Soirées and Concerts
My studio offers students a number of performance opportunities throughout the year:
- A soirée at my home each term. These are informal concerts where students perform their most recent repertoire for each other. Parents and immediate family are welcome to attend, and the event is followed by afternoon tea. There is no charge to attend.
- 'No Worries Workshops' are informal performance opportunities for advanced students of any age (Grade 6 AMEB and above) and will be held on a Monday evening every two months. Performances do not have to be polished, and it's ok to start again or even try the whole piece again if needed! Background information / general knowledge on the pieces performed will be discussed. There is a small charge for performers.
- 'Workshops and Wine' provide adult students of any standard with an opportunity to play for one another in a very informal context over some nibblies and a glass of wine. These will be held on a Monday evening every two months. As with the No Worries Workshops, performances do not have to be polished, and it's ok to start again or even try the whole piece again if needed! Background information on the pieces performed will be discussed. There is a small charge for performers.
- An annual concert is held at an external venue each year. All students aged 18 and under are expected to perform and adult students are encouraged to do so. The programme consists of solos, duets and usually a trio or two (three students at one piano!). Students pay an recital fee (to cover the costs of the venue hire) and can bring as many guests as they wish.
Occasionally my studio combines with another local studio to present a concert, often at Christmas time. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Student Performers Society concerts, especially prior to examinations. See below for more information.
New in 2014: Pre-exam workshops will be held to help students feel totally prepared for their exam. The workshops will include a performance opportunity, general knowledge development, practice tips and hints, and support in dealing with performance anxiety. There will be a small fee to attend.
MTAQ Student Performers Society
The Student Performers Society is run by the Music Teachers' Association of Queensland to provide performance opportunities for students preparing for examinations and eisteddfods, in a friendly and non-judgemental atmosphere. The Southside Branch holds three concerts each year, usually in May, July and October, held at the MSA auditorium (above Masson Music) in Mt Gravatt. (Other concerts are also held on the northside and westside-central areas of Brisbane.)
For more information, see the dates, details and application form on the MTAQ website.
Brenda Hunting's Piano Studio, Shailer Park.
Studio phone: 07 3102 7265
Mobile: 0413 290 982
PO Box 7352, Loganholme 4129
© Brenda Hunting 2014