Jenny Going
Ms. Jenny Going


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’.

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Ms. Nicole Marshall

Assistant Conductor

Showing a natural flair and ability for conducting, Nicole Marshall is co-Music Director of the Westgate Concert Band, Associate Conductor at Southern Area Concert Band Incorporated, and Assistant Conductor of the Essendon Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about her art-form, she is currently receiving mentoring from Lieutenant Matt Klohs of the Defence Force School of Music. Nicole is the 2018 recipient of the Rosemary and John Hopkins award for conductors.

Nicole is a current Bachelor of Music student at the University of Melbourne. After completing a Bachelor of Nursing in 2015, Nicole realised her passion in life lies in conducting. After completing her undergraduate degree, Nicole hopes to go on and study a Masters in Conducting.

Nicole has performed professionally for several years across a wide range of music genres including classical, funk, jazz and musical theatre. She is currently studying saxophone under the tutelage of Joseph Lallo and also has extensive performance experience on the trumpet, french horn and clarinet.

Nicole has performed and conducted in various ensembles across Melbourne over the last 10 years. This year has seen Nicole build up her regular conducting engagements as well as being invited to guest conduct for multiple ensembles including the Boroondara Symphonic Band and the Melbourne University Saxophone Ensemble.


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.

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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.