“Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,”
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org”
“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!”
“President Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland.”
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 email@example.com
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.
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!
President Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland.
Please download and print Newsletter January 2017
Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,
As I lie rather uncomfortably on the bed, with one leg resting on a cushion, I am reminded of the vicissitudes of life and unexpected turns of events which can “throw a spanner” in our daily routine of activities.
In early June, I suffered a nasty home accident when I slipped in the bathroom and did “the splits,” leaving me in pain with a torn hamstring as a result. This necessitated surgical procedure and following a couple of days in hospital, I found myself having to wear a leg brace for 6 weeks and walking around on crutches! Needless to say, this put an immediate stop to my teaching and my school students missed out on lessons for the last 3 weeks of last term (to their joy and relief, I imagine!). Accompanying duties and a couple of small concert engagements were also cancelled and a planned overseas trip during the school holidays was postponed. Hopefully in a few weeks, I will be fully “repaired” and I look forward to a less demoralising time ahead.
There are some important events coming soon, and I urge members to make a note of them and show their support. On the 8th August, the Guild is pleased to present its 3rd Master Class for Young Accompanists at the MTAQ Auditorium. This year we have the expertise of Ms Shelli Hulcombe, a Voice teacher at the Conservatorium, who will help some young pianists develop their skills in vocal accompanying. The repertoire will be varied and interesting. Please make a special effort to come and encourage these young musicians, then stay on for the Annual General Meeting, which will follow the Master Class. Members are being sent all documents relevant to this function, and it is most important that we have a good turn-up here also to guarantee a quorum. All Committee positions will be open, including that of President. Please consider taking an active part in the running of our association – we definitely need some keen and enthusiastic people to take the helm of the Guild, and help it continue to develop and progress on its future path.
The Committee would like to welcome warmly all new accompanists who have joined the Guild recently, and we hope your association will be beneficial and productive. We look forward to meeting you soon at our forthcoming events!
In the meantime, Happy Accompanying and all the best to everyone.
Regis Danillon – President Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland
Dear Guild members,
On behalf of the committee, I am pleased to announce the details of the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland’s third Master Class for Young Accompanists, to be held on Saturday 8 August from 2.00-4.00pm.
It is open to school and tertiary students.
Some of the members have already expressed interest on behalf of their students, and you are encouraged to “spread the word” to promote this wonderful opportunity for the young pianists in our community.
The entry form is attached and entries close on Saturday 15th June.