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On a positive note: Songwriting as a therapy method

29 Feb 2016

In creating music we can share something of our experiences and ourselves – a notion explored by Professor Felicity Baker in therapeutic songwriting. Read more via Pursuit.

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Resident string quartet established at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

29 Feb 2016

The Ormond String Quartet will feature performance staff from the Melbourne Conservatorium, with the goal of presenting chamber music performances at the highest international standard. 

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Dr Julian Yu receives 2015 Albert H Maggs Composition Award

25 Feb 2016

The 2015 Albert H Maggs Composition Award has been awarded to multi-award-winning composer and Honorary Fellow Dr Julian Yu for his symphonic suite For our Natural World

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VCA collective brings Dostoevsky to the big screen

18 Feb 2016

Staff, students and alumni led by director and film lecturer Andrew O'Keefe have adapted Dostoevky's classic novel Crime and Punishment for the big screen. Read more via MUSSE.


Transforming music performance

18 Feb 2016

Researchers led by Professor Gary McPherson, Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Ormond Chair, believe a new study will refute the popular notion that hours of deliberate practice is the key to attain elite musical prowess. Read more via Pursuit.

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Questions to ask your teenager about music and mental health

17 Feb 2016

Talking to your children about their music taste can provide valuable insight into their mental health, writes Professor Katrina McFerran, Head of Music Therapy at the MCM. Read more via The Conversation.


Playwright and VCA alumna to appear in inaugural Indigenous literary festival

16 Feb 2016

Playwright Maurial Spearim (BDramArt 2010) will appear in Fresh Blak Writers at the inaugural Indigenous literary festival Blak & Bright. â€‹Running from 18-21 February, the festival will showcase a variety of Indigenous writing talent ​including novelists, oral storytellers, poets, songwriters, playwrights and comedians. Read more via Artshub.

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2016 Hutchinson Resident artist to feature at White Night Festival

15 Feb 2016

Indigenous artist and 2016 Hutchinson Resident Josh Muir will feature at Melbourne's White Night Festival on Saturday 20 February, where he will project his distinctive work onto the National Gallery of Victoria facade. Read more via ABC News.

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Saving the endangered sounds of West Africa

10 Feb 2016

Thanks to the tenacity of ethnomusicologist Dr Graeme Counsel, over 9,000 songs from the West African nation of Guinea are now publically available for anyone to listen to worldwide. Read the full article on Pursuit.

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Two $15,000 Indigenous Scholarships on offer at MTC

08 Feb 2016

Melbourne Theatre Company, in partnership with the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, is offering two $15,000 scholarships to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Victoria.

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An emotional journey through pasticcio opera

04 Feb 2016

Voyage to the Moon, a collaboration between Victorian OperaMusica Viva Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions is a modern-day pasticcio opera that draws upon the epic 16th-century poem Orlando Furioso and will help give researchers insight into the development of emotions. Read the full story of Pursuit.

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Mixing sculpture and performance in Dough Portraits

22 Jan 2016

Artist and PhD candidate Søren Dahlgaard has taken more than 2,000 “dough portraits” over seven years, turning familiar objects into something strange. Ludicrous? Yes, but closely connected to the long history of grand and serious portraiture. Read full story on Pursuit.

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