Education

As part of our commitment to promote the performance of Lieder and Art Song we facilitate the following educational projects:

Young Songmaker Development program 2017

In March we announced the appointment of our inaugural Young Songmaker, Lyndon Green - Tenor.

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Lyndon received mentoring and coaching from the Songmakers throughout 2017, and gave a Lieder and Art Song recital together with Artistic Director Andrea Katz in September. 

Lyndon Green completed his Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

A winner of multiple scholarships, Lyndon’s experience on the concert platform as soloist includes Mozart Requiem in D minor KV626, Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore KV339, Rachmaninoff Vespers, Dvořák Mass in D minor, Kodály Missa Brevis, Vivaldi Magnificat in G minor, both Vaughan Williams Ten Blake Songs and Five Mystical Songs, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, St. John Passion BWV 245, Magnificat BWV 243, as well as several J.S. Bach cantatas.

Recent highlights for Lyndon include the performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with pianist Stephen McIntyre, a CD recording featuring Lyndon as a major artist and being awarded the 2016 Maroondah Singers Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to his selection as the inaugural Young Songmaker for 2017he also joins the State Opera of South Australia Chorus in Handel's Saul as part of the Adelaide Festival in March.

Masterclass Series 2017:

Interpretation and Performance of Lieder and Art Song

12- 15 April 2017 l Hawthorn Presbyterian Church

 

We are very excited to announce our annual Interpretation of Lieder and Art Song Masterclass!

This year's dates are April 12 to 15 (10 days before Liederfest). Singers and pianists preparing for this competition will have the opportunity to air their repertoire and work on all aspects of their performance: ensemble work, vocal and piano technique, diction and general presentation.

Participants can attend for 1, 2 or 3 days. Auditors are also welcome. For more information and application form follow this link .

"Thank you for an amazing 3 days of workshops! I am so full of new knowledge and rich experience that I will always cherish - you've taken me to a new level and I feel pumped - even had a breakthough in my vocal freedom as I was singing on the way home!!" [Helen Ling, 2016 participant]


Masterclass Series 2016: 

Interpretation and Performance of Lieder and Art Song

29 - 31 March 2016 l Hawthorn Presbyterian Church

This short course is designed to help young singers and pianists in their preparation for competitions and performances and centres around masterclasses given by members of Songmakers Australia.

For more information follow this link or contact us.

Below are some pictures from two weekend Master Classes at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in March 2014.


Children's Cabaret: The Animals Noah Forgot

26 - 28 September 2016 l Kew Court House

A cabaret for Australian children taking its title and core material from the delightful publication for the young by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson.

Paterson’s collection of poems has served as the inspiration for a set of six songs written by respected conductor, educator and composer Noel Ancell OAM (published by Morton Music).

These songs and selected poems weave together a story about Banjo’s eccentrically loveable characters, incorporating dance and movement, singing and listening activities, presented by two members of Songmakers Australia.

The Animals Noah Forgot was written for children but, like all classics, it reaches out to people of all ages. It reveals Paterson’s great love of the Australian bush and his wry sense of humour, and includes some of the most charming verses ever written about Australian animals, perfectly matched by Norman Lindsay’s lighthearted and appealing illustrations.

Previously presented at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon and the Montrose Civic Centre in September 2014.

Norman Lindsay images © H. C. & A. Glad


Voice at Monash

Merlyn Quaife was appointed Co-ordinator of Classical Voice at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music in 2014.

Under the experienced and nurturing guidance of "Melbourne’s much loved soprano" (The Age, 2012) the study of voice at Monash University takes a new approach, providing a supportive, encouraging environment for singers to refine their craft, expand their knowledge and realise their potential.

The course is devised as a series of Modules, giving students a breadth of knowledge of vocal repertoire. Sally-Anne Russell imparts her expertise in Singing Bach and Handel, Andrea Katz teaches Italian and Spanish Song and Nicholas Dinopoulos is Music Director of the Monash University Singers as well as teaching Oratorio, Spanish Song and Operetta.

In 2016, Choral Singing is being added to the study of Classical Voice at Monash. Both Nicholas and Andrea will deliver modules.

For more information follow this link.