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Workshops and Lessons

Workshops and Concerts

Piano Ensemble Audition Workshop (numbers limited)

This is a fun group performance activity designed for little pianists age 5yr to 8yr who love to perform! 

Our competition adjudicator, Wellington-based pianist Julie Coulson is on the lookout for young, enthusiastic pianists to play with her and Dr. Jian Liu on stage at the Gala Concert. Simply sign up, let us know how long you have been learning and the level you are playing at, and we will send you parts of two ensemble pieces to prepare for the workshop. 

 

Participants will be given tips on good stage etiquette and how to play with others in an ensemble. At the end of the workshop, pianists selected to play in the Gala Concert will be chosen and notified by email that evening. Priority will be given to those not participating in the competition. Those selected to play in the Gala Concert will have an additional rehearsal on the Thursday as well as a full rehearsal in the concert venue on the Saturday afternoon before the Gala Concert (time to be advised).

 

Regardless of whether you have been selected to play in the Gala Concert or not, ALL pianists enrolled in the Audition Workshop will receive a complimentary pass to the Gala Concert. Please come! We need you to perform a fun task in one of our ensemble pieces! 
 

N.B. Parents’ tickets to the Gala Concert are an additional cost.

 

Eligibility: age 5 - 8 years.

Application Fee: $50

  • One parent/adult can accompanying the participant free of charge

 

Dates and locations:

 

Audition workshop

  • Time: Wednesday 20th January, afternoon, 2-4pm.

  • Location: New Zealand School of Music, Adam Concert Room

 

Gala concert

  • Rehearsal time: Saturday 23rd January, afternoon (time TBC)

  • Concert time: Saturday 23rd January, 6:30pm

  • Location: Hunter Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington

 

Application deadline: Friday 11th December (or earlier)

  • The Piano Ensemble Audition Workshop is limited to 30 participants. Once this number of applications has been received, entry will be closed.

  • The assigned pieces will be sent out after the application closes in December.

The Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

presented by Jessica Oddie

Few musical works have fascinated and challenged violinists more than Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Discover why for more than 300 years these works have been regarded by violinists worldwide as among the most important ever written for the instrument.

 

This workshop is a must for young violinists who are just beginning their journey with Bach, as well as for more experienced players who want to deepen their lifelong relationship with these extraordinary expressions of humanity. The workshop is designed for young violinists aged 10 and up, but younger violinists are also welcome to attend.

 

Eligibility: age 10 years and up

Fee: $50

  • One parent/adult can accompanying the participant free of charge 

 

Dates and locations:

 

  • Time: Wednesday 20th January, 2-3pm

  • Location: New Zealand School of Music, room 209

 

Application deadline: Friday 11th December

Lifting the Music off the Page”: Dynamic Stage Presentation Skills

presented by Jessica Oddie

In a fast-paced and ever-changing world, our ability as performers to share music’s power is enhanced by our capacity to connect with our fellow musicians and our audience. The world of chamber music is one of immense beauty and meaning, and you will learn and explore various techniques of stage presentation through the introduction of chamber music.

 

In this workshop, develop your skills and ideas about how to connect with both your fellow performers and audience in a highly engaging and deeply moving way. The workshop is designed for young music students aged 7 and up, who are interested to learn about stage presence, musicianship, and chamber music.

 

Eligibility: age 7 years and up.

Application Fee: $50

  • One parent/adult can accompanying the participant free of charge

 

Dates and locations:

 

Audition workshop

  • Time: Saturday 23th January, 10-11am

  • Location: New Zealand School of Music, Adam Concert Room

 

Application deadline: Friday 11th December

Masterclass and Private Lessons

During the competition week, there will be private lesson opportunities with Dr. Jian Liu, Dr. Martin Riseley and Jessica Oddie. We will announce the details later in December.

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