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Dear Teachers and friends of ANZCA,

It's hard to believe we're almost at the half-way mark of the year! I hope your students are co-operating and keeping your stress levels down by practising as they should!

Theory Examinations
Many of you will be aware that we publish the date that the theory results are posted in the annual Examination Handbook and Information. We are on track again this year and the results and certificates will be sent out on Wednesday, 26th of June.

New Building
We are having an extremely difficult time with Whitehorse Council over parking (and other) issues. Stay posted – at this stage we are still in the Diamond Creek office.

Position Vacant
There is currently a position available in the ANZCA office. This position is in office administration and not so much in music, although some musical knowledge would be an advantage. Familiarity with MS Office suite and MYOB would also be advantageous. Applicants should apply to as soon as possible.

Fellowship Examinations
Congratulations to Christopher Young, who recently passed the Fellowship Performer examination in Woodwind (see more details below). We were delighted to welcome Dr Robert Burke from Monash University to the examining panel of this performance.

Another Fellowship examination will be held on the 18th of August, when vocalist Raymond Khong will sit for this Diploma in Classical Singing. The venue will be Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood (Vic.), at 2:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

Christopher Norton
Christopher will be back in Australia in late September/early October to further promote the ANZCA Jazz Syllabus. More details will be announced soon, so keep an eye out for workshops in your area

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

New Publications

Music Theory: Pathway to Grade Five
 by Robert Keane is now available through our office, website and national representatives. This book includes everything you need to prepare for ANZCA's Grade Five theory exam, including sections on harmony, melody writing, two-part writing and melodic decoration. Four new practice papers in the format of actual ANZCA exams are included to test your knowledge.

Modern Bass – Grade Three
 by Darryl Barron continues the format and style of the popular Preliminary/Grade One and Grade Two books, with 12 solos in a range of styles which explore bass techniques including slap/pop, harmonics and more. General knowledge and performance notes are included for all solos, and a substantial glossary explains signs, terms and styles.

Fellowship Performer Concert

Congratulations to Christopher Young, who achieved his Fellowship Performer Diploma (F.Dip.A.) in woodwind on the 23rd of May. In a 90-minute performance, Chris performed on bass clarinet, clarinet and flute, accompanied by members of his quartet, and with guest performer Brendan Hains on guitar for Brendan's composition Phrygia II.

Christopher Young performs on bass clarinet with members of his quartet, with guest Brendan Hains on guitar at right.

Return to the Dance – Album by Michelle Nelson

Composer, performer, ANZCA syllabus co-ordinator and examiner Michelle Nelson has released a remastered edition of her 2015 classical guitar album, Return to the Dance.

Featuring 18 original compositions, this album includes the suites Return to the Dance, The Guitarist's Bach (Hommage à J. S. Bach), Ice Crystals and Dances for the New World.

Available in digitally on iTunes, Apple Music and popular streaming services, Return to the Dance can also be purchased as a limited-edition CD (100 copies only), numbered and signed by the artist; go to Move Records,

For more information on this album, visit Michelle's website:

I Play Ukulele Book 2 Videos

Keep an eye on ANZCA's YouTube channel in the coming days, as videos for I Play Ukulele Book 2 are uploaded. Our thanks to authors Johnny and Raf and their team for preparing these excellent demonstrations of the pieces from this book.



Forthcoming Events

Taubman Approach Seminar

Brisbane will host a presentation of the Taubman Approach to piano playing at the Nickson Room, University of Queensland on Saturday, 13th of July. Featuring renowned US educators John Bloomfield, Robert Durso, Mary Moran with Australian Therese Milanovic, this full-day programme will show how the Taubman approach can be used to develop not only technical skills, but also touch and tone, phrasing and more. Morning and afternoon tea are included.

For more information click here, or go to for details and bookings.

Events at Bernies Music Land

Bernies Music Land (Ringwood, Vic.) is hosting the following upcoming events:

Inspire and reward your students with this exciting educational event. To be held in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, masterclass sessions will run from July to September, for students aged 8 to 16 years. Participants may be chosen to compete in the National Bernstein Piano Competition on October 6th, for cash prizes totalling $1000. For more information, phone Bernies Music Land on 9872 5122, or click on the banner above.

