The program notes from ACO’s 2011 concert season contain program notes on interesting 20th century works (by Alex Ross).
http://www.aco.com.au/whats_on/event_detail/brahms4 – short video clips on website
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No.4
Richard Tognetti Director and Violin
Steven Isserlis Cello
The Gold Coast Arts Centre is launching ACOVirtual – a 3D experience of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for all ages!
Watch the “making of” ACOVirtual HERE
Cultural infusion together with Reservoir Views Primary School will work in partnership on a one year arts project that explores and celebrates the cultural diversity of the school community thanks to Arts Victoria.
A series of artists and artistic personnel from Cultural Infusion will work collaboratively throughout the year with students, teachers and parents at Reservoir Views Primary School in various art-forms (including physical theatre, dancing, song writing/singing, visual art, puppetry and multimedia) with the end result being a performing arts production that will feature at the school’s end of Term 3 Concert.
Components of the production will also feature alongside the work of professional artists at the 2012 Australia Day Concert that is viewed by an audience of over 10,000 people. We will keep you posted as this exciting project progresses.
HERE is the Australian Art Orchestra’s free listening room where you can listening to recordings of their work. Many are fused with indigenous or multi-cultural music.
Moorambilla Voices and the Moorambilla Festival has won the inaugural NSW State award for excellence for an organisation at the 2011 APRA/AMCOS Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards at a Gala Event held in Sydney.
The event held at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay on Tuesday May 3rd honoured winners across nine national categories and seven State awards, spanning performance, composition, outstanding contributions to Australian music by individuals and organisations, music education and regional music. Julian Morrow of ABC TV’s The Chaser hosted the Awards.
In New South Wales, the State Award honoured Excellence by an Organisation – “Over the past five years Moorambilla Voices and the associated festival event held in Coonamble, has given hundreds of children from regional and remote New South Wales the opportunity to take part in the festival and participate in music workshops in their local areas.”
This is truly an extraordinary achievement for such a small arts organization deeply committed to equity and musical excellence whilst serving the most remote communities in NSW.
For more information on the choirs of Moorambilla Voices and the Festival itself visit www.moorambilla.com
The Australian Youth Band is entering an exciting new phase, with the establishment of a junior ensemble for young musicians aged 12 -15. Players of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments who have a minimum musical standard of AMEB Grade 2 are encouraged to audition.
Junior Band (JAYB) musicians will have the opportunity to progress through to the Senior Band with the added attraction of international concert tours.
To book an audition time, please contact the band’s Musical Director on 0402-912-772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brass Bedlam: A mad-cap, educational romp through history using brass instruments, song and verse.
Book now for 2012.
Due to heavy rain, ACT’s Corinband Music and Arts festival has been postponed (from March 2-4, 2012).
Go to resource: Cultural Infusion co-ordinates authentic multi-cultural performances, workshops and residencies in Australian schools.
|Aboriginal Culture for a Day is Touring in your State!|
|Introduce and immerse your students to one of the oldest living cultures in the world, with Cultural Infusion’s returning Indigenous artists, Alan Harris and his family, also known as Western Creation.
As members of the Noongar tribe and the Bibbulmann clan, Western Creation are one of the most inspiring Indigenous groups currently performing. Western Creation promotes reconciliation and understanding between all people in Australia.
Using many aspects of Aboriginal culture, including dance, music, song, art and history, Western Creation bring Australia’s Indigenous people into the hearts and minds of their audiences.
|ABORIGINAL FOR A DAY
Program fee: $10 + gst per student, minimum
150 students Duration: 9.00am – 3.00pm approx.
Suits Primary schools – other Aboriginal concerts available for Secondary schools.
This free website from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers and interactive tour of the orchestra, using Stuart Greenbaum’s score “90 minutes”.
Explore the orchestra, the conductor, the score and the composer – a lesson or two worth of content – let your students explore and arrange the score.
WARNING: Won’t work on Mac computers
A UK education program which trains primary school students to lead singing games in the playground – with cross-curricular results!
Footscray Gypsies World Music Community Orchestra
This is a world music community orchestra based in Footscray in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Our repertoire focuses on klezmer, gypsy and balkan music. In true gypsy style, our sound will be influenced by whatever wonderful array of musicians turn up. Whatever your instrument is, we’ll find a place for it.
Our first performance is booked for the 3rd July as part of the Newport Folk Festival. Many more opportunities for gigs are in the pipeline.
The Footscray Gypsies meets on alternate Tuesday evenings, 6.30 to 9.00pm @ the Bigwest Festival rehearsal room, above the iconic Dancing Dog Café Level 1, 42 Albert Street in Footscray (close to the train station).
