Master Class for Young Accompanists

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.

shellihThe Master Class teacher will be singer, Ms Shelli Hulcombe, who will assume the role of soloist with the participants.  There is a nominal fee of $10 for selected participants.

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.

AGQ 2015 Master Class Entry Form

Masterclass for Young Accompanists 2014

Master Class for Young Accompanists August 2014
Words by Juanita Simmonds

On a Saturday afternoon in Brisbane, seven school-aged musicians took a turn at the piano to perform and rehearse live with a professional flautist in a Masterclass organised by the Accompanists Guild of Queensland.

The participants, aged between 12 and 18, are currently studying solo piano but have an interest in making music with others as piano accompanists or associate artists.

The soloist and instructor in this Masterclass was Mrs Janine Grantham, known in Queensland as an orchestral flautist, teacher and AMEB Senior Examiner with many years experience.

The event was open to members of the public, accompanists, and parents of the participants.  The audience observed Janine encouraging and shaping the musical ensemble.  She provided tips on how to work with a flute soloist on issues such as intonation, timing and entries in repertoire as varied as Schumann, Faure and “Blues at Eleven”.

Accompaniment masterclasses and workshops often are run by pianists and can tend to focus ultimately on piano technique.  This Masterclass was innovative in being facilitated by a soloist who can advise the pianist on typical balance problems with their solo instrument while helping to bring the duo together in an artistic and musically satisfying way.

The session was organised by the Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland in response to interest from young pianists wanting to develop their skills of accompaniment.  President of the Guild, Mr Regis Danillon, said that the participants were keen and engaged with Mrs Grantham’s instruction and music making.

“The first accompaniment Masterclass was held in 2013 and was quite successful so we ran it again this year.  I think there is enough of a demand to continue this as a regular event in Brisbane’s musical calendar,” said Mr Danillon.

You can register your interest for the next Masterclass by emailing the Secretary of the Accompanists’ Guild of Qld,

Accompanists Guild of Queensland Inc.

Workshop for Young Accompanists

Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland Inc.
for Young Accompanists with
Mr Stephen Chin, Violin
Saturday 3rd August 2013 3:00pm
MTAQ Auditorium, Suite 26, Taringa Centre, 200 Moggill Road TARINGA



• The Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland is pleased to provide an opportunity for school and tertiary students to gain experience in the art of Piano Accompaniment and encourage them to perform with a professional artist, in a Master Class situation.
• The Master Class is to take place on Saturday 3rd August and will be held at the MTAQ Auditorium. It will be a 2-hour event limited to 8 participants. The Master Class teacher will be violinist Stephen Chin, who will assume the role of soloist with the participants. Mr Chin’s biography can be found on the back page of this form.
• Selected students must be active pianists currently taking lessons with a teacher who will assist them with the preparation of their work.
• Repertoire: Each participant will select a piece of moderate duration from the Violin repertoire and prepare the piano accompaniment part of that piece. Works of approximately Grade 3 and above are preferred, but any level will be considered. Please consult the AMEB (or equivalent) syllabus, or take the advice of a violin teacher for suggestions. Assistance in choice and preparation will be provided by the Guild, if requested.
• Participants must be keen to work, respond positively to suggestions and be prepared to take part in discussions with the Master Class teacher.
• There is NO FEE for selected participants. The Class will be public and audience members, who may include parents, teachers, members of the Accompanists Guild and friends, will be invited to contribute with an admission donation of a gold coin.
• For further information, please contact the President of the AGQ, or any member of the Committee. Contact details can be found at
As a founding member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Stephen’s interest and enthusiasm for music lead him to undertake further studies at Sydney University where formal training in both violin and composition were completed. Since that time, he has been invited to perform with such groups as the ABC Sinfonietta, the Badinerie Players, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queensland Pops Orchestra and Corda Spiritus. In addition to this, Stephen performs regularly with a number of professional chamber ensembles.
Stephen publishes a number of string compositions and arrangements which have been used as test pieces for a number of competitions throughout Australia and are also presented as examination pieces for the AMEB. Stephen Chin has been invited many times to adjudicate various Eisteddfods and competitions such as Queensland festival of Music, The Western Australian Schools Orchestra Festival, the Hobart Eisteddfod and the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. He is also in demand as a string and orchestral clinician, regularly conducting a number of workshops and festivals both nationally and internationally.
Stephen is presently Principal String Teacher and Director of orchestras at Brisbane Grammar School, is a lecturer at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, conducts the BEL Orchestra at the University of Queensland, and is the President of the Australian String Teachers ‘ Association for Queensland (AUSTA Q). Stephen Chin has completed the Masters of Music Course at the Queensland Conservatorium, specialising in violin performance and pedagogy, and is currently a string and theory examiner for the AMEB.