New Norcia Benedictine Community

Music & Art Camps

Following the closure of the boarding schools in 1991, the majestic St Illdephonsus' and St Gertrude's Colleges became available for school camps and are ideal for music and art.

Music Camps

Music is a part of the heart, soul and rhythm of New Norcia – a place that captures the imagination of music makers, young and old, and inspires them to create, perform and enjoy.

For over 150 years, some of music’s great names have been attracted to New Norcia, including Andre Segovia, Philip Glass, Peter Sculthorpe and Christopher Willcock.

New Norcia has unique music facilities with a wide variety of performance and practice spaces, including four large halls, two chapels, two work centres, two outdoor arenas. The halls seat 60-120 people and the work centres seat 30-170 people.

Acoustics
The colleges contains wooden floors, linoleum floors, carpeted floors. All rooms, especially the Chapels, have very high ceilings – ideal for choral, orchestral and band work.

Excellent musical equipment
Shigeru Kawai Grand Piano in St Gertrude’s College; a large upright Yamaha piano in St Joseph’s Hall, regularly tuned; a second, smaller upright Yamaha piano located in the Church, regularly tuned; two older style pianos, one regularly tuned; and 50 music stands.

Art Camps

Since New Norcia was founded in 1847, generations of monks have built a town of towers and gothic arches and filled these buildings with lavish art and craftworks.

The shapes, colours, textures and rich history of New Norcia—both inside and out—have always fascinated and engaged artists. Allow our heritage to inspire you by joining us for your next art camp.

Each year schools return to New Norcia for their music and art camps in our unique environment. For more information please contact the Education Centre Manager on 08 9654 8018 or groups@newnorcia.wa.edu.au