Sabina Turner


We extend a warm welcome to Sabina Turner our adjudicator for the 11th annual Lower Clarence Music Eisteddfod.



SABINA TURNER B.Mus., Dip Ed, A. Mus.A

Sabina Turner was on the teaching staff at Pymble Ladies’ College for over 30 years, including 20 years as the Director of Music at the College and more recently until her retirement in 2022, as the Director of all Co-Curricular Performing Arts, overseeing not only Music but also Dance, Drama and Language Arts. While Music and Choirs have been her main passion, her experience and knowledge also extend to other genres of the Performing Arts in many forms.

Her tertiary training was undertaken at Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, majoring in music education, voice and conducting while also teaching at Pembroke School. Her performance studies included piano, voice and pipe organ.

Sabina has vast experience in choral conducting and vocal studies having directed a wide variety of choirs and vocal ensembles from small acapella groups to select voice choirs and large massed choirs. During her tenure at Pymble Ladies’ College her choirs were lauded and acclaimed, not only in NSW but nationally and internationally and have competed with considerable success in numerous eisteddfods and international competitions. Sabina has considerable teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools, not only in classroom music from Year 3 to HSC level, but in other areas of the performing arts as well. She is also an experienced HSC Marker. She has conducted several massed choral festivals, adjudicated many eisteddfods and performing arts competitions as well as having extensive performing experience in a variety of choral groups. Her love and knowledge of theatre and experience in several amateur and semiprofessional theatrical productions has also enabled her to produce and direct many plays and musicals.

Sabina also enjoys golf, gardening, bush walking and now that she is retired, spending more time with her growing brood of grandchildren. She is also an authorised Marriage Celebrant.

Sabina is delighted to be returning to the Clarence Valley, where she spent a wonderful childhood, growing up in South Grafton and holidaying in Yamba. She has many happy memories of performing as a young girl in the Grafton Eisteddfod in Piano, Singing and Speech and Drama sections with considerable success.