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.  
Photo of 2018 TAP participants


​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.

2018 p​ublic performances

  • Australia Day Awards - Bryan Brown Theatre, BLaKC on Friday 26 January
  • Lunar New Year Festival - Bankstown City Plaza on Saturday 10 February
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show - Amphitheatre Stage on Tuesday 27 March
  • Seniors Week Spectacular - Grand Ballroom, Bankstown Sports Club on Sunday 8 April
  • Spark Youth Festival - Paul Keating Park, Bankstown on Friday 20 April
  • Martin Place Public Performance - Amphitheatre Stage on Friday 27 April
  • Campsie Food Festival - Beamish Street, Campsie on Saturday 12 May
  • Bulldogs Pre-match Performance - Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday 16 June
  • Bulldogs Pre-match Performance - Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday 7 July​
  • Bankstown Bites Food Festival - Olympic Parade, Bankstown on Saturday 28 July
  • Sleep out Homelessness Event - Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore on Friday 10 August​
  • Drought Relief Concert Appeal - Roselands Shopping Centre, Roselands on Thursday 6 September
  • Get Active in Support of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018​ - Roberts Park, Greenacre on Friday 12 October​
  • Community Safety Expo - Bankstown Central on Saturday 13 October​​
  • Carols in the Park - Wiley Park Amphitheatre on Sunday 2 December​
  • Carols by Candlelight 50th - Playford Park, Padstow on Sunday 9 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.​

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.

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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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