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Nova Muse Festival Concerts


In collaboration with the North West Christian School and in celebration of new musical inspiration, the inaugural 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 2021 inaugural Nova Music Festival! This springtime classical music event in Penguin provides an opportunity for the local community to learn about music, aim high, and discover more about arts and culture. The Nova Music Festival is committed to music education as well as artistic and cultural engagement and growth in our community. Our goal is to create an inspiring community exchange between great masters and young artists and to enhance meaningful music education programs.

Plan now to get the most out of the Nova Music Festival in Penguin!  It will be a blend of distinctive and sublime events, both intimate and large scale, that provide music-making experiences bringing audiences, participants and star performers together.  This is an unmissable opportunity for rising talent to enjoy a complete process of learning, rehearsal, and performance.

Master classes at NWCS (18 Ling Street, Penguin) and two professional nightly festival concerts held at the Uniting Church (50 Main Rd, Penguin) can also be enjoyed by the public via door sales and online tickets. In Penguin and the surrounding area, activities such as the Penguin Watch Walk, 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 general shops and 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. Thanks also to the festival's mentors, the stellar lineup of Michelle Walsh, Patricia Pollett, Alex Raineri, Gy├Ârgy Deri, and festival tutors James Anderson and Luisiana Morton, and also 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.  

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

Sarah Scheermeijer


3-8 OCTOBER 2021

20 September 2021


Includes festival concert tickets, vegetarian lunch, masterclasses and all festival workshops


Phone: 0402 877 845
Email: NovaMuseFestival@gmail.com



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