Sydney Conservatorium of Music http://music.sydney.edu.au Celebrating 100 years of music in 2015 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:19:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Professor Anne Boyd receives the 2014 Bernard Heinze Award http://music.sydney.edu.au/anne-boyd-receives-the-2014-bernard-heinze-award/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/anne-boyd-receives-the-2014-bernard-heinze-award/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:58:20 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=4575 The University of Sydney’s Professor Anne Boyd AM has received the 2014 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to music in Australia. The award was presented to Professor Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 2015 Chancellor’s … Continue reading

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Anne Boyd receives the 2014 Bernard Heinze Award Photo (c) Theo Small

Anne Boyd receives the 2014 Bernard Heinze Award Photo (c) Theo Small

The University of Sydney’s Professor Anne Boyd AM has received the 2014 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to music in Australia. The award was presented to Professor Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music 2015 Chancellor’s Concert on Friday 21 March by the University of Melbourne’s Professor Barry Conyngham.

Boyd was the first Australian woman to be appointed Professor of Music at the University of Sydney in 1990. She is one of this country’s most distinguished composers and music educators today.

The Bernard Heinze Award was initiated in 1982, following the death of Sir Bernard Heinze, one of the major pioneers of orchestral musical life in Australia. He was also the Ormond Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne for 31 years.

Professor Barry Conyngham, Dean of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne, said Professor Boyd’s contribution to music in Australia has been significant.

“Her contribution as a composer and commitment to scholarship and music education in Australia is second to none and she is a worthy recipient of this award,” Professor Conyngham said.

During her career, Boyd has received several national and international accolades for her work. In 1996 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution as a composer and music educator. In 2003 she received an honorary degree from the University of York, England, and in 2005 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards.

Boyd studied music at the University of Sydney in the 1960s, where she was one of the first students of the late Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. Sculthorpe had a profound influence on her; his music was the first that she had heard, which expressed her experience of the Australian landscape.

Before returning to the University of Sydney in 1990 as a Professor of Music, Boyd spent almost two decades overseas at the University of Hong Kong as its Foundation Head of the Department of Music (1981–90) and teaching at the University of Sussex in England (1972–77).

One of her battles to maintain funding for music courses within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney was the subject of an award-winning documentary Facing the Music (2001), which gained international attention. The Department of Music was then incorporated into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at University of Sydney in 2005.

With a strong interest in Indigenous Australian spirituality, Boyd is currently exploring a collaborative ‘two ways’ approach in a trilogy of music theatre works on significant Australian women, all of whom worked closely with Aboriginal people Daisy Bates, Olive Pink and Annie Lock. The first of these is a full length opera Daisy Bates at Ooldea, which is a Con centenary commission that was performed by opera students in 2012.

Past recipients of the Bernard Heinze Award include Maestro Richard Bonynge, composer Carl Vine, pianist Stephen McIntyre, singer Yvonne Kenny, composer Peter Sculthorpe, conductor John Hopkins, horn player Barry Tuckwell, violinist Richard Tognetti, conductor and composer Brett Dean, conductor Simone Young and music educator Sir Frank Callaway and musicologist Roger Covell.

Media enquiries: Mandy Campbell, 0481 012 742 or mandy.campbell@sydney.edu.au

About Anne Boyd’s composition work
Boyd writes widely for song cycles, opera, piano, choral, orchestral and chamber music and is published by Faber Music in London and the University of York Music Press. Many of her compositions have an East Asian influence, with a particular interest in the music of Japan and Indonesia.

Her works are often spiritual or meditative by nature, such as the A cappella work As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams (1975). Her musical compositions include Goldfish Through Summer Rain (1979), The Little Mermaid (1980), Black Sun (1990), Revelations of Divine Love (1995), Meditations on a Chinese Character (1996), A Vision: Jesus Reassures His Mother (1999), and YuYa (2005). Her two solo CDs include Meditations on a Chinese Character (ABC Classics, 1997) and Crossing a Bridge of Dreams (Tall Poppies, 2000).

