A Brief History
Young Regional School of Music (YRSM) is a unique not-for-profit incorporated organisation in our region, offering musical opportunities to students of all ages.
The vision for the School of Music came from a group of parents who wanted their children to have the opportunity to learn a variety of instruments. Lessons commenced on 14 July 1984 with 40 students and three tutors. Tutors travelled from Canberra on a fortnightly basis to teach piano, violin and cello. In 1985 four new areas of music were offered to the community. They were vocal, woodwind, brass and Early Childhood Music.
The acquiring of a ‘home’ for the Music School in 1996 was a significant event. The old headmaster’s residence, now part of the Community Arts Centre, provided teaching and administration facilities and finally gave a focal point for YRSM. It wasn’t long before the school had outgrown this facility and a new home was found in 2000. This was the historic building that was formerly the Police residence at 15-17 Campbell Street. In 2006 the second Police residence (two doors away) was also acquired due to the growing number of students.
The operation of Young Regional School of Music was by a voluntary committee until 1994 when it became part of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums. As a member of this group, funding became available through the Regional Conservatorium Grants Program. This enabled a paid position of Administrator, now Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to be established. The volunteer Management Committee became a Board of Directors in 2015 and continues to oversee YRSM.
Looking for ways to improve the delivery of music to the region, new programs were established. They included keyboard laboratory, Schools Instrumental Music Program, YRSM Ensembles, School Bands, Drum Corp, Small Schools Music Program, Creative Music Program and Music Therapy.
YRSM reaches into the wider community with concerts to showcase the talents of its students, tutors and visiting artists.
From the vision of a group of parents in 1984 a vibrant School of Music has grown. YRSM continues to grow and is the focal point for music in the Young region.