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Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School

With the generous support of Il Conservatorio Statale di Musica “Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco” di Verona and “Conservatorio di Musica “Lucio Campiani”, Mantova

An exciting opportunity is being offered to 47 tertiary instrumental and vocal students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to participate in the inaugural Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School.

This two-week intensive learning and performance summer school will take place in and around Verona, Italy from . Travel, accommodation and all tuition will be provided for students, who will be tutored by local and international guests to the school.

Applicants will be required to complete an audition as part of the application process. Please refer to the “Audition Times” section below for details of the audition schedule.

2014 Successful Applicants

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to attend Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School in Verona, Italy from 7-19 July 2014.

Simon Watts
Peter Chao
Peter Leung
Nathan Henshaw

Zoe Drummond
Imogen Malfitano
Sarah Kemeny
Damian Arnold
Joshua Oxley
Daniel Nicholson

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Chloe Chung
Toshiyuki Hosogaya
Cameron Burgess
Justin Sun
Joshua Davies

Osvaldo Junior
Sarah Young
Katrina Todd
Gill Williams
James Fisher

Owen Morris
Jonathan Baker
Tim Skelly
Milo Dodd
Benjamin Turner

Rachael Lin
Su Choung
Patrick Keith
Pavle Cajic
Alex Waite
Sherilyn Chen

Klara Morrison
Yeonhee Kim
Josephine Lumanau
Bernadette Morrison

Benjamin Adler
Bridget O’Donnell
Bethan Lillicrap
Elizabeth Woolnough

Benjamin Tjoa
Kay-Yin Teoh
Nathan Greentree
Vincent Lo

Ying Ho
Fox Chen
Jonathan Bekes

Steven Adler

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Selection Criteria

Places are available for three string quartets, a piano trio, a wind quintet, a brass quintet, a saxophone quartet, six vocalists, and six pianists. Auditions will be open to:

  • Strings, woodwind, brass and piano – Undergraduate and Postgraduate.
  • Voice students from Year 3 and Year 4 Bachelor of Music (Performance) only.
  • All students must be enrolled at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014.
  • Audition via chamber ensemble only
  • The following ensemble types will be auditioned – string quartet, piano trio, wind quintet, brass quintet, and saxophone quartet.
  • Vocal and piano students auditioning should do so in a chamber ensemble setting, either being accompanied or accompanying.
  • Suggested repertoire for vocal ensemble students includes Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and other quartets by Monteverdi, Palestrina, Parry, Stanford, Elgar, Schumann, Brahms, Bartok, Poulenc and Messiaen. Vocal quartets must audition with two pieces.
  • For string quartets and trios, prepare two complete quartets of own choice.
  • For brass quintets, prepare Quintet by Malcolm Arnold and a Contrapunctus by J.S Bach (own choice).
  • For saxophone quartets and wind quintets, prepare two complete quartets of own choice.
  • For pianos and voice – see the Chair of your Unit.
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