Jenny Going
Ms. Jenny Going

Conductor

Jenny Going is Musical Director of the Essendon Symphony where she has been conductor since 2008. In 2016 she founded and is Musical Director for The West Melbourne Schools Orchestra, a group that is growing and improving rapidly. Jenny has conducted some of Melbourne’s leading ensembles including the Zelman Symphony, Ballarat Symphony, Melbourne University Biomedical Students Orchestra and Hopkins Sinfonia. In 2016 she was rehearsal conductor for Opera NZ’s season of Sweeny Todd.

Jenny was honoured to be the inaugural recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award in 2015 when she also completed her Masters of Music specialising in orchestral conducting at The University of Melbourne under Benjamin Northey.

She founded Noteable Music Education Resources in 2006. As Managing Director, she has written and published resources for classroom music teachers, including interactive digital resources. Jenny is a regular presenter of workshops at national music education conferences throughout Australia. She adjudicates for the Victorian School Music Festival and at the National Brass Band Championships.

During her music career Jenny has worked as a professional trombonist with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, performed on stage with Randy Breaker, Arturo Sandoval, Robin Eubanks and Rob McConnell during her time studying in America, and toured extensively throughout the west coast of the USA and recorded with Ska Band ‘Ruder Than You’.

For further details, see www.jennygoing.com.au.


Ms. Jayne Turner

Assistant Conductor

As a singer and pianist Jayne Turner graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music Education and has been working with schools and communities ever since. As a long-standing member of the Melbourne Chorale, Victoria Chorale and Victorian Opera, she has sung semi professionally and trained singers for many years.

For 25 years she was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Choral Institute Melbourne, taking this community organization to the lead in local and international engagements, tours and eisteddfods. Jayne has toured regularly with CHIME, as well as taken musical responsibility for many corporate events in Melbourne, such as Crown Christmas Entertainment, the Grand Prix Ball, and in 2008 was the chorus master for Andrea Bocelli’s Australian tour.

Jayne is currently Director of Music at Toorak College. Prior to this she was Director of Music at The Knox School and Head of Choral Studies PLC. She is an experienced teacher of VCE and IB Music, as well as directing many choirs, orchestras and musical productions, winning awards from the Victorian Theatre Guild for her productions.

Jayne has worked closely with the VCAA for many years, in providing VCE support material for teachers and students. She also presented a series of lectures to VCE students in the MYM summer School Prelude Program. 
She is often sought for adjudication of school House Music Competitions, regional and metropolitan Eisteddfods and school music festivals. She is a regular presenter and facilitator for Music Education Conferences with AMUSE, VCAA and VMTA.

History

The orchestra was founded in the 1990's by Paul Green (who still plays with us) as a string ensemble. Over the years the orchestra has grown to be a full symphony orchestra.

During this time, the orchestra performed under several names including Napier Chamber Orchestra, Napier Concert Orchestra and Napier Community Orchestra. However, in 2012 it established itself as the Essendon Symphony.

Previous conductors have included:

The Essendon Symphony is the only community-based orchestra in Melbourne's western suburbs. We are often looking for new players especially for violin, viola, double bass and brass.

Also, see the Essendon Symphony's Facebook page

Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge - in no particular order - the generous support from:

  • Our esteemed patron Judy Maddigan, State member of the Legislative Assembly for Essendon and former Speaker of the Assembly.
  • The Friends of Napier Park for whom we traditionally perform outdoor carols in Napier Park, Strathmore.
  • The City of Moonee Valley.