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The art and science of teaching music online: Dr Carol Johnson at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Lockdown has accelerated the shift towards online music teaching, making Dr Carol Johnson’s expertise in the field, earned over nearly 20 years, more sought-after than ever.
Bells Make Me Sing: re-recording a Brian Brown classic to celebrate 40 years of Jazz and Improvisation
In April this year, 13 students and staff from the Jazz and Improvisation course at the University of Melbourne came together to perform a new version of a very special track. Composed by the late Brian Brown, who initiated Jazz and Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1981, Bells Make Me Sing (1979) was revisited and reimagined to celebrate 40 years of the course.
Meet Nicholas Williams, Associate Director of Performance – Ensemble Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium
Dr Nicholas Enrico Williams is an Associate Professor of Music, Music Director and Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Concert Band at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. His teaching credits include being Assistant Director of Wind Studies, Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and the Director of Athletic Bands at the University of North Texas. He also spent a decade as the Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony. Williams is an advocate for chamber music, a prolific conductor and arranger, and a sought-after recording session producer. Here, we talk to him about what makes a great performance.
Meet Monica Lim, Master of Music (Research) in Interactive Composition student
Monica Lim’s practice investigates the composition of sound through movement. Her electromagnetic piano, created in collaboration with composer and lecturer David Shea from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and electronic engineer and computer scientist Mirza Ceyzar, was recently announced the third-place winner of the prestigious Guthman Musical Instrument Competition in The New York Times. Here, Lim discusses her ongoing research within the Master of Music (Research) in Interactive Composition.
Bridging ethnic divides at the Mitrovica Rock School: an interview with Dr Gillian Howell
Dr Gillian Howell's research investigates the contributions of music and participatory arts to post-war peace, reconciliation, cultural development and community cohesion. Here, she discusses her ongoing research with the Mitrovica Rock School in Kosovo.
Hiraeth: a new solo guitar work to celebrate 100 years since Manuel de Falla's Homenaje a Debussy
A century to the day since Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's iconic Homenaje a Debussy enjoyed its first major performance, Ken Murray performs a new companion piece composed by guitarist Stephen Goss.
Conservatorium trombone student wins prestigious Margaret Sutherland Bursary Competition
Melbourne Conservatorium Bachelor of Music student Jessica Gillham has won the Margaret Sutherland Bursary competition 2020.
Gondwana Choirs founder Lyn Williams named 2021 Heinze Award recipient
The creator and driving force behind the Gondwana Voices, Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Indigenous Choir has been recognised for transforming the country’s choral landscape, harnessing in the last 30 years the musical power of young voices, in particular Indigenous voices.
Resilience and connection through music – in person and online
COVID-19 and its attendant lockdown restrictions occurred while Professor Jane Davidson's team was already developing a range of face-to-face elements for its intercultural music research project – so what did the move online teach the team about building connections?
Professor Barry Conyngham – reflections of the outgoing Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
When Barry Conyngham finishes up as Dean at the end of 2020, he will leave behind a faculty transformed in everything from its name to its trajectory. Here, in an edited interview with Paul Dalgarno, he discusses what was, what is, and what will be at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Lecturer Sunny Kim presents the 2020 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address
Lecturer in Jazz & Improvisation at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Sunny Kim was invited to deliver the prestigious Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address earlier this month, the only annual address of its kind in the Australian music community.
Nigel Westlake wins University of Melbourne Albert H Maggs Award for Composition
The University of Melbourne last week decided the 2020 winner of the Albert H Maggs Composition Award as Nigel Westlake for his piece, Sacred Sky.
Words Seemed Unnecessary: the VCA's David Sequeira and Isolation Improvisation Collective make artful music
Patrick Telfer, founder of the Isolation Improvisation Collective, and visual artist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne David Sequeira release a new collaborative work, Words Seemed Unnecessary (In The Space Between Us).
Frisson, a new short film from Alex Wu, will give you goosebumps
Does listening to your favourite song give you goosebumps? Musical chills, or "frisson", are explored by VCA Film and Television alum Alex Wu in a new film entitled Frisson. Commissioned for the Multivocal exhibition at Old Quad, University of Melbourne (co-presented by Old Quad and Grainger Museum) this 3-channel video piece will open alongside almost 100 significant objects and artworks from the history of music on campus. Multivocal will open in 2021 at Old Quad (Parkville Campus). Hear from Alex on the process of creating this film in the below interview.
New Dean appointed at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
The University of Melbourne has appointed Professor Marie Sierra as the new Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, home of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, commencing in January 2021.
Guitar Perspectives 2020 – some student works to savour, right here
The Guitar Perspectives Online Celebration 2020, held late last month, featured 42 videos showcasing the breadth and diversity of the Melbourne Conservatorium's renowned Guitar program.
Dr Richard Letts receives the 2020 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award
Australian musician, author and advocate Dr Richard Letts AM has been awarded the 2020 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.
From Southbank to West Side Story: The Maverick Brass Quintet perform Bernstein
The Maverick Brass Quintet is a group of musicians based all around the world that meets seasonally to take on creative projects such as summer festivals and international competitions. The ensemble, formed at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Brass department, has continued to create, despite their members being spread across three different continents. Here, they present a suite from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, arranged by Jake Gale.
Guitar Perspectives 2020: music made in isolation by Melbourne Conservatorium staff, students and special guests
Yes, we would have preferred to be celebrating together in person but the Guitar Perspectives 2020 Online Celebration still provides as much excitement, passion and inspiration as any guitar lover could want.
Meet Jordine Cornish, Master of Creative Arts Therapy student at the University of Melbourne
Jordine Cornish has lived, worked and danced across Israel and Europe. Now her feet have landed back in Melbourne, where she is strengthening her creative career with a Master of Creative Arts Therapies (Dance Movement Therapy).