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ANZCA's 2017 Graduation Ceremony and Concert took place on the 25th of March at Methodist Ladies' College in Kew (Vic.).

The afternoon's event began with the procession of the Board of Directors and Graduands. General Manager Tony Betros then introduced guest speaker Professor Kenneth Lampl, Artistic Director, Composition Convenor and Acting Head of the School of Music at the Australian National University, Canberra. Leaving the lectern behind, Ken presented a lively and entertaining address which included sage advice not only for students at all levels, but for parents and teachers as well.

The concert programme commenced with Joshua Van Der End's assured performance of Toccata by Khatachurian, while Nadia Gibaldi provided an immediate contrast with a contemplative rendition of Bill Evans' Piece Peace. This was followed in turn by guest performers Nikki Edgar (cello) and Jaslyn Robertson (piano), presenting Lily Tait's work Nikki, the 2016 Monash University Arts ANZCA Music Prize for Best Composition.

We were delighted that prominent Indonesian educator Sienny Debora was able to attend this year's ceremony. Sienny's students Seraphine Angelina, Aurelia and Gabriella Handoko and Melissa Catherine all presented highly impressive works by contemporary Indonesian composers, adding a fascinating dimension to the afternoon's entertainment.

The concert also included a majestic performance of Can You Read My Mind? by Sarah Velkovski (whose sisters Hannah and Jamie were later presented with a Theory Scholarship and Encouragement Award respectively), and concluded in dazzling style with Al Di Meola's Mediterranean Sundance, performed by Fellowship graduand Brendan Hains and flamenco virtuoso Valentino.

Following the presentation of Awards and Diplomas, the Board Directors and Graduates formally left the hall, to be joined in the foyer by the audience for refreshments, photos and well-deserved congratulations.

2017 Graduates, with teachers' names in brackets:

Performance Diploma
Chloe Duncanson, Pianoforte, Honours (Ronlyn Adams)

Associate Performer Diploma
Nadia Gibaldi, Modern Pianoforte (A. Cytrynowski)
Aurelia Estrella Handoko, Modern Pianoforte, Honours (Studio Musik Sienny)

Daniel Augustine Hirst, Classical Pianoforte (Suzanne Hewitt)
Seah Khuan Heng Joel, Drum Kit, Honours (My Drum School)
Anna Louise Klatt, Modern Pianoforte, Honours (Kerin Bailey)

Daniel Timothy Leditschke, Drum Kit, Honours (Michael Knight)
Andre Michael Perera, Classical Pianoforte (Kerin Bailey)
Denny Bin Robert, Violin (Marcus Leong)
Soh Yi Heng Solomon, Drum Kit (My Drum School)

Amy Johanna StroppianaModern Pianoforte (Lisa Kempe)
Joshua Ryan Van Der End, Classical Pianoforte (May Louise Gavin)
Sarah Velkovski, Modern Pianoforte, Honours (music-a-plenty)

Associate Teacher Diploma
Anna Louise Klatt, Modern Pianoforte, Honours (Kerin Bailey)

Licentiate Performer Diploma
Melissa Catherine, Modern Pianoforte (Studio Musik Sienny)
Gabriella Prisca Handoko, Modern Pianoforte, Honours (Studio Musik Sienny)
Courtney Carina Noble, Classical Pianoforte (Sharlene H. Penman)

Fellowship Performer Diploma
Brendan Hains, Modern Guitar (Caroline Springs School of Music)

Images from the 2017 Ceremony:

Former Board Director Abe Cytrynowski and Founding Director (retired) June McLeanGraduate Brendan Hains F.Dip.A. and Prof. Ken Lampl of ANU School of MusicEncouragement Award winner Chase Grima and Brendan Hains F.Dip.A.The 2017 Theory Scholarship and Encouragement Award winners
L-R: Brendan Hains FDipA, Nadia Gibaldi ADipA, Aurelia Handoko ADipA(Hons), Andre Perera ADipA, Joshua Van Der End ADipA, Sarah Velkovski ADipA(Hons), Seraphine Angelina LDipA, Melissa Catherine LDipA, Gabriella Handoko LDipA(Hons)Hannah Velkovski (Melva Lycett Memorial Scholarship winner), Jamie Velkovski (Encouragement Award winner) and graduate Sarah Velkovski A.Dip.A.(Hons.)L-R: Director Maureen Grieve, Gabriella Handoko, General Manager Tony Betros, Melissa Catherine, teacher Sienny Debora, Aurelia Handoko, Seraphine Angelina and Director Maureen Milton OAMJoshua Van Der End receives his diploma from Chairperson Barry Archibald and Prof. Ken Lampl
Composer Lily Tait with guest performers Jaslyn Robertson (piano) and Nikki Edgar (cello)(L-R) Teacher May Gavin, Encouragement Award winner Laura Paterson, Graduate Joshua Van Der End A.Dip.A., and Encouragement Award winner Isabel Khong

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