In the past decade Boy’s commissioned works have included Gate of Water for the ‘Kammer Ensemble’; Angry Earth, a concerto for shakuhachi (Riley Lee) and the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and Ex Deo Lux for the 2007 SSO Fellows. More recent works are Ganba for Baritone Saxophone and piano (2011) and Kabarli Meditation for solo piano (2012) for the Sydney International Piano Competition.

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Hillel String Quartet win Westheimer Fellowship http://music.sydney.edu.au/hillel-string-quartet-win-westheimer-fellowship/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/hillel-string-quartet-win-westheimer-fellowship/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:43:17 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=4522 The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is thrilled to announce the Hillel String Quartet as the winners of the 2015 Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship Program. A generous donation was received last year from University alumnus Professor Gerald Westheimer AM, an Australian … Continue reading

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Hillel Quartet – Benjamin Adler (violin), Elizabeth Woolnough (viola), Bethan Lillicrap (violoncello), Bridget O’Donnell (violin) Photo (c) Michael Wilson, The West Australian

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is thrilled to announce the Hillel String Quartet as the winners of the 2015 Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship Program. A generous donation was received last year from University alumnus Professor Gerald Westheimer AM, an Australian vision scientist and passionate violinist, to create this prestigious Fellowship, where string quartets have the opportunity to receive private coaching, master classes and opportunities to travel overseas and take part in festivals and competitions: music.sydney.edu.au/trio-gifts-cultivate-musicians-world-stage/.

A number of string quartets studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music auditioned for the Fellowship and the Hillel String Quartet were selected as the inaugural recipients. The quartet formed in 2012 and participated in the Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School in 2014. The Hillel String Quartet will benefit enormously from this one-year fellowship.

The Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship program will also provide financial assistance to support a program of performance, tuition, travel and development.

“We are thrilled and honoured to be the first recipients of the Westheimer Fellowship, and can’t wait to see where it will take us this year,” said Benjamin Adler, violinist of the Hillel String Quartet. “We are deeply indebted to Dr Westheimer and his visionary generosity.”

The Hillel String Quartet was formed at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012. Comprising four students of the Sydney Conservatorium, the quartet has received intensive coaching from Dene Olding, Julian Smiles, Georg Eggner, John Harding, Alice Waten, Ole Bohn and Robin Wilson. The Hillel String Quartet has performed at the Sydney Convention Centre, Government House and the University of Sydney, by special request of the Vice Chancellor.

In July 2014, the quartet participated in the inaugural Sydney Conservatorium European Summer Music Festival, during which it gave concerts in Verona and Mantua. In August, the Hillel String Quartet won Second Prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award. In September and October, the quartet participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra Chamber Players program in Melbourne, where it was tutored by members of the internationally acclaimed Eggner Trio and performed in Melbourne Conservatorium’s Melba Hall. As the Australian Youth Orchestra String Quartet for 2014, the quartet had the enormous privilege of touring Perth and regional Western Australia over a fortnight in November and December, giving six public concerts and eight school presentations.

Throughout 2014, the Hillel String Quartet performed several public recitals, both at the Sydney Conservatorium and at St James’ Anglican Church, King St as part of its Lunchtime Concert series. It also performed in the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, on the evening of Ray Chen’s first recital in November 2014, upon the invitation of Musica Viva.

 

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Electronic Pioneers returns to the Con http://music.sydney.edu.au/electronic-pioneers-returns-con/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/electronic-pioneers-returns-con/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:00:32 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=4378 Martin Wesley-Smith AM, a prominent Australian composer, teacher, activist and pioneer of electronic music will be celebrated in a sell-out concert this Saturday 21 February at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Wesley-Smith devoted 26 years of his musical life to … Continue reading

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Martin Wesley-SmithMartin Wesley-Smith AM, a prominent Australian composer, teacher, activist and pioneer of electronic music will be celebrated in a sell-out concert this Saturday 21 February at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Wesley-Smith devoted 26 years of his musical life to lecturing in composition and electronic music at the Con from 1974 to 2000.

Adelaide-born Wesley-Smith has had one of the most eclectic careers of any Australian composer. Although computer music, audio-visual works and choral pieces were his first interest, he also composed chamber, orchestral, children’s songs, and music for theatre and film. One of his longest collaborators was his twin brother Peter Wesley-Smith, who wrote the lyrics for much of his choral work.

