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Hannah Shin wins top prize at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music graduates, Hannah Shin (Bachelor of Music 2021) and Tian Tian Lan (Diploma of Music Studies 2020) were awarded first and second place at the prestigious Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.
Compose Queer: Bringing queer stories into the mainstream of classical music
Compose Queer is an initiative that empowers young queer composers and was conceived by vocal consort the Divisi Chamber Singers, a talented group of musicians who met and formed at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Leanne McGowan wins Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship
Leanne McGowan has been awarded the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship, Australia’s richest prize for young violinists.
Violinists compete for Dorcas McClean Scholarship, richest prize for violinists in Australia
Regarded as Australia's most important prize for violinists aged 25 years and younger, the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship competition is now underway for 2022.
Students band together to bring the Skyrim theme to life
Led by their Chief Conductor, Richard Davis, students from the University of Melbourne’s Symphony Orchestra have banded together to record and film the theme tune of Skyrim, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the iconic video game.
Two Faculty violinists among Dorcas McClean award semi-finalists
Seven semi-finalists and four jurors have been announced for the prestigious triennial Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship for young violinists.
Ablaze: Tiriki Onus resurfaces vital Indigenous history through a film about his grandfather
Academic, advocate, singer and now filmmaker, Tiriki Onus discusses the film made by his grandfather William "Bill" Onus and the new documentary it inspired.
Is our thinking about emotions wrong? Dr Frederic Kiernan, University of Melbourne
Thinking about "doing" emotions, rather than just "feeling" them, offers a new perspective on the mechanisms of social change.
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.