Talent Advancement Program

Talent Advancement Program
Photo of the TAP Team
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. Talent Advancement Program

​​ Photo of the TAP Team​​

​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.

2020 p​ublic performances

  • Australia Day Awards - Bryan Brown Theatre, BLaKC on Sunday 26 January
  • Australia Day Twilight Party - Belmore Oval, Sunday 26 January
  • Lunar New Year Festival - Bankstown City Plaza on Saturday 18  February
  • Senior's Concert - Grandball room, Bankstown Sports Club -  Sunday 23 February
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show - Amphitheatre Stage on Thursday 9 April
  • Martin Place Public Performance - Amphitheatre Stage on Friday 3 July
  • Bankstown Bites Food Festival - Olympic Parade, Bankstown on Saturday 25 July
  • Carols in the Park - Wiley Park Amphitheatre on Sunday 6 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. There is something for everyone, from music theatre and jazz to R’n B and pop – a show for all the family to enjoy. 

The concert will be held on Friday 11 September 2020 at the Bryan Brown Theatre. Tickets on sale closer to the date.


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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