Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

  • Monash Success at 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards bellawards_logoStaff and students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music were recognised at the 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards held on Thursday night at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. We are excited to announce that undergraduate jazz composition student James Mustafa was awarded Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year for his album The Last Sanctuary while the Monash Art Ensemble took out the award
  • Monash musician honoured by Royal Academy of Music Dr Kenji FujimuraA multi-award winning Monash researcher has been recognised by one of the world’s foremost academies of music. Dr Kenji Fujimura, Deputy Head of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has been elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in the 2015 RAM Honours. Based in London, RAM is an institution of world
  • Monash Students Dazzle at Hamilton Concert Students at Hamilton ConcertHamilton was treated to a superb concert last Sunday when a group of talented students from Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music performed an eclectic range of musical delights. The concert, under the direction of Elizabeth Sellars, was hosted by the Hamilton Art Gallery Concert Committee in what proved to be a wonderful venue,
  • Free public lecture by ethnomusicologist and anthropologist Steven Feld Steven FeldThe Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music present a public lecture by Steven Feld Event details:Wednesday 6th May, 7.30pmSchool of Music Auditorium55 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University. This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend! Birds, Bells, Toads, Car Horns: Forty Years of Listening to Histories of Listening Steven Feld is an anthropologist, filmmaker, sound artist/performer, and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus
  • Violist Lisa Grosman appointed to the School of Music LisaGrosmanThe Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is thrilled to announce that violist Lisa Grosman will be joining the faculty as Lecturer in Viola, a position she is set to commence in March, 2015. Lisa’s appointment is part of a new initiative by the String Faculty at Monash University to nurture and encourage the study of viola.  The initiative was
  • Dr Paul Watt awarded Faculty of Arts Fellowship PaulWattDr Paul Watt, a senior lecturer in musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, has been awarded an Emerging Research Excellence fellowship by the Faculty of Arts. Dr Watt will use the fellowship to undertake research in the United Kingdom for an article that examines the influence that Auguste Comte’s positive philosophy had on
  • Applications open: Jazz and Strings in New York 2015 Jazz-Rob-NYApplications are now open for the Music – Jazz and Strings in New York 2015 Arts international study program scheduled to take place 6-17 July 2015. Find out more about the program and the application process on the Study Programs and Tours site. Applications close 4pm 13 March 2015. Be quick to secure your place! Find out more: Studying Music at
  • Chamber Recording of the Year 2014 awarded to Sellars and Fujimura MessianDr Kenji Fujimura and Elizabeth Sellars awarded Limelight’s Chamber Recording of the Year for their album ‘The Messiaen Nexus’ (Move Records). The highly coveted Limelight Recording of the Year awards were recently announced by the revered Australian classical music magazine. The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music are thrilled to announce that ‘The Messiaen Nexus’, recorded by classical
  • Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music celebrating 50 years in 2015 Music 50 yearsMonash’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is celebrating its 50th in 2015 with an exciting array of music performances and events that is reflective of the progressive nature of the school: Inspiring Music Without Borders In the new year we will be announcing concerts and events that include National and International stars, our students and of course
  • Spotlight on Kepri music, dance and theatre Mendu theatre performance in Sedenau, Natuna, Riau Islands ProvinceOne of Indonesia’s best kept secrets, Kepri Province’s Malay music, dance and theatre forms will be the focus of an upcoming symposium hosted by Monash University. The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of the Riau Islands (also know as Kepri) will see scholars from Denmark, the USA, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia
  • Jazz legend inspires student’s musical odyssey Monash SessionsJazz students from Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music have had the experience of a lifetime, travelling to the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy to perform and record with legendary jazz trumpeter, Enrico Rava. The result is The Monash Sessions: Enrico Rava, recorded over three weeks and released on Jazzhead. The album is the latest
  • Music to the ears of world leaders Professor Paul Grabowsky. Image courtesy of Martin Philbey at the National Portrait Gallery.Playing before some of the most powerful people in the world has been an incredible experience for Australian jazz legend and Monash academic Professor Paul Grabowsky AO. Professor Grabowsky, the Executive Director of Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), entertained the world leaders at a private dinner organised by Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the recent
  • The Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI) – Registrations Now Open 56-Mak-Yong-masksRegistrations are now open for the Second International Symposium on the Malay Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Riau Islands (SIRI). The symposium will be held at Monash University, Clayton Campus from 14 to 16 January 2015. Symposium theme: The Changing Identity and Sustainability of the Music-Cultures and Worldviews of the Riau Islands’ Sedentary Malays and Sea Nomads/
