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harrietville Music Camp

Harrietville Adult Music Camp

Begins at 5.30pm on Friday, 11 January 2019, and concludes after breakfast on Sunday, 20 January.

The program is intensive, with instrumental and vocal tutorials as well as regular ensemble rehearsals such as orchestra, string orchestra, wind symphony, big band, wind chorale, massed choir and percussive world music.

Performances include an informal student-run happy hour with music and refreshments each evening in the midst of the glorious Mountain View gardens.

Then there is the tutorial group concert, the Big Band concert at the local pub and, to top it all off, there’s the Harrietville Music Camp Showcase Concert featuring the tremendous symphony orchestra, which is held in nearby Bright on the final Saturday.

Flyblown at MAMA

Students from Hume Public School have taken centre stage at Murray Art Museum Albury to perform six songs or soundscapes they wrote after seeing Michael Riley’s “Flyblown” exhibition.

“Flyblown”, currently at MAMA, is an exhibition of Australian landscape photographs taken by the late aboriginal artist Michael Riley.

Ethan and Sarah

Students to play in Melbourne

Congratulations to the Murray Con students who have successfully auditioned and been accepted into the prestigious Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble

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Nathan Vaccaro

Music in the Community

Staff member Nathan Vaccaro represented the Murray Con at “Toys of Our Time” for Senior’s Week, arranged by Albury City.

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TMO Concert

Stephen O’Connell (saxophone) and Graham Sattler (vocals) recently performed Stephen’s music in Sydney with The Metropolitan Orchestra. Watch them in action here:

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2018 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to these students for exceptional musicianship and fine performance skills.

Full Scholarships

  • Ruth Whyte Bequest Scholarship
    Sarah McDaramid - Flute. Teacher: Jenny O’Hara
  • Ross Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Lylah Ellao - Guitar. Teacher: Tim Adkins

Part Scholarships

  • Graham Stocks Memorial Scholarship
    James Strachan - Piano. Teacher: Roman Turewicz
  • Albury City Scholarship
    Grace Trebley - Saxophone. Teacher: Stephen O’Connell
  • City of Wodonga Scholarship
    William Stewart - Cornet. Teacher: Gregory Lewis
  • City of Wodonga Scholarship
    Rebekah Beall - Voice.
  • Rotary Club of Albury North Scholarship
    Ethan Trevaskis - Piano. Teacher: Gregory Lewis
  • Other winners:
    Zahra Bourne - Cello. Teacher: Ian Whitaker
    Stephanie Johnston - Piano. Teacher: Robyn Krowicky
    Alesha Mackinnon - Voice.

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Anita Collins

Staff were privileged to hear Anita speak recently on the benefits of music education. Her work in proving a positive link between music lessons before age seven and enhanced brain development is important for all parents.

Anita’s continuing studies are showing clear links between playing music and brain health at any age.

 Visit Anita’s web site

 Visit Anita’s Facebook page

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Kawai GX-6

New Pianos

The Murray Con. has three new grand pianos.

Two Kawai GX-6 pianos and a GX-7 enable students to play professional level instruments during lessons, not just at exam time.

The GX-7 has been placed in the Hume room. The other two are upstairs in the Concert Room and Studio 3.

Four upright pianos have been replaced with Kawai CA 97 digital pianos, providing us with a new generation of digitised sounds combined with touch-sensitive wooden keys.

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Stephen O'Connell

Taking Australian arts to China

Update  View part of the concert

On Friday April 14, 2017, Stephen O’Connell, Graham Sattler (Executive Director, Mitchell Con.) and Jenny O’Hara — collectively known as SOQ — will collaborate with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, presenting the world premiere performances of four new Australian orchestral art songs written by Stephen and Graham.

The performance by the Sichuan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and SOQ soloists Graham Sattler and Stephen O’Connell, will be conducted by the eminent Maestro ZHENG Xiaoying.

The compositions that provided the content for the April 2017 performance all orientate around, and are inspired by, the imagery and ancient cultural values of Australia and the relationships they inspire.

SOQ is equally engaged by the parallel of ancient Chinese cultures, their values, and contemporary resonance across both Australian and Chinese regions.

On Thursday 13 April, SOQ will also deliver a jazz performance with Chengdu musicians that will also feature stunning visual art and films created by Jenny O’Hara.

And finally, Stephen, Graham and Jenny will be delivering masterclasses and lectures at Sichuan Conservatory, which is reputed to be the largest music school in the world.

SOQ members have also been invited to attend a reception in their honour at the Australian Consulate in Chengdu. All are very proud to represent the Murray and Mitchell Conservatoriums as they take Australian music and visual art to China!

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2017 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to these students for outstanding musicianship and exceptional performance skills.

Full Scholarships

  • Ruth Whyte Bequest Scholarship
    William Stewart - Cornet. Teacher: Gregory Lewis
  • Ross Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Milla Nichol - Harp. Teacher: Emily Rosner

Part Scholarships

  • Graham Stocks Memorial Scholarship
    Ethan Trevaskis - Piano. Teacher: Gregory Lewis
  • Albury City Scholarship
    Mattea Little - Violin. Teacher: Damien Jones
  • Rotary Club of Albury North Scholarship
    Sarah McDiarmid - Flute. Teacher: Jenny O’Hara
  • Other winners:
    Aylish Jorgensen - cello. Teacher: Ian Whitaker
    Ethan Porter - cello. Teacher: Ian Whitaker
    Micaela Schmidt - voice. Teacher: Robyn Krowicky
    Jacob McCrohan - voice. Teacher: David Carolane
    Ailish Moran

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Stephen O'Connell

Stephen O'Connell - OAM

Stephen has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts. It is very well deserved!

Stephen now joins David Carolane with that honour. David also contributed so significantly to music that he was previously awarded an OAM.

In addition to his work in Albury and Goulburn, Stephen was integral in forming the Association of Regional NSW Conservatoriums (ANSWRC) which delivers music education to approx 30,000 students statewide each year. Without this Association and his tireless advocacy for funding many of us wouldn’t have the jobs we have, so I would like to say thank you and congratulations! — Jenny O’Hara

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