Newsletter December 2018

December 2018

Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,

We hope that everyone has had a busy time accompanying for AMEB exams, tertiary auditions and Eisteddfods and is now looking forward to a well-deserved break over the summer.

Our AGM took place at the QMTA Auditorium in Taringa on Sunday 12 August. Those who attended had an opportunity to voice their suggestions to the committee face-to-face and we encourage everyone to attend future AGMs. Welcome to a new committee member Catherine Stirling. Any other Guild members interested in joining the committee, please get in touch.

A gentle reminder to those who are still to pay their annual membership fees, please do so as soon as possible.

AGQ sponsored a vocal accompanying Master Class given by our member, John Woods, at the School of Music, UQ on 19 October. This was attended by a large number of voice students and some pianists. The committee and membership feel that sponsoring master classes in tertiary institutions and in partnership with QMTA is a better way forward, instead of staging our own master classes.

The 25th Anniversary of the Guild is coming in 2019 and we have secured Philip Mayers as a guest speaker for our dinner. Date to be confirmed (July or November are possible at this stage). We are narrowing down the choice of venue and will update the details early next year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Happy accompanying in 2019!

Katie Zhukov


Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland

The inaugural “David Miller Award”


david_millerThis year the Accompanists’ Guild of NSW will be holding the inaugural “David Miller Award” to be held on the 29th and 30th September at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Last year David stepped down as President of the guild and we thought it fitting to honour his achievements and services to Accompaniment by setting up this competition, which we plan to run bi-annually.
Please find the details and entry form for the competition attached to this blog page,

David Miller Award Information

Award Final Form

Newsletter March 2018

Download our latest newsletter here – March 2018

AGQ-logo-sm“March 2018”
“Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,”
“Happy Easter!”
“We hope that everyone has had a well-deserved break over the summer and a good start to the year.”
“A very warm welcome to our new members – Kate Littlewood, Julian Wade, Siu Dea Law and Oliver She. The Guild membership is now at 72 and growing!”
“The School of Music, University of Queensland, is hosting our own AGQ Accompanist competition in early May, with heats held on Friday May 4 at 2PM and the final on Wednesday 9 May at 8PM in the Nickson Room. The Guild is offering two prizes of $150 and $50. We hope this event will raise the Guild’s profile among higher education music students.”
“The Master class with Chen Yang will take place on 26 May 2PM, MTAQ, Taringa. If you have students who would benefit from participation, please ask them to register with Barbara Clifford on”
“The Guild is sponsoring a prize at 2018 MTAQ Queensland Vocal Competition as our reciprocal links with other music organisations in Qld are strengthening.”
“Our sponsorship of accompanying prizes at various Eisteddfods will continue in 2018, and we are now seeking expressions of interest from Eisteddfods to create a separate accompanist competition category with more substantial prizes from the Guild. We hope this more targeted support will enhance the reputation of Eisteddfods that take up our offer and of the Guild.”
“The 25th Anniversary of the Guild is coming in 2019 and we welcome your ideas about how we should celebrate this. Please, send your thoughts to the Guild’s secretary.”
“I wish you all a very Happy Easter!”
“Happy accompanying in 2018!”
“Katie Zhukov,”
“President Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland.”

Workshop with Chen Yang

Improve your string accompanying skills in a workshop with Chen Yang

When: Saturday 26 May, 2PM

Where: MTAQ, Suite 26, on level one of the Taringa Centre, 200 Moggill Road, Taringa.

Tickets available at the door. Cost $15 or pensioner or student concession $10

Participants, to secure your place for this very informative event

Please contact AGQ Secretary, Ms Barbara Clifford  on


A little about Chen…

Come along and enjoy this masterclass on working with string players –  Chen is one of Brisbane’s most dynamic and experienced performers, teacher and mentor, as well as an enigmatic conductor…….

Chen Yang has had a long association with Queensland Youth Orchestra, having first joined as a violinist in 1975 and was concertmaster of QYS from 1978 to 1980, touring with the orchestra in 1980 to Europe, including the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Aberdeen, Scotland. Attributing these positive QYO musical experiences as a major influence in choosing music as a career, Chen studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and graduated with distinction in violin performance.

As his first professional musical undertaking, Chen was the Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (later renamed the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra), working under the distinguished Maestro, Georg Tintner. In 1981 Chen joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra where he played in the first violin section until 1989.

Deciding on a change, Chen spent the next spent two years as musician-in-residence on Dunk Island Holiday Resort in North Queensland where he led a string quartet and performed as a cabaret violins. He continued as a freelance musician throughout the early 1990s, performing in show orchestras for many major musical productions at QPAC.

Chen is the leader and conductor of The Sinfonia of St Andrew’s orchestra and is the string teacher and conductor at St Hilda’s School, Southport. He adjudicates regularly for eisteddfods and competitions and is also a prolific arranger of string music for the Junior String Ensemble. Chen was the conductor of QYO3 from 1983 to 1988 and since 1991 has been the conductor of the Junior String Ensemble.


January 30 2017 Newsletter

1 December 2016

Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,

Welcome to the end-of-the year Guild Newsletter!

As you may already know, at the Annual General Meeting on the 7th of August Regis Danillon stepped down as the Guild’s President after 5 years at the helm and I was elected as the new President. We all thank Regis for his many years of dedication and service to the Guild and his leadership of the hard-working committee. I will continue building on his work promoting the Guild and engaging with the music community.

Since the Annual meeting, the Guild continued its sponsorship of local Eisteddfods, in particular donating prizes to the following recipients:

 Bundaberg Eisteddfod – split award:

o Jacob King 16 – 18 yrs category

o Sarah Chuey – 15 and under category

 Silkstone Eisteddfod –

o 1st Caelan Hamilton, 13 years

o 2nd Oscar Matthews 2nd, 13 years

 Goondiwindi Eisteddfod –

o Sam Jessen

 Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod –

o Tebany Carra

This year we trialled a new initiative – Accompanying Master Class – at both the Queensland Conservatorium (31 August) and the University of Queensland School of Music (14 October). Tertiary students had an opportunity to work with experienced instrumental teachers and learn more about the art of accompanying. Guild promotional materials were also distributed at these events in a recruitment drive to attract new student members.

The wonderful instrument stickers designed by Joanna Gibson have now been printed and will be distributed through AMEB, various youth orchestras and school bands early in the New Year to make the Guild “the place to go to” when looking for an accompanist.

The committee always welcomes innovative ideas from fellow members – please contact us if you have any suggestions for future initiatives and activities.

We have all worked very hard in the last few months accompanying students for AMEB exams, tertiary auditions and examinations. Time now for a well-deserved break over the summer to re-charge our batteries, rest our fingers, clear our heads and get ready for 2017.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Happy accompanying in 2017!

Katie Zhukov,

President Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland.


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