Professor Karl Kramer, Dean and Principal of the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, said: “In the Con’s Centenary year, it is fitting to shine the spotlight on great teachers like Martin Wesley-Smith who have given so many years to the Con and helped shape its reputation as a premier international music school, whilst also bringing joy to wider audiences through his music. It is an enormous pleasure to welcome Martin back to the Con to honour and celebrate his illustrious music career.”

In 1974 Wesley-Smith founded the first electronic music studio at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. It was here that he experimented with the pioneering computer music equipment, the Fairlight CMI.  He was a consultant to the Sydney-based manufacturer, while giving his music students the unique opportunity to experiment on Fairlight’s revolutionary digital sampler. Wesley-Smith’s work For Marimba & Tape (1982), one of the most-performed pieces of Australian so-called ‘serious art-music’, was composed on the Fairlight CMI. In 1986, he also set up the first computer music studio in the People’s Republic of China with fellow composer Ian Fredericks.

Two main themes dominated his music: the life, work and ideas of English author Lewis Carroll, and the plight of the people of East Timor. These interests saw Wesley-Smith respond with varied music from instrumental pieces like db (1991) and Snark-Hunting(1984), to confronting, audio-visual works like Welcome to the Hotel Turismo (2000),Weapons of Mass Distortion (2003) and Papua Merdeka (2005).

Wesley-Smith is also described as a musical activist.  Since 1976, he has created and presented works about the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. His political interests today remain focused on West Papua, Iraq and Australia’s Stolen Generation, which inspired such works as Papua Merdeka (2007), Baghdad Baby Boy (2007), and She Wore a Black Ribbon (2001). Wesley-Smith and his two brothers’ contribution to global awareness of Indonesian atrocities in East Timor saw them receive an Ordem de Timor-Leste from Timor’s President, Taur Matan Ruak, last August.

Martin Wesley-Smith is currently battling cancer, but his treatment has given him some reprieve to put together the retrospective program of his career highlights for the Con concert. Whilst reflecting his musical and political interests, the concert will present pieces not often heard and, in the case of the audio-visual work, not often seen. His music will be performed by many star musicians who worked with the composer during his career. The Sydney Chamber Choir will also feature in the program, to perform two Songs for Snark-Hunters (from the full-length choral music theatre piece Boojum!).

The full concert was recorded and will be broadcast by the ABC Classic FM on Wednesday 25 February at 8pm AEST.

Martin was also interviewed by Stephen Adams for ABC Classic FM and you can listen again to the wonderful interview here – www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2015/02/21/4179547

Media enquiries: Mandy Campbell, 0481 012 742 or mandy.campbell@sydney.edu.au

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Cellist mounts a Galaxy campaign to share her passion for music http://music.sydney.edu.au/cellist-mounts-galaxy-campaign-share-passion-music/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/cellist-mounts-galaxy-campaign-share-passion-music/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:19:35 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=4298 Marleen Broekmans, a 26-year-old cellist, cello teacher and part-time student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will take to a different stage this month when she competes in the NSW final of the Miss Galaxy pageant. Over the past few … Continue reading

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Marleen Broekmans, a 26-year-old cellist, cello teacher and part-time student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will take to a different stage this month when she competes in the NSW final of the Miss Galaxy pageant.

Photo credit: Raimondo Fioravanti

Photo credit: Raimondo Fioravanti

Over the past few months during her fundraising and publicity campaign as a pageant contestant, Marleen has been promoting her passion for music and spreading the word that it is never too late to learn.

Marleen, who is currently undertaking a Master of Music Performance with Danish cellist Georg Pedersen, also teaches the cello and music theory to adult beginners.  In her private studio in Parramatta that she set up in 2005, Marleen has around 50 students, many of whom are adults that she teaches each week.

It was her students who inspired Marleen to undertake postgraduate studies at the Con in 2013. “My research is significant because there is little mention of adult beginner cellists in any current literature, yet I have a studio full of them in Parramatta. They require very different teaching methods compared to children, and lose interest quickly if they don’t see progress.”

