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Jane Davidson
Jane Davidson to lead new research initiative in Creative and Performing Arts

09 Sep 2013

The University of Melbourne has staged a coup, recruiting one of the world’s most respected performance and music psychology academics, Professor Jane Davidson. Professor Davidson will serve as the inaugural head of the University’s major research initiative in the Creative and Performing Arts, based in the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM). 

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MCM Schools Engagement Project

04 Sep 2013

Students from three Bendigo and Ballarat secondary schools are tuning up for a performance of their lifetimes at Melba Hall in Melbourne on Friday 13 September. This concert is the culmination of SmArts regional music program, a collaboration between The Smith Family and the University of Melbourne.

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Alex & Nilusha record with Mike Stern

26 Aug 2013

In June 2013, Alex Pertout (Head, VCA Contemporary Music Performance) and alumna Nilusha Dassenaike, a.k.a ALEX & NILUSHA, recorded three original tracks for their new album 'Tales To Tell' featuring special guest performances by legendary US guitarist MIKE STERN. A single from the forthcoming album - 'Falling' featuring Mike Stern - is now available on iTunes, Amazon and all good online digital stores.


Film still from 'Ukraine is not a brothel'
Femen doco at Venice

26 Aug 2013

VCA alumna Kitty Green (BFTV 2007) was arrested by Belarusian KGB agents while shooting her first feature film Ukraine is not a Brothel, revealing the truth behind topless Ukrainian feminist protesters Femen. The film has now been selected to premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. The film is co-produced by fellow alum Michael Latham (BFTV 2008) and Jonathan auf der Heide (BFTV 2007). Read the full story in The Age.


Pathways scholarships open

26 Aug 2013

The VCA & MCM is offering two professional development programs for recent graduates, funded by the State Government through Arts Victoria. The Professional Pathways Scholarships are worth $25,000 each and will be awarded to seven projects undertaken collaboratively by a Victorian not-for-profit arts organisation and a recent VCA & MCM graduate. The one-year Graduate Mentorships will provide project funding of $25,000 to four recent VCA & MCM graduates who are making their way in the professional arts world and want to work with a mentor.
Find out more and apply.


Music Matters on Visions

23 Aug 2013

Can music affect the wellbeing of students in schools?  Visions looks at an innovative program run by Dr Kat McFerran, at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, that is measuring the benefits of whether music in all classes – not just musical instruction – can help students overall. Watch Visions video podcast here.


Grace Wood, 'Meditation on Green (After Tillmans)', Handmade C-type Photographic prints.
2013 Majlis Travelling Scholarship

22 Aug 2013

Congratulations to the inaugural recipient of the $10,000 Majlis Travelling Scholarship, third year Bachelor of Fine Art student, Grace Wood.

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Winner of the $10,000 scholarship Celeste Chandler beside her winning artwork, Lovesick, located in the hotel’s dining room.
Windsor Art Award winner explores internal realm within public spectacle

16 Aug 2013

The Windsor Art Award and $10,000 scholarship were presented to VCA PhD candidate, artist Celeste Chandler, at a gala party in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Windsor last night. The artwork “Lovesick” located in the hotel’s classic dining room at 111 Spring Street was a reflection of the ‘masks’ we wear when in a public space.

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August e-newsletter 2013

16 Aug 2013

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


Dr Curt Thompson
University of Melbourne to host Mimir Chamber Music Festival

09 Aug 2013

Performers from the world renowned Mimir Chamber Music Festival are descending on Melbourne to entertain local audiences and deliver masterclasses for Melbourne Conservatorium of Music students.

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Taming the Beast - VCA and NICA graduates master King Kong

09 Aug 2013

Music Theatre graduates Sam Robson and Joshua Hooper say that the opportunities and experiences they were afforded at VCA put them in good stead for a professional show of this scale so early on in their burgeoning careers. Read full story on Arts Vic website.


VCA launches Research Clusters

06 Aug 2013

Three inaugural VCA Research Clusters were launched in July following the Faculty’s Graduate Research Symposium, centered around a research theme and designed to be cross-disciplinary and collaborate across VCA & MCM Schools and Centres, throughout the University more broadly and externally.

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