The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music would like congratulate current music student (PhD) Joe O’Conner on winning Australia’s most prestigious jazz instrumental competition, the National Jazz Awards at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
Joe recieved a $10,000 cash prize as well as invitation to record in the ABC studios for ABC Classic FM’s ‘Jazztrack With Mal Stanley’, and to perform in the 2014 Stonnington Jazz festival.
Joe has had compositions performed by Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, The Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (EMO), the Abbreviations Orchestra, the Queensland Conservatorium Con-Artists, the Menard Ensemble (chamber choir), Alchemy String Quartet and numerous self directed jazz ensembles. His original composition Rationalisations was the winning entry in the 2011 National Big Band Composition Competition and was performed by Sydney’s Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra in the final round. Joseph was also a finalist in this competition in 2009 for his composition Prelude and Afterthought.
Joe is undertaking a PhD in musical performance at Monash University and is researching ways that Ruth Crawford Seeger’s approach to dissonant counterpoint can inform jazz composition and improvisation. He is currently developing new music for jazz piano trio and quintet, and will co-direct the second incarnation of the Bennett’s Lane Big Band with saxophonist Tom Noonan commencing in 2014.
What’s on at the School of Music
From July to November 2015, the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is celebrating its … Continue reading What’s on at the School of Music
50th Anniversary Celebrations Launched!
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Dr Paul Watt awarded prestigious European Union Research Fellowship
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Paul Grabowsky, Julien Wilson and Peter Knight finalists in 2015 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards
Finalists for the 2015 Art Music Awards have just been named, and we are pleased to … Continue reading Paul Grabowsky, Julien Wilson and Peter Knight finalists in 2015 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards
Dr James Mitchell awarded a Balzan Prize visitorship
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Blog: New York, New York!
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Clarinet Mega Day returns in 2015!
Monash University School of Music invites all clarinet players to the Clarinet Mega Day III. Come along for a day of all of things clarinet. Featuring masterclasses with leading professionals, orchestral excerpt class, a warm up session, vendor exhibits, panel discussions and VCE masterclasses. Also, why not join in and perform with the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir?!
Audition short Course – Jazz and Popular Studies 2015
This course will include performance and ensemble processes that will assist in the building of skills that focus on attaining the standards of the audition requirements and an understanding of what is expectations for the Jazz and Popular course.
Audition Short Course – Creative Music Technology 2015
This course will include recording studio and digital music processes that will assist in the building of skills that focus on attaining the standards of the audition requirements.
Legends of jazz piano: Mike Nock and Tony Gould – Wednesday 13th May
Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music presents: Mike Nock & Tony Gould Wednesday … Continue reading Legends of jazz piano: Mike Nock and Tony Gould – Wednesday 13th May
Monash Success at 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards
Staff and students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music were recognised at the 2015 Australian … Continue reading Monash Success at 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards
Recording Project ‘Sublating the Symbol’ Receives Arts Faculty Funding
Sublating the Symbol is a collaborative and curated music-recording project, involving a number of Monash … Continue reading Recording Project ‘Sublating the Symbol’ Receives Arts Faculty Funding