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In collaboration with the North West Christian School and in celebration of new musical inspiration, the Nova Muse Festival brings to Penguin, Tasmania, renowned string performers and pedagogues from around Australia.

The beautiful coastal township of Penguin provides the perfect setting for this festival. Aside from the natural beauty of the town and its surrounding countryside, it is home to a rapidly expanding string playing community.

The Nova Muse Festival welcomes music lovers, aspiring string players and members of the community to share this nurturing atmosphere that is special to Penguin. Festival activities, in addition to a professional concert program provided by the mentoring artists, include ensemble coaching for participants of all levels, daily student performances, workshops and masterclasses for advanced students.

Susan Collins


Welcome to the Nova Muse Festival, 2022! The springtime classic in Penguin.

It is our vision to share the gift of music through education, inspiration, and engagement. 

Plan now to make the most of your Festival experience. Be sure to check our new festival and concert package deals this year -- including a VIP ticket! -- on the concerts page. 

In Penguin and the surrounding area, attractions such as the Tulip Festival, and the beauty of Cradle Mountain will keep the festival spirit alive long after the music has stopped. Amenities in Penguin, including dining options, shops, a bakery and accommodation options such as Airbnb, provide great ways to connect with the community and serene scenery during your stay. 

We are deeply indebted to our Festival Director, Dr. Susan Collins, for her vision and musical mentorship. We appreciate her generosity and passion to develop, nurture and inspire music making at the highest level. We are also very thankful to the Festival Artists this year, known as Festival Mentors, the stellar lineup of Michele Walsh, Patricia Pollett, Gy├Ârgy Deri and Alex Raineri, and Festival Tutors James Anderson and Luisiana Morton, the organising committee, NWCS staff and volunteers, for their unstinting gift of time, talents and support to further music education in Penguin. We also gratefully acknowledge our sponsors—the North West Christian School and Seventh-day Adventist Schools Tasmania as well as the Penguin Uniting Church for their generosity in allowing us to use their beautiful, historic building for our concert venue for the Candelight Concert Series.  

Congratulations to all the Nova Muse Festival participants and I look forward to seeing you all enjoy the festivities and work hard toward your goals. 

Sarah Scheermeijer


9-14 OCTOBER 2022

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 20 September 2022


$350 (+$20 for Festival shirt)
*includes all-day schedule from 8.30am - 9.30pm, all concert tickets and catered lunch


Phone: 0402 877 845


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