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Talent Advancement Program identifies, nurtures and promotes young vocalists from within our local schools. Launched in 2002 by us here at Council, the program is supported by the NSW Department of Education. View the
TAP Hall of Fame for more information about the talented performers who have been part of this instrumental program.
Throughout the year, students in the program take part in a series of workshops where experienced coaches and mentors help them develop and strengthen their stage abilities, performance and vocal techniques. The program also provides the opportunity for vocalists to perform at a range of festivals and events giving them the much needed confidence to advance in the world of performing arts.
Auditions are proceeded with a Girls' and Boys' Music Workshop, which are both held in November. These 1 day workshops give students an idea about the structure of the program and how it can assist them to gain confidence and improve their vocal and presentation skills.
Auditions are held in December each year and are open to all high school students who attend a local school or live in the Canterbury-Bankstown Council Area.
Once the December auditions are complete, the successful applicants attend a music camp in March where they have the opportunity to bond together as a group, share their music and further demonstrate their musical talent and skill.
Each year, the entire TAP ensemble performs in a concert that showcases their progress and talents.
This year, the concert took place on Thursday, 14 September 2017 at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre in the
Bryan Brown Theatre.
If you believe in encouraging and supporting the talented youth of our district, perhaps you would like TAP vocalists to perform at your next function! To book TAP vocalists for your next event, please complete the
TAP booking request form.
Wendy is a retired primary school teacher who operates her own music studio. She has over 35 years of experience and dedication to students of the performing arts through her involvement in the Schools Spectacular and local and state-wide programs. Wendy is a former Bankstown Citizen of the Year and mother to Andrew & Michael Tierney of Human Nature.
A former member of the Sydney Opera Company and retired Creative Arts Consultant to the DET NSW Arts Unit, Helen, has an equally impressive number of years dedicated to youth and the performing arts. Helen is also an accomplished painter with her own Art Gallery in Kiama.
Kerry is Council's Coordinator Events and managed the program from its inception before taking on a Directorial role. She previously worked for the Department of Education and has a close connection to the performing arts.
TAP is staffed by three Directors; Musical Director, Wendy Tierney (left); Creative Director, Helen Pain (right) and Executive Director, Kerry Sebio (centre).
In 2012, Australian Idol star
Paulini and Popstars’ finalist
Arrnott Olssen both performed at the Bankstown Talent Advancement Program’s (TAP) 10-year reunion dinner. They were among the current and past participants, mentors and supporters of TAP who attended.
Others to perform on this special occasion were:
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