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Conservatorium to Coast: University musical movement heads North

University musicians have taken the Conservatorium of Music to the North and North-West Coast during a voice and piano tour held over the weekend.

Staff engaged with locals in Launceston and Devonport to deliver musical masterclasses, workshops and an evening concert.

The group also hosted Bachelor of Music auditions for aspiring professional performers.

Associate Lecturer in Accompaniment Studies Amanda Hodder said staff embarked on the journey as part of the Conservatorium’s commitment to Northern communities.

“The Northern Tasmania Voice and Piano Tour provided local teachers, students and music lovers with the chance to connect with the Conservatorium without having to make the journey south,” Ms Hodder said.

“Our program invited musicians of all ages and at varying levels to engage with staff to further their musical knowledge and develop their performance and practice.

“All up we had 40 people involved in the masterclasses across the weekend. The immediate feedback was incredibly positive, with all the participants wanting to maintain contact with the Conservatorium and also wanting to know when we’d be back to do more.

“There is a fantastic musical presence in this part of the State, and the Conservatorium is proud to be furthering its outreach programs to these regions.”

Joining Ms Hodder on the tour was vocal teacher and performer Brett Budgeon and also Helen Thomson, a performer, musical director and vocal coach.

Pictured: Helen Thomson working with Devonport student Tia van der Velde.

Published on: 27 Aug 2018 11:00am