The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Victorian College of the Arts present the Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music Program.
A creative five-day intensive for young adults: tertiary music students, pre-professional and professional musicians – both period and modern instrument specialists. (Please refer to participant section below for information on your suitability, prerequisites and material to bring)
The Ironwood program focuses on Classical chamber music repertoire (1750 – 1830), including works for strings, winds and fortepiano.
The rigorous yet enjoyable week involves structured daily coaching, private and open rehearsals and lectures/demonstrations. Final day public performances by tutors and participants round out the week.
“The tutorials with rotating tutors (were) excellent. The opportunity to work with professionals who were able to address challenges and provide solutions/options so cohesively was excellent.”
VCA & MCM short course participants receive constructive individual feedback, aiding student development and improving performance. Our quality courses are performance and improvement-oriented and set within a friendly, supportive group environment. Tutors are practicing educators and industry professionals.
The Ironwood program is unique in Australia in bridging the gap between student and professional performance, for musicians working in historically informed performance. The program offers exceptional study and performance opportunities, led by Ironwood's specialist musicians.
"Every aspect of the course was, in it's own way, incredibly valuable."
New learning and career opportunities for participants:
... By studying performance techniques and skills required for playing repertoire from the Classical period from an historical perspective…
... Through an exploration of the world of period instruments and the instrumental and related treatises…by developing in-depth knowledge, understanding and fluency of these musical styles, techniques and repertoire…
… And by enhancing your understanding and awareness of historically informed performance practice and the skills required for professional musicians of the 21st century…
An exciting, busy week to help you move forward in your practice!
Program open to adults over the age of 17, specifically:
• Pre-professional musicians who have recently completed their studies on historic instruments of the Baroque and Classical period
• Advanced secondary school and tertiary musicians currently studying historic / early strings, winds or fortepiano (undergraduate/postgraduate major)
• Professional and pre-professional musicians who major in a modern instrument and wish to have coaching 'in style' on their modern instruments can also apply
• Advanced amateurs, music teachers and early-career professionals
Please note: Pre-formed ensembles preferred, although individuals may apply and will then be placed in ensembles.
Participants to bring own music (parts and scores), as there is only a small library of chamber music available.
Ironwood is an innovative Australian ensemble, committed to exploring historically informed performance of repertoire from the baroque, classical and romantic eras on period instruments. Formed in 2006, Ironwood draws on a wealth of experience from across the globe. Ironwood also complements historically informed performance with newly commissioned works by Australian and international composers.
Ironwood have worked with Musica Viva Australia, Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, Art Gallery of NSW Resonate series, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The Biennale of Sydney, fortyfivedownstairs melbourne, Sydney Harbour Trust, Sydney Living Museums (formerly Historic Houses Trust of NSW), Bundanon Trust, regional music societies in NSW, Victoria & Queensland, and for Melbourne Festival, Peninsula Summer Festival and Ballarat Goldfields Festival.
Ironwood were acclaimed for their Brahms performance research at the American Brahms Society 2012 conference in New York, and at Eastman School of Music Rochester; returning in April 2014 to work with University of Colorado, Boulder; Stanford University, Palo Alto; The Juilliard School, New York; Morris-Jumel Historic House, NY; Pegasus Early Music & NYS Baroque, NY.
Ironwood records for ABC Classics, ABC Classic FM and Vexations840 and their Education Program in historically informed performance is unique in Australia, working with students from pre-professionals to schools levels.
Ironwood Developing Artists work closely with these four respected musicians to prepare, workshop; research and rehearse string chamber music repertoire. The program culminates with a public performance by tutors and participants.
"For me the seminars with theoretical content, the opportunity to debrief with mentors on life as a musician, and also the exposure to classical repertoire I wasn't previously familiar with. All these aspects were interesting and applicable for me."
At least Year 12 music performance standard required.
Monday 7 July – Saturday 12 July, 2014
Exact times TBC
$350.00 (inc GST)
20% discount for University of Melbourne students & staff
10% discount for University of Melbourne alumni
Enrolments open Monday 20 January. Click here to enrol online
Prompt enrolment is essential to secure a place in the course.
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
The University of Melbourne
T: + 61 3 9810 3276
16-20 JULY 2014
THE ARTHUR & YVONNE BOYD EDUCATION CENTRE, RIVERSDALE
170 Riversdale Road ILLAROO NSW AUSTRALIA
DEADLINE: 1 MAY 2014
And we're back with our education 'retreat' at Riversdale on the gorgeous Shoalhaven River for 2014. Come and enjoy the sounds, silence, views, food, wildlife (and friends) & some amazing music!!
The Baroque Orchestra Winter School will offer emerging and developing musicians the unique opportunity to enhance their skills by working with international-standard performers in an inspiring natural environment. The 5-day residential workshop will include daily orchestral sessions and tutorials, for students of strings, keyboard, woodwind, brass & timpani on Baroque repertoire.
Participants will learn and perform alongside international early music practitioners.
Please note Bundanon Trust operates on two sites: Riversdale (Glenn Murcutt designed Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre) and Bundanon.
After the Illaroo Road turning marked Bundanon, travel 500m to the sign posted intersection. Turn left for Riversdale (3kms). The road to Riversdale is a graded dirt road for 1km and a two-way sealed road for the final 2kms.
Bundanon - directions by road
Public transport options to the area are limited. South Coast Line from Central or Aiport to Bomaderry (Nowra) approx 3 hours.
Accommodation is in bedrooms of 4 with shared bathroom facilities.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Students and pre-professional players of baroque period instruments: strings - violin, viola, cello, double bass, keyboard - harpsichord, woodwind - flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, brass - trumpet and natural horn, timpani.
For string players on modern instruments there access to gut strings and baroque bows for the course and for wind & brass players there will be a LIMITED selection of historic instruments to use during the course.
Please indicate on this form if you wish to try out gut strings, baroque bows or historic wind and brass instruments during the course.
Rooms max 4 persons, if you have friends applying for the course, please name other people you wish to room with.
Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Riversdale, however we maybe able to facilitate lifts with other participants. Please indicate if you would like to share a lift with another person from Melbourne or Sydney, or if you can offer places in your car to other people. Or please let us know if you intend catching the train and we will arrange a shared car ride for final 22kms to Riversdale.
5-Day Residential Workshop
$400 (includes all food, accommodation & tuition)
REGISTRATION AND ENQUIRIES
Cheque payable to ‘Ironwood Chamber Ensemble’
Direct debit to Ironwood Chamber Ensemble
Account No: 437037308 BSB No: 112-879
To register, please complete the application form and send together with payment to:
Ironwood Chamber Ensemble, PO Box 309, Edgecliff NSW 2027
For further enquiries please call or email Nicole Forsyth
Phone: 0419 484 323 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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