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An afternoon of saxophone and clarinet education and performance for young players


Tiny Reeds

28th March, 2020

Elder Conservatorium


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

We welcome all budding clarinet and saxophone players to the Elder Conservatorium, in association with Open 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.


Dean Newcomb - Clarinet Conductor

Dean Newcomb is currently the Principal Clarinettist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2008. Dean has performed as guest Principal Clarinet with various orchestras in Australia and overseas including the Australia World Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and was offered the Principal Clarinet position with The Macau Orchestra before deciding to settle in Adelaide. His solo concerto performances have been met with 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, Southern Cross Soloists, the Hamer String Quartet for the opening of the Melbourne Recital Centre and the world premiere of Arthur Benjamin’s century-old Clarinet Quintet with the Goldner String Quartet. His active involvement in music education includes giving masterclasses, lecturing and tutoring at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, tutoring for the Australian Youth Orchestra’s orchestral and chamber music seasons and adjudicating at the Lisbon International Clarinet Competition in Portugal. Dean Newcomb is a D'Addario Woodwinds artist.

Damien Hurn - Saxophone Conductor

Damien Hurn is an Adelaide born musician who studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. I have over 30 years of experience of teaching regularly perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was featured as a soloist at Symphony Under the Stars 2011. I perform and tours with artists such as Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, Hugh Jackman, Tony Bennett, Jerry Lewis, Natalie Cole, John Farhnam, Human Nature and Kate Ceberano. I have 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. I am currently lecturing in saxophone at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.




2 pm Sectionals

Working with our tutors participants will prepare works in either a clarinet or saxophone choir.


3:30 pm Instrument Demo and Q&A

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


4 pm Afternoon Tea

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


4:30 pm Concert

Parents and friends join us for a free concert where participants will perform works prepared earlier in the day. Concert will also feature solo demonstrations by our conductors.


Hartley Concert Room, The University of Adelaide

Enter from Kintore Ave.



Afternoon Workshop - $30

Afternoon Tea & Concert - Free


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