Fees: $15 casual ($40 for 4 weeks/2 months).
Concession: $10 casual ($30 for 4 weeks/2months).
All ages groups welcome (our group spans from primary to mature adults!)
Bring a music stand, pencil and folder. Sheet music provided.
Australian Chamber Orchestra school program – free teaching notes, worksheets and activities
Attention Singing Teachers, Choir Conductors and all Choral Enthusiasts,
Arts Centre Melbourne invites you to experience a new way to participate in Choral Singing with our iPad Choir.
Step 1 Register Your Interest
Step 2 We deliver the music to your iPad
Step 3 Practice at home with sheet music that plays back (or don’t practice if it’ll make the event more fun!)
Step 4 Come to the one off event and sing your heart out!
We hope to have a wide cross-section of Melbourne’s Choral Community represented, and it’s a great opportunity to sing in the Riverside Mezzanine performance area of the redeveloped Hamer Hall.
Venue: Riverside Mezzanine in Hamer Hall
Dates: Thursday 14 March
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: free – but you must register to participate
To register call 9281 8748 or email email@example.com
You can visit the event page here.
Please note, this event is for adults and not school children, unless they have particular skill in this area.
I look forward to hearing from you,
|Arts Centre Melbourne|
|T||+61 3 9281 8748|
|F||+61 3 9281 8618|
Manhattan School of Music has instituted a groundbreaking distance learning program — the first of its kind at a major conservatory — devoted to exploring the use of state-of-the-art videoconference technology for music education and performance.
Use the internet to take 50 minute classes with your students, or to undertake professional learning for yourself / your community.
Go to resource: Goran Bregovic – Tales & Songs for Weddings & Funerals education kit is provided through the Melbourne International Arts Festival site, and was performed at the festival in 2008. Read more…
THIS YouTube channel of Australian Art Orchestra shows interplay between Indigenous Australian singers and musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra. Play video/s to students and ask them to compare the treatment of melody/pitch and duration/rhythm. Which aspects are similar, different and interesting? When both groups play together, which aspects of music create unity? How is the fusion of the two groups achieved?
KLEZMER WORKSHOP for all instruments March 26th ( for you and your students )
A 100% participatory workshop with the London Klezmer Quartet and Melbourne’s own Ernie Gruner where you can learn klezmer tunes and dances and more about the interaction between the two.
You’ll have the chance to learn the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe, focusing on melody, rhythm and ‘groove’, and the dance steps.
The workshop caters for instrumentalists and dancers – and for people who would like to do both! All instruments and ages welcome.
People with an interest in folk dancing but who don’t play an instrument are very welcome.
Musicians should be comfortable playing their instruments and be able to find notes with ease.
Date: Tuesday 26th March
Time: 7pm – 9.45pm
Cost $35 / $25 (conc.) for musicians and $25 / $22 (conc.) for dancers
Venue: Harry Atkinson Harry Art and Craft Centre, Coburg Lake Reserve, Lake Grove, off Gaffney Street, Coburg North, VIC 3058
Booking Essential: Advance booking online at www.trybooking.com/CJDJ If unable to book online please contact Angela Nauck (contact details below)
Tram Three minute walk from tram 19, Sydney Road.
Bus Five minute walk from bus route 525 and 526 on Murray Road.
Train Ten minute walk to Batman train station, Upfield line.
Parking Car park, shared with Lake Reserve, for 50 cars. Car park will be locked at 10pm
VCE Music teachers – do you have a request for a live performance of Australian works?
Fed Square and Patma Music (http://www.patmamusic.org.au/patma.html) will present a new education series in 2012, with a focus on Australian music.
Please e-mail me directly if you would like to hear any particular compositions in live performance (pre-1910 and/or twentieth-century Australian music).
Concerts will be held in May and September 2012, and will be supported with teacher resources. Feel free to send me any comments or suggestions for programming to suit your students’ needs.
Regards, Cindy Thomas
Cindy Thomas | Fed Square Pty Ltd
Program Manager – Education
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers a spectrum of concerts for school students, designed to inspire active participation in music. All the information is now available on the MSO’s website, along with downloadable booking forms and the 2012 concert diary; schools will also receive a MSO Education and Community Outreach brochure at the start of Term 1, 2012. If you have further questions please contact 03 9626 1198, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series features opera performances transmitted live from the Met stage to movie theatres around the world – and to students, teachers, and administrators across USA.
Free worksheets on opera and ballet can also be found on the Met’s website:
many more free teaching resources here: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/about/education/educatorguides/content.aspx?customid=24652
The National Folk Festival (Australia) is developing educational resources. These include a free CD of 2009 festival highlights & IWB resources about the fiddle.
