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An afternoon of musical education and performance for young players!


Tiny Reeds

15th August, 2021

Hartley Concert Room, The University of Adelaide


Join us in August, as the South Australian Clarinets and Saxophones present, Tiny Reeds.

We welcome all budding clarinet, saxophone, and double-reed players to the Elder Conservatorium, in association with Open Music Academy, for an afternoon of workshops, ensemble playing, and performance.


Participants will have the opportunity to work with expert tutors and conductors from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Wind Orchestra, with like-minded young musicians, before presenting the fruits of their labour in a free concert for parents and friends.


We welcome players of all standards, however this event is specifically designed for players of below AMEB Grade 4 level.




We are thrilled to be joined by some of Adelaide’s finest musicians as conductors and tutors for this event.

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Dean Newcomb - Clarinet Conductor

Dean Newcomb is Principal Clarinettist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2008.

Before deciding to settle in Adelaide, Dean was offered the Principal Clarinet position with The Macau Orchestra.

Dean has performed as guest Principal Clarinet with various orchestras in Australia and overseas including the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. His solo concerto performances have received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising his "musical gifts, technical finesse and outstanding ability" (The Advertiser). Dean regularly performs as a recital and chamber musician with Australia's leading ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, The Australia Ensemble, and Southern Cross Soloists. Notable highlights include performing with the Hamer String Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre opening ceremony and the world premiere of Arthur Benjamin's century-old Clarinet Quintet with the Goldner String Quartet. Dean's active involvement in music education includes regular masterclasses, lecturing and tutoring at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, as well as tutoring for the Australian Youth Orchestra's orchestral and chamber music seasons.

In 2015 Dean was a guest adjudicator for the Lisbon International Clarinet Competition in Portugal. Dean Newcomb is a Yamaha Artist.


Damien Hurn - Saxophone Conductor

Damien Hurn is an Adelaide born musician who studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. He regularly performs with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was featured as a soloist at Symphony Under the Stars 2011. He performs and tours with artists such as Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, Hugh Jackman, Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis, Natalie Cole, Tim Minchin, John Farhnam, Human Nature and Kate Ceberano.

He has performed with many of the touring musicals such as Aladdin, Book Of Mormon, Matilda, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,
Cats, Ghost, Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line, Wicked, The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Chicago, Singin’ In The Rain, Sound Of Music, Hot Shoe Shuffle and West Side Story.

Damien is currently lecturing in saxophone at the ElderConservatorium of Music and is one of Adelaide’s most respected instrumental teachers.



1:30 pm Arrive and Check-In

Participants can arrive and check-in.


1:45 pm Sectionals

Working with our guest tutors and conductors, participants will prepare works as part of massed ensembles.


3:15 pm Instrument Demo and Q&A

Our expert conductors will introduce participants to the whole family of reed instruments, before engaging in a Q&A session.


3:45 pm Afternoon Tea

Participants, parents and friends, conductors, and tutors will join together for an informal afternoon tea prior to our concert.


4:00 pm Concert

Parents and friends may join us for a free concert where participants will perform works prepared earlier in the day.

This short concert will also feature demonstrations by our expert conductors and tutors.



Afternoon Workshop - $30

Afternoon Tea & Concert - Free


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