Tag Archives: School of music

Schmidt seeks to reinvigorate School of Music, announces consultation

Brian Schmidt

One month after succeeding Professor Ian Young as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt AC has announced a comprehensive community consultation on the ANU School of Music with the aim of reinvigorating it by 2017.
Professor Schmidt said the consultations would involve discussions with a wide range of interested parties and would be [...]

School of Music student speaks out

ANU School of Music

When I was a first year at the ANU School of Music in 2012 there were 30 classical voice students. Now there are one-tenth of that number.
I enrolled in a degree of music performance so that I could gain knowledge and expertise in the field of opera. There’s no way I can be given the [...]

It’s time to reclaim our School of Music

Peter Tregear

Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra v Simon Crean

By 15 March 2013

We’ve just been sent a highly unusual open letter expressing the CSO’s displeasure with recent comments made by the Commonwealth Arts Minister Simon Crean.
It finishes thusly:
I believe the CSO does more than enough to warrant recognition of our unique place as the professional orchestra of the nation’s capital. To confuse us with the ANU or [...]

Meet your Neighbours: Poetry and readings by Indonesian and Australian writers

By 30 October 2012

[ 6 November 2012 at 12:30 pm; ] This just in:

The national poets’ organisation, Australian Poetry Ltd (AP), and the School of Music Poets present:

Meet your Neighbours: Poetry and readings by Indonesian and Australian writers

at Biginelli Expresso Café, level 5 of School of Music at 12.30-2.00pm on Tuesday 6 November. Entry is gold coin donation.

The event will feature Indonesian performer/writer/researcher, Khairani Barokka, and [...]

A Swedish Affair at the School of music

By 5 October 2012

[ 11 October 2012 at 7:30 pm; ] A Swedish Affair – featuring The Song Company and the ANU School of Music Chamber Choir.

Music by Grieg, Grainger, Nysted, Rautavaara, Jennefelt, Wikander and others.

As part of the 2012 HC Coombs Fellowship, The Song Company joins forces with the ANU School of Music Chamber Choir in presenting an exquisite selection of music from a continent [...]

LIMB: A new music concert

By 3 August 2012

[ 16 August 2012 at 8:00 pm; ]

This in from Yvonne:

Limb is an extension of the body. LIMB is a concert that will open your mind.

Percussionist Yvonne Lam (and drummer with Canberra experimental rock band Mornings) has programmed a concert of new music from some of Australia’s most exciting composers.

The concert aims to free ‘classical’ contemporary music from its conservatism. [...]

Peter Tregear takes up the poisoned challice at the School of Music


ANU Vice Chancellor Young has announced that Dr Peter Tregear is going to take over as head of the troubled School of Music.
Dr Tregear has extensive international experience as a researcher, teacher, and academic administrator in music education, both in the UK and Australia. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, and King’s [...]

Ian Young caught on camera having his way with the school of music


Every now and then YouTube throws up a gem which must be shared.
Here in the Eagle’s Nest we feel the video could have been further improved with 5 litres of petrol and a match!

School of Music announcement

By 15 June 2012

The troops have been summonsed to hear what ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young is going to do to the School of Music.
Here’s what’s coming out of the meeting on Twitter:

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ANU should change its tune: why online lessons do not replace live music


By Marjorie Merryman, Manhattan School of Music
The Australian National University (ANU) has recently announced serious changes to the School of Music in Canberra. Students will receive fewer hours of one-on-one performance lessons, and the current faculty will be significantly reduced.
In making the announcement earlier this month, Vice Chancellor Ian Young said the changes “will strengthen [...]

Manhattan School of Music unleashes the truth of ANU School of Music plans

By 27 May 2012

Enjoy the following:
To whom it may concern,
I would like to bring to your attention an email recently received in response to an ANU student’s recent query to the Manhattan School of Music, regarding the proposed changes to the ANU School of Music. Please find below a very interesting reply received from Ms Majorie Merryman, Vice [...]

ANU Council fires up the SoM chainsaw

By 25 May 2012

The ANU’s Chancellor Gareth Evans has announced he’s all for the gutting of the School of Music but would be keen on getting his hands on some loot if anyone wants to pony it up.
ANU Council today fully discussed the proposed changes at the ANU School of Music.
Council expressed its full support for the [...]

The great and the good line up to lobby for the School of Music

By 23 May 2012

We’ve been sent an open letter by eminent Australians to the Chancellor of the Australian National University Gareth Evans.
The purpose of this letter is to express support for the continuation of the current School of Music at the ANU, one of Australia’s most highly regarded conservatoriums and musicological institutions.
As you are aware, the university proposes [...]

Canberra Times report “patently untrue” according to the CSO

By 22 May 2012

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra is mightily displeased with Canberra’s dead tree daily:
On Friday 18 May 2012, an article appeared in The Canberra Times (“Music School thrown a life-line”, p1) that implied the CSO is seeking to be part of a consortium with the ANU and the Chamber of Commerce to support the ANU’s deficient new [...]

