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Dear teachers, students and friends of ANZCA,

What a hectic time it's been in the ANZCA office over the past few weeks. After a very long and frustrating wait, we are now in the process of relocating to our new "home" in Nunawading. It really is an exciting time for our organisation, as we now have a brand-new building to be really proud of  fitted out to meet our exact requirements. We were all amazed with the speed and the professional approach of Jaran McKay and his team from Total Fitouts. There are a couple of photos below (click on each to enlarge); we will post more soon on ANZCA's Facebook page.

Our telephone number remains the same, but please take note of our new postal address:

ANZCA Music Examinations
PO Box 3277

Our physical address is 18/125 Rooks Road, Nunawading Vic. 3131.

Above: ANZCA General Manager Tony Betros, Chairperson Dr Barry Archibald, Publications Manager Andrew Craggs and Jaran McKay of Total Fitouts at the handover of the completed office.

Left: Board Directors Maureen Milton OAM, Dr Barry Archibald and Maureen Grieve at ANZCA's new premises.

Holiday Closure
The ANZCA office is now closed; we will reopen on Thursday, 16th of January.

2020 Examination Handbook and Information
In an effort to me more sustainable, the 2020 Handbook and accompanying forms has been sent to you via email. If you have any problems with this, please let the office know and we will assist you.

Theory Scholarships 2019
Congratulations to Bailey Sieracki from Western Australia on being awarded this year's prestigious Margaret Weston Memorial Scholarship of $1,000, which is generously donated by Arthur Weston and his family. Arthur's wife Margaret was a wonderful teacher and a tremendous supporter of ANZCA.

Bailey's teacher is long-time ANZCA teacher and examiner Jennifer Regterschot. Bailey receives the prize for fulfilling all criteria for this Grade Five Theory award.

Congratulations also to the other Scholarship winners listed below on their outstanding achievements in theory in 2019. Each will receive an ANZCA Publications voucher.

ANZCA Scholarship at Otago University
The Board of Directors is delighted to announce that the ANZCA Music Prize at Otago University (Dunedin, New Zealand) has now been finalised. This prize is offered for outstanding performance  see News Diary below for more details.

The inaugural recipient of the ANZCA Music Prize is Mia Sohnge. Professor Anthony Ritchie from Otago University says: 'Mia is an outstanding singer and songwriter, one of the best we have had in recent times. She is working at a sophisticated, professional level, as was evidenced by her performance at the Graduation ceremony earlier in the year.'

ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert
We're pleased to announce that the venue for the 2020 Graduation Ceremony and Concert has been booked for Saturday 28th of March from 2:30pm. (For more details, see Forthcoming Events below.) On behalf of the Board of Directors, congratulations to all candidates who were awarded a diploma in 2019. We hope to see you at the Graduation!

Merry Christmas!
Thank you for trusting us with the assessment of your students in 2019. On behalf of ANZCA Chairperson Dr Barry Archibald, the Board of Directors and all of us in the office, I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and a safe, happy and successful year ahead,

Tony Betros, General Manager



News Diary

Office Closing Dates

The ANZCA office is now closed for the Christmas-New Year break, but will reopen (at 18/125 Rooks Road, Nunawading) on Thursday, 16th of January 2020.

Examination Handbook and Information 2020

From this year, the annual Examination Handbook and Information book is being distributed by email as a PDF document, along with links to the 2020 Subscription Form, Publications List and exam entry forms. Just click on the links to download each PDF, then save the files to your devices.

The format and content of the book remains the same, with contact information for the office and all representatives, regulations, exam entry closing dates and exam fees.

If you haven't received the Handbook email, remember that all the information above is available at any time from our website on the Exam Entry page for your country.

Theory Scholarship Winners 2019

Congratulations to the following students, who won ANZCA Theory Scholarships for Grades Four and Five in 2019. Teachers' names are in brackets.

Grade Four:
NSW:  Brenna Rae Clayton  (Leslie Schindler Spencer)
Qld.:  Asher Sol Flynn-Kann  (Michaeleem Monsour)
SA:  Alex Spencer Byrne  (Anne G. Felstead)
Vic.:  Annika Guruparan  (Tracey Edgar)
Malaysia:  Stephanie Kassim  (Time and Tune)

Grade Five:
WA:  Bailey Sieracki  (Jennifer A. Regterschot), Margaret Weston Memorial Scholarship
New Zealand:  Euan Keith McDougall  (Sharlene H. Penman)
Indonesia:  Jesslyn Sudarta  (Studio Musik Sienny)

For details of all ANZCA Theory Scholarships, see the Scholarships page of our website.

New ANZCA University Prize

ANZCA is proud to announce the establishment of an annual music prize in conjunction with the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. The ANZCA Music Prize aims to encourage students studying for the Bachelor of Music degree (or Bachelor of Music with Honours) and specialising in contemporary performance. The $1500 prize is offered for contemporary musical performance excellence from years 2, 3 and 4 of the degree course, on guitar, drums, bass guitar, vocals or keyboards. The criteria can include original student work, or performance of set repertoire at the higher end of High Distinction grades (90–100%) for the entire course, at a level of proficiency and imagination such as would be seen as outstanding in a professional context. 

