Cowra Civic Centre welcomes Nicholas Gentile & weekly workshops

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Cowra Civic Centre is proud to welcome composer, singer, conductor and teacher, Nicholas Gentile for their artist in residence program.

Nicholas will be composing new music for World Peace Day 2020 drawing on Cowra’s history and role in peace. The music will then be launched on Monday, September 21, 2020 – World Peace Day – in a unique way reaching the community of the town of Cowra. He will also be running composition workshops for secondary students and for adults over the 4 weeks he is in residence at Cowra Civic Centre.


Cowra has an extensive history and story to tell about the role of peace. Drawing on the events of the Cowra Breakout with the Japanese and Italian prisoners of war, the World Peace Bell, the Japanese Gardens, Peace Precinct and ongoing commitment to international understanding, Nicholas will compose new music that reflects all of this. He will also include the World Peace Bell (outside Cowra Civic Centre) as an instrument in the composition.

Once the music is composed he will coordinate a recording of the music which will then be launched on World Peace Day in September.

World Peace Day: Monday 21 September, 2020


During his 4 week residency, Nicholas will be running composition weekly workshops for secondary students and for adults. Some music knowledge is required including basic music notation. You may want to compose for a solo instrument, for a choir, for a small ensemble or band, or even for an orchestra – Nicholas will give you tips and techniques for composing over the 4 weeks of the workshops.

Workshops will be held at Cowra Civic Centre and Covid-19 Safety Guidelines will be in place. These workshops will be free but a 4-week commitment from participants is required.

Secondary Workshops:  ENROL NOW
Thursday 13 August at 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 20 August at 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 27 August at 5pm – 7pm
Thursday 3 September at 5pm – 7pm

Open Adult Workshops:  ENROL NOW
Thursday 13 August at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Thursday 20 August at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Thursday 27 August at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Thursday 3 September at 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Nicholas has established himself as a fine talent in the music industry with shining testimonials concerning theatre, performance and composition. A proud graduate of the prestigious Talent Development Project, Nicholas has performed and studied around the world.

His BMM scholarship allowed Nicholas the opportunity to study conducting on the West End under Denise Ham and Colin Pettit on Les Miserables. In 2013, Nicholas travelled to Broadway through the Talent Development Project to work with composers such as Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Aladdin), going on to perform in theatre venues around New York and Washington such as Don’t Tell Mamma and The Kennedy Centre. He was invited back as a student in the Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program. Back home in Australia, Nicholas became the Chief conductor of the Sydney Girls Orchestra.

Nicholas was later invited back by the ASCAP Foundation and has since participated in the development of new musicals as a performer and Musical Director under the direction of Stephen Schwartz.

Nicholas is the composer of La Creole, Together Apart, and a musical short film trilogy online (Identical, Devoted, Loving) starring Philip Quast. He has worked as a composer and orchestrator on various short films for international film festivals. Most recently Nicholas has been commissioned by Fine Music Australia to write a new Opera entitled Émile & Voltaire. His opera was developed in Italy in 2019 as part of the Puccini International Opera Composition Program and was to premiere in Lucca, Italy in 2020 but has been delayed because of Covid-19.

As a teacher Nicholas has designed the musical theatre curriculum for the Sydney Actors School and continues to teach musical theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, occasionally joining the staff at NIDA.

Nicholas is the creator and producer of Broadway Reimagined, which is now travelling internationally, throughout the corporate and cruise sectors.

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