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2015

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Looking back on the Classics in 2015

Andy Sarkozy · December 21, 2015

Over the year, we have been thinking about what classical and art music will look like (along with its audiences) in the future.  As well as hosting a Classical Futures seminar last June, we’ve covered a number of stories in 2015 on classical music innovation from Australia and around the globe.…

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ACA-AWESOME: A Capella’s Boom

Clare Kenny · December 21, 2015

Let’s get started with two key points – a cappella singing isn’t new and a cappella singing isn’t easy. “Group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment” has been around forever and is commonly practised by choirs, folk singers and religious singers the world over, just to give a few examples.…

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L-R: Marcia Hines (Mentor), Tom Diesel, Larissa Lock, Frank Dixon, Tylah Winyard, Lynn Ng, John Foreman (Ambassador)

MCUI Student Songwriters Win Big at ASA Awards

Maeve Marsden · December 21, 2015

We were thrilled to see Music: Count Us In songwriting alumni celebrated at the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Awards. Frank Dixon and Tylah Winyard, both involved in writing the 2015 MCUI song, Gold, were honoured at the event, which exists to celebrate the art of songwriting and encourage the development of Australian songwriters.…

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Jessica Gethin (fifth from right) at Dallas Opera workshop concert
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2015: a year for female conductors

Graham Strahle · December 21, 2015

This was a year of putting to rest some hoary old gender stereotypes, at least as far as conducting goes. In October, the QSO announced Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra as its new music director, and the Perth Symphony Orchestra has just appointed Jessica Gethin as its chief conductor (the PSO is a new orchestra formed in 2011 that performs both classical and popular genres).…

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Further Arts Cuts hit the sector

Maeve Marsden · December 21, 2015

An additional $52.5 million has been cut from the arts sector over the next four years in the Government’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO). The cuts focus on Museums and Galleries, which received cuts of $36.8 million, with further cuts to Screen Australia.…

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Ten Australian Jazz CDs To Listen To This Summer

Jasmine Crittenden · December 21, 2015

Spend your summer in the company of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. These ten CDs represent a cross-section of some of the most beautiful, exciting and dynamic music released this year – from the vocal stylings of Kristin Berardi and Vince Jones to the exquisite piano playing of Matt McMahon and Barney McCall to the hard-swinging bop of saxophonists Nick Hempton and Michael Griffin.…

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New Festival Showcases Women & Transgender Musicians

Jasmine Crittenden · December 21, 2015

A new Australian music festival aims to shine a spotlight on women and transgender musicians. Named Earopund, the event will debut in Sydney in January 2016. “[It’s] reversing the trend we often see at gigs and at festivals, where it’s pretty common to see around 80% of performers are male,” said director Astrid Zeman.…

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Aussie Musicians Nominated for 2016 Grammys

Jasmine Crittenden · December 8, 2015

Four Australian acts were included among nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards, announced on Tuesday 8 December.

Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett was listed in the Best New Artist category. At the 2015 ARIAs, held on November 26, she won three prizes: Best Female Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Independent Release, for Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit.…

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