South Burnett Community Orchestra Association Inc (SBCO) is a dynamic organisation of enthusiastic, regional musicians. We are dedicated to developing the musical skills and talents of our members to perform all styles of orchestral music throughout the South Burnett Region for our rural community’s enjoyment.
How We Got Started
Music Director, Jo Kennedy had a vision – to bring orchestral music to the region and to develop the musical talents and experience of local musicians.
With some urging from her students, initial meetings with interested parties were held on the balcony of the Carrollee Hotel in Kingaroy. After a few planning sessions, the SBCO was born. SBCO was formed on 8th February 2006 with only 14 musicians.
SBCO now has around 50 regional musicians and support volunteers. SBCO has enjoyed opportunities to play for and with the community, continuing its commitment to inspire and nurture musicians of all ages and all abilities.
SBCO’s Music Director and Conductor, Jo Kennedy, moved with her family to the South Burnett in 2003. She had trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and played with leading Australian orchestras.
Jo began to provide private instrumental (strings) tuition and developed a Strings Program at St Mary’s Catholic College.
Jo’s dedication and inspirational leadership have been the driving force behind the Orchestra since its outset in 2006 when Jo first had the vision to bring orchestral music to the people of the South Burnett.
Jo has held positions with leading Australian Orchestras, has developed and directed instrumental programmes and gives private instrumental tuition. In 2009, Jo received the Australia Day Cultural Award from the South Burnett Regional Council and in 2010 was a finalist in the national Music in Communities Leadership Awards.
SBCO are committed to developing musicians of all ages and skill levels through our instrumental music programs. Opportunities exist for beginners right through to experienced professional instrumentalists involved with the orchestra with regular workshops, rehearsals, performances.
Everyone should come along
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