  • Monash musicologist wins statewide prize Ian Parsons (BMus Hons. Musicology)Honours Musicology student Ian Parsons has won this year’s prize for best paper by an honours, masters or PhD student at the annual conference of the Victorian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, held this weekend. The judges praised Ian’s paper for its depth of inquiry and his expert handling of complex interdisciplinary narratives in
  • Album Launch: Enrico Rava – The Monash Sessions Jazz-headIn December 2013, 35 jazz students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music travelled to the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy to undertake an intensive 3-week performance unit. As part of their study, students were given the opportunity to perform and record with one of the seminal figures of the European jazz scene,
  • The Paul Grabowsky Sextet scoops two major industry awards Professor Paul Grabowsky receives the 2014 AIR award for Best Independent Jazz Album: 'The Bitter Suite' by the Paul Grabowsky Sextet.It has been an exciting week for Professor Paul Grabowsky, Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, having scooped two major industry awards: The ARIA Fine Arts Award for Best Jazz Album and the Australian Independent Music Award (AIR) for Best Independent Jazz Album. The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz/UMA) was recorded
  • Call for papers: Conference on Central and West Asia and their diasporas call-for-papersCall for Papers: An International Conference on the Transnational and Transgenerational in Central and West Asia and their Diasporas Hosted by Monash University Faculty of Arts Sponsored by the Monash Asia Institute and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Scholars of West and Central Asia, especially Iran and its neighbours, are invited to submit proposals for pre-arranged panels or individual papers
  • School of Music receives multiple ARIA nominations for Best Jazz Album ARIAsThe nominations for the prestigious 2014 ARIA Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced yesterday. Amongst a raft of impressive nominees, The Monash Sessions – Vince Jones (Jazzhead/MGM) is up for the gong of Best Jazz Album. “This nomination is Australia’s most prestigious music award and is a true indicator of the excellent standards at  the Sir Zelman
  • Kenny Warner, Music’s Artist in Residence in August Jordan Murray, Paul Williamson, Kenny Werner and Robert Burke during a recording session at the School of MusicThe Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music was fortunate enough to host the sensational Kenny Werner (USA) in August, as part of the Artist in Residency program. Werner, an internationally renowned jazz pianist and educator, spent the week rehearsing, recording, and giving workshops and performances with staff and students of the School of Music. According to
  • Finsterer and Grabowsky win in 2014 Art Music Awards ArtMusicAwardsThe winners of the 2014 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards were announced last night at a gala event hosted in Melbourne. We are very excited to let you know that Work of the Year: Instrumental went to Mary Finsterer with her piece Aerea (2013). Aerea was commissioned, performed and recorded by the Monash Art Ensemble and proclaimed by the judges as ‘ambitious and highly engaging’.  Finsterer
  • Reflection: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music New York Trip, 2014 New-York-MusicEach year the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, in collaboration with New York University, offer two units for students to study; Summer Strings and Jazz in New York. These three-week intensive units are held at New York University and offer students the opportunity to study with world-renowned musicians, actively engage in cutting edge music education,
  • 4 Stars for ‘The Monash Sessions’ with Vince Jones Vince-CD-300x269A great review of The Monash Sessions with Vince Jones in The Australian last week: “A JAZZ singer’s longevity can be like a bottle of fine wine, improving with age. For more than 30 years Vince Jones has toured Australia, issued a string of recordings and watched a parade of the nation’s best musicians pass through his band as a staging post
  • Gift to develop the 21st century musician Professor Mary Finsterer Photo: Dean GoljaA gift from Australian barrister, human rights advocate, and author Mr Julian Burnside AO QC has established the Chamber Music Australia Chair of Composition at Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. The Chamber Music Australia Chair of Composition will encourage talented young composers within the school, and develop new Australian music as well as Australian
  • Music PhD Student Jane Hammond wins research award Jane HammondJane Hammond has recently been awarded a Monash Postgraduate Publications Award (PPA). With these awards the Monash Institute of Graduate Research “provides support for high-achieving students who, having submitted their thesis, wish to write up some of their research for publication while they await the result of their examination. Stipend support, equivalent to the Australian
  • Django Bates Talks About Music at Monash Django BatesAs part of the 2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Monash Art Ensemble joined UK pianist and composer Django Bates to celebrate the work of bepob pioneer Charlie Parker. Django Bates also worked with students during a workshop at Monash. This landmark collaboration sees them working with British jazz maverick, pianist, composer, bandleader and educator Django Bates and
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