The names of south-west locations echoed throughout Warrnambool's Mozart Hall on Saturday as more than 20 people took part in a Growing Community Music workshop.
The consultation seminar is part of Gippsland's Jane Coker and Lyndal Chambers' great Victoria road trip. The pair are travelling to eight regional locations to design an ambitious program for developing and strengthening community music making across the state.
The Warrnambool leg of the trip was held in the Mozart Hall on Saturday.
A mix of experienced and inexperienced music makers gathered together to discuss how the identity of the region's music scene could flourish.
To break the ice, Ms Coker facilitated a group sing-a-long where participants chanted various south-west locations, including Warrnambool, Timboon, Yarpturk and Tandarook.
The attendees then split into groups and answered one of four questions: What is my favourite music making activity? What kind of training could help to develop my skills? How can the identity of the region's music scene be nurtured? And how could $20,000 be used to change the community music scene?
Ms Coker said groups wrote down their answers, which would later be used to develop a program aimed at growing community music throughout the state.
She said with funding from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, she and Ms Chambers would design a proposal for a new state-wide community music leadership program based on what passionate people told them was needed to stimulate the growth of inclusive singing and instrumental music making across Victoria.
The workshops have been held in Wodonga, Sale, Wonthaggi and Mildura.
Ms Coker said after the Warrnambool event, she would travel to Cranbourne as well as Castlemaine and Ballarat.
Ms Coker is well known in Victoria and in the United Kingdom for her initiation and leadership of numerous community choirs and singing groups.
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