Andrew Frampton awarded 2016 John Monash Scholarship

25 Nov 2015

Andrew Frampton, current MMus (Musicology) student, concert pianist, and MCM musicology research assistant, has been selected as a 2016 John Monash Scholar. The John Monash Scholarships, valued at $180,000 each, are awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential who wish to undertake postgraduate studies overseas and are among the most important – and most competitive - postgraduate scholarships available in Australia. 

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VCA awarded Positive Champion Award

24 Nov 2015

On behalf of students and staff, Robert Walton (Honours Coordinator in Theatre) received the 2015 Positive Champion Award last night from Living Positive Victoria for VCA's 2014 theatre project ENUF is Enough, where students devised two new theatre works based on the stories of Victorians living with HIV/AIDS.

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Richard Frankland inducted to Victorian Aboriginal Honours Roll

21 Nov 2015

Richard Frankland, Head of Curriculum and Programs at the Wilin Centre, has been inducted to the Victorian Aboriginal Honours Roll – you can read his story here where he’s described as “a man of many talents who provides inspiration to all”.

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Dr Grace Thompson
Amazing Grace: How sweet the sound

19 Nov 2015

Strumming a guitar with a child newly diagnosed with autism can help foster social interaction, says MCM music therapist Dr Grace Thompson. The multi-instrumentalist, lecturer, and researcher is helping to change the lives of children and families affected by autism, by using music to help foster social connections and interaction. Read the full story via Pursuit.

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Generators video: A graphic way to tell the story of tsunami

16 Nov 2015

Filmmaking alumna Irene Metter tells the story of journalist John Bailey, who is creating a graphic novel based on the stories of those affected by the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Watch the video via Pursuit.

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Adam Simmons
Playing for good: Melbourne musicians building community through collaboration

13 Nov 2015

The Melbourne Music Map is a collaboration between Associate Professor John Fitzgerald, alumnus Adam Simmons and 100 local musicians that documents the social networks that exist between musicians in the Melbourne arts scene.  Stemming from Professor Fitzgerald’s background in social policy development and criminology, the Melbourne Music Map will be developed during November, when multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons performs 25 concerts of four duets with 100 different Melbourne musicians covering all genres of music. As each concert is performed, the four new musicians will be added to the network map. Read the media release >>

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Image gallery: Naughty, bawdy, gaudy, sporty – it’s 42nd Street

06 Nov 2015

Graduating music theatre students brought the classic Broadway number to the the Victorian College of the Arts for their final year performance season in September 2015. Led by an all-star creative team, 42nd Street also featured set design, lighting and stage management by graduating production students. View the image gallery via Pursuit.

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Unique justice theatre production features former prison inmates

05 Nov 2015

After graduating from the VCA, acting alumnus James Brennan (BDA, 2000) spent time as a New South Wales parole officer and is now challenging notions around criminal identity with a new theatre work. Brennan has created The Chat with David Woods of the UK's Ridiculusmus, a unique justice theatre work involving former prison inmates, currently playing at La Boite in Brisbane. The ABC’s Cathy Van Extel dropped into rehearsal ahead of opening night. Listen now.

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VCA & MCM November e-newsletter

05 Nov 2015

Read the November edition of the VCA & MCM e-newsletter.

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Shauntai Batzke
Indigenous songstress on the international stage

04 Nov 2015

Shauntai Batzke, gospel and opera singer and songwriter, is a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in Sydney. In August, the MCM alumna travelled to New York City to attend summer school at the Belle Arti Center for the Arts as part of the Canto de las Americas – a workshop for aspiring artists in their vocal arts program. Watch the video via Pursuit.

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ARC Discovery Project Grant awarded to Anne Marsh

03 Nov 2015

Professor Anne Marsh has been successful in her recent application for a 2016 ARC Discovery Project Grant, providing three years of project funding of almost $200,000 for her project “Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970”.  The aim of Anne’s project is to investigate the impact of feminism on contemporary Australian art and to critically interpret the history of feminism and its influence on the ways Australian society views representations of women across different cultures. Hundreds of women will have the opportunity to contribute to the project, revealing the roles and interactions between gender, race, class and ethnicity. 

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Elizabeth Lewis wins Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship

02 Nov 2015

Master of Music (Opera Performance) student Elizabeth Lewis has won the prestigious Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship. She beat five other finalists on Sunday at a public recital at the Sydney Conservatorium to claim the $43,000 prize that will fund a study trip to New York for vocal, language and movement coaching. Read The Age story.

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