Why Should the Kids Have All the Fun!
Ooolation! Tasmania Singing Adventure June 30 – July 10 2011
Young Voices of Melbourne, in association with Festival of Voices and Ooolitic Music is running a singing camp for singers aged 18 – 28 (with flexibility) with three outstanding US leaders – Malcolm Dalglish, Moira Smiley, Joshua Kartes and Jeff Fellinger, along with Sydney percussionist Peter Jacob, Amelia Alder and Mark O’Leary.
We will rehearse for 5 days on the beautiful and remote Maria Island, before heading to Hobart’s wonderful Festival of Voices where the Ooolation! Singers will play a key role. We are looking for singers with experience who love music, performing, the outdoors and have a sense of adventure! Malcolm Dalglish has been runnning these camps in the USA for years, but this will be the first time Ooolaion has come to Australia.
More information is available at:
If you are looking for some musical enrichment in the July school holidays this might be for you. Please pass this information on to any senior or past students who might be interested.
Inspiring Performance Skills workshops for Secondary Students
with Living Music Now
Taking advantage of industry experienced musicians with a professional performance background is now becoming increasingly more important with the renewed focus on performance at VCE level. After refining her approach for the tertiary sector Melanie Atma, performer, musician and composer is now in her second year of delivering her unique and inspiring performance workshops specifically for secondary age students.
LMN workshops provide students with confidence building tools that combat nerves, teach the power of mental preparation and the skill of asking for and offering feedback.
· Complimenting the work of instrumental music teachers
· Students perform their own work in an open and supportive environment
· Great for group or solo contexts developing students prior to recitals and performance exams
· Greater on-going enjoyment for both performers and their audience.
· 90- minute workshops presented at your school
Through the use of (More than just a master class) innovative techniques and tools LMN workshops shift the focus away from competition and comparison, encouraging students to reflect upon their own personal goals, acknowledging their own unique gifts & strengths.
2nd Peninsula Winter Music School
A three day music program run by the Peninsula Youth Music Society. School aged and tertiary students will have the opportunity perform as part of an orchestra or be involved in music theatre or participate in the Big Band. Highly experienced musicians have been engaged to work with participants of the Winter Music School. The Ingrid Martin Orchestra for string, woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists will rehearse as a full ensemble and also be involved in wind, string and brass tutorials.
Tutors Dr Ingrid Martin and Michael Dahlenburg. The Royal Music Theatre group is for singers, dancers and actors. Tutors Monica Royal and Harlene Hercules. The members of this group will learn works from musicals and receive vocal and dance tutorials. The Eric Budd Big Band is for students with some performance experience on either woodwind, brass, drum kit, guitar or keyboard. The band will perform works from the swing jazz era. Tutor Eric Budd
The Winter Music School will run from 4th to 6th July at Mt Erin Secondary College. For details and brochure ph.9782 2450 or 5975 8841 Or visit www.pyms.org.au to download a form.
Cadence Choir is a new community choir for adults rehearsing on Saturday mornings with Steph Payne www.stephpayne.com.au in Port Melbourne. If you are interested, you will find more details at: http://www.cadencechoir.com.au/Home.html
For enquiries phone Rosemary on 0407 332 725 or email email@example.com
Joining a choir is a great means of Personal & Professional Development!!
Sistema Australia – A school music education system based on a Venezuelan model. Currently being trialled in Laverton (VIC), the model involves instrumental learning and high-quality performances at school.
Richard Tognetti and members of the ACO played for students at Matraville Soldiers Settlement Public School (thanks to the support of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation). The article’s content includes advocacy for music education in schools.
The Southern Sounds Chorus are looking for new members. Southern Sounds Chorus is an acappella 4-part harmony choir. You can attend a free workshop and enjoy a Five Week Free Introductory Membership to try it out and see if you like it! Details are as follows:
Bookings for the 2012 Education Program are now open at Victorian Opera. This includes a special Cinderella theatre experience for primary pupils in a series of one hour presentations of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
We will once again offer a Professional Development program for teachers and singers as well as further opportunities to host a workshop in your school with our Outreach to Schools program.
Upper Secondary school groups attending our mainstage productions will have an additional experience preceding a performance with the opportunity to meet with an artist from the production in our new Seminar series.
World’s Biggest Band is a chance to make history playing live with Artistic Director and internationally renowned musician James Morrison in Brisbane on Saturday 13 July, 2013 as part of the Queensland Music Festival.
Concert bands, big bands, brass bands, primary and secondary school bands and individual musicians from across Australia are invited to participate.
Participants will download and learn a piece of iconic Australian music arranged by James Morrison specifically for this event.
For more information or to register your expression of interest visit www.qmf.org.au