For information on ANZCA's other university prizes at ANU and Monash University, see the University Prizes page on our website.



Forthcoming Events

ANZCA Graduation Ceremony and Concert 2020

The 2020 Graduation Ceremony and Concert will be held on Saturday 28th of March, at the Methodist Ladies' College, Barkers Road, Kew (Vic.).

Full details of this event, including a list of the 2020 Graduands, will be given in the February edition of Stretto.

"Exploring ANZCA" Sessions in Queensland

Queensland teachers (or those just visiting during the holidays!) are invited to attend presentations and workshops by ANZCA examiners Cynthia Delaney and Dr Kerry Vann in January. Sessions will be held in the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Beerwah. For more information, click here.

Just added: a new session in Rockhampton. Click here for details.

Piano Educators Day 2020

Once again we are proud to be involved in the annual Piano Educators Day at Bernies Music Land in Ringwood (Vic.). Now in its 11th year, the 2020 event will feature sessions by renowned musicians and educators including Robert Chamberlain, Mark Gibson, Chris Trikilis and Alan Kogosowski, as well as expert piano technician Jonathan Wade and Matthew Nutley from Hal Leonard Australia. Our own Maureen Milton OAM and Tony Betros will also present the latest news from ANZCA Music Examinations.

Click the advertisement below for more information, or click here to book tickets at the special Early Bird Price.

Piano Pivot Live

Billed as "A Piano Teaching Conference with a Difference", Piano Pivot Live is a two-day event which focuses on both the teaching and business sides of running a successful piano studio. Presented by Tim Topham and with presenters including Samantha Coates, Dr Anita Collins, Ruth Power and many more, this conference will include presentations, workshops and implementation sessions.

Where: Rydges Hotel, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
When: 23rd–24th January 2020

ANZCA is a proud sponsor of Piano Pivot Live, and will have a presence at this event with a publications stall – please come along and say hello if you’re attending.

For more information, visit
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Mandolin – Preliminary & Grade One Now Available

ANZCA's new Mandolin grade book for Preliminary and Grade One by Darryl Barron is now on sale from the ANZCA website and office.

As described in the October issue of StrettoMandolin – Preliminary & Grade One follows the format of the popular grade books for Modern Guitar and Modern Bass. Original solos are mixed with a variety of popular melodies, including Greensleeves, Jingle Bells, Waltzing Matilda and When the Saints Go Marching In. Performance notes and a glossary are also included.

Sixteen of the 24 pieces include guitar accompaniments by Michelle Nelson. In examinations, students can play up to two solos with accompaniment per level.

To order Mandolin – Preliminary & Grade One, click here to visit our online store, or contact the ANZCA office by phone or email.

Theory of Music – Worked Papers 2019

The 2019 edition of Theory of Music – Worked Papers is now available. This book includes answers for the May and October 2019 theory papers, from Preliminary to Grade Six. Click here to order online from our website, or contact our office or music stores.

Please note that the 2009 edition has now been discontinued.



From our Representatives...

Jenny Brown, New Zealand

Hi to all you busy music teachers! The end of the year is fast approaching, the exams are all done, and reports and certificates have been mailed to teachers. No doubt you're all involved in end-of-year music concerts in which your students perform with a friendly audience of family and friends looking on.

If, like me, you have appreciated having ANZCA's viewpoint, varied syllabuses, Performance and Jazz exams, etc., you will want to have a Representative to help carry on that work in New Zealand. Some folk phone or email me with queries to answer. That's great! I help them if I can or forward their queries to Tony Betros (ANZCA's General Manager) for a prompt reply I can pass on. After a trying year health-wise, my husband Ken and I are downsizing to Matamata Longlands, so the time has come to leave the NZ Rep's position after five happy years. If you are keen to step into this worthwhile opportunity, please contact Tony Betros by email at, or phone +61 3 9434 7640. In the meantime, I am happy to answer any queries that you might have in relation to the position of Rep. I'll stay on in the role until someone else is happy to take it on.

Thank you all for your support and contact over the past five years. How time flies! Wishing you, your students and families a very happy and musical Christmas, with fun, fellowship and some calm times too!

Audrey Chin, Malaysia & Singapore

As we wrap up for the rest of 2019, I am sure we are also planning ahead for 2020. Indeed, it has been a very busy and exciting year. One of the highlights for the coming year will be the ANZCA Conference, which will be held in Melbourne. It would be great if teachers from this region can participate in this event, as it also provides opportunity to network with teachers from various places.

Nearer to home, we have at least two events set, and the posters are attached. Do check them out. There are some plannings for workshops and we will keep everyone updated as soon as they are confirmed.

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a wonderful and blessed Christmas 2019!



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