Regional School of Music welcomes new CEO

Dr Wendy Brooks.
Dr Wendy Brooks.

Young Regional School of Music's new CEO Dr Wendy Brooks has a passion for classroom music and wants to broaden access to music education for students in Young and surrounds.

Wendy last month was appointed CEO of the Young Regional School of Music, following three years as director of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music.

She has a background in music education in schools, and worked as a lecturer in music education and primary education at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Western Sydney University respectively.

While Wendy plays a number of instruments, and is a piano teacher, she says her passion is classroom music.

"This School of Music does great work in the schools, I've been very impressed so far with the work that they're doing. What we're looking for as a school is to expand that and grow the school so we can service more schools and also broaden the geographical area we cover," she said.

"We're looking to reach more students. There's challenges at the moment with COVID. We have some students having online lessons, some face-to-face and we're getting weekly updates if we can have bands with wind instruments, for example, so it's quite a task staying on top of what we can and can't do. I'm trying to just keep things going to the usual calendar.

"I'm a piano teacher, I play a few instruments, but my passion really is classroom music. I'm really keen to see what the School of Music does in their classroom programs in the local schools. COVID restricts that at the moment. The classroom stuff really interests me though."

Wendy was director of the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music from 2017 until taking on her new role at Young.

"I was inspired by the way they [regional Schools of Music] work within their communities and the way that they provide opportunities for everyone right through from babies through to senior citizens.

"I was attracted to regional conservatoriums in that way," she said.

"It's been a really, very warm and welcoming place to step into.

"It's very fortunate that my experience at upper hunter is quite similar so my transition should be quite fast but there's still a lot to learn.

"I'm really looking forward to getting to know the community and working with them," Dr Wendy Brooks added.