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Meet Samantha Hargreaves, Master of Music (Opera Performance) student
Samantha Hargreaves entered the Master of Music (Opera Performance) with her singing voice quavering, but now has many production credits to her name. Meet Samantha and learn about how she overcame her jitters and embraced her inner diva.
The William Tell Overture – performed by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and VCA dancers, at home
Apples were the order of the day for University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and a select number of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) students. After the great success of the University of Melbourne Conservatorium student rendition of Bolero, recorded remotely with 104 talented orchestral musicians, Associate Professor in Music and Head of Orchestral Studies Richard Davis decided to raise the bar with a new, ambitious recording-in-isolation project, the William Tell Overture.
Welcome to Interactive Composition Open House
The Melbourne Conservatorium's Interactive Composition students are well positioned to innovate in times of trouble. Indeed, in their recent Open House streaming concert, students made it very clear that creativity was still in full flight.
Finding voice – Katy Abbott on composing Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender
Celebrated Melbourne Conservatorium composer Katy Abbott discusses her latest work, incorporating letters sent by members of the Australian public to detained asylum seekers on Nauru.
Ronald Farren-Price, a legend of Australian music, turns 90
Friends, family and colleagues of distinguished Australian concert pianist and music educator Ronald Farren-Price AM gathered for a small online ceremony today to mark his 90th birthday.
Mongrel 2020: music theatre, cabaret, and live performance to watch online
What happens when Music Theatre students and Interactive Composition students from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music bring together their creative talents in the lockdown era?
Meet Danna Yun, Composition alum at the University of Melbourne
Multi-instrumentalist Danna Yun talks composition, collaboration, video-game music and life goals.
Meet Jade Nye, Jazz and Improvisation student at the University of Melbourne
Jade Nye auditioned at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for voice studies, so she certainly wasn't expecting to graduate on the saxophone. And yet ..
How to play a simple blues guitar solo
In the latest in our How To series – shot from home while the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music operates virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions – Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray shows us how to play a simple blues solo that's guaranteed to impress friends and family.
104 Concert Halls: Ravel's Boléro (from home) by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Most arts and music disciplines rely on collaboration, but maybe none more so than orchestral performance. By its nature, an orchestra is a collective – the trick, more than performing as an individual, more even than being an attentive member of the constituent string, wind, percussion, or brass families, is to elevate the whole to much more than a sum of its parts.
Fine Arts and Music – a callout to our community
With doors closed across Melbourne's Arts Precinct, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music is looking for ways to support its community of artists and musicians.
Meet Dr Brad Merrick, Senior Lecturer in Music (Performance Teaching) at the Melbourne Conservatorium
Dr Brad Merrick is a passionate educator and performer who has been involved in music and performance teaching for many years. What does his life look like since he joined the University of Melbourne in 2019?
Four new faces at the Melbourne Conservatorium in 2020
2020 promises to be an exciting year at the Melbourne Conservatorium, with milestone anniversaries, an incredible array of public performances, and teaching, research and music-making at the new Ian Potter Southbank Centre. We introduce you to four of the new staff bringing their vision and talents to the Conservatorium in the new year.
Dr Kim Dunphy, Dance Movement Therapist: ‘It’s our moral obligation to make a contribution’
Digital archives of sung poems might seem a long way away from dance movement therapy, but for Dunphy it’s all part of a broader engagement with art, culture and community-building.
A chance for teachers to upskill and make music accessible to students with disabilities
A new course at the University of Melbourne will help equip music teachers with the skills to work with students with special needs and ensure they have equal access to a quality music education.
Conversations on Country: experiencing Indigenous cultural and creative practices with the Wilin Centre
Each year, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development takes University of Melbourne students out on Country. Mireille Stahle joined the team in Yorta Yorta Country for a deep dive into Indigenous cultures and artistic practices.
Operation opera: the secret of success at the Melbourne Conservatorium’s Voice department
What do Georgia Wilkinson, winner of the 2019 Herald Sun Aria competition, and Chloe Harris, who won this year’s prestigious Richard Divall Prize, have in common? Well, apart from being incredible singers, both women are alumnae of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Homeside: music therapy for people living with dementia goes global
Homeside is training family carers worldwide to use music interventions to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
The need for truthing in language rematriation
In this edited extract of her recent 2019 Lin Onus Oration at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Lou Bennet makes a compelling case for the importance of Indigenous research methods and practice-led research to the task of “rematriating” Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Dr Katy Abbott wins for Hidden Thoughts at the 2019 Paul Lowin Prizes
Dr Katy Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Music (Composition) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, has been announced as one of the winners of the 2019 Paul Lowin Prizes in a ceremony at the Melbourne Recital Centre.