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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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Danny Spooner Tribute Concert

It was wonderful to be a part of a tribute concert to the Australian folk icon, Danny Spooner. A wonderful celebration of a life through music. The afternoon had stories, poetry, songs, guitar, blues, bagpipes and some classical saxophone.

Danny has such a way of understanding the story behind a song and sharing a love of music for all – the audience was encouraged to sing along with the choruses of the songs. A real affirmation of the power of music.

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Geelong Summer Music Camp 2017

It was a ‘forte’ start to the year with another successful camp for the musicians in the Geelong region and abroad. The progress made by the students in such a short time was incredible with major developments in both technical and musical ability. Plus, a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded musicians. Guidance was provided by some talented tutors as well as the conductors: Ingrid Martin, Sean Rankin, Kevin Cameron, Martin DeMarte, Tania Spence and Ari Farrar. The concert finale was an arrangement of Thriller by Kym Dillon, a perfect choice for Friday the 13th! A great job by all involved.

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