Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition
Newsletter October 2015

Welcome to The Australian Concerto and Vocal Committee October newsletter.  
We have lots to share in this edition - Competition placegetters, concert reviews, media, survey results and photo galleries. You will find this content also on our website under 2015 

The ACVC wishes to thank all the Sponsors, Volunteers, Billeters and Contestants for a fantastic 5 days.
Section 1 – Open Instrumental
1st Prize – sponsored by Townsville City Council $4000
winner also receives the John Hopkins Performance Fellowship Award – Value $1000+
2nd Prize – sponsored jointly by Townsville City Council & Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition -Dr Bill Williams OBE Memorial Prize $2000
3rd Prize – sponsored by Parry NQ $1000
Section 1 Open Instrumental
2nd - Josephine Chung; 1st - Arthur James Athan; 3rd - Jo Dee Yeoh
Special Awards:
Most Promising String Player sponsored by AUSTA (NQ) $250
Benett Tsai (Violoncello – Sydney)
Most Promising Musician from Nth Qld ‘Joy Rutledge Award’ sponsored by Dinie Gaemers $500
Andrew Fong (Clarinet – Townsville)
Most Promising Pianist ‘Frank Carroll Memorial Award’ sponsored by Anne Brook-Wagner and Alan Stephenson $250
Nathaniel Kong (Piano – Sydney)
Most Promising Brass/Woodwind Award sponsored by Angeline Bourne Woodwind & Brass $250
Lina Heeseung Park (Flute – Melbourne)
Audience Choice Award sponsored by tripleT Classic Music Team $300
Arthur James Athan (Piano – Melbourne)
Section 2 – Open Vocal
Sponsored by NQ Employment
1st Prize -  $1500
2nd Prize - $1000
3rd Prize - $500
2015 Open Vocals Section 2 Finalists
2nd - Morgan Jones; 1st - Bronwyn Douglass; 3rd - Cassandra Wright
Special Award:
Audience Choice Award sponsored by Susan Grinsell Singing Studio $300

Bronwyn Douglass
Section 3 – Piano & Instrumental
Loloma Jewellers Prize
1st Prize - $500
2nd Prize - $300
3rd Prize - $200
Section 3 Piano and Instrumental Contestants and accompanists
2nd - Benett Tsai; Accompanist -  Joshua Tsai; Accompanist Paul Cheung; 1st James Dong; Encouragement Award - Jasmine Lee; Accompanist Rhodri Clarke; 3rd - Brijette Tubb
Special Award:
Arties’ Music Encouragement Award $50

Jasmine Lee (violin – Townsville)
Section 4 – Vocal
Sponsored by Jorgensen School of Music & Tutoring
1st Prize - $500
2nd Prize - $300
3rd Prize - $200
Section 4 Vocal Competition
Adjudicator - Cheryl Barker;Highly Commended - Kathleen Campbell; 3rd - Anita Parakh Morgan; 2nd Ainslee Jones; 1st Bronwyn Douglass; ????
Special Awards:
Arties’ Music Encouragement Award $50
Bianca Bacchiella (Vocal – Townsville)
Jake Watson (Vocal – Townsville)
Rev Norton Challenor ‘Most Promising Vocalist’ $250 & Perpetual Trophy’
Kevin Price (Vocal – Townsville)
Section 5 – Young Performer Soloists
Townsville & District Music Teachers Association Prize
1st Prize - $100
2nd Prize - $75
3rd Prize - $50
Section 5 Young Performer Soloists
Florence Cappler-Shillington; Ryou (Sarah) Wang;3rd Olivia Adcock; 2nd - Sarah Hooton; 1st - Benett Tsai
Special Awards:
Youth Development Award sponsored by Mrs Dinie Gaemers, Arties Music and Australian Festival of Chamber Music $400+
Jasmine Lee (Violin – Townsville)
Arties’ Music Encouragement Award $50
Florence Cappler-Shillington (Violin – Townsville)
Section 6 – School Ensembles
Townsville City Council Prize
1st Prize - $400
2nd Prize - $300
3rd Prize - $100
Section 6 school Ensembles
1st - Year 12 Vocal Ensemble (Kirwan State High School)

2nd - St Margaret Mary's Guitar Ensemble (St Margaret Mary's College)
rd - Pimlico String Quartet (Pimlico State High School)
th - Pimlico Saxaphone Quartet (Pimlico State High School)

Open Vocal Finals Concert Review
Townsville Civic Theatre
2pm   26 July 2015
Review by Katy Frewen-Lord, Townsville

The Open Vocal Finals Concert provided an opportunity for the public to witness the top three vocalists from the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition. The vocal section has been newly separated from the instrumental section for 2015 as it has expanded in popularity and participation.

The preliminary round and the finals were adjudicated by internationally acclaimed Cheryl Barker AO. In attendance was Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition patron Piers Lane.  Read the review
Open Instumental Finals Concert Review
Townsville Civic Theatre
7pm Tuesday 28 July 2015
Review by Katy Frewen-Lord, Townsville

The Open Instrumental Finals Concert gave Townsville a chance to hear some of Australia’s finest up-and-coming musicians. Adjudicator Carl Pini had his work cut out for him, given that the standard of this year’s entrants were very high.

Hailing from Melbourne, Cellist Jo Dee Yeoh opened the night with Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor. Immediately, Yeoh ... Read the review
YES !  That's what they all said.  YES they loved it, YES they would come again, YES they would recommend it to others, YES we did a great job.  Click the image above to read the full survey results.

And just in case you didn't follow the survey results link, here are just a handful of comments we would like to share with the world!

Thank you for an amazing competition experience last week. I have many great memories from my time in Townsville – from the friends that I managed to catch up with in Townsville, my amazing host family (David and Vicki Salisbury), enjoying the warm weather of Townsville and the scenery as well as of course, the well-run heats and finals of the competition.
Arthur James – Melbourne

Just wanted to say thank you to Judy, Carol and the entire team for your work at the concerto competition this year. It was a really valuable and enjoyable experience for me and i know it would not have been possible without all the behind-the-scenes work you all do. I hope to return next year!
Josh – Melbourne

My deepest thanks to the people who volunteer to make this invaluable opportunity possible.  This ACVC experience is the only one of its kind in Australia.  For many aspiring Aussie musicians, this experience is a unique crucial stepping stone in one’s journey.  I’ll see you next year.
David – Brisbane

I entered the competition for the experience of performing at a high level whilst travelling. Another motivating reason was the consistently high standard of competition at the ACVC as well as the possibly publicity and public music-making platforms it gives young musicians like myself.
Anon – via survey.

It is a prestigious competition that offers opportunities for entrants of all ages and experience levels, whether they are just beginning to take their chosen study seriously or have been making a career out of performing and competing for many years.
It is a wonderful way for new performers to gain feedback and experience where they could take their discipline in the future.
Anon  – via survey

…it met all my expectations and more. It was incredibly well run, very efficient and professional.
Anon – via survey


Till next time....
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