“Sydney Music Educators Conference is the best conference I have ever attended. It provided me with numerous useful takeaways. It’s a great conference in a great city, and I always want to come and join it again.”
Ignatius – 2019 Conference Delegate

Presented by ASBOF in association with ABODA NSW

Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th July
Venue: Monte sant Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney
EARLYBIRD Rate $485.00 –  closes Friday 17 May
FULL Conference Rate: $590.00

Proudly supported by ABODA NSW

ASBOF, in association with ABODA NSW, are pleased to announce the lineup for this year’s Conference.

Presenters will include an exciting range of leading local and international music educators and Conference will surely prove to be one of the ‘must do‘ PD opportunities of 2024.


  • Music Directors working with school and community instrumental and vocal programs
  • Classroom teachers looking to integrate/assist with the school instrumental program
  • Schools looking to start an instrumental music program
  • Music tutors, and
  • Tertiary music students

Looking for some inspiration? Come and learn how it’s done from some of the best in the business!

EARLYBIRD RATE Closes Friday 17 May
Discount rate ($450.00) for ABODA Members and SCS AMADEUS Program staff.
ASBOF reserves the right to confirm your membership status with ABODA and SCS and adjust your fee accordingly 

Dr Peter Boonshaft heads a stellar cast of presenters which will include:

Dr Peter Loel Boonshaft

Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak and conduct in every state in the nation and around the world.  Honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education,” Peter is Director of Education for Jupiter Band Instruments and is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s method book series Sound Innovations and his weekly “Boonshaft’s Blog” inspires music educators everywhere. Peter is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where he is Professor Emeritus of Music.

Steve Williams

Steve Williams has established himself as one of Australia’s most versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. Steve is currently Chief Conductor Instrumental for The Arts Unit, a specialist unit in the N.S.W Department of Education & Communities, where he is well known as the MD for the NSW Schools Spectacular, the world’s biggest variety show. Steve also works as a freelance conductor and instrumental consultant and is frequently called upon to lecture, conduct clinics and adjudicate both in Australia and internationally.

Jacki Cooper 

Award-winning jazz vocalist Jacki Cooper has recently completed a research Masters degree on the challenges faced by classroom music teachers in regional areas when teaching jazz vocal students. This research has highlighted the need for more jazz education resources for high school students. Jacki is a sought after workshop clinician and conference presenter and is the organiser of the Big Band Blast big band conference.

Mandy Fara Boonshaft 

Mandy is currently on the faculty of South Woods Middle School in Syosset, New York (USA), and has also taught at Commack Middle School and Hewlett High School. In addition, Mandy is the conductor of the Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts Honor Band, a select ensemble of year seven and eight instrumentalists from across Long Island. Mandy is extremely active regionally, nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and workshop presenter for universities, schools, festivals and conferences.

John Morrison

John Morrison is one of Australia’s most celebrated big band leaders whose band, Swing City, completed a mammoth 33 concert national tour of Australia in 2022. John is passionate about music education, especially for young people, and has been a driving force behind the Sydney Music Education Conference. John travels Australia visiting schools and workshopping bands in high schools and primary schools and has run Big Band Blast big band conference with his wife Jacki Cooper since 2013.


Garry Clark

Garry Clark is a highly respected name in music education and for many years has played a central role in the development of musical talent in the Western Sydney region. He is a conductor, teacher, performer, administrator and more. Garry has been both the National and NSW President of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (ABODA), is a founding member of the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival Advisory Panel and has been a regular clinician and adjudicator at the Festival.