Talent Advancement Program

Talent Advancement Program
The Talent Advancement Program identifies, nurtures and promotes young vocalists from within our local schools. Talent Advancement Program Canterbury Bankstown The Talent Advancement Program identifies, nurtures and promotes young vocalists from within our local schools.  


​The 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.

2017 p​ublic performances

  • Lunar New Year Festival - Bankstown City Plaza on Saturday 21 January
  • Seniors Spectacular Concert - Bankstown Sports on Sunday 5 March
  • Youthfest - Paul Keating Park, Bankstown on Saturday 8 April
  • Centenary of Milperra - Newland Reserve, Milperra on Sunday 9 April
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show – Amphitheatre Stage on Thursday 13 April
  • Panania Mania Mega Fete - Panania Public School, Lawler St, Panania on Sunday 21 May
  • 47th Annual Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival - Oyster Bay Public School, Short St, Oyster Bay on Sat 27 & Sun 28 May
  • Martin Place Public Performance – Amphitheatre Stage on Friday 23 June
  • Roaming Rainbow Launch - Canterbury Bankstown Arts Centre, Bankstown on Wednesday 28 June
  • Bankstown Bites Food Festival – Olympic Parade, Bankstown on Saturday 29 July
  • Youth Against Homelessness - Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore on Friday 11 August
  • Children's Festival - Paul Keating Park, Bankstown on Sunday 17 September
  • Youth Homelessness Sleepout - Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore on Friday 22 September
  • Haldon Street Festival - Haldon Street, Lakemba on Saturday 28 October
  • Lighting of the Tree - Paul Keating Park, Bankstown on Sunday 26 November
  • Belfield Family Picnic & Carols - Belfield Uniting Church, Belfield on Saturday 2 December  
  • Carols in the Park - Wiley Park Amphitheatre, Wiley park on Sunday 10 December
  • Carols in the Park - Playford Park, Padstow on Sunday 10 December
  • Mayoral Christmas Function - Canterbury Park Racecourse on Thursday 14 December


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.

Tap concert

Each year, the entire TAP ensemble performs in a concert that showcases their progress and talents.

The next concert will be held on Friday 14 September 2018 at the Bryan Brown Theatre. Tickets on sale closer to the date.

TAP at your event

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 Tierney

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.

Helen Pain

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 Sebio

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). 

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10 Year TAP Reunion

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: 

  • TAP mentor Blake Ralph;
  • Sabrina Mitwali;
  • Rachel and Sarah Bertram;
  • Jess Dunbar;
  • Gemma Summerhayes;
  • Jodie Goodwin; and
  • Elise Graham.

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