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Melbourne Saxophone Ensemble

I’ll be joining forces with some of Melbourne’s finest saxophonists in the debut performance of the Melbourne Saxophone Ensemble at the 100SAX festival. Featuring over 100 saxophonists from across Victoria, the festival aims to bring together passionate saxophonists with masterclasses and performances from jazz and classical experts including Lachlan Davidson (my former teacher), Carlo Barbaro and Katia Beugeais.

I’ll be honing my classical tenor chops with some exciting works including:
– First Light at Uluru, Katia Beaugeais
– Three Images, Mvt. 1 and 2, Joel Love (Australian Premier) 
– Sax Heroes, Philippe Geiss (Australian Premier)

Come along to the concert and experience this incredible event in person!

Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne (Parkville)
Sunday 16th July, 6:30pm
Tickets $30 available from trybooking

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Surf Coast Trail Marathon

Running with music has shown to help people enjoy their exercise, having an effect on heart rate, pace, pain levels and even speed up recovery time. I’ll be providing some live entertainment for the runners in the Surf Coast Trail Marathon on Saturday 24th June from 11:45 at Urquhart bluff. It’s an amazing event that has some of the best scenery Victoria can offer. 

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Australian Discovery Orchestra

After a lot of practice, repertoire research, listening and a few afternoons with the lads at Legato, I am happy to say I was successful in my audition for the Australian Discovery Orchestra as their alto, tenor and baritone saxophonist. 

The 2016/2017 season concludes with a performance for the Independent Schools Victoria Arts Learning Festival. The work I will be performing is the Australian premiere of Susan Kander’s Miranda’s Waltz, a symphonic adventure for narrator and orchestra that references iconic American sounds of the 20th Century including Charles Ives, Duke Ellington, Looney Tunes and John Adams. 

Kander notes that Miranda’s Waltz was not “an introduction to the instruments or even the families of the orchestra. I chose, rather, to explore the orchestra as a whole in all its flexibility and color.” 

Prior to the concert on May 7, a world-first, interactive 3D environment will allow children, parents and all concert attendees to explore the Miranda’s storyworld, as well as being able to go inside the amazing Imaginarium of the symphony’s title.  Inside these worlds, there will be amazing creatures, quests to follow, puzzles to solve, and chances to win free-tickets to the online streamed concert for those unable to make it to the concert itself.

Sunday 7 May, 3.00 pm
Kevin Purcell – Conductor
Scotch College, James Forbes Academy, Ian Roach Hall, Morrison St, Hawthorn
Adults $20, Children $10 available from the Arts Learning Festival website

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VCE Conference 2017

I’m looking forward to refining my teaching skills with the aMuse VCE Music conference which will focus on the new syllabus for Music Performance, Investigation and Music Style and Composition. It’s always a fantastic weekend of professional development and reconnecting with the outstanding educators we have in Victoria.

I’ll be presenting a session titled ‘The Instrumental Teacher’s Guide to Music Performance’ and unpacking my top strategies for teachers of VCE students.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February
Trinity Grammar, Kew

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Music Education Lecture

This week I’ll be heading back to my alma mater to present a lecture on effective instrumental teaching and planning for learning for the Graduate School of Education.

The first session with explore approaches for learning in instrumental music with a demonstration lesson with undergraduate saxophone student, Joel Cassidy. It’s a golden opportunity to observe another teaching style and ask questions about how we teach and reflect on your own teaching practise.

The second session looks at curriculum design and assessment in instrumental music. It is a chance to learn about some powerful resources in music education and start thinking about the journey you want to take your students on.

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