OUR STUDENTS

Our Students Excel

We value continuous improvement, discovering your own unique voice, and being the very best musician that you can be. For some students, this translates to roles onstage, and we love to celebrate these opportunities with our students.

You're Important To Us

We love to see the personal development in students that comes as a result of being part of SVA – new friendships, increased self-esteem and the ability to do anything they put their minds to. It’s so exciting to hear parents say “I never thought my child would get up and perform, but they just did and I have discovered how talented they are”.

Our students' safety and wellbeing is also important to us. The SVA studio is equipped with CCTV monitoring for accountability and safety, and all staff members require Working With Children Checks prior to employment. We conduct regular safety checks of our facility and equipment, as well as careful risk assessments for off-site activities. Our teachers are all experienced in working with young people and creating positive learning experiences in a child-safe environment.

Student Achievements

We are so proud of all our students, and it's particularly exciting when their talents and hard work are recognised and acknowledged externally. SVA student achievements 2012-2019 include:
  • Lead roles in School of Rock in the premier Australian, New Zealand and Korean professional productions - Summer and child swing
  • Young Fiona in the 2020 Australian professional production of Shrek
  • Lead roles in Matilda the Musical in the premier Australian professional production - Matilda, Nigel and Bruce
  • Lead roles in The Sound of Music professional production - Gretl and Brigitta
  • Pro-am production of Kinky Boots, Canberra 2019
  • The Voice
  • The Voice Kids
  • X-Factor
  • Lead child role in professional production of An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Lead child role in professional production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Finalist in Sydney Eisteddfod’s Junior Contemporary Singer of the Year
  • Finalist & Folk Music Award winner in Sutherland Shire Youth Music Awards
  • Excellent Eisteddfod results
  • Soloist in Sutherland Shire Schools Music Festival
  • Featured artist at Schools Spectacular
  • Soloist in CaSPA Festival (Catholic Schools Performing Arts)
  • Successful auditions for Newtown and Wollongong Performing Arts High Schools
  • Successful auditions for Create Sydney South
  • Successful auditions for JMC Academy, AIM and other tertiary music programs
  • Excellent AMEB, Rockschool and ANZCA examination results
  • Countless lead and chorus roles in productions with Engadine Musical Society, Shire Music Theatre, Rockdale Musical Society, The Regals Musical Society and local high schools

Congratulations to all these hardworking students!

Elite Performers - The SVA Performance Team

At SVA we understand the unique needs of elite performers - students who are already working professionally, or who are pursuing a professional career. With staff who are actively working in both the musical theatre world, the pop/rock scene, and in session recording, we're well-placed to give you a realistic understanding of the professional world and to equip you with the skills you need to build a career in music.

We work with many professional performers, and our students have been part of The Voice, X Factor, tours, recording projects, professional musical theatre productions, tertiary music courses and live concerts.

We believe that every student is important and deserves our very best, regardless of whether they want a career in music or the performing arts. We have an inclusive culture at SVA and that's something we really treasure. We also believe that we have a responsibility to prepare students for their future goals and that some students need further opportunities to fully realise their skills.

The SVA Performance Team is an invitation-only program for advanced students. It provides public performance opportunities for students we observe to be working at a high level, and who also demonstrate a positive attitude & mature approach to developing their skills. It's a training ground for those who might go on to a career in music, or who are ready to take their music to the next level.

Here are the guidelines of what we're looking for in our Performance Team invitees - we want to make sure that students who want to be part of this group have a clear understanding of what we're looking for. Students may be invited to join the group as the year progresses.

We're looking for students who:
  • have shown us that they are able to learn material independently (ie practising at home)
  • are a positive, kind and encouraging influence within the SVA community
  • consistently display a high level of pitch accuracy
  • are able to perform on stage confidently and in an engaging manner
  • have a consistently high level of participation in SVA concerts & events
  • are open to feedback and correction
  • demonstrate age-appropriate maturity & thoughtfulness towards their musical development

We know that families are busy - this is not a weekly group, but instead rehearsals will be scheduled on Saturday afternoons in the lead-up to events, and most events will only require 0-2 rehearsals as much of the song learning will be done at home.