Her thesis is investigating the impact music ensembles have on motivating adults to learn and play music, and age-appropriate methods for teaching adult beginner cellists. Central to her teaching and research is getting her adult students to play in ensembles and chamber groups.  It is the ensemble work that Marleen says has shown to improve motivation amongst adults to learn with their peers, and to encourage a life-long love of learning and playing music.

Photo credit: Raimondo Fioravant

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One of Marleen’s students, 29-year-old Oleen George, began cello lessons at the end of 2009. She said: “Deciding to learn cello without any music history was a big decision. The cello ensemble work lets you play with others of a similar playing level, rather than comparing yourself to your cello tutor.

“At the end of each ensemble you are inspired to keep playing; it recharges you when you doubt yourself, and you get goose bumps when you remember what a room full of cellos feels and sounds like.”

Marleen Broekmans was inspired to enter the Miss Galaxy pageant after her friend, Erin Holland, another recent Con graduate, was crowned Miss World Australia 2013 and seeing the opportunities it gave her. Marleen will compete for the Miss Galaxy NSW at the Zenith Centre in Chatswood on 12 February. The NSW winner will go on to compete for the national title of Miss Galaxy Australia in March.

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Emily Edmonds joins the Royal Opera House http://music.sydney.edu.au/emily-edmonds-scm-2012-joins-royal-opera-house-jette-parker-programme/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/emily-edmonds-scm-2012-joins-royal-opera-house-jette-parker-programme/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 01:50:58 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=4279 Our Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduates are doing great things overseas! Congratulations to mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds, who has recently performed with Sydney Chamber Opera and Pinchgut Opera, and soon to be joining the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Programme. Emily graduated … Continue reading

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Our Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduates are doing great things overseas!

Emily Edmonds

Congratulations to mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds, who has recently performed with Sydney Chamber Opera and Pinchgut Opera, and soon to be joining the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Programme. Emily graduated from the Con (first class honours) in 2012 and was a student of Dr Rowena Cowley for six years, until her move to Europe in March 2014.

Emily was one of five singers selected from more than 370 applicants from 59 countries.

The Jette Parker Young Artists work as salaried members of The Royal Opera for a two-year period, during which time they perform in a variety of main-stage productions, concerts and recitals, as well as covering lead roles. They also receive coaching in all opera disciplines, including role interpretation, language and stagecraft.

Find out more about the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Programme.

http://www.roh.org.uk/news/five-new-singers-and-a-stage-director-to-join-the-jette-parker-young-artists-programme-in-september-2015

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Estivo Trio accepted into MICMC http://music.sydney.edu.au/estivo-trio-accepted-micmc/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/estivo-trio-accepted-micmc/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 04:28:20 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=4111 Congratulations to Fox Chan (violin), Ying Ho (piano) and Jonathan Bekes (cello) of the fabulous Estivo Trio, alumni of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, who have been accepted into the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC). The Estivo Trio were … Continue reading

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Estivo Trio – Fox Chan (violin), Ying Ho (piano) and Jonathan Bekes (cello)

Congratulations to Fox Chan (violin), Ying Ho (piano) and Jonathan Bekes (cello) of the fabulous Estivo Trio, alumni of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, who have been accepted into the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC).

The Estivo Trio were selected as the only piano trio to attend the inaugural Estivo Summer Chamber Music Festival in Italy, hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Il Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco” di Verona and “Conservatorio di Musica “Lucio Campiani”, Mantova. For their first European tour the trio made their debut at the Sala Maffeina, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Italy and the Vigeland Museum in Oslo, Norway. Upcoming engagements include concerts and masterclasses in Hong Kong, China, Korea, New Zealand, Australia.

The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is a showcase of the best young piano trios and string quartets in the world. It is held every four years and attracts international agents, presenters, venue directors, critics and supporters to Melbourne for a celebration of chamber music and the next generation of performers.

