Communications & Media

College welcomes award winning composer for fellowship

One of Australia’s most acclaimed and innovative composers is this year’s College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) Creative Fellow.

Award winning composer Mary Finsterer will visit Tasmania during September, spending time with the University’s Conservatorium of Music (CON) students, holding masterclasses and one-on-one teaching tuition.

“I’ve been an adjunct professor with CALE since January this year, and the fellowship allows me to work directly with students from the CON,” Mary said.

Mary has represented Australia in five International Society for Contemporary Music festivals and has also received numerous prestigious awards including a Churchill Fellowship and the Australia Council for the Arts Composer Fellowship.

Her repertoire covers concert music and feature film with her latest opera, Biographica, having enjoyed phenomenal success with a sold-out season at the Sydney Festival 2017.

Her success has continued after being recently announced as a finalist (composer, Vocal/Choral Work of the Year category) in the 2018 Art Music Awards.

While her CALE fellowship will allow her to work one-on-one with students, it also provides an opportunity for Mary to further her research for her new opera, Antarctica.

The opera draws from literature and mythology, but will be influenced by the scientific research that has been undertaken in this most mysterious continent.

“I have been working closely with scientists from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), researching their findings and studies with the aim of incorporating this in my new opera,” she said.

“I’m especially excited by this collaboration, as scientists follow a process that combines analytical and creative thought that isn’t far removed from composing in that we are each guided by modes of investigation and interpretation.

“Having this connection with science will help to envision my opera in a dynamic and fascinating way.

It is my intention to create an interdisciplinary work that articulates and integrates science across all of the structural levels of the music composition.

“Collaborating with scientists from IMAS is intrinsic to this process.

Published on: 10 Aug 2018 10:35am