Wanda is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is a qualified Violinist and Music Teacher. Having been under the tutelage of Australian composers such as Dulcie Holland and Eric Gross, Wanda is also qualified in Music Theory and Composition embracing both traditional and electronic forms, writing in various genres. She is also a prize-winning composer.

 

In Sydney, Wanda’s musical adventure began at a very early age with her Polish background, recognised for its dance and music culture. From primary school age, she was a member of the band, Biedronki as well as a member of the dance group, Syrenka. A few years later, she was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and piano accompanist for student ballet classes. She taught and performed as a violinist and was involved with different orchestras and chamber groups.

At the Hume Conservatorium, Wanda established the first Musicianship/Music Theory Classes. Students’ goals such as the Edinburgh Award, Scholarship and AMEB examinations at various levels were met and, with consistently excellent results for 12 years. In 2020 Wanda stepped into the leadership of the Goulburn Strings Project, reverberating positive feedback.

 

Wanda is the founder of the Don’t Fret Ensemble, open to all ages, which has been running continuously for 10 years. This group is open to other stringed instruments, vocals as well as piano and/or percussion. Don’t Fret was a winner of three Eisteddfods and has represented the Hume Conservatorium on countless occasions within the regional community such as, for the visiting Japanese Delegate from Shibetsu 2019 and the 30th Anniversary Gala Event 2015. Wanda also established the St. Joseph’s Ensemble, a mixed instrumental group for primary school-aged children and has also been running continuously for 4 years.

Additionally, Wanda teaches the Viola, Piano, Classical Guitar and Mandolin. She is always on the lookout for Violin and Viola players and anyone who wants to write and mix music. Her interests include Composition, Group and 1-1 String Teaching, Mixed Instrumental Ensembles, Dance and Music from different Genres and Cultures.

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Classical Guitar, Violin, Mandolin, Piano, Don't Fret Ensemble, Composition, Theory, Musicianship

Wanda Kower