Repeated by popular demand, Bernies will also present a teacher seminar, Teaching Piano to Kids and Teens with Autism with specialist educator Melinda Ceresoli (left) on Tuesday 2nd of July, 9:30am–12:30pm.

Tickets: $39.00

For more information or to book, phone Bernies on 9872 5122, or click here to go to the Events page of the Bernies website.

School Holiday Workshops at Bellchambers Music School

Bellchambers Music School Academy (Canberra) is running a series of workshops in the second week of the school holidays, covering a wide range of instruments and ensembles. For more information, click here to view the PDF programme.

ANZCA/Introspection Recital & Rare View Victorian Premiere

ANZCA is sponsoring a concert of works by acclaimed Melbourne composer Alan Griffiths (left) on Sunday, 20th of October at 4:00 pm, at Tempo Rubato, 34 Breese Street, Brunswick (Vic.)

Renowned virtuoso pianist Nicholas Young (below right) will perform seven piano pieces from Alan's acclaimed debut album Introspection, included in ANZCA's 2018–20 piano syllabus. These pieces are available for purchase by clicking here.

Nicholas Young (Photo: Max Bosse)The second half of the concert is the Victorian premiere of Rare View, Alan's second album, launched in 2018 at Beleura House. Acclaimed cellist Gemma Tommlinson and violinist Ben Spiers will join Nicholas in performing Alan's Rare View chamber works.

Eminent classical piano critic Michael Johnson says the Rare View live recorded performance is "stunning to mind and body. I sat with a friend in his music room in Bordeaux, listening for an hour, flabbergasted." Alan has "individuality in unexpected and touching ways."

Nicholas will perform on a rare Australian-made 102-key four-pedal Stuart & Sons concert grand piano residing at Tempo Rubato. This will be the fourth premiere in a row of one of Alan's albums on a rare Stuart.

Alan composed both the Introspection and Rare View repertoire in Carlton and Brunswick over a 27-year period, in between film scoring work. In total Alan scored 25 films, including two feature films. Alan plans to produce seven albums in total.

When:  Sunday, 20th of October.
Time:  4–6 pm, doors open 3 pm.
Where:  Tempo Rubato, 34 Breese Street, Brunswick.
Tickets:  $30 full, $20 student/concession.

For more information, visit, or contact Alan by email at or phone 0403 921 242.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

All teachers sitting students in the Series 2 Practical exams have their entries into the office, via the new online booking system, snail mail or email. Well done to you all for getting your entries in on time. Thank you too for showing patience with the online booking system, as there were a few hiccups! Now is the busy teaching time for teachers and learning/practising time for students to ensure that everyone is ready by their exam date.

Many areas in NZ will be having their local concerts, eisteddfods etc., as musical items are appreciated and encouraged by many groups.

In Rotorua, the IRMT Rotorua/Taupo local branch held their eisteddfod on Saturday, 8th of June. It was a very busy but enjoyable day, with 119 entries involving piano, singing and alto saxophone. Fourteen teachers had entered students in the various categories, and there were three accompanists. The popular, accomplished adjudicator was Brenda Oakley, who had herself been a previous entrant in her younger days! She gave positive, helpful comments to all participants.

ANZCA sponsored prize money for the NZ Composer class, which had Junior, Intermediate and Senior sections. There was a total of 21 entrants in these sections, with each section's winner receiving prize money.

Adjudicator Brenda Oakley with the Junior Composer section winners, and ANZCA's
New Zealand Representative, Jenny Brown.

Best wishes to all candidates and their teachers as you all work steadily to reach the goals you've set before you.

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

We are beginning our region's examinations this week, and would like to wish all candidates a successful assessment for all the hard work and effort you have put into your preparation.

I hope the experience is beyond getting good results, but more importantly that the process in learning and performing the chosen repertoire has elevated your thinking mind and skills, which can be applied in the future and continue to enhance each musical challenge.

All the best to everyone, and kudos to all the teachers.



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