The Mayor’s Community Celebration (instead of a Mayoral Ball)
Date: Saturday 7th October 2017
Time: 11am – 4pm
The Mayor’s Community Celebration will include activities for all ages and abilities in the Foyer, Black Box Theatre, outside and Burrinja Theatre:
Foyer Performances: Small acoustic ensembles/choir or instrumentalist/voice
Black Box Theatre: Small acoustic ensembles/choir or instrumentalist/voice
Burrinja Theatre: Big Sing to include choirs and individuals, Drumming Circle, Concert Band/Big Band, Orchestra, Indigenous Dance/Music
45 minute time slots with 15 minute changeover: 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
DRMC has been asked to coordinate the perfomances component on the day and invites interested performers to click on and complete the Registration of Interest form before 18th August 2017.
The Attitude Drumming and Singing Party held on Thursday 27th July at Tecoma Uniting Church was a huge success.
Well done to Sing Australia, Happy Wanderers, Crossroads, Rod McLeod, Karen Noonan and Cath Russell. Thanks to the Yarra Ranges Council for supporting this all abilities, all ages successful event.
See the original Flyer...
Attitude Drumming and Singing Party - News
Ester, Jacqui, Robin, Courtney & Pippi
The DRMC hosted the AusNet presentation of 'Energising Your Community’ equipment grants on Tuesday 25 July at 6pm. Thirteen Yarra Ranges community groups have received a total of $20,000 in grants from AusNet Services as part of a program to support projects delivering positive long-term benefits for the region.
Recipients were presented with their cheques by Gary Hocking, AusNet Services’ Customer and Support Team Manager. The DRMC will spend their grant on music equipment.
See the AusNet Services' Media Release...
Ranges young Strings performed at the Belgrave Lantern Parade on June 24th. Part of their performance was captured by Trevor Brown in Episode 30 of his "Weekly Catch Up - Out and About with Trev".
Visit the Ranges Young Strings page to watch the video.
Wednesday, 3 May, 2017
UPWEY HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADE INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET
The DRMC will have a new home as part of a $10m upgrade to Upwey High School.
The project is part of a $685 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state as well as creating local jobs.
DRMC Board member Ray Yates said ‘In this day and age, it is inspiring to find that ambitions and aspirations are the guiding light for our local member, the Honourable James Merlino. This new facility for DRMC will be a boost for our musical community and a beacon for the development and promotion of music and arts in the core curriculum'.
Read the full Media Release.
The Dandenong Ranges Orchestra has a new conductor - Gyula (Jules) Cseszkó M.Mus (Melb), Grad. Dip.Ed, B.Mus (Perf) majoring in Viola.
Jules has extensive experience in conducting community and professional music orchestral and choral ensembles. He is currently Chief Conductor/Artistic Director, La Fraternita di Solisti and Conductor, Hawthorn U3A Orchestra.
'Spirit of the Mountain' was a bushfire recovery project for Ferny Creek Primary School and community after the 1997 fires. The song ‘Island In The Sky’ was written by Suzie Davies Splitter and Phil Splitter using the children’s words. It will be the 20 year anniversary in January 2017.
The DRMC have a collection of songs relating to bushfire education and recovery. These can be used to educate the community about being prepared as well as remembering past fires and those who lost everything. If you are interested in being involved in a fire awareness week project in 2017 please contact
Listen to ‘Island In The Sky’ now, the song features The Ferny Creek Primary School Choir of 1997:
You can read an article about the original 'Spirit of the Mountain' project here.
When: Sunday 12th November 2017
Bill Borthwick Young Musicians Encouragement Prize - $400
Ann & Chris Krans Music Award - $500
Applications for the 2018 Youth Music Awards close Friday 27th October 2017. Download and complete the relevant application form to enter:
For more details see the Youth Music Awards flyer.
15th November 2016
The Dandenong Ranges Music Council has been awarded a $5032.50 Community Heritage Grant to fund a Preservation Needs Assessment to assist in the identification and preservation of a community-owned but nationally significant heritage collection.
The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 25th October 2016.
Ray Yates said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the DRMC collection at the grassroots level. "While the grant provides the funds, the offered preservation and collection management workshop offers the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local context" he said. The outcome of the project will be recommendations for the methodology and priorities to plan for the convservation activities and collection management.
We are delighted to announce Yarra Ranges Council will support this event in 2017.
Date: Thursday 16th November and Friday 17th November 2017
Venue: Monbulk Township
More information when plans are finalised.
In a letter to the DRMC, The Hon. James Merlino MP is delighted to announce that Upwey High School will share in $12 million of planning funding. This funding will allow the school to get started on the planning necessary to upgrade and modernise school buildings, including a new performing arts space and home for the Dandenong Ranges Music Council.
This wonderful opportunity will not only benefit Upwey High School students but the Dandenong Ranges Music Council and all of its members, providing them with a unique education and arts hub as a home for your organisation for many years to come.