This day is for all clarinet and saxophone students who range from beginners to AMEB Grade 4 standard . Students will spend the day as part of an ensemble, led by educators and single reed players Ben Snowdon and Fiona McKellar. Activities will include:
Registration must be received by Monday March 30th. Download the flyer with registration details from here : JuniorCLASAXday2014flyer.
This session is for clarinet students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who are studying or intending to study VCE Music Performance, and teachers of VCE Clarinet.
The afternoon will include:
-Practical strategies for successful preparation in Units 1-4 VCE Music Performance/Investigation
-Discussion of the roles of the student, teacher and accompanist in VCE Music
-Performances of a selection of works from the VCE Music Performance Prescribed List by Vanessa George with accompanist Alison Conrau
-Discussion of the final exam– criteria and repertoire selection
The cost of the afternoon will be $25 for CLASAX members and $35 for non-members. Why not become a member and get discounts on all of our 2014 events?
Registration must be received by Friday March 14th. Download the flyer with registration details from here.
Our first Children’s Concert was a roaring success, with approximately 100 people attending and about 20 children joining in the fun! We even had a visit from Father Christmas!
All photography by Denise Illing.
Our August Super Sax Sunday was a roaring success! Many thanks to clinicians Martin Hemingway and Ian Godfrey, as well as David and Glenn from The Music Place who joined us for the day.
CLASAX was pleased to be a part of the Monash University Mega Clarinet Day in August. We would like to congratulate Brendan Toohey, the winner of the Orchestral Excerpt Competition and recipient of a cheque from CLASAX for this.
As the first of our regional workshops, CLASAX visited Ballarat High School in October to run a Junior Clarinet Day for students from the area, with some travelling from as far as Stawell! Thanks to Fiona and Sam, clinicians, and Glenn from The Music Place for his instrument maintenance sessions.
The CLASAX End of Year Concert will be on Sunday November 24th, titled “A Concert for Children”. We are welcoming children of all ages, as well as adults, for a fun concert exploring the clarinet and saxophone families. Bring a cushion to sit on and your favorite teddy! We hear that Father Christmas might be making an appearance….
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Clarinet Mega Day
Sunday September 8, 2013
Monash University School of Music invites all clarinet players to the Clarinet Mega Day II. Come along for a day of all of things clarinet. Featuring masterclasses with leading professionals, orchestral excerpt class, warm up session, vendor exhibits, panel discussions, VCE masterclasses and join in with a performance of the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir.
Paul Champion – Principal Clarinet, Orchestra Victoria
Philip Arkinstal – Associate Principal Clarinet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
David Griffiths – Ensemble Liaison, Senior Lecturer in Clarinet, Monash University
Ian Morgan – Former Associate Principal, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Warm up Session with David Griffiths
Masterclasses with Philip Arkinstal and Paul Champion
Orchestral Excerpts, Mock Audition Competition
Open Masterclasses with Phil Arkinstal and Ian Morgan
Panel Discussion with (PA, IM, DG, PC)
VCE Masterclasses with David Griffiths and Paul Champion
All in Clarinet Choir rehearsal
Final Evening Concert featuring Paul Champion, Philip Arkinstal, David Griffiths and the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir.
The inaugural Australian saxophone retreat will take place at the iconic property ‘Seacroft’ on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Visiting artists include Joshua Hyde, Australian saxophonist based in Paris, Joseph Lallo, Australian saxophonist based in Strasbourg and Barry Cockcroft, Melbourne based saxophonist. The residential retreat will feature workshops, performances, ensemble playing, lessons as well the all important time-out for saxophonists to meet, talk music and get to know one another away from their instruments. For full weekend tickets, accommodation, meals and performances are included in the registration fee. Day tickets are available for either the Saturday or Sunday and include some meals and performances without accommodation.
The sessions are geared to all ages and everyone is welcome.
A range of Selmer products will be available to try during the weekend.
7pm Friday 23rd August – 5pm Sunday 25th August
Please visit www.seacroft.com for more details.
On Friday June 21st CLASAX held it’s midyear concert at Fintona Girls School, featuring the four CLASAX ensembles (Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Mixed Woodwind Ensemble and Clarimania), as well as prizewinners from our recent performance competition.
A full report will follow in the August edition of CLASAX members magazine- a great night was had by all! All photographs below were taken by Denise Illing.
CLASAX is pleased to be presenting “Super Sax Sunday” on August 11th, 2013 at Fintona Girls School.
SUPER SAX SUNDAY
FOR SAX PLAYERS FROM AGED 8 TO 80
AUGUST 11, 2013
FINTONA GIRLS SCHOOL, 79 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn
Guest Artists-Ian Godfrey and Martin Hemingway
Ian Godfrey lectures in the Music Department of the University of Melbourne. Although baritone saxophone is his main instrument, he plays many woodwinds. He has played with the MSO and OV and has been on many recordings. Ian has been the tutor for VCE Master classes for Clasax on many occasions and has always been positive with very insightful comments.
Martin Hemingway has advanced qualifications on both saxophone (LMusA) and trombone (LTCL). He started his music degree on trombone before seeing the light and changing to saxophone and graduating with honours in performance. He has played with the MSO, OV, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orch. He has taught and conducted extensively in Melbourne at both the university and high school level. He is completing a Masters in International Development to help him pursue his passion for social justice.
9-9:30 am Registration-$50 ($45 for Clasax members) registration closes on Aug 6.
Bring your own lunch and instrument. Coffee/Tea provided.
9:30-11 am-Warm Ups and Massed Saxophone rehearsal.
11:30-1pm- Masterclasses Limit of 10 accepted.
- Quartet and trio playing.
2-3pm- Auditions-How to prepare and perform effectively.
- Saxophone mouthpiece materials, construction, and design. How does this influence performance? (Presented by David Temby of The Music Place.)
3-4pm-Massed Saxophone rehearsal
4:15-5pm-Final Concert featuring the tutors and the Massed Saxophone ensemble. Parents/friends invited.
Prepayment and registration is encouraged- please fill in the form which can be found by clicking on SUPER SAX SUNDAY (2) and return to CLASAX via the mailing address or email@example.com.
Ian Godfrey works with participants at the 2012 Super Sax Sunday.
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