Students recent success in competitions and CD release





The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is proud to announce that over the past couple of weeks that three students have been successful in high profile prestigious music competitions as well as a student releasing their debut CD.

I would like to congratulate:

Judith Perl, Ed Antanov,  James Carter and  Fletcher Mitchell on their success.


Best Wishes

Rob Burke

The Wangaratta Jazz Festival – National Jazz Awards 2012

Undergraduate (3rd year) jazz vocalist Judith Perl has successfully made the final of the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. This is the most prestigious jazz competition in the country (2012 for vocalist only). The final ten (many studying internationally and high profile professional performers) were chosen after the 3 judges (Mike Nock, Michelle Nicolle and Vince Jones) assessed over 60 recorded entries on a ‘blindfold’ basis. They will perform at Wangaratta Festival  with an outstanding band : Sam Keevers (piano), Sam Anning (bass) and Raj Jayaweera (drums). Three finalists will be chosen to perform in the final round, from 5pm on Sunday 4 November in the WPAC Theatre. For fans who can’t make it to the festival, the finals will be broadcast live to air on ‘Jazztrack with Mal Stanley’, on ABC Classic FM, and also later available to listen on,.


The Margaret Sutherland Bursary Recital, 2012

In August Melbourne’s Lyceum Club played host to the annual Margaret Sutherland bursary competition, where music students from Monash University and the University of Melbourne vie for a bursary. This year’s event was won by Monash’s Edward Antonov, a violin student who is currently undertaking, on scholarship, a research Masters degree in performance. Accompanied by pianist Elyane Laussade, Edward performed the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata no 8, Fritz Kreisler’s crowd pleaser, Tambourin Chinois and Margaret Sutherland’s Nocturne.


James ‘Larry” Carter – releases new CD

Alumni –  James Carter was trained in the tradition of Jazz and Improvised music at  Monash University – School of Music. His debut album ‘After All’ was recorded in October 2011 at Newmarket Studios, mixed and mastered by Philip Rex and distributed through Newmarket music. The majority of the material was composed by James Carter as a suite after a period of study in New York City, and could be likened to a song cycle in classical music or a concept album in popular music.

Featuring Monash University graduates James ‘Larry’ Carter on alto saxophone, Christian Meyer on guitar, Daniel Sheehan on piano and Ben Christensen on double bass, the group is made up of young musicians who are beginning to make an impact on the Melbourne music scene. The album launch at Bennetts Lane will feature special guests James Gilligan on electric bass and vocalist Mariel Koroibulu.

featuring: James Carter – alto saxophone, Dan Sheehan – piano, Christian Meyer – guitar, special guest James Gilligan – electric bass and Mariel Koroibulu – vocals

Victorian State Solo and Ensemble Championships, 2012

Honours -year euphonium student, Fletcher Mitchell, had successful outcomes at this year’s Championship, presented by the Victorian Bands’ League.  In the Open Euphonium section, Fletcher was placed third with a performance of Philip Sparke’s Harlequin, and repeated the placing in the Open “Slow/Sacred Melody” section, with a rendition of the second movement of Sparke’s Euphonium Concerto no.1. Fletcher is focussing his performance and research outcomes on the music of British composer, Philip Sparke.