The MICMC only accepts eight piano trios and eight string quartets following big international auditions with over 40 entrants. The competition will in Melbourne in July.

http://www.chambermusicaustralia.com.au/competitions/micmc/

 

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Dr Amanda Harris awarded Honorary Fellowship http://music.sydney.edu.au/dr-amanda-harris-awarded-honorary-fellowship/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/dr-amanda-harris-awarded-honorary-fellowship/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:29:08 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=3978 Dr Amanda Harris, Research Associate at Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s PARADISEC has won the National and State Libraries Australasia and Library Council of New South Wales Honorary Fellowship for 2014. Harris has been awarded the Honorary Fellowship at the State … Continue reading

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Dr Amanda Harris

Dr Amanda Harris, Research Associate at Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s PARADISEC has won the National and State Libraries Australasia and Library Council of New South Wales Honorary Fellowship for 2014.

Harris has been awarded the Honorary Fellowship at the State Library of New South Wales for her research project “Imagining an Indigenous Australian Style: the post WWII creative works of Beth Dean and Mirrie Hill”.

This project will examine the personal papers, musical scores and multimedia of choreography Beth Dean and composer Mirrie Hill. This project will focus on the parts of the collections that reveal how they each document Aboriginal music and dance and uses these as the basis for their own creations which, though very different from each other, are linked by their positions as creative women in the period after the Second World War.

More information on the Honorary Fellowship can be found here:
www.sl.nsw.gov.au/about/awards/nsla.html

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The Con’s biggest encore yet: turning 100 http://music.sydney.edu.au/cons-biggest-encore-yet-turning-100/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/cons-biggest-encore-yet-turning-100/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:11:39 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=3950 The iconic castle-like building with its distinctive turrets, sitting on the historical site of Sydney’s first bakery, which housed Governor Macquarie’s horse stables in the 1800s and was then turned into a prolific music school in 1915, is celebrating a … Continue reading

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CONSERVATORIUM drawing (HIGH)-1The iconic castle-like building with its distinctive turrets, sitting on the historical site of Sydney’s first bakery, which housed Governor Macquarie’s horse stables in the 1800s and was then turned into a prolific music school in 1915, is celebrating a significant milestone next year. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is turning 100 in May 2015 and will celebrate in the way it does best – with spectacular music!

To mark its official birthday on 6 May 2015, an epic performance of MASS by the formidable 20th century composer Leonard Bernstein will be staged at the Sydney Opera House. Over 400 high school and tertiary students, staff and alumni of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and guest performers from Sydney Children’s Choir will star in this extraordinary production.

Regarded as a magnificent theatrical piece for singers, players and performers, Bernstein’s MASS was first commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in memory of her late husband and the famous American president. It premiered in 1971 for the opening of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music Dean and Principal, Dr Karl Kramer, said: “Bernstein’s MASS is a masterpiece of the last century that lends itself to showcasing the enormous breadth of talented musicians that the Con produces.

“It is going to be a spectacular vision and sound when our symphony orchestra, jazz and blues ensembles, opera singers and choirs all take to the stage at the one time.

“2015 is going to be a momentous year for the Con and a wonderful opportunity for the Australian public to join us in celebrating an important part of Sydney’s cultural and music history,” said Dr Kramer.

The New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, as it was first known, opened its doors under the leadership of a European director and violinist Henri Verbrugghen on 6 May 1915. Its mandate was to ‘provide tuition of a standard equal to that of the leading European conservatoriums’. A century on, Dr Karl Kramer says that the Con remains true to the vision of its founders.

“Much has evolved in the Australian and international music scene over the last 100 years, and the Con has played a pivotal role in nurturing the best teachers, composers, singers, orchestral and jazz musicians this country has seen.

“But what remains unchanged is the standard to which our highly skilled staff and students work to create and perform great music. The bar has always been set very high and, as such, our teachers and students are among the best in the world. We will celebrate and show this in 2015 through special events including Bernstein’s MASS at the Sydney Opera House in May,” said Dr Karl Kramer.

It was in 1901 that the seed was first sown for a prestigious music school in Sydney. A private venture called ‘the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’ was set up and led by composer, critic and city organist William H Wale, with several distinguished patrons including the newly-elected Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Dr James Graham, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Sir Arthur Renwick. Several decades later, the Con would become the Music Faculty for the University of Sydney.

