Ironwood Developing Artists Chamber Music School
Music Winter School 2014
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
Skellern Educational Trust