Threatening to knife the baby pays off for the ANU as the business wallets open for the school of music

By 18 May 2012

The ABC reports that the Chamber of Commerce is having a whip around to fund the School of Music.
The Australian National University has now announced a reversal of its decision to cut in half one-on-one tuition, though it is sticking by its plan to cut 10 jobs.
Vice-chancellor Ian Young says discussions are underway with the [...]

A letter from the CSO. Re: The School of Music

By 17 May 2012

This in from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra:
Within the cultural circles of Canberra and beyond, the current crisis between the ANU and the School of Music has raised intense emotions which reflect the deep passion held for music and cultural engagement in our nation’s capital. Throughout these past two weeks (which embraced the rehearsals and performances [...]

Ian Young holds forth once more on the School of Music

By 16 May 2012

ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young has stuck his head over the parapet to make the case again for what they’re trying to do at the School of Music.
A lot has been said and written about the proposed changes to the ANU School of Music over past weeks.
Much of the talk has revealed the passion our [...]

Pictures from the School of Music protest


Orangedrummaboy has sent in pictures from today’s protest in defence of the School of Music and these words:
The usual quiet of the ANU campus was intruded upon by a large, loud though peaceful march, protesting the cuts proposed for the School of Music.
After meeting in Union Court for music and speeches of solidarity, the [...]

Adrian Walter hightails it out of the School of Music

By 14 May 2012

Thanks to Captainblack for the tip, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is reporting that the School of Music head Adrian Walter is heading their way.
These appointments take a long time to work out normally.

Save the School of Music concert streaming live now.


The Save the School Of Music concert’s live stream is up and going now.
They plan to keep the music going for the next 24 hours until the big protest tomorrow.
If you’ve got pictures of video of the concert of protest send them into .
UPDATE: Huzzah for embed code, you can watch it here now [...]

Adrian Walter off on stress leave from the School of Music

By 10 May 2012

The ABC reports that Professor Adrian Walter, presiding over the stricken ANU School of Music, has gone on indefinite leave but ominously has the Vice-Chancellor’s “full support”.
Professor Young says the decision for Professor Walter to take indefinite leave was unexpected.
“Adrian Walter has been under enormous pressure,” he said.
“At a meeting not with me, but [...]

Analysis of the School of Music funding cuts


We’ve had these thoughts sent in by an informed reader who chooses to remain anonymous. The potential concern about the audit performance of the School of Music is certainly food for thought.
The announcement of job cuts and program changes at the ANU School of Music last week was viewed as a drastic turn of events [...]

School of Music knifing complete on YouTube

By 4 May 2012

If you’ve got a spare half hour you can enjoy the complete spin package surrounding sacking all the staff at the School of Music. ANU’s posted the press conference to YouTube with this note:
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington and Head of the ANU School of Music Professor Adrian Walter give this press conference on [...]

The axe swings on the School of Music

By 3 May 2012

“All academic and general staff positions in the School of Music will be declared vacant”
This in from a source. It starts out sounding all flexible and modern and then BAM, you’re all sacked.

UPDATE 03/05/12 12:05: We now have the staff email:
[Staff.all] ANU School of Music [] on behalf of VC []
Sent: Thursday, [...]

Capital Jazz Project launching.

By 20 July 2011

[ 30 July 2011 to 7 August 2011. ]

The School of Music has announced the launch of the Capital Jazz Project, 9 days of jazz at the Street Theatre.

The Street Theatre and the ANU School of Music have joined forces to develop a brand new music event for the ACT. Celebrating all things jazz, a nine-day festival presents a mix of international, [...]

Musicians hurting themselves.


The magic of YouTube brings us a look inside the School of Music here in Canberra to see what some of their surprisingly graceful students can do with the architecture.
And then there is the less graceful Simon Pauperis.
And we all like watching people hurt themselves (within limits) don’t we?

CT the new Woroni while student ineptitude fuels dispute


The dispute over the ANU library mergers continues, reaching farcical highs now that The Canberra Times has run more stories about it than the University’s on campus rag Woroni. Curious though is why the article doesn’t mention why the dispute is continuing. Perhaps in copy and pasting the media release writing the article, CT forgot to [...]

The music/art library sit in


Thanks to Davo1111 for pointing out that the School of Art and School of music protest sit in is now immortalised on YouTube.
Looks kind of fun really.
The interesting thing I’m finding is that those most critical of the protesting students appear to be jealous they don’t get invited to school of art parties.

They came, they sat, they left.

By 7 April 2011

update to previous posted article

ANU plans to merge libraries… takes away from students.

By 5 April 2011

This week ANU school of Art and Music students protest moves by head of ANU libraries Vic Elliot’s plans to merge both schools libraries.
This is ANU making moves to cut costs associated with the up keep of these libraries, which leads to the assumption that the cost of these libraries outweighs the resources they [...]

School of music to teleconference into Manhattan

By 20 January 2011

The ANU is touting a new deal inked with the Manhattan School of Music to teleconference their music lessons:
The agreement – signed in New York City by ANU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ian Chubb and President Robert Sirota of the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) – sees the formation of a unique partnership [...]

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