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Barbara Zavros wins 2011 Herald Sun Aria

25 Oct 2011

Alumna Barbara Zavros won the Herald Sun Aria final at the Melbourne Recital Centre last night; fellow alumni Stacey Alleaume and Hannah Dahlenburg won the runner-up scholarship and encouragement award respectively. Simon Plant reports from The Herald Sun.


Generous new Creative Scholarships available at VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium

21 Oct 2011

A whole range of new creative scholarships will be available for outstanding and/or disadvantaged students, from next year, thanks to $3 million dollars of funding support from the Victorian Government.

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October e-newsletter

21 Oct 2011

Read the October edition of the VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium e-newsletter.


Heavy metal music has negative impacts on youth at risk

20 Oct 2011

Young people at risk of depression are more likely to listen habitually and repetitively to heavy metal music researcher Dr Katrina McFerran has found.

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Dr Sophie Arkoudis and Professor Ian Lang
Award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education

20 Oct 2011

Dr Sophie Arkoudis (Deputy Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education) and Professor Ian Lang (VCA, International Digital Media) have accepted an award for Best Innovation/Practice in International Education from the International Education Association of Australia for their collaborative research project 'Finding Common Ground'.


Contemporary Plays Season to challenge and delight audiences

19 Oct 2011

The Contemporary Plays Season presented by the VCA School of Performing Arts features two works: A Mouthful of Birds and St Kilda Tales.  

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Karaikudi R Mani
Indian percussionist Karaikudi R Mani shares the importance of rhythm

14 Oct 2011

As part of the Simplot International Masterclass Series, acclaimed Indian percussionist Karaikudi R Mani will take up his post as artist-in-residence at the School of Contemporary Music later this month.

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa with masterclass students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. (From left to right) Anna Voshege, Cristina Russo, Siobhan Stagg, Carlos Barcenas, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Christine Heald and Mathew Tng. Photographer: Sav Schulman.
From masterclass to stage with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

12 Oct 2011

A masterclass with superstar Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was an experience of a lifetime for six opera students and for Carlos Barcenas it might also have changed the course of his career.

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Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship winners

06 Oct 2011

Two former VCA students will pursue their theatrical interests with projects in Bogota, Columbia; and New York, thanks to a $25,000 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship.

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Production alumna doing sound design for Radio National

06 Oct 2011

VCA Production alumna, Angela Grant, has recently done the sound design and engineering for Poetica on ABC Radio National. You can stream Agony and Ecstasy: The Sense of Touch directly from the website.


VCA students on Southbank campus celebrate the 'water bottle free' campaign
Water bottle free campaign sweeps Southbank campus

06 Oct 2011

Our Southbank campus will stop selling bottled water from today making it the first Victorian university to reduce its environmental footprint in this way.

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Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship for Violinists winners announced

06 Oct 2011

The following prizes were awarded for the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship for Violinists, following the heated competition final at Melba Hall on Sunday 25 September. 

First Prize $40,000 – Kana Ohashi
Second Prize $15,000 – Brigid Coleridge
Third Prize $10,000 – Lachlan O'Donnell