Silvy Medal

Valda Silvy, OAM


Valda Silvy, OAM has been a tireless champion of young emerging artists and composers and has the respect and admiration of all in the music industry. She has made many great contributions to music in Western Sydney, including founding the Penrith Conservatorium of Music almost 30 years ago.

The Silvy Medal

The SILVY MEDAL is a new annual student award that honours the work of Valda Silvy, OAM, who has been instrumental and highly influential in shaping the musical landscape of Western Sydney, and in particular the Penrith region. The Medal acknowledges the tireless efforts of Valda Silvy and recognizes the musical potential and dedication of one emerging musician at Penrith Conservatorium.

The Silvy Medal is an annual encouragement award for excellence for any student (no age restriction), nominated by their tutor, who they believe is deserving and will benefit from the recognition and the prizes of the concerts included in this medal. Since 2019, the medal has been awarded and presented at the Conservatorium Concert followed by a performance by the recipient.

Criteria and Prizes

The criteria for nominations are:

/Be a current student at Penrith Conservatorium
/The student is nominated by their teacher
/The student must have completed at least one full year of individual tuition at Penrith Conservatorium
/Open to all ages
/Must be available to perform at the Conservatorium Concert



/Double passes to a Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance
/Double passes to an Australian Brandenburg Orchestra performance
/Double passes to an Andrew McKinnon production
/Double passes to a performance at The Joan

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2019 Winner

Jessie Kristyono – 2019 Silvy Medal Recipient



Congratulations! Jessie was nominated by her teacher Teri Everard-Hughes before being selected as the first recipient of the Silvy Medal. Her dedication and achievements in not only music but also her violin achievements impressed Penrith Conservatorium and this prize was awarded her in the hopes that it will continue to inspire and encourage further music learning.



Want to be in the running for the 2020 Silvy Medal? Simply enrol in private lessons at Penrith Conservatorium – all students are automatically in the running, provided the criteria are met.