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NSW Education Standards Authority


20 March 2017





20 outstanding musicians and composers from 19 schools across NSW will be celebrated in the 2016 HSC ENCORE concert to be held at the Sydney Opera House today.

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Chair, Tom Alegounarias said performing arts are vital to education and critical to our cultural, economic and social future. 

“The arts are an investment in our ongoing quality of life,” Mr Alegounarias said.

“This year ENCORE’s impressive program features performances of technically challenging vocal and instrumental pieces, along with original compositions and arrangements produced as part of the 2016 HSC,” Mr Alegounarias said.

NESA CEO David de Carvalho said the ENCORE performers were chosen for their exemplary works from over 5000 who studied Music for their HSC last year.

“ENCORE showcases the depth of talent and high standard of achievement among 2016 HSC Music students and is testament to the dedication of HSC students and the teachers and families who support them”, Mr de Carvalho said.

Presented by NESA and the Department of Education, two ENCORE performances will be held on Monday 20 March 2017 at 1.30pm and 7.00pm. Further information is available at:

ENCORE is one of NESA’s eight HSC showcases that celebrate excellence across Creative Arts and Technology subjects in the HSC. The other showcases are: ARTEXPRESS, Texstyle, InTECH, OnStage, Callback, Shape and WordeXpress.

This year, 398 students from the 2016 HSC have been selected for the showcases from 1680 high achieving students who were nominated from a total of 30511 Creative Arts and Technology students.


ENCORE performers




Christian Alafaci

Conservatorium High School

Composer Crystal Temporum (Alafaci)

Madeleine Brown

St Columba Anglican School

Composer A Still and Eerie Conscience - for two clarinets and effects (Brown)

Ashleigh Campbell

Southern Cross Distance Education Centre

Voice Don't You Remember (Adkins/Wilson)

Hayley Cavanagh

MLC School

Composer Sails (Cavanagh)

Samuel Feitelberg

Cranbrook School

Composer/Voice Spring Bird (Feitelberg)

Mitzi Gardner

Sydney Distance Education High School

Violin Violin Concerto No.1 – Scherzo, 2nd Mvt (Prokofiev)

Sean Hayashi

SHORE - Sydney Church of England Grammar School

Cello Polonaise de Concert (Popper)

Alexander Jones

Mosman High School

Trumpet Borboleta (Percival)

Joo Lee Kim

Conservatorium High School

Flute Flute Concerto in D-minor, Op.69 (Molique)

Nigel Lin

North Sydney Boys High School


Piano Another look at Autumn (Sabin)

Rain Liu

Killara High School

Violin In the Style of Albeniz (Shchedrin)

Madeline Monjo

Australian Performing Arts Grammar School

Composer/Voice and ukulele What do you say (Monjo)

Michelle Mutyora

Santa Sabina College

Voice Parramatta Road Drive (Chance)

Ned Olive

Newtown High School of Performing Arts

Alto saxophone Valse Vanité (Wiedoeft)

Tamara Soto Astorga

J J Cahill Memorial High School

Composer/Percussion  La Noche (Soto Astorga)


Sylvia Wang

St George Girls High School

Piano Wild Mushrooms (Milne)

Natasha Wolf

Rose Bay Secondary College

Guitar Affirmation (Benson)

Andrew Wu

Sydney Boys High School

Piano Piano Trio op.1 no.1 (Beethoven)

You Xin Xue

Strathfield Girls High School

Gu Zheng Meditating on an Autumn Evening (Qiu Ye Si)

Alexander Young

Newcastle Grammar School

Drums Nardis (Davis)