The decision at the beginning of the last century to convert the old Government House stables into a music school was not without its politics. Some Sydney-siders wanted the horse stables turned into a restaurant – a dispute that became known as the ‘battle between the sausage and sonata’. Then in 1912 Campbell Carmichael, Minister of Public Instruction and an impressive reformer who had reformed the University of Sydney’s governance – rallied the support needed to overcome considerable opposition.

Today ‘the Con’, as it is affectionately known, is home to the Conservatorium High School, Open Academy and Music Faculty of the University of Sydney, where approximately 2500 students receive specialist music training each year.

Tickets for the Bernstein MASS on 6 May 2015 at the Sydney Opera House will go on general sale from 18 December 2014 at music.sydney.edu.au/events/centenary-bernstein-mass-06-05-2015 The full centenary program of events, Con history, and birthday messages by musicians, alumni and others can be found here.

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Professor Linda Barwick elected to prestigious Fellowship http://music.sydney.edu.au/professor-linda-barwick-fellowship/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/professor-linda-barwick-fellowship/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:50:32 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=3906 Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Associate Dean (Research), Professor Linda Barwick, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available for achievement in the humanities in Australia. The Fellowship of the Academy comprises … Continue reading

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Professor Linda Barwick, Associate Dean (Research)

Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Associate Dean (Research), Professor Linda Barwick, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

The Fellowship of the Academy comprises more than 500 distinguished individuals elected by their peers in recognition of the excellence and impact of their scholarship in fields including archaeology, art, Asian and European studies, classical and modern literature, cultural and communication studies, languages and linguistics, philosophy, musicology, history and religion.

The Academy embraces new and emerging fields in the humanities. It also promotes the crucial role of the humanities in interdisciplinary collaboration, for the key challenges and opportunities facing Australia in the twenty-first century are not merely technical or economic in nature, but are deeply embedded in our society and culture.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities is one of the four Learned Academies in Australia.

More details on the Fellowship can be found here: http://www.humanities.org.au/Fellowship/NewFellows.aspx

 

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London Symphony Orchestra visits the Sydney Con http://music.sydney.edu.au/london-symphony-orchestra/ http://music.sydney.edu.au/london-symphony-orchestra/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:17:49 +0000 http://music.sydney.edu.au/?p=3890 The Sydney Opera House in association with the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music have chosen to take the exciting visit from the London Symphony Orchestra and use these talented professional musicians to drive an educational program involving students form … Continue reading

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Sydney Opera House and Sydney Conservatorium of Music are hosting the London Symphony Orchestra in an educational project on 27 November 2014.

The Sydney Opera House in association with the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music have chosen to take the exciting visit from the London Symphony Orchestra and use these talented professional musicians to drive an educational program involving students form regional Conservatoriums all over New South Wales. This program is split into two sections, MAKE and PLAY, which will culminate in a by-invitation performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music  on Thursday 27 November.

MAKE
The Make project is an opportunity for 30 instrumental participants to explore their creativity through a series of workshops. The process will be led by the participants, supported by animateur Paul Rissmann with 3 LSO musicians and 3 Sydney Conservatorium of Music tertiary students.

Exploring story and musical elements from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, the young people will devise un-notated music to express the story of Petrouchka, which will be narrated by Paul Rissmann. All musical material will be based on input from the young people (not the adults or buddies).

In the final performance the participants will be joined on stage by members of the LSO, who will play fragments of the Stravinsky score to frame the devised episodes.

The buddies are people who have a real interest in finding out about this kind of work with young musicians. As this is a performance project we would like them to participate as instrumentalists too. We hope they will learn through observation, and also help facilitate the process described.

PLAY:
Play is a program that runs for four days where up to 90 regional Conservatorium students participate in an orchestral workshop where they will prepare 3 pieces for a performance this Thursday afternoon. These three works are abridged versions of:

Prokofiev – Suite from Lieutenant of Kije
Elgar – The Enigma Variations
Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

The four day workshop conducted by Alexander Briger complete with sectionals and full rehearsals with various LSO players and 5 Sydney Conservatorium of Music tertiary students, will allow the Regional students to perform in a large orchestra of a high standard, opportunities that may not necessarily be available to them in their home town.

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