AUSTA News 2022

Musical Talent – What is it?

April 1st, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Musical Talent – What is it? Presenter: Yvonne Frye The word talent in music is sometimes used with very fixed ideas of what it is. Often labels are put to children in classes: talented – not so talented. But music ability is consisting of so many different layers like deliberate practice, an inspirational environment, motivation, interest and support at home, to name just a few. Those play a huge role in growing skills. Some theories suggest that music aptitude consists of only 10 % genetic predisposition, the rest is hard work. Other studies find more of genetic predisposition. The lecture…


Gary McPherson

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Gary McPherson Gary E. McPherson studied music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before completing a master of music education at Indiana University, a doctorate of philosophy at the University of Sydney and a Licentiate and Fellowship in trumpet performance through Trinity College, London. In 2021, he was the recipient of a prestigious Honorary Doctorate – Artium Doctorem Honoris Causa – from Lund University Sweden (established 1666). Gary is the Ormond Professor of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and has served as National President of the Australian Society for Music Education and President of the International Society for Music Education. His research interests are broad and his approach interdisciplinary….


Gail Barnes

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Dr Gail Barnes Dr. Gail V. Barnes is Professor of Music Education at the University of South Carolina where she is coordinator of music education and Director of the University of South Carolina String Project. The String Project is a model of community outreach and teacher education and is replicated by over 30 colleges and universities throughout the United States. . In addition, she is a co-author of Measures of Success for String Orchestra published by FJH Music Inc. Dr. Barnes preceded her career in higher education with many years of experience in the Norfolk Public Schools (Virginia) as a…


Ed Le Brocq

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Ed Le Brocq Ed Le Brocq is a musical adventurer, teacher, writer, broadcaster and transgender man. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing music when he was six years old. He studied viola in Manchester, Berlin and London, and played professionally in the UK and Hong Kong. After a decade of performances throughout Asia, including for the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, Ed decided on a new path, literally, and travelled by bicycle from England to Hong Kong, with only a violin for company. The journey took him a year and went through Europe, Iran,…


Yvonne Frye

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Yvonne Frye The German violinist and violin pedagogue Yvonne Frye studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, with John Lambos and Helge Slaatto, graduating with a Diploma of Violin Pedagogy. She continued her artistic studies at the Kärtner Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, Austria in the violin class of Prof. Helfried Fister. In addition to her teaching at music schools (Germany), Yvonne Frye has performed as a chamber musician in various ensemble combinations. As a freelance musician, she has also worked with many orchestras including the Detmolder Kammerorchester, and was concertmaster of the Kourion-Orchester Münster. 2007 Géza Szilvay invited Yvonne to…


Deborah Cheetham

March 28th, 2022 by AUSTA Conference

Prof. Deborah Cheetham AO DUniv, BMus Ed, AmusA Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and Artistic Director, has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Deborah Cheetham’s list of commissions for major Australian ensembles including works for the Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and West Australian Symphony orchestras, the Australian String Quartet, Rubiks Collective, The Sydney Philharmonia, Plexus Collective, the Flinders Quartet and the Goldner Quartet. Awards and acknowledgements include; Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial…