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Dear Teachers, Students and friends of ANZCA,

Welcome to ANZCA 2019
I feel I should say "Happy New Year", but it's hard to believe that we're fast approaching the end of the second month. I hope you had a smooth start, and best wishes to you and your students for the journey ahead.

ANZCA's New Premises
"Unfortunately, finalisation of our new building has been slowed by council red tape!"

This was my opening sentence in the last edition of Stretto! Well, I'm afraid to say that things haven't changed: we are still waiting for the fit out to be finished after the completion of the main building.

Please keep using the current postal address (PO Box 70, Greensborough Vic. 3088) until further notice.

2018 Scholarship Winners
Congratulations once again to all 2018's Theory Scholarship winners in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. It's wonderful to see that there are winners in all our major centres! Again, we would like to thank the Weston family for the $1,000 Margaret Weston Memorial Scholarship, which is a tremendous incentive for Grade Five theory students throughout Australia.

You can find more information on the Theory Scholarships page of our website, where you can also see photos of many of the 2018 winners.

2019 Graduation Ceremony and Concert
Everyone is invited to attend the Graduation Ceremony and Concert on Saturday, March 2nd at MLC in Kew. This year it will be a wonderful event, with graduands travelling from Indonesia, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia. Do come along – it's a wonderful afternoon, with brilliant performances from 2018's successful Diploma candidates.

Online Enrolments
Online enrolments will be open through our website for all Australian and New Zealand teachers in the coming days – keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for further announcements. You should find the process to be straightforward, but if you need any assistance, please contact the office.

Tony Betros, General Manager


News Diary

Monash University ANZCA Music Prize Winner

Congratulations to Morgan Heenan (right), who has been awarded the ANZCA Music Prize for 2018, for his composition Refractions for tenor saxophone and piano.

This $1500 prize is awarded to the best composition by a Bachelor of Music student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, and is adjudicated by members of the Faculty of Music.

Morgan describes himself as "a Melbourne-based composer and multi-instrumentalist working at the intersection of a number of different musical styles and conceptual approaches. He writes for a combination of chamber ensembles and electronics, drawing on elements of contemporary classical and improvised music."

In describing his winning work, Morgan says:

"Refractions is a short piece for tenor saxophone and piano, built on jagged and stark textures and harmonies atop a droning piano ostinato. The saxophone makes use of extended techniques including multiphonics and unpitched sounds, along with the wandering, harmonically open melody. The piano accompanies with short interjections, as well as book-ending the piece with sharp and drawn-out chromatic passages played freely."

Refractions is being assessed for inclusion in the forthcoming edition of the ANZCA Saxophone syllabus, and is available for purchase directly from the composer by emailing



Forthcoming Events

ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert 2019

ANZCA's 2019 Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Methodist Ladies' College, Barkers Road, Kew (Vic.) on Saturday 2nd of March at 2:30 pm.

Tickets will be available at the door:
  • Adults: $20
  • Child/Student/Senior: $10
  • Children under 5 free
  • Family (2 adults & 2 children): $40

Congratulations to the 2019 graduands (teachers' names in brackets):

Performance Diploma (Perf.Dip.)
Clarence William Marshall (Clarence Marshall) – Singing, Honours

Associate Performer Diploma (A.Dip.A.)
Ellena Michelle Abraham (Studio Musik Sienny) – Modern Pianoforte
Xinci Wilson Bun (Go Music Indonesia) – Modern Pianoforte
Jenny Chui (My Drum School Pte Ltd) – Drum Kit
Liew Chain Gin (Nora Wong Pit Fong) – Classical Pianoforte, Honours
James Andrew Jr Gunawan (My Drum School Pte Ltd) – Drum Kit, Honours
Voon Cheng Han (Ha Ha Music Centre) – Drum Kit
Jesslyn Cheryl Handoko (Studio Musik Sienny) – Modern Pianoforte, Honours
Kenwyn Chin Jian Ken (Clare Chu Tai Yong) – Classical Pianoforte
Mackenzie Erin Molewyk (Dalyellup Music Academy) – Modern Pianoforte, Honours
Jusuf Nathanael (PT. Sintanada Music Education) – Classical Pianoforte, Honours
Jessica Angelia Osmond (Go Music Indonesia) – Modern Pianoforte, Honours
Catherine Miranthi Panayi (Heather Boyd) – Classical Pianoforte
Dylan John Rufus (Anne G. Felstead) – Modern Guitar, Honours
Sonya Serenia (Studio Musik Sienny) – Modern Pianoforte
Elizabeth Kezia Widjaya (Studio Musik Sienny) – Modern Pianoforte
Claire Waddell Wood (Michael Knight) – Drum Kit
Jessandra Wong Lirn Xin (Jessandra Wong Lirn Xin) – Classical Pianoforte
Florence Ling Hui Ying (Time and Tune) – Classical Pianoforte

Associate Teacher Diploma (ATDA)
Kirsty Ellen Swan (Lisa Kempe) – Modern Pianoforte, Honours

Licentiate Performer Diploma (L.Dip.A.)
Bella Victoria Boedihardjo (Studio Musik Sienny) – Modern Pianoforte
Aurelia Estrella Handoko (Studio Musik Sienny) – Modern Pianoforte, Honours

Cantatas for Estomihi in Canberra

The Canberra Bach Ensemble will present Christe, de Lamm Gottes – Cantatas for Estomihi in March, featuring four works by J. S. Bach including the Mass in F major BWV 233.

Where: St Christopher's Cathedral, Franklin Street, Manuka.
When: Saturday 23rd of March at 8:00 pm, and Sunday 24th of March at 2:30 pm.

For more information or to book tickets, click on the image below:




Exam Closing Date – Series 1

Don't forget that the closing date for Series 1 exam entries is Monday, 11th of March.

Online Entries

As mentioned above, online entries will be available shortly for teachers in Australia and New Zealand. Announcements will be posted on the ANZCA website and Facebook page when the system is open.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Welcome to two new teachers:
Matthew Childs from New Lynn, Auckland
Stephanie Milne from Palmerston North
and welcome back to:
Stephen Hubbard from Pukekohe, Auckland.

To get the maximum benefit from your annual ANZCA Subscription, I suggest you pay ASAP, so that you receive the 15% discount on any publications you order from me, which can certainly make a difference to an order. You'll also receive a discount on any workshops ANZCA may hold in NZ. We're hopeful that we will be able to offer some later in the year; planning is underway.

Welcome back to all teachers. If you have any changes to your email or phone contact details, PLEASE let me know so that we can keep you in touch with our free newsletter Stretto and all ANZCA news!

Congratulations to Rosemary O'Hara from Plimmerton and her student Grace Williams (right), who won the Grade Four theory scholarship!

(Click on the image to enlarge it, or go to the Theory Scholarships page of our website to see a gallery of 2018 scholarship winners.) 

The Dunedin IRMT branch held a very successful conference in January this year. Denise Dore  (ANZCA's South Island Rep) and Dianne Officer  were our representatives there at the ANZCA display table, with free ANZCA teacher packs to give away. Contacts were made with many teachers there. Our grateful thanks to Denise and Dianne!

  • All ANZCA publications are available from me, by text, phone, email or mail!
    Phone: (07) 378 4068;  Mobile: 027 253 4003;  Email:
  • Theory exam entries for Series 1 are due in on 11th of March. 
  • Please look carefully at the back page of the ANZCA Examination Handbook 2019 for all closing dates, fees etc.
Happy teaching for 2019!

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

2019 is here and it is moving very fast! As the year started we had the 6th Malaysian Piano Festival, held over the weekend of the 18th of January at the KLPac. ANZCA proudly supported the competition, which saw eight finalists on various instruments performing to gain the favour of the judges.

The 26th Kota Kinabalu Music and Dance Festival will be held on the 31st August–1st September 2019, and all details are on the website, It looks like we will have a party with the princesses and superheroes!

The Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference is on the 8th–12th July in Brisbane; there is an early-bird sign-up by the end of March – check out It is an opportunity for us to travel in groups to have fun and learn at the same time; however, it takes a bit of planning and co-ordinating, which is not a problem for us as teachers!

The Dalcroze Workshop in Kuala Lumpur will be on 16th–18th April 2019. Email them at for registration or more information. This is a good opportunity if you are looking for better ways to teach.

Well, it looks like we are quite busy for this first half of the year, besides getting our students on track and ourselves refreshed and energised for a wonderful year ahead.

Wishing everyone a prosperous New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai!



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