 50% of the participation fee paid.

Professional learning and resources

  • It is mandatory that at least one teacher from each participating school attend an online teachers’ workshop/webinar for the musical component in which their school is involved.
  • In Concert - teachers’ professional development webinar (secondary choral)
  • Festival of Instrumental Music – Recorders - teachers’ professional development webinar
  • Festival of Choral Music - teachers’ professional development webinar (primary choral)
  • All public school teachers are welcome to attend this webinar. Please register by Friday 11 February 2022.
  • 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 upon registration.
  • Each participating student and teacher will receive a specially designed T-shirt to wear at the performance.

Featured ensemble opportunity

There is an additional opportunity for talented students to attend a 2-day non-residential camp in Coffs Harbour on Saturday 4 June 2022 and Sunday 5 June 2022. The featured ensembles include:

  • Wind orchestra (Years 5 to 12)
  • Feature secondary choir (Years 7 to 12)
  • Featured recorder consort (Years 5 to 12)
  • Featured string ensemble (Years 5 – 12)

More information regarding nominations to be part of these ensembles will be made available in Term 1 of 2022. Students will be charged a $37 participation fee to be part of a featured ensemble.

There are opportunities for Entertainment Industry (VET) students to undertake work placement at this event. More information will be made available in Term 1 of 2022.


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


Simon Kermode
Arts Coordination Officer
Coffs Harbour
Ian Jefferson
Student Music Programs Officer (K-8)
The Arts Unit
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