Congratulations to the many talented students from schools in my Summer Hill electorate who recently had the chance to perform on the Opera House stage as part of the Department of Education's Festival of Choral Music. The festival is an amazing opportunity for public school students to enjoy the many benefits of participating in a choir; a strong sense of community, learning to work in a team, self-confidence, rhythm and improved breathing to name just a few. The festival is held over four concerts and more than four thousand students are involved. At the centre of each of the concerts is a seven hundred and fifty-voice combined choir that offers students from across the state the opportunity to experience the thrill and challenge of live performance. Gifted musicians also get the chance to perform, showcasing their talents as part of the instrument ensembles. Congratulations to students and their dedicated teachers from Ashbury Public School, Ashfield Boys High School, Dulwich Hill Public School, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design, Ferncourt Public School, Haberfield Public School, Marrickville High School, Summer Hill Public School and Wilkins Public School on your wonderful performances.