CONverge is the outcome of a partnership between The University of Sydney, the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy, The Smith Family and the Matana Foundation. The program aims to bring together interest, opportunity and resources in a musical context using voice as the instrument. It sits within the personal development stream of The Smith Family’s ‘Learning for Life’ Program
Originally an instrumental program in 2007 the program was converted to a voice program so that more students would be able to participate.
The program involves four sessions at each of the participating high schools and culminates in a visit to the Conservatorium for a combined rehearsal and performance.
This collaboration is then included in the SING NSW concert organised by the NSW Department of Education and Training at the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, a wonderful experience for the participating students from the participating High Schools.
In 2012 the participating high schools were:
- Cranebrook High School
- Chester Hill High School
- Mitchell High School
Each school performed separately followed by a group (CONverge) performance.