Street Notes
Photo / Christina Mishell

Street Notes

Calling all musicians aged 18 – 26 years old! 
We are inviting emerging artists to participate in Street Notes – a project that redefines the relevance of classical music in our community. $500 stipend on offer!

Street Notes is a series of pop-up classical/crossover musical performances in the streetscapes of Penrith and St Marys. The laneways, arcades and back streets of our city become landscapes for classical repertoire, creating an experience for both audience and performer that can’t be replicated in the Concert Hall.

Street Notes will offer eight musicians aged 18 – 26 years old a mentoring experience and workshop residency within Penrith Conservatorium at The Joan in late October to early November. Working with their mentors, project peers and Artistic Director, they will develop and devise their collaborative performances, while receiving feedback, guidance and support.

Upon completion of successful workshop sessions, all mentees will be involved in the performance of their works across the two performance dates, in a series of three or four micro concerts (10 – 15 minutes each). The micro-concerts can be enjoyed individually or sequentially as one progressive performance.

Overseen by the Artistic Director, the performances will be curated to respond to the acoustic qualities, sense of place and stories of the chosen city locations. A designer will assist with embedding a theatrical element into each setting.

On offer are eight mentorships. These are open to instrumentalists, singers, composers, arrangers, songwriters, music tech creators and performers of classical music and/or with contemporary crossover-fusion. All successfully chosen project participants (mentees) will receive a $500 stipend. An ABN is required for payment.

Street Notes will be documented on film, with participants capturing their creative journey through interviews, video diaries and capturing key moments as they refine their work. The final film will be screened on The Joan’s in-house AV wall and online through website and social channels.

Important Dates

Mentoring Sessions
  • Mentoring Session 1: Initial group meeting and discussion: Wednesday 7 October, 12pm – 2pm
  • Mentoring session 2: 26 – 30 October (1 x 2h workshop at an agreed time)
  • Mentoring session 3: 9 – 13 November (1 x 2h workshop at an agreed time)

Ongoing liaison with the Artistic Director will continue between sessions.

N.B. Should COVID restrictions still be in place during this time, these workshops will be conducted online

Performance Series
  • Performance delivery #1 – Penrith: Saturday 21 November 2020
  • Performance delivery #2 – St Marys: Saturday 28 November 2020

Attendance for mentees are compulsory for this part of the project.

N.B Concerts may be postponed depending on the latest COVID-restrictions and health orders.

How To Apply


Due to COVID restrictions, all auditions will be held via video audition.

To apply, please submit:

  • CV that includes a 150-word bio
  • Link to your soundcloud, dropbox link or your digital portfolio of at least 2 contrasting works; composition or performance
Submission Deadline

Friday 25 September 2020 – New extended deadline!


For enquiries, please email

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