It was a great thrill to hear that my colleagues and I were awarded a Regional Arts and Development Fund (RADF) grant from the Logan City Council for the provision of some Logan-based music workshops, this December. These quality workshops with top professional performers will focus on a range of skills necessary for every musician, such as solo and chamber music playing, vocal and instrumental technique, stylistic interpretation, performance confidence, rhythmic and aural awareness, improvisation, memorization and stagecraft.
These workshops will be quite different to other summer school programmes, in that students will be able to choose whatever class options they wish, not being restricted to one particular strand. So, if you sing, as well as play an instrument, you are welcome to attend any related workshops.
The repertoire chosen for the workshops and ensembles will not be restricted to “classical” music, but all students will have the opportunity to experience styles such as Celtic, jazz, Baroque, and contemporary music.
Too often, such events are designed for an elitist or specialist audience. This is very much a community music event, whereby any performer may develop their musical skills in a friendly, non-threatening, and supportive atmosphere.
There is an impressive line-up of some of the most inspirational performers and music educators in Queensland. They each have a wealth of local, interstate and international performing experience to share with you.
A gala concert will be the highlight of the event, where students will have the opportunity to perform alongside our fine presenters. As well as solo and chamber music performances, there will be festive music, a newly commissioned work by the very talented, young Queensland-based composer Michael Bakrnchev and Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece, In C.
We are fortunate to have the use of the beautiful Springwood Community Centre, right in the heart of the Springwood Central Business District for the first two days of the workshops (Friday and Saturday). The Sunday workshops and final concert will be held at the Springwood Function Centre (close to the Ikea in Logan!).
Whether a student, local music teacher, professional or community musician, I welcome you to the Logan Summer Music Workshops.
Click on this flyer to read more about the workshops!