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Regional Tours

Commencing 2019, the Elder Conservatorium’s Open Music Academy will launch its regional touring program through which students will be offered stimulating music experiences tailored to suit beginner through to advanced students. The Open Music Academy will provide workshops, masterclasses and professional development opportunities to regional students and staff.

For details of 2020 regional tours, watch this space!

2019 Tours

  • Loxton: July 25 - 27
    Loxton Program
    Thursday July 25
    Julian Ferraretto: Year 10 Music Class

    Join Jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto and explore the world of improvisation. In this fun workshop, discover how to create a whole new musical piece using your ideas. No musical experience necessary.

    Friday July 26
    George Torbay: Music Theatre workshop with Musical Casts
    Saturday July 27
    Lucinda Collins: Piano Workshop
    Lucinda Collins: Teacher Mentoring Session
    George Torbay: The Singing Actor
    George Torbay: Teacher Mentoring Session
    For our very first Regional tour, the Elder Conservatorium of Music's Open Music Academy was resident in Loxton, in the heart of the beautiful Riverlands region. The staff for this tour were Lucinda Collins (Head of Keyboard, Elder Conservatorium of Music), George Torbay (Head of Music Theatre, Elder Conservatorium of Music), Dr Emily Dollman (Associate Director Music Education and Artistic Director, Open Music Academy) and Julian Ferraretto (Jazz musician and Creative Music Workshop Leader). Together we delivered a diverse program of events across three days, working with 196 students and delivering Professional Development to 28 staff members. The students covered a wide range of ages and backgrounds, from local state primary and high school students, private school students, students enrolled in ‘Music Alive’, and students of the Riverlands Special School.

    Creative Music Workshops - these sessions saw students creating their own original pieces of music on the theme of the River Murray and its place in their lives. The students’ commitment to their musical output and their obvious pride and deep connection with their home country led to the creation of some beautiful musical compositions.

    Music Theatre - George Torbay worked with Loxton High School music students, drama students, choir members and musical cast in a stimulating and motivating workshop session on Friday July 26. This workshop consisted of information about pathways in Music Theatre and training; general information about singing; and warm-ups for singing.  George also conducted a masterclass with students performing and then being given coaching on their approach. The session with George was a valuable opportunity for the students and staff at Loxton High School to benefit from his experience and expertise in the field of Music Theatre, as they were in the rehearsal period for their annual school musical (Little Shop of Horrors). Three of the students who took part in the session with George subsequently successfully applied for a scholarship through the Open Music Academy’s new Regional Scholarship Program.

    Masterclasses - Lucinda Collins and George Torbay delivered masterclasses with local piano and voice students from the Riverlands Region at St Peter’s Lutheran Church at Loxton. This session offered some of the more advanced music students an invaluable opportunity to gain advice and encouragement from the two leading experts in the State in these instruments. This was also a professional development opportunity for local piano and voice teachers, who have given very positive feedback regarding the support and fresh energy that this session brought to their work. These masterclasses were delivered in partnership with the local music education business ‘Music Alive’, which is based in Loxton under the excellent leadership of Karyn Skewes. 

  • Mt Gambier: September 14 - 15
    Mt Gambier Program - Tenison Woods College
    Saturday September 14
    String Workshops: Elizabeth Layton & Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
    String Concert: Elizabeth Layton & Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
    Piano Workshops: Lucinda Collins
    Creative Music Workshops:
    Julian Ferraretto, Emily Dollman, Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
    Sunday September 15
    Teacher Professional Development Sessions: Elizabeth Layton, Lucinda Collins
    Creative Music Workshops: Julian Ferraretto, Emily Dollman, Elder Conservatorium of Music Chamber Orchestra students
    String session: including multi-level participation and performance
    4 Creative Music Workshops
    2 piano Masterclasses
    2 Professional Development sessions

    Teachers and students from across the South East of the state gathered at Tenison Woods College over the weekend of September 14 and 15 for a busy and stimulating weekend of workshops, open rehearsals, performances, masterclasses and professional development sessions. Participants came from a wide range of schools, both public and private. These included Tenison Woods College, Yahl Primary School, Grant High, McDonald Park Primary School, Sunrise Christian School, St Martins Lutheran College, North Primary School, Reidy Park Primary School, Newbury Park Primary School, Naracoorte Primary School, Mt Gambier High School and Glen Burnie Primary School.

    In total 92 participants engaged in the Open Music Academy activities, which included an interactive String Session, two Piano Masterclasses, four Creative Music Workshops and two Teacher Professional Development Sessions.

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