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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

It’s been an active period in the office with the programming of Series 3 examinations. We now approach our busiest period of examining throughout the month of November, with practical examinations taking place in all Australian states and territories, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Examination Day
Please aim to arrive at the exam venue around ten minutes before the scheduled start time, and make sure that pencil marks which are answers to General Knowledge questions are erased. (Fingering, pedalling, bowing, breath markings etc. are fine, however.) Photocopies cannot be used for ANZCA exams, except when used to avoid page turns, in conjunction with a legal edition of the music. All students are required to have their own copy of any ANZCA publications in the exam room.

Examination Transfers
Please be aware that students who are unable to attend their allocated examination time must pay a transfer fee of 50% of the original fee to reschedule their exam. If an examination is transferred to the following series/year, this fee is not required until the student re-enters. If the transfer is within the same series, immediate payment is required before the exam is rescheduled. Please understand that by the time the exam slips are sent out, most of the exam fee is already accounted for, as almost all the office work is done (apart from the final processing of the result), and we are by that time committed to paying the examiner for the exam, whether the student is present or not. Rescheduling involves reprinting of timetables, reports and other paperwork, contacting venues and examiners, and paying a second examiner.

ANZCA’s New Premises
Although the new building is running behind schedule, we are still expecting to take possession of ANZCA’s new home at 125 Rooks Road, Nunawading (Melbourne) in time for a relocation in January 2019.

Online Enrolment 2019
As previously mentioned, the Series 3 trial of our online enrolment system was well received overall, but a number of improvements have been made for Series 1, 2019. Online enrolment will be available to all teachers and candidates in 2019. More information will be available in the new year.

Chairperson Dr Barry Archibald
Congratulations to ANZCA Chairperson Barry Archibald on being confirmed as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) for this thesis “A History of Inspection in Victorian Colonial/State Government Schools: 1852–2012”.

Good Luck to All Series 3 Candidates!
Remember, your examiner wants you to feel comfortable and relaxed in the examination room. If you’re unsure about any instruction, don’t be afraid to ask the examiner to repeat it.

All feedback on examinations is welcome at my direct email,

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

Rare View World Premiere

Melbourne composer Alan Griffith’s new album Rare View was launched in September in a remarkable concert at Beleura House (Mornington, Vic.), which also marked the unveiling of the extraordinary Stuart & Sons 108-key grand piano. Pianist Nicholas Young performed Rare View's seven solo piano works, and was joined by violinist Dominik Przywara and cellist George Yang for the five chamber pieces.

The concert was sponsored by Sony Australia, and recorded using their latest high-resolution microphones and recording equipment. Excerpts from the concert will soon be available on the Sony website; keep an eye on our Facebook page for announcements.

Alan is planning further performances in 2019, including at Melbourne's Deakin Edge, Federation Square in May (featuring his works in the ANZCA syllabus) and in Sydney in September. Further details will be released in the new year.

For more information on Alan's albums and compositions (including those from his first album Introspection, which are included in the ANZCA Classical Pianoforte syllabus), visit his website.

To find out more about the Stuart & Sons 108-key grand piano, click here for a photo gallery and in-depth article on the Stuart & Sons website.

Below left: Alan Griffiths (centre) with ANZCA Publications Manager Andrew Craggs (left) and General Manager Tony Betros (right).
Below right: The nine-octave Stuart & Sons grand piano.

New Publications Support Material Online

For those of you who have been delving into the new publications Twenty-five Studies for Classic Electric Guitar by Michelle Nelson and the Drum Kit Fills series by Mark Murphy, be sure to check out the following online resources:

  • Michelle's blog includes thoughtful articles on this book and its individual pieces.
  • Mark's YouTube channel drums9842 now features performances of all solos from this series, with new “snapshot” demonstration videos being added regularly.



Forthcoming Events

Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference 2019

The 14th Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference will be held in July 2019 at The University of Queensland School of Music. Titled “Variations on a Theme: The Portfolio Piano Teacher”, this event will include keynote lectures, master classes, recitals, academic and practitioner papers, trade displays and networking opportunities. Among the featured presenters will be Joanne MacGregor, John Bloomfield, Phillip Keveren, David Lockett, Neal Peres Da Costa and Erin Helyard.

ANZCA is proud to sponsor this event, along with major sponsors Kawai, The University of Queensland, Hal Leonard Australia and many others. Queensland Representative Cynthia Delaney and other ANZCA personnel will be there, along with a wide range of ANZCA publications at discounted prices.

For more information, including programme updates and accommodation options, visit

Venue: School of Music, University of Queensland, St. Lucia.
Date: Monday 8th–Friday 12th of July 2019.
Register online at, or by mail using the registration form available from UQ School of Music, music stores and the ANZCA office.

ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert 2019

The 2019 ANZCA Graduation Ceremony has been set for Saturday 6th of March, at the Methodist Ladies' College, Barkers Road, Kew (Vic.). More details will be published in forthcoming editions of Stretto and on our Facebook page.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

The practical examinations are over! Whew! Thanks to the two lovely Australian examiners ANZCA sent us: Karen Henderson and Sandra Conwell. Their friendly approach and understanding way of dealing with nervous candidates was much appreciated by the students and teachers. That is a very important positive feature of ANZCA examinations: the friendly examiners. Thanks to all the hostesses of the examining centres, as your friendliness and kind hospitality was much appreciated by both examiners, and mentioned in their reports to the ANZCA Board of Directors.

Thanks too to all the teachers who entered candidates, trained them up, and encouraged them to sit an exam, so they could receive a lovely certificate to keep! Congratulations to all the candidates, who worked hard and performed their very best for the examiners. We teachers hope you’ll take note of the specific comments that the examiners took the time to write about each section and the overall comment as well, to improve even more on your performances.

In August, our local IRMTNZ branch (the Rotorua/Taupo branch) held its Senior Scholarship at the Rydges Hotel, Rotorua. Adjudicator James Tennant was impressed with the ten performers who were competing for the $1,000 Scholarship. During the Daytime Trials each competitor presented a 20-minute programme of contrasting works. The six best were then chosen to perform a shortened programme for the evening concert, with the winners being chosen for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, Best Piano Solo, Best 20th/21st Century prize from ANZCA, and Best Presentation Cup.

It was an exciting, glitzy event, with lovely pieces performed, all of which were greatly enjoyed by the encouraging, appreciative audience.

Eden Clipperton, winner of the ANZCA prize for the best 20th/21st century composition played at the Rotorua/Taupo IRMT Senior Scholarship, held in August. Accompanying her is the ANZCA NZ Representative, Jenny Brown.

Best wishes to all teachers for successful end-of-year events as this term is flying by. Please remember to order your ANZCA publications from me before Christmas, if possible, as I’m away in our caravan on holiday most of January visiting our younger son; otherwise I may not be able to action your orders until late January. You may order by text, mobile phone, landline phone, email or letter (or leave a message on our answer phone!)

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

We are now at the last quarter of 2018 and the theory exams are done. Now we're looking forward to the practical exams starting in November, with four examiners going around Malaysia and Singapore, keeping everyone busy making music for two weeks.

Soon after we will have our Christmas holidays.

There are quite a number of interesting events coming up in 2019 and one will be the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference on 812 July at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Check it out at, and see Forthcoming Events (above) for more details.

I will update more on others events in the next Stretto



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