10 Feb - 31 Mar 2021
50 Minutes

Penrith Strings: Junior String Ensemble

Calling all young violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists!

Penrith Strings is an ensemble program that will introduce your child to shared learning and the magic of being part of a musical group.

Bringing together children of similar levels, and breaking away from the lonely tedium of solo practice, Penrith Strings offers participants the richness, joy, and satisfying sounds of a string ensemble.

Your child will be introduced to ensemble techniques, develop technical accuracy and build on skills essential for orchestral and chamber music playing.

This junior strings program will help your child to build their confidence and enhance their solo skills. A great forerunner to the Penrith Youth Orchestra, your child will forge lasting relationships with other students who love music.

Learn in a caring, supportive environment from the best educators available at Penrith Conservatorium.


  • Introduction to ensembles – preparation for orchestra and chamber music
  • Development of aural skills
  • Improvement of sight-reading skills
  • Musicality, phrasing, bowing techniques, fingering
  • Listening and peer support in a music setting

Suitable for:

All students of Violin, Viola, Cellos and Double Bass

Times: Wednesdays 5:00pm to 5:50pm (50 minutes)

Location: Ensemble Room 2

2021 Course Dates

Term 1 – 10 February to 31 March (8 weeks)
Term 2 – 5 May to 23 June  (8 weeks)
Term 3 –  28 July to 15 September (8 weeks)
Term 4 – 20 October to 8 December (8 weeks)

Cost: $160 per term for 8 weeks (50 minutes class)

Who can apply?

Depending on enrolments, levels and age ranges, 2 sub-groups may be formed.

Violin: Min. 1 year of prior learning – AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent)

Viola: Min. 1 year of prior learning – AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent)

Cello: Min. 1 year of prior learning – AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent)

Double Bass: Beginners – AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent)

Performance opportunities: 2 per year

Final week of Term 2: Informal family and friends Show and Tell

End of Year Concert: Conservatorium Concert inclusion

The Tutor


Monica graduated with a Masters of Music in violin from the Academy of Music of Ignacy J. Paderewski in Poznan, Poland. During her time there she studied with Prof. M. Grabarczyk. Her earlier studies include tuition with Dr Robin Wilson and Prof. Wanda Wilkomirska. In Australia and Europe, she has taken part in masterclasses and lessons with Adrian Keating, Simon Fischer, Daniel Draganov and Christina Astrand.

In recent years she has worked casually with Filharmonia Gorzowska, Gorzow Wielkopolski in Poland, and the Kreaspiracji charity performances collaborating with members from the Poznan Philharmonic. Other professional experience also includes the Canberra Symphony Orchestra before that. Monica has been teaching young violin students since 2003. She is passionate about finding an individual approach to every student and promoting a strong foundation to build upon.

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