Opera performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music

Image on leftElder Conservatorium of Music graduate, Angus Mason, has been awarded the Helpmann Academy’s inaugural Mike Stewart Memorial Award, valued at $7500.

The Award provides an outstanding early career jazz musician with the opportunity to help establish themself as a professional musician. It will enable Angus to undertake a 10-week mentorship in New York, City, as well as record an album and embark on an Australian tour.

Elder Conservatorium of Music graduate, Angus Mason, has been awarded the Helpmann Academy’s inaugural Mike Stewart Memorial Award, valued at $7500.

The Award provides an outstanding early career jazz musician with the opportunity to help establish themself as a professional musician. It will enable Angus to undertake a 10-week mentorship in New York, City, as well as record an album and embark on an Australian tour.

Ross McHenry, JazzSA Inc Board Member, presented the award to Angus at Helpmann Academy’s 2016 Wrap Up Party held at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on Thursday 20 October.

Angus said that winning the award meant a lot to him professionally and personally – ‘winning this award means I’ll be able to achieve goals that wouldn’t have been possible without this financial backing’.

Ross McHenry said that the board of JazzSA was thrilled to present Angus with the award,

“Angus is one of the hardest working, dedicated, passionate and brilliant musicians the state of South Australia has ever produced. Everything that Angus has achieved, he has earned through dedication and perseverance.”

“We have absolute confidence that Angus will translate this opportunity into incredible future achievements. This is just the beginning for Angus, we are certain that he will reward us all with a lifetime of artful creativity and for this we feel extremely thankful.”

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Congratulations to our students who have received grants from the Helpmann Academy:

Music Josh Belperio – emerging composer and performer and Elder Conservatorium of Music graduate will develop and present his original cabaret show I Stuffed Up with the Adelaide Art Society in May 2017.

Elisabeth Beltrame – emerging jazz vocalist and final year student at the Elder Conservatorium of Music will attend an Estill Voice Training Workshop at Annesley College in October 2016.

Emily Bettison – emerging pop singer/songwriter and final year student at the Elder Conservatorium of Music will record, release, and market a six track EP, featuring two lead singles.

Aloysius Leeson – emerging classical guitarist and Elder Conservatorium of Music graduate will record, mix and master nine solo guitar works.

Angus Mason – emerging jazz drummer and Elder Conservatorium of Music graduate will travel to New York City to undertake a mentorship with master jazz drummer Jochen Rueckert.

Hong-An Cao Nguyen – emerging Oboist and final year student at the Elder Conservatorium of Music will participate in the 2017 Wellington International Oboe Summer School.

Iran Sanadzadeh – emerging sonic artist and Elder Conservatorium of Music graduate will participate in a movement, visual and audio installation and performance collaboration at the Godwin Ternback Museum in New York.

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Latin Jazz Ensemble Riverland tour

The Adelaide University Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mark Ferguson, Lecturer in Jazz Piano, went on a mini-tour to the Riverland in the mid-semester break. The students held a workshop and a performance at Loxton High, a public gig at the Berri Hotel and a performance at Glossop High.

The ensemble (comprised of Jazz, Classical and Music Education students) were excellent ambassadors for the Music department. The audience responses were great; the crowd at the Berri Hotel (of a bit under 100 people) gave the ensemble a wonderful standing ovation. Brenden Baldock, music teacher at Glossop High sent the following message via email:

“Your ensemble had a massive impact on the students.  Thank you for the way you created a positive and encouraging atmosphere for our young musicians.  We all left really inspired!”

The Songs That Got Away

Former Elder Con Classical Voice student Johanna Allen, currently starring in The Sound of Music, wrote a wonderful musical/theatrical work based on the work and life of the songwriter Harold Arlen. Entitled The Songs That Got Away the show debuted at the 2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  Lecturer in Jazz Piano Mark Ferguson recently had the great honour of acting as Musical Director and pianist for the show for a short season at the Glen Street Theatre on the Sydney North Shore (he was also with the show for sold-out seasons at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Noosa Long Weekend in 2015).

A Night in Paris

Jazz staff members John Aué and Mark Ferguson and Phd candidate Julian Ferrarretto played in Melbourne during the mid-semester break with singer Lou Blackwell’s show A Night in Paris. The group sold out the Paris Cat Jazz Club and had an extremely lively gig at the Lomond Hotel to a very enthusiastic crowd.

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The Strings Open Day was held in September 2016. The was a fantastic opportunity for students in Year 11 and 12 to participate in masterclasses given by Conservatorium staff, and to take part in an open String Orchestra rehearsal, conducted by Luke Dollman.

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2016 has been a busy year for our classical performance students! A number of our ensembles have been out and about in the community, and our students have been busy with masterclasses and study trips.

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2-4pm Thursday 12 May 2016, Elder Hall James is currently the Musical Director and Music Producer for SBS -TV Rockwiz show, and has been a professional musician for 35 years. A founding member of Mondo Rock and Gangajang, he has performed and recorded with Men At Work, Tex Perkins, The Black Sorrows and an array […]

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Read the information for current students about the Elder Conservatorium’s Major Organisational Change process, and a summary of the impact of the Staffing Restructure of the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

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Third year Jazz Guitar student Nicholas Pennington has been awarded the ‘James Morrison Scholarship’ for 2015. Nick was one of six Jazz Soloist finalists chosen from all over the country to play before a panel of highly regarded judges and has won $10,000 in prize money and will also be asked to perform at next […]

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Current student and jazz vocalist Chelsea-Lee Smart was one of only 24 talented young musicians selected from thousands of applicants worldwide to participate in the 2015 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead – the international jazz residency, performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats-to-be. Participants were selected by a competitive audition […]

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Presented by Sounding Off and the Electronic Music Unit, University of Adelaide Sunday, November 16 The EMU Space, University of Adelaide Geoffrey Barnard, Jim Denley, Amanda Stewart, Cor Fuhler, Dale Gorfinkel, and Peter Farrar represent an unbroken line of experimentation in music from the Sydney scene. Barnard was working in the early 1970s with Teletopa, […]

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