As the Orange Regional Conservatorium prepares for the eventual move to its new state-of-the-art cultural precinct, the Conservatorium's board is undertaking a consultation process with community members and organisations.
Orange Regional Conservatorium (ORC) Board Chair Trevor Hazell said the music centre is aspiring to be a leading national Conservatorium of music.
"We have begun a consultation process with stakeholders including the ORC Board, staff, students and schools. Significantly, Orange City Councillors and staff have also been involved in the strategic planning process and have contributed greatly to vision of the conservatorium," Mr Hazell said.
"In this final teaching week at the conservatorium, members of the ever popular Come Together Choir were also consulted in the strategic planning process".
The Choir who normally meet every Tuesday morning between 10am and midday, had rehearsals put on hold during the year due to a nation-wide ban on singing.
ORC Director, Donna Riles said the lessons learned through COVID-19 have been powerful in shaping the future of the organisation.
"Our strong community base, our ability to adapt to the technological challenges that came our way through the pandemic and our passion for community music engagement have served to strengthen our focus for what lies ahead," Mrs Riles said.
ORC is still inviting community input and comment about the five-year plan.
Orange City Council lodged a development application for the $20 million project in July 2020, with the facility proposed to be built in the Northcourt area alongside March Street.
$10 million has been committed by the Federal government and $5 million by council, with more funding being sought.
The plan proposes a 244-seat auditorium, over 20 studios for students and room for more than 50